PORT ORCHARD, WA—El Sombrero Family Mexican Restaurant will support Port Orchard Football Club as the Primary Sponsor of the new elite adult Casacadia Premier League men’s soccer club for 2023 and 2024. The El Sombrero logo will feature on the front of the home and away jerseys for POFC.
Founded in 1990
El Sombrero was founded in Port Orchard back in 1990. They have a second location in Key Peninsula. Pablo de la Cruz along with brothers Andres and Manuel have built the business. Over the years many family members have grown up working at El Sombrero.
The Port Orchard El Sombrero is located at 1472 Olney St. SE, just five minutes from Kitsap Bank Stadium.
Thousands of Port Orchard residents have enjoyed the restaurant over the years. El Sombrero was voted 2022’s Best Mexican Restaurant in West Sound.
Great Memories With A Soccer Family
“I have great memories as a soccer-playing kid going to El Sombrero for fried ice cream,” says Port Orchard FC Head Coach Patrick Leonard. “The de la Cruz family loves soccer and they are a Port Orchard tradition.”
“We are excited to have such a long-running local business be our first-ever Primary Sponsor,” says POFC Club Coordinator David Falk. “The El Sombrero family is a soccer family, and the de la Cruz family have always been generous with the Port Orchard community.”
Pablo and wife Cathy’s son Nico de la Cruz helped South Kitsap High School win the Boys Soccer State Championship in 2009 before going on to play at Seattle University.
“El Sombrero is quintessentially Port Orchard so the partnership just feels right,” says POFC General Manager Sam Ironside. “The fact the family is a soccer family makes it even sweeter, I am looking forward to working with them and excited to see where the future takes us.”
El Sombrero Is Home For POFC
As part of the Primary Sponsor partnership, Port Orchard Football Club will hold a number of club events at El Sombrero, including the debut of the first-ever kits expected to be held in early April. Players and fans will also gather at El Sombrero after matches to have some great Mexican food and visit about the game.
Port Orchard FC is inspired by Pablo and his family. As he says in this article, he went from a dishwasher in Seattle to building a thriving business in Port Orchard. “I wanted to learn. The goal was to move up.” And so he did, willing to put in the hard work and eventually finding a bedrock for success right here in PO.
POFC has similar aspirations. The new club would like to earn promotion to the top tier of the Cascadia Premier League and become known around the region.
Pablo de la Cruz and family built El Sombrero one customer, one plate of food at a time. “We try to do our best to please our customers,” Pablo says. “The local support has been great.”