Gwen O'Brien | July 8, 2019
When Liverpool F.C. faces Borussia Dortmund in Notre Dame Stadium on Friday, July 19, it will be “a first” for a couple of reasons.
It’s the first international “friendly” (a preseason soccer match) to be held in the stadium … and the first time Rigoberto Flores will be a spectator at the stadium instead of a worker.
“Rigo,” as he’s known, is a Building Services supervisor. During the Notre Dame football season, like others on his staff, he works two home games. But on July 19 his roles at the stadium will be dad, husband and international soccer fan.
“Just to be there and be part of the Notre Dame family is going to be great,” he says. “Soccer is my passion, and I am passionate about this University. To share this experience with my kids and wife will be very special.”
Rigo grew up in Honduras. An exceptional student, he received a scholarship to attend a Honduran university, but it wasn’t enough to make it affordable. He came to the U.S. after his dream to attend college faded. Instead, he emigrated from Central America to the northern suburbs of Chicago to work for his brother Cristobal’s blossoming housekeeping company.
In his free time though, Rigo’s life was (and is) all about soccer.
“In my country, soccer is huge,” he shares. “I started playing at 6 or 7 years old. I was on my high school team and in different club teams. When I came to the United States, I continued to play and I was a volunteer for youth soccer.”
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