Welcome to a new feature on goalWA.net called “Social Buzz” where we will highlight soccer topics that are trending in social media in the state of Washington!
BUZZ: This week the wildfires around our state have been big news. It wasn’t too long before social media connected the fire fight to our soccer community. Wenatchee FC posted a photo of defender Vidal Hurtado, his face blackened by a day’s work on the firelines. We shared the photo along with one of Vidal on the pitch for the Capitals. That share went viral, and has now been viewed over 10,000 times and liked over 300 times. Seems all of us are appreciative of these guys. All the more so when we learn that one of them is also a soccer player representing one of our home town clubs. Hurtado has also played indoor soccer for the Wenatchee Fire in the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL).
FOLLOW UP: So that got us to searching the web for more on Vidal. Turns out he’s a great community asset all around for Wenatchee. Hurtado works for the Eastmont School District in the PASS program for migrant students and is also the head coach of the Eastmont High School JV Boys Soccer team. He’s been fighting fires for going on six years now during the summer, along with playing for Wenatchee FC when he can. His twitter tag says it all: “Teach. Firefight.Soccer. Sleep. Repeat.” Looks like Vidal also loves dogs. Can he get any cooler? A Websta search provides photo evidence.