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Devotion on another level: Love of soccer takes Gainesville native Jesse Mendoza across the U.S.
Gainesville resident Jesse Mendoza took his love of soccer to a whole new level for the last two years, as he followed the U.S. Men's National soccer team to various cities around the country
There are fans and fair-weather fans, and then there are the devoted — ones who invest a great deal of their lives exploring and even sharing their passion with others. Take 27-year-old Jesse Mendoza for instance. A paraprofessional by day at the Gainesville Exploration Academy and soccer enthusiast by night, Mendoza is also a founding member of Resurgence — one of four recognized supporters groups for Major League Soccer’s hottest expansion team, Atlanta United FC. Each week, the 500-member club helps provide soccer fans with the full experience at Bobby Dodd Stadium on game days, wowing the crowd with vibrant and creative tifos and pulsating chants.
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