NEW YORK (May 4, 2015) – Soccer United Marketing and Bayer HealthCare, the makers of Coppertone®, today announced a multi-year, multi-property partnership making Coppertone® the Official Suncare Partner of U.S. Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer League.
Throughout this partnership, Coppertone®, U.S. Soccer and NWSL will encourage the importance of using sun protection during every occasion, whether it’s cheering from the stands, playing and sweating on the field, or relaxing by the pool between games. Overexposure to the sun can result in premature skin aging and other skin damage. In fact, up to 90 percent of visible skin changes commonly attributed with premature skin aging are caused by the sun. Outdoor athletes in particular receive more UV exposure than the general public, and, as their skin is more vulnerable to UV rays while sweating, they need a sunscreen they can rely on. With a high performance formula that works just as hard as they do, Coppertone Sport has their back.
"We are very excited to partner with Coppertone, whose leadership in the suncare industry and track record for high performance sunscreens is a natural fit with the NWSL," NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush said. "We boast some of the hardest working elite athletes in the world and are backed by passionate fans who desire a dedicated brand that can support them every step of the way both on the field and in the stands."
Coppertone® will support the U.S. Women’s National Team as it embarks on its journey to the Women’s World Cup this year. It will also back the U.S. Men’s National Team -- a group that captivated the entire country last summer at the World Cup in Brazil -- in this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. The brand will have access to U.S. Soccer branding on packaging and displays, while sampling at local team games and leveraging the partnership in both broadcast and digital advertising. Coppertone® will also work closely with U.S. Soccer to have products in the locker room. The sponsorship is inclusive of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams, as well as the Youth National Teams and the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
In support of the partnership, Coppertone will work with several players to educate fans about the importance of sun protection. As brand ambassadors and role models for athletes across the country, they will spread a message to their fan bases and beyond: sun protection is essential for healthy skin and should be used every day. Since soccer is also one of the most-played sports by children ages 4 to 19 in the United States, supporting the daily use of sunscreen both in and out of the game will encourage sun smart habits.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with U.S. Soccer and NWSL. Coppertone® pioneered the suncare industry with its creation of the sport sunscreen category and its extensive portfolio of products. That’s why working with such an elite group of athletes to spread the sun protection message is a perfect match for us,” said Tracy Nunziata, Vice President, Suncare and Dermatology at Bayer HealthCare. “As the suncare leader, Coppertone is also excited to educate soccer enthusiasts about the importance of sun protection, whether they’re an athlete on the field or a fan watching from the sidelines.”
About Bayer HealthCare
The Bayer Group is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer HealthCare, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of around EUR 20.0 billion (2014), is one of the world’s leading, innovative companies in the healthcare and medical products industry and is based in Leverkusen, Germany.
The company combines the global activities of the Animal Health, Consumer Care, Medical Care and Pharmaceuticals divisions. Bayer HealthCare’s aim is to discover, develop, manufacture and market products that will improve human and animal health worldwide. Bayer HealthCare has a global workforce of 60,700 employees (Dec 31, 2014) and is represented in more than 100 countries. More information is available at www.healthcare.bayer.com.
About Bayer Consumer Care
Bayer HealthCare’s over-the-counter (OTC) drug and nutritional supplements, and OTC and Rx Dermatology units, have business hubs in Whippany, New Jersey, United States: Basel, Switzerland; Shanghai, China; Leverkusen, Germany; and Singapore. Research & Development facilities are located in Morristown, New Jersey and Memphis, Tennessee, United States; Gaillard, France; Darmstadt, Germany and China. Bayer Consumer Care is among the top consumer healthcare companies in the world, with brands in the categories of Allergy; Analgesics; Cardio; Cough, Cold, Sinus & Flu; Foot Health; Gastrointestinals; Nutritionals; Sun Care; and OTC and Rx Dermatology.
Some of the most trusted and recognizable brands in the world today come from the Bayer portfolio of products. These include Advantan™, Afrin®, Aleve®, Alka-Seltzer Plus®, Bayer® Aspirin, Bepanthen™, Berocca™, Canesten™, Claritin®, Coppertone®, Dr. Scholl’s®, Elevit™, Flanax™, Iberogast™, MiraLAX®, Nazol™, One A Day®, Priorin™, Redoxon™, Rennie™, Skinoren™, Supradyn™, Tabcin™, and White & Black™.
CHICAGO (May 2, 2015) – U.S. midfielder Tobin Heath will likely be unavailable for the USA’s first two Send-Off Series matches, on May 10 against the Republic of Ireland and May 17 against Mexico, due to a right hamstring strain suffered during training last week.
As a result, U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has called in defender Crystal Dunn to train with the Women’s World Cup Team, but she will not miss any NWSL matches with the Washington Spirit. Dunn will return to her club for the May 9 match at Portland and the May 16 home clash with Sky Blue FC.
Dunn, who was one of the final cuts from the 23-player Women’s World Cup Team, has 13 caps for the USA. Heath, who was named to her second Women’s World Cup roster on May 14, has 90 caps.
CHICAGO (May 2, 2015) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named a 20-player roster for the team’s first domestic training camp of 2015 in East Hanover, New Jersey.
The camp will run from May 2-11, and the team will hold practice at New York Red Bulls’ practice facility. This will mark the first time the team gathers in a full time capacity since it competed at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Honduras earlier this year.
The team finished CONCACAF qualifying with a 3-1-2 record to secure a spot in the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, following a thrilling 5-4 shootout victory over Jamaica on March 15. The 2015 U-17 World Cup will be held from Oct. 17-Nov. 8 in Chile.
The U.S. has qualified for 15 FIFA U-16 or U-17 World Championships. The 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup was the only occurrence wherein the USA did not qualify for the tournament. The USA’s best performance was a fourth-place finish at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand.
