Midfielder Alex Ortiz and head coach Kyle Schroeder will travel to Chicago next week for Fourth Annual Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Match
FRISCO, Texas – Midfielder Alex Ortiz, a member of the FC Dallas Special Olympics team supported by Globe Life, and head coach Kyle Schroeder have been named to the 2017 Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star soccer match at Toyota Park next Tuesday, August 1.
The game will kick off at 4:45 p.m. CT, one day before the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target.
For the fourth year in a row, MLS WORKS and ESPN will host 44 delegates as part of the Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Experience, which this year will feature participants representing all 22 MLS clubs.
The Unified Sports All-Star soccer teams are comprised of players with and without intellectual disabilities, and will play an 11 v. 11 match consisting of two 25-minute halves. The team uniforms for the game will be provided by adidas.
The Unified match will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com, MLS’ Facebook page and MLS’ YouTube page. Player rosters can be found by CLICKING HERE.
The teams will take the pitch in an East vs. West matchup prior to the fourth annual MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer® on Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. CT at Toyota Park. The FC Dallas Academy has three representatives in the Homegrown game: Jesus Ferreira, Jesse Gonzalez and Paxton Pomykal.
The best in MLS will face Spanish giants Real Madrid, the newly minted back-to-back reigning UEFA Champions League winners, in the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target on August 2 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The summer showcase will air at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, Univision, TSN and TVA Sports domestically as well as more than 170 countries globally.
About MLS WORKS
MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, is dedicated to addressing important social issues and serves as a platform for both League and club philanthropic programs. MLS WORKS seeks to establish MajorLeague Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. MLS WORKS has helped to improve the communities where we live and play our games by executing programs and campaigns that focus on anti-discrimination , community service, environmental sustainability, cancer research and treatment, , and accessibility to soccer. Follow us on Twitter & Instagram @MLSWORKS.
About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5.7 million athletes in nearly 172 countries. With the support of more than 1.2 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: Twitter@specialolympics, fb.com/specialolympics, youtube.com/specialolympicshq,instagram.com/specialolympics