COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, the first arena built in the United States exclusively for football, witnessed one of its most special occasions as it hosted the visit of a LaLiga club. More than 10,500 spectators turned out to see the match between Valencia CF and MLS side Columbus Crew, who took the game to 'los che' and pushed hard for a more favourable result in front of their home crowd.
It was Alvaro Negredo who got the game's only goal on 33 minutes, although the striker enjoyed at least four more scoring chances during the 90 in Ohio. Valencia CF president Lay Hoon and executive president Amadeo Salvo watched the match from the directors' box, accompanied by Ignacio Martinez Trujillo, LaLiga's director of Strategic Projects.
The 'Penya Valencianista USA' supporters' club, with members who had travelled from other American states and even from Canada, greatly enjoyed seeing their idols up close, as did many other fans who attended the game sporting the shirts of other teams in LaLiga. The crowd in the stands, who created a party atmosphere as they enjoyed the visit of a club of Valencia CF's prestige, also got right behind Columbus Crew.
Following the final whistle, Nuno Espirito Santo described the victory as a good way to round off the season, while also stressing the importance of events such as LaLiga World to further the name of the club and of LaLiga internationally. Goalscorer Negredo also moved to underline the fact that there will be five Spanish representatives in next season's Champions League.
The encounter brings to an end a successful LaLiga World tour for Valencia in the United States, both on a sporting and on an institutional level.
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