Galo Ortiz

Galo Ortiz

I moved from El Salvador to NYC over 30 years ago. I’m passionate about fútbol and a diehard FC Barcelona fan. I joined the NYC Penya in the early years along with the original founders. I’m grateful to be a part of this amazing group of people united under one purpose. We will make sure that you have a Més que una Penya experience!

I have played varsity fútbol both as a midfielder attacker and forward poorly trying to imitate my biggest idols Johan Cruyff and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. The few matches that were televised in El Salvador while Johan played were enough to make me a FC Barcelona fan.

Initially, I joined the early instance of the NYC Penya as a means to watch FC Barcelona matches with like-minded people in NYC. The current NYC Penya is an evolution of that passion for the game along with helping expand FC Barcelona’s following in NYC. I’m extremely excited and humbled to help this group lead the NYC Penya and its members.

The NYC Penya board members share the same vision for the NYC Penya, to bring the club’s values to all our members and to be of service to our local community. We are well on our path; we’ve brought many events, including meeting FC Barcelona legends as well as FC Barcelona dignitaries, to our members.

We are committed to continue our hard work to bring the Catalan and FC Barcelona club experience to NYC and to forge ahead with our social work.
Our growth is the FC Barcelona’s growth!