U.S. Soccer celebrates turning 100 in NYC.
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U.S. Soccer News: U.S. Soccer Celebrates Centennial
U.S. Soccer turning 100 years old is a tribute to dedication and commitment of many individuals deserving of thanks who tirelessly worked on creating a space for soccer to survive and thrive in America’s overcrowded sports landscape. U.S. Soccer turning 100 clearly shows how young the sport is in America and yet, at the same time, how long the sport has been played in our young country. More than anything else, U.S. Soccer turning 100 years old is a great reason for soccer lovers to celebrate and rejoice – and that is what U.S. Soccer did in the greatest city on Earth – New York City.
U.S. Soccer capped off Centennial Week in New York with a number of events on its 100-year anniversary on Friday, April 5, including a joint press conference with Mayor Bloomberg's office on the steps of New York City Hall, lighting the Empire State Building red, white and blue and hosting a viewing party of the U.S. Women's National Team match against Germany at Nevada Smiths for fans.
"The past, present, and future of American soccer have all started in New York City," said Howard Wolfson. "From the U.S. Men's National Team playing in Ebbets Field for their first-ever home match, to the 1994 World Cup, to the newest New Yorkers who bring their passion for the beautiful game to pitches in all five boroughs, New York City is at the heart of soccer's growth in the United States. It is no surprise that one hundred years ago U.S. Soccer began in our city, and that today they are reaffirming their commitment to making the game one of America's preeminent sports. Congratulations to U.S. Soccer on their centennial, and we look forward to another hundred years of the world's game prospering in the world's capital."
There was great significance to holding the press conference at New York City Hall, as just across the street once stood a luxury hotel called The Astor House - on Broadway between Vesey and Barclay streets - which is where the U.S. Soccer charter was signed on April 5, 1913.
Complete with the lighting of the Empire State Building and a press conference at Mayor Bloomberg’s office, U.S. Soccer rejoiced with a fan-filled weeklong celebration. At the beginning of the week, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati kicked off Centennial Week by presiding over the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange. All the festivities are commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the organization's charter, signed in New York on April 5, 1913.
Howard Wolfson, the Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs and Communications, and Sunil Gulati, President of U.S. Soccer, spoke about the influence U.S. Soccer has had on the sport over the past 100 years, with a look toward the next century for the sport.
As part of the press conference, Mayor Bloomberg's office presented U.S. Soccer with a proclamation stating that April 5, 2013, in the City of New York is officially "U.S. Soccer Day."
Jurgen Klinsmann and Sunil Gulati on the 66th floor of the Empire State Building in NYC
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U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, along with many of U.S. Soccer's most recognizable and accomplished former players, including Alexi Lalas, Cobi Jones, Tab Ramos, Walter Bahr, Michelle Akers, April Heinrichs and Carli Lloyd, were present for the ceremonial press conference at City Hall.
The commemoration of the federation's Centennial continued with the ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building, where tonight one of the most iconic buildings in the world will shine red, white and blue. Gulati pulled the lever on the lighting along with Klinsmann and Lloyd, and then the whole group went to the 86th floor for photos with the magnificent New York City skyline in the background.
The group moved to Nevada Smith's, a famed Official U.S. Soccer Bar in New York City, to watch the U.S. Women's National Team take on Germany. The former players signed autographs, took photos and handed out special Centennial scarves to the fans on hand.
More good news? Centennial Celebration Will Continue Throughout 2013
After Centennial Week, fans can look forward to more Centennial events throughout 2013, including a unique celebration on June 2 when the U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams will both play matches back-to-back live on the ESPN family of networks. The U.S. Men will take on Germany at 2:30 p.m. ET at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas, while the U.S. Women take on Canada at 4:30 p.m. ET at BMO Field in Toronto, live on ESPNews.
The Centennial celebration will continue throughout the year at all Men's and Women's games, including the MNT's four remaining FIFA World Cup home qualifying matches in Seattle (June 11), Salt Lake City (June 18), Columbus (Sept. 10) and Kansas City (Oct. 11).
Additionally, ussoccer.com is displaying historic content with never-before-seen photos, unique videos and engaging interviews that celebrate the sport's history in the United States. Later this year, fans can look forward to a commemorative book featuring articles, interviews and photos from U.S. Soccer's archives.
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