Teammates congratulate Emir Alihodzic, No. 13, for scoring a goal in a 5-0 rout of Rio Grande Valley on Sept. 18. It was a big victory in a winning season.

Foxes Might Leave Fresno after Winning Season

By Peter Maiden
Photos by Peter Maiden

Will the Fresno FC Foxes play next season in Fresno? That’s the question on many people’s minds as the team progresses into the league playoffs.

According to league rules, the team has played for as long as it can in Chukchansi Park, a stadium that is geared toward baseball. To continue in Fresno, the team must develop a stadium intended primarily for soccer.

Fresno FC Foxes fans protest rumored plans to move the team out of town before a game on Oct. 5.

Various options for a soccer stadium were looked at, with the assistance of the City of Fresno. None of them worked out, partly because the city would not add funding for the project.

Now it is not sure if the team will find a way to stay in Fresno, move out of town or not play next season. The team’s management says it is considering every possible solution.

The final game of the regular season brought out 7,742 fans on Oct. 12, a big number after a decline through the middle of the year.

The Foxes’ Alex Cooper refuses to give up the ball in an Oct. 5 game against the Tacoma Defiance.

The Foxes’ Alex Cooper refuses to give up the ball in an Oct. 5 game against the Tacoma Defiance.
  • The Community Alliance is a monthly newspaper that has been published in Fresno, California, since 1996. The purpose of the newspaper is to help build a progressive movement for social and economic justice.

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