Soccer News: Search for America’s Best Undiscovered Young Soccer Player
Chivas USA, FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders FC host nationally televised search for America’s best undiscovered young soccer player; Legends Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Adolfo Rios to mentor national finalists in LA. This is the chance for great talent to leave it all on the field in the hopes of 'being discovered.'
Today is the day thousands of aspiring young soccer players have been waiting for, as pre-registration opens for Sueño MLS 2012 – presented by Allstate, the premier nationally televised search for the best undiscovered soccer talent in America.
Starting this afternoon, Sunday, March 25, at 2:00 p.m. PT (4:00 p.m. CT), hopefuls will be able to register via www.SuenoMLS.com for an opportunity to participate in one of three open tryouts. The competition and personal stories will be chronicled by Univision Network’s popular weekly sports entertainment program, “República Deportiva” (Sports Republic).
Now in its sixth year, Sueño MLS 2012 – presented by Allstate will be staged by three MLS teams, including first-time host, Seattle Sounders FC, as well as returning hosts FC Dallas and Chivas USA. Up to 500 tryout spots will be made available at each city on a first come, first served basis. In past years, spots have filled up in only a few hours following the start of registration. A waiting list will be available for those who are not able to register for the initial spots.
In each city, field players will be battling for one of five invitations to a week-long trial with their respective youth development host club and a ticket to the exciting four-day “Final Event” which will be staged in the greater Los Angeles area and be hosted by MLS and Argentina soccer legend Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
The finals will include training sessions, scrimmages, guest celebrity scouts, and an opportunity to meet some of the League’s biggest stars. The ultimate champion will be crowned on Sunday, May 13, live on “República Deportiva” (see calendar below for more information). “República Deportiva” host, and former Mexican national team goalkeeper, Félix Fernández will also be onsite to participate in select Sueño MLS events.
Returning to Sueño MLS for a second year is the Allstate “Good Hands®” top goalkeeper award - El Portero Allstate. One goalkeeper at each of the three local tryouts will be selected as the top goalkeeper and will compete in the finals on Univision’s “Republica Deportiva” on Sunday, May 13th for the opportunity to be named El Portero Allstate and train with an MLS team. El Portero Allstate will be selected in conjunction with the winner of the Sueño MLS 2012 - presented by Allstate, and mentored by Mexican goalkeeping legend Adolfo Rios. For more information on El Portero Allstate, go to www.SuenoMLS.com.
“As a proud MLS supporter, Allstate is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of Sueño MLS and part of the search for the best undiscovered soccer talent” said Lisa Cochrane, Allstate’s senior vice president of marketing. “We are also excited to bring back El Portero Allstate, our “Good Hands®” award presented to the top goalkeeper, the one who protects his team’s goal from the opponents. At Allstate, we celebrate protection in soccer and in life because we’re committed to protecting people to put them in Good Hands®.”
Airing nationally every Sunday at 10:55 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT/1 p.m. PT, Univision Network’s “República Deportiva,” the highest-rated weekly sports show on Spanish-language television, will follow the action weekly in a unique “reality show within a show” format.
Since its inception in 2007, Sueño MLS has given thousands of talented young athletes a chance to showcase their skills and impress youth development scouts. The original winner, forward Jorge Villafaña (formerly Jorge Flores) of Anaheim, Calif., is now in his sixth year with MLS’ Chivas USA. He is also part of the current roster for the United States Under-23 National Team. “It seems like it was yesterday but in fact I won the opportunity in 2007 and since then, my life has changed for the better” said Villafaña. “Thanks to Sueño MLS I have traveled around the world, play for Chivas USA in MLS, and proudly represent the US through its National Teams.”
The 2008 FC Dallas Sueño MLS winner, Gabriel Funes Mori, played with the FC Dallas Juniors U-18 team before moving on to Argentina’s legendary side River Plate, where he plays alongside his twin brother Jose, a Dallas Sueño MLS finalist that same year.
Tryouts for Sueño MLS 2012 – presented by Allstate, kick-off the weekend of Saturday, April 14, with two days of open tryouts in Frisco, TX, home of FC Dallas. The program then moves to Seattle on April 21-22 and on to LA-based Chivas USA April 28-29. Specific tryout locations will be announced at a later date.
The “Final Event” will take place May 9-13, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, where League scouts and celebrity guests, including Barros Schelotto and Rios, will be on hand to provide guidance and select the ultimate winner in front of a live Univision national television audience on Sunday, May 13.
MLS partners participating in Sueño MLS 2012– presented by Allstate, also include adidas, Degree Men, Gatorade, Pepsi and Volkswagen.
March 25 Live announcement on República Deportiva
April 14-15 Local market tryouts (FC Dallas)
April 21-22 Local market tryouts (Seattle Sounders FC)
April 28-29 Local market tryouts (Chivas USA)
May 9-13 National Finals in Los Angeles
May 13 Announcement of winner on República Deportiva
Eligible players must be males between the ages of 14 and 18 years old (born between dates of April 13, 1998 and May 14, 1994) with appropriate identification and retain their amateur status.
Current collegiate student athletes will not be permitted to attend the final event in Carson, CA. Sueño MLS participants will be responsible for all personal expenses associated with the local market tryout, including travel to local tryouts, lodging, food, soccer equipment (shoes, training gear, etc.), etc. Program sponsors will cover all expenses for eighteen (18) participants selected to attend the final event in Carson, CA.
For more information, please visit SuenoMLS. Participation in the event is free. Players may not register for more than one city.
Year Name Home Town Position Host Team
2007 Jorge Flores Anaheim, CA Forward Chivas USA
2008* Gabriel Funes Mori Arlington, TX Forward FC Dallas
2008* Briant Reyes Downey, CA Midfielder Chivas USA
2009 Alberto Lopez Aurora, Ill Midfielder Chicago Fire
2010 Nelson Castro Houston, TX Defender Houston Dynamo
2011 Birnis Adames Camden, NJ Forward Philadelphia Union
*Co-winners in 2008
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Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. MLS features many stars from the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Major League Soccer’s 17th season will feature 19 clubs each playing 34 regular-season matches. Those clubs include the Chicago Fire; Chivas USA; Colorado Rapids; Columbus Crew; D.C. United; FC Dallas; Houston Dynamo; 2011 MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy; New York Red Bulls; New England Revolution; Philadelphia Union; Portland Timbers; Real Salt Lake; San Jose Earthquakes; Seattle Sounders FC; Sporting Kansas City; Toronto FC; Vancouver Whitecaps FC; and, in their inaugural season, Montreal Impact.
Founded in 2004, Los Angeles-based Club Deportivo Chivas USA has achieved remarkable success in seven full seasons in Major League Soccer. From 2006-2009, the Mexican-owned club qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four consecutive seasons, to the delight of its passionate supporters. In addition, Chivas USA’s innovative grassroots programs demonstrate its deep commitment to the Southern California community, while the club’s youth teams and Soccer Academies offer unprecedented opportunities to the region’s best young talent.
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