Sociedad Deportiva Aucas
The Sociedad Deportiva Aucas is a football club from the city of Quito in northern Ecuador. The team is named after the Auca tribe, who are also called Huaorani, because it originally belonged to Royal Dutch/Shell, which had been operating oil fields in the east of Ecuador where the Aucas live. That is why the main uniform's colors, yellow and red, were taken from the colors used by Shell to market their products and services. The alternate uniform is completely white, except for the commercial advertisements and numbers and names of players, which are red.
Despite the team's popularity, Aucas has never won an Ecuadorian championship. Players who have played for Aucas include Argentinian and nationalized Ecuadorian forward Ariel Graziani, forward Nicolas Asencio, who also played for the Club Deportivo Cuenca, forward Edison Maldonado, Ecuador international defender Giovanny Espinoza , and the 1990 FIFA World Cup Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuita, famous for his risky, playful plays in which he went out of the goal area and for his penalty-kick saves and free-kick goals.
Aucas has recently dropped to the Serie B for the 2007 season, and will compete against teams such as Espoli and LDU Loja. In 2007 they failed to qualify for Serie A and will stay in B in 2008.
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