@knaas: What is your role with LTA?
Blanca: I really don’t have a specific title but you can say or(g)anizer or go to person for LTA.
@knaas: do you feel you are authorized to speak on behalf of LTA and if so, is this on the record or off the record?
Blanca: Yes I am authorized to speak on LTA’s behalf and it can be on record
@knaas: Awesome. I have communicated with a few former Crew/MLSsoccer.com employees about a slow reduction and then removal of Spanish Language outreach in 2015. Is this also your experience?
Blanca: Yes, it was definitely better a couple years ago
@knaas: Did the group have difficulties obtaining tickets or support for activities from the Crew organization?
Blanca: We did, for the playoff game back in 2015 we were not given/sold any tickets for the Nordeck section. We were given tickets in another section .
@knaas: Has the Crew advertised or done any Spanish outreach since mid 2015 when the position was eliminated per @espnino74
Blanca: The only outreach I have seen/heard is occasional tickets to the game through the Spanish radio station and some of the Mexican stores here in Columbus.
@knaas: Dave Greeley at the MLS2ATX meeting on 11/1 claimed they would perform outreach to “all cultures of Austin” – including the Hispanic community. This is interesting because according to @espnino74, Andy Loughnane told him “When they did the rebrand, I asked Andy Loughnane if there was an specific plan to engage the Latino Fan base, and he said that the new batch included “every single fan”, which clearly is not the case.”
Blanca: I agree, I have not seen outreach to our community. As I stated before the few things have been done to engage or rather get people from the Hispanic community to the stadium.
@knaas: Do you think that LTA has been treated fairly by the Crew org in comparison with the other Supporter Groups?
Blanca: I have to be honest, years ago things were very different for all the supporter groups. I think because of the fact that our season ticket holder amounts were not as high as other groups we were definitely treated different. It would have been great to have more support from the Organization to get more people involved.