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My first exposure to soccer came during the 1998 FIFA World Cup. I remember becoming a Zidane fan by the end of the tournament. That was the same summer that I was packing up to move 8 hours north to Turlock, California to attend college at California State University Stanislaus. My dorm roommates were soccer players on scholarship playing for Stanislaus. These were the formative years of my interest in following soccer.

I have lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico for nearly 12 years now. I have had a hard time really embracing the local sports teams here mainly because I have a California-based professional team in every category already. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll attend many isotopes games each season but, my heart belongs to the Dodgers organization.

When I first heard about USL New Mexico, I was excited that we’d be getting a professional soccer team. So, this would become my best opportunity to become a fan from the ground up and feel like I was a part of bigger. My first mission was to become a season ticket holder. The next mission was to procure a sports blog covering the New Mexico United beat. I decided to also cover the Albuquerque Sol beat after several friends made me aware of the team as only to indicate that there were more soccer clubs in New Mexico.

Seek and Strike Collective is a sports blog covering the New Mexico United and Albuquerque Sol beat. This project came to be through my passion for sports, the ongoing never-ending hobby of fandom, and an obvious knack for writing discovered much earlier on in life writing album reviews and features for emerging new artists signed to major record labels. My interest through this project is to become a voice in the community shining light on our state’s professional and semi-professional soccer clubs. If I can bring the crazed soccer fan alongside the new spectator for a discussion about these two teams, I have accomplished what I set out to do. Enjoy what you read on the Seek and Strike Collective.

Christopher Walker, owner/beat reporter

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