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.
Here are the Top 5 photos of the month from May. Now it's up to you, the fans, to pick the winner. Voting runs through Thursday, June 7 at 5 p.m.
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.
Thanks to everyone who showed up to our second Party at the Pubs event on Saturday at Trinity Hall. It was a great time thanks to you, the fans.
The second Party at the Pubs event is this Saturday at Trinity Hall in Dallas. Match begins at 9:30, but the festivities begin at 8 p.m. with a Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament. Each participant must make a $5 donation to the FC Dallas Foundation to participate.
There are some great prizes for the tournament winners - 1st Place: Suite Deck at FC Dallas Stadium, 2nd Place: 10 Club Seats, 3rd Place: field table for 4
FC Dallas midfielder Ricardo Villar and Andrew Wiedeman will be on hand and sign autographs from 8:45-9:30 p.m.
Also in attendance will be FC Dallas Promo Girls, Budweiser Promo Girls and Tex Hooper.
Halftime raffle items include the Lamar Hunt jumbo scarf autographed by Mark Followill, autographed soccer balls, and more.
There's also a special $8 watch party menu & children's menu and $3 Budweiser specials on Budweiser, Bud Light and Bud American Ale.
See the reaction of the FC Dallas Panamanian supporters section from a fan's perspective when Blas Perez scores his snap header against Montreal:
Thanks to everyone who came out for the first Party at the Pubs watch party for 2012. We easily gave away the MLS pint glasses to the first 100 people and had a standing room crowd inside The Allen Wickers. Our next Party at the Pubs is Saturday, April 28 at Trinity Hall in Dallas when FCD travels west to face LA Galaxy.
Our April Fool's jersey announcement took Twitter by storm on Sunday. We picked out our favorite responses to the announcement and compiled them here for your enjoyment.
They got fooled:
Ahh @FCDallas totally got me with that fake black jersey! I wanted one!
— Adri Salazar (@adrisalazar) April 1, 2012
@FCDallas got me good... I was confused all day
— Jaime Dali Damian (@Jaime_Damian) April 1, 2012
Not the biggest fans of the look:
— Laura Dwyer (@lausydwyer) April 1, 2012
— Mark McClellan (@amazingcube) April 1, 2012
They got a laugh:
@FCDallas hilarious haha!
— Mike Praust (@Praust) April 1, 2012
@FCDallas Best MLS April Fools joke I've seen so far!
— Facemarked (@Facemarked) April 1, 2012
— Kris Kolodziej (@kolodziejk) April 1, 2012
— SMASH (@smash1983) April 1, 2012
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) April 1, 2012
— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) April 1, 2012
— Bob Sturm (@SportsSturm) April 1, 2012
Looking for a place to watch your FC Dallas matches this year? Check out our new Party at the Pubs page presented by Budweiser and watch this Sunday's match against Sporting Kansas City at any one of our DFW-area pub partners.
Also, we'll have our first official away game watching party or Party at the Pubs next Friday, March 30 at The Allen Wickers in Plano when FC Dallas takes on DC United from our nation's capital at 6:30. The first 100 guests will receive MLS-branded pint glasses, there will be a drawing for a team autographed ball, $2 domestic bottles, $2 wells, $2 margaritas, the FC Dallas Promo Girls, and much more! We'll see you there.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Lucky Limerick Giveaway. It was fun to see all the submissions that came in. Here are the winners, who each get two tickets to Saturday's St. Patrick's Day match vs Portland.
Dallas ‘Til I Die I loudly scream
The Timbers are next for us to ream
They don’t stand a chance
And won’t win this dance
As we cut down their entire team
Art & Trinity Cantu:
Uncle Lamar keeps a watchful eye,
So come on in don't be shy,
Red, White, and Blue are our colors,
United We Stand next to our sisters and brothers,
Remember that we are Dallas 'Til I Die!
New York tried to create a disaster
Goals from Loyd and Villar came much faster
Ugo shut down Henry
For the whole crowd to see
And they sent those old Bulls to their pasture
Kevin Hartman and Matt Hedges
Keep FC Dallas fans on the edges
Of their bright crimson seats
With concession stand treats
Like pretzels and potato wedges
Doris & Jon Reutinger:
There once was a man in the goal
Kevin, his name - what control
El gato they say
Could stop balls any day
Few goals scored with him on patrol
Dallas will put excellence on display,
They need no luck to other teams' dismay.
Though the Irish within will inspire fight
The red and the blue will make the score right
It is Portland who will timber today.
There is a goalkeeper from Dallas,
Whose opponents shoot at him with malice.
But their shots he will save
And to the fans he will wave
As he raises the MLS Cup like a chalice.