Travis Winn played high level youth soccer in the U.S. Eventually, he moved to Spain where he played semi-pro soccer at a local club. LaLiga had always been a part of his life as a soccer fan. He went to Spain and took every chance he could to play soccer.
He grew up a Barcelona fan and watched Rivaldo and a lot of the Brazilian greats in the 90s, but his allegiance changed when he lived in Spain.
“I fell in love with Betis because I fell in love with Andalusia and Betis is Andalusia’s team,” said Travis.
Travis traded in the blaugrana for los verdiblancos stating, “Barcelona is the team that I grew up watching but Betis is the team I fell in love with when I lived in Spain.”
He loved the ways Spaniards approached soccer - especially those from Seville. He noted it was different from America. Fans arrived early, walked to the stadium, and always wore their team colors.
He was also drawn in by the historic rivalry in Seville between Real Betis and Sevilla FC.
“You have to choose your color when you’re in Seville. You’re green or red.”
He has a rivalry at home with his Real Madrid supporting wife. The two put out Real Betis and Real Madrid jerseys in front of their daughter to see which one she’ll pick.
Whether at home or abroad he’ll sing the praises of the Spanish game because, as he says, “I love the spirit of Betis.”
For soccer fans, he’d encourage anyone to watch LaLiga.
“I could sell anybody on that experience. That game is better and I want Americans to watch better soccer.”