NEW YORK – ¡MLS Futbolito!™, one of the nation’s most successful grassroots soccer initiatives, celebrates its 10th anniversary with its 2012 tour, returning to soccer fields across the United States this summer, as thousands of soccer players of all ages will again lace up their cleats to participate in Major League Soccer’s official 4-v-4 tournament, hosted locally by MLS clubs. The national tour makes its stop in North Texas on July 28 at FC Dallas Stadium.
MLS Futbolito, one of the largest touring Hispanic events hosted by a U.S. professional sports league, is a series of all-day events targeting the League’s growing multicultural fan base and hosted by the local MLS clubs. Approximately 50,000 people, between participants ages 6 to 55 and spectators, attended MLS Futbolito 2011 across eight events from coast to coast.
“It is with great pride that Major League Soccer celebrates the 10th anniversary of ¡MLS Futbolito!™,” said Russell Sargeant, senior director of partnership marketing for MLS. “Hundreds of thousands of participants have enjoyed this grassroots initiative over the years. It has become an event for the whole family to attend. We would also like to thank all of our corporate partners who have contributed to making this program possible. Without their commitment and support, ¡MLS Futbolito!™ would not be the success that we see today.”
MLS Futbolito will continue to work with MLS W.O.R.K.S., the League’s community outreach initiative to support programs such as Active Bodies Active Minds, a soccer-center initiative that provides resources to motivate, reward and encourage children to live a healthy lifestyle through fitness and nutrition.
Associate level partners for MLS Futbolito are adidas, Allstate, The Home Depot, Makita, Pepsi, Quaker, Volkswagen and Xbox.
For further information about MLS Futbolito, visit the event’s official site: www.MLSFutbolito.com. Below is the 2012 MLS Futbolito schedule, including park addresses, as well as the official competition format and registration information.
2012 MLS Futbolito Schedule
Sunday, June 17 – Houston (Hosted by Houston Dynamo)
HASP – Houston Amateur Sports Park
12131 Kirby Dr.
Houston, TX 77045
Saturday, June 23 – Chicago (Hosted by Chicago Fire)
5501 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60639
Sunday, July 8 – New England (Hosted by New England Revolution)
1 Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA 02035
Saturday, July 14 – New York City (Hosted by New York Red Bulls)
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
13140 Fowler Avenue
Flushing, NY 11355
Saturday, July 28 – Dallas (Hosted by FC Dallas)
Complex at FC Dallas Stadium
9200 World Cup Way
Frisco, TX 75034
Saturday, August 4 – Washington, D.C (Hosted by D.C. United)
18031 Central Park Cir.
Boyds, MD 20841
Sunday, August 12 – (Hosted by Philadelphia Union)
Science & Discovery High School
1100 W. 10th Street
Chester, PA 19013
Sunday, August 19 – Los Angeles (Hosted by Chivas USA)
7000 Park Lane
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
Competition Format and Registration Information
The 4-v-4 tournament is open to players of all ages, abilities and affiliations. Team rosters can consist of up to seven players (four field players and three substitutes) and each team will play in round-robin action, with the possibility of advancing to the single-elimination championship playoff.
Teams registered for the competition will be divided according to age groups and competitive levels with winners in each division receiving prizes. In addition to participating, each registered player will receive a ticket to an MLS match (in applicable markets), and the chance to win prizes from the sponsors. There will be $3,000 in cash prizes ($2,000 for first place and $1,000 for second place) for adult premier.
More information on the competitions and events in both English and Spanish can be found on the official web site for Futbolito: www.MLSFutbolito.com. Teams can register for competitions, obtain all rules and regulations and learn about the competition dates and locations. Additionally, interested participants with questions can call toll-free at +1-888-MLS-FUTBOLITO. The entrance fee is $150 per team for those competing in the Adult Premier Division and $120 per team for all other participants.
To celebrate the launch of our new free FCDGO mobile text program, we are GIVING AWAY a pair of tickets to Sunday’s sold out Mexico vs. Brazil match compliments of Budweiser.
To enter, text the word “Assist” to our brand new text number 444222 by 5:00 p.m. Thursday. By signing up, you’ll receive access to FCD breaking news, team info, contests, and much more! If you're already signed up to our service then you're already entered to win.
Last week in Open Cup
Charlotte defeated El Paso 0-1 on a 72nd minute goal in a second round US Open Cup match at El Paso. Charlotte’s Nate Thornton was credited with the goal initially, but post-game both teams agreed it was an own-goal caused by El Paso.
Player to watch – Darryl Roberts
He’s scored three goals in 2012 for Charlotte, good for fourth overall in USL PRO for goal totals this year. Roberts was selected by Toronto FC in the 2007 MLS Supplemental draft, but Roberts played overseas in Europe instead and never donned a jersey for the Reds.
USL PRO play
Charlotte is currently 2-7-2 in league play, good for ninth out of 11 teams. Charlotte lost its most recent match on Saturday 1-2 against Orlando City. Midfielder Christian Meza scored the lone goal of the match for Charlotte.
Open Cup history
Charlotte has never won back-to-back US Open Cup matches. It is 0-1 all-time against MLS teams, losing previously to Chivas USA.
Full match highlights from FCD's 3-2 loss at Real Salt Lake.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Ned Grabavoy early.
GOAL: Alvaro Saborio heads one in to give RSL the 1-0 lead.
GOAL: Rookie defender Matt Hedges scores his second goal in as many games.
GOAL: Saborio responds quickly to restore the home side's one-goal lead.
GOAL: Blas Perez sends in a shot that Kyle Reynish can't handle.
GOAL: Nat Borchers scores the stoppage time game-winner after some chaos in the FCD box.
Match Highlights from FCD's 2-1 road loss to the Chicago Fire.
GOAL: Rookie defender Matt Hedges scores the first goal of his MLS career.
GOAL: Sebastian Grazzini strikes from distance to tie the match for the Fire.
SAVE: Sean Johnson denies Blas Perez's attempt from the spot.
GOAL: Marco Pappa follows up Grazzini's PK shot to give Chicago the lead.
MISS: Daniel Hernandez goes just high on his long-range attempt.
Join us this Saturday, May 26 at 7 p.m. at The Londoner Frisco for our Party at the Pubs watch party presented by Budweiser.
FC Dallas takes on league leaders Real Salt Lake at 8 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and this is your chance to watch the match with FC Dallas fans.
The Londoner Frisco will be showing the USA vs. Scotland international friendly on the NBC Sports Network beginning at 7 p.m., so you can come and watch USMNT before FCD plays.
2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira and midfielder Bobby Warshaw will sign autographs from 7:30-8 p.m. before the match starts.
The first 100 people through the door will receive FC Dallas sunglasses and bottle openers and fans can also enter to win an autographed Brek Shea Fathead, a 2012 FC Dallas home jersey, a trip for two to the Texas Derby in Houston and more.
Winless in their last five, winless away, a squandered home lead against punchless Philly, and a sports psychologist on the way. This is probably not how Schellas Hyndman had 2012 mapped out in the preseason.
The editors of MLSsoccer.com chose FCD's George John as the No. 4 centerback in MLS. Watch the video and listen to the compliments thrown at John:
Match highlights from FCD's 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union.
GOAL: Blas Perez heads one home to give Dallas the early lead.
MISS: Perez heads his second chance just wide.
GOAL: Gabriel Gomez ties the match for Philly with a header of his own.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Michael Farfan the go-ahead goal.