The Coyotes’ new Head Coach is Christian Patiño, a former player in Mexico’s premier league, having played for Club América, Club León, Celaya FC, and two selections to the Mexican national team. Patiño scored 72 goals in professional play, including a goal against Manchester United while playing for Club América in a friendly match, and a goal in a title-winning Club América game in Mexico City’s famed Estadio Azteca.
“I’m so happy to be able to help this team make a run for the national championship after an undefeated season,” Patiño said. “These players have so much talent and have worked very hard to get to this point, they deserve the best chance to win the championship,” he added.
The team also announced the appointment of Art Castañares as the team’s President, and Dr. Fred Simon as the team’s Vice-President and Medical Director. Both Mr. Castañares and Dr. Simon have been major sponsors of the team since its inception in December 2016.
The team recently removed Ian Hill as Head Coach, General Manager, and partner. Mr. Hill was removed by a unanimous vote of the players for violating the team’s code of conduct. Mr. Hill will not be involved with the team in the future.
The team will now be known as the Nevada Coyotes FC, and is comprised of several local players, as well as players from throughout the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, England, Greece, Tanzania, Scotland, Australia, Gambia, and Kazakhstan.
UPSL teams are eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the league’s affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
The UPSL’s Commissioner expressed the League’s continued support for the Coyotes and its management team.
“The UPSL will continue to support the Coyotes as we do with all our team members, as they advance in the post-season and beyond,” said Yan Skwara, the UPSL’s National Commissioner. “We are encouraged by the commitment of the players and new management, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the Coyotes team,” Skwara added.