Albuquerque soccer field changes name in memory of local soccer star


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A soccer field at an Albuquerque park is bearing a new name Sunday morning in memory of a local soccer star.

A gathering at Ventana Ranch Community Park honored former University of New Mexico soccer player Patrick Grange.

Doctors diagnosed him with ALS and he passed away in 2012. Tests later linked his death to head trauma.

His parents say they hope this park will help raise awareness.

Patrick is the first soccer player linked to CTE, a degenerative brain disease linked to traumatic brain injury. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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