U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Matt Constant (Dallas Texans; Carrollton, Tex.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake Academy; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis Mo.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union Academy; Media, Pa.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls II; Wappinger Falls, N.Y.), George Braima (Columbus Crew Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Terrell Lowe (Portland Timbers Academy; Hillsboro, Ore.), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas; El Paso, Tex.)
FORWARDS (5): Pierre da Silva (Orlando City SC Academy; Port Chester, N.Y.), Mckinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Tex.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Haji Wright (New York Cosmos; Los Angeles, Calif.)
- In addition to the matches during CONCACAF qualifying, the U-17s have played four international matches in 2015. The U.S. split a two-game set against Panama on Feb. 2 and 4, then showcased a strong offensive display with a 5-2 victory against Bermuda on Friday, Feb. 20, followed by a 4-0 win in a rematch two days later.
- Fifteen players from this roster were a part of the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship roster
- Josh Perez scored four goals and tallied an assist for the U.S. in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
- Goalkeeper William Pulisic started in all six games of that tournament.
- Perez has scored six goals in 2015, the most of any U-17 MNT player. He also boasts a roster-leading three assists on the year
- Haji Wright is the most experienced player of the group having earned 34-career caps with the U-17 Men’s National Team
- Wright was the leading goal scorer for the U-17s last year with 18 goals in 22 matches and was a nominee for the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year award.
- Much of this U-17 MNT roster played a big role in the USA’s 17-7-3 international campaign in 2014. Matt Constant, Terrell Lowe, Auston Trusty and Brandon Vazquez joined the team in 2015
- Fourteen players from this roster were a part of the team that earned a runner-up finish in the 2014 Nike Friendlies.
- Nineteen of the 20 players have ties to the Development Academy
GRADISCA D’ISONZO, Italy (May 1, 2015) --The U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team defeated Austria 3-2 to win the 12th Tournament delle Nazioni today in Gradisca D’Isonzo, Italy. Andrew Carleton scored two first-half goals and Tim Weah added a score in the second half, as the team was able to hold off Austria to take home the tournament title.
The U.S. struck first in the 12th minute when George Acosta sent a pass up to Carleton, who got past the last Austrian defender, dribbled around the goalkeeper and scored. Ten minutes later Carleton added to his tally by running onto the ball after a U.S. shot had rebounded off the post and firing it into the bottom right corner of the goal, doubling the U.S. lead.
In the second half the U.S. scored first again when Tim Weah received a pass, took a turn and fired from the top of the box to put the U.S. up 3-0. Austria got on the board a minute later and made things interesting by adding another score in the 77th minute.
While Austria threatened in the game’s final minutes, the U.S. defense stood firm and held on for the 3-2 win.
*Match Report to come...
U-23's Defeat Mexico; Announce September Camp in England: The U-23s are coming off a 3-0 win over archrival Mexico on April 22. Mario Rodriguez, Christian Dean (De Anza Force) and Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy) all tallied goals to give the U-23's their second-straight win over Mexico, which brought the U-23's all-time record to 6-2-0 (4-0-0 on U.S. soil) against their rival.
The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team will convene in England for camp in early September, highlighted by matches with England's U-23 National Team on Thursday, Sept. 3 and Qatar's U-23 National Team on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The camp serves as part of the preparation process for qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship will be played in the United States from Oct. 1-13.
U-20s Close out April Camp with 1-0 Win over Croatia: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team defeated Croatia's Under-20's 1-0 on April 24 behind a Romain Gall (D.C. United Academy) second-half goal at the Red Bull Salzburg Academy, in Salzburg, Austria. The match capped off a weeklong camp as the U-20 MNT continues preparation for this summer's FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, which will run from May 30-June 20.
Familiar and Fresh Faces at U-18 MNT Camp: James Murphy (Players Development Academy) and Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana Fire) joined the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team in Bosnia, where the team is holding its first training camp of 2015. Head coach Javier Perez and his 20-player roster squared off with Bosnian premier league club Siroki Brijeg in a scrimmage on April 25, where they won with a convincing 6-0 final score line. The team followed up with a 3-1 loss to Bosnia's U-19 National Team on April 28, but will get a chance at redemption when they play again on April 30
U-15's Play Their Way into the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni Final: In thrilling fashion, the U-15 BNT took down Italy 0(5)-0(4) in penalty kicks to advance to the championship match of the Tournament Delle Nazioni. The team had gone 2-1-0 in group play defeating Costa Rica 4-1 on April 25, Croatia 6-2 on April 27 and losing to semifinalist Slovenia 3-2 on April 28. The U-15's will go head-to-head with Austria on May 1 for the tournament crown.
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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (April 25-26):
Western Conference: Vancouver Whitecaps U-15/16s defeated Seattle Sounders 3-1 on a double from Cole Morokhovich and a goal from Georges Mukumbilva, while the Vancouver Whitecaps U-17/18 drew even 0-0 with Seattle Sounders as the pair continue to push towards the playoffs. Seattle's U-17/18s currently sit atop the Northwest Division table with 2.16 pts/gp, while Vancouver is close behind and in a tie with Crossfire Premier at the No. 3-spot, with 2.04 pts/gp. Pateadores U-17/18s pushed into the playoff picture as it edged out Chivas USA 3-2. Choi Ba da, Luis Leon and Cesar Murilo scored for Pateadores, while Michael Florse and Jonathan Hernandez scored for Chivas USA.
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Full Circle: In addition, while the U-23s have been in camp, the U-14s have also been in Carson, running camps simultaneously. Early this week, both teams were able to come together for a lunch break and share experiences, anecdotes, and a few laughs, as the oldest group and the youngest group in the Youth National Teams system discussed the journey to make it for the USA.
Four New Clubs Added for 2015-16 Season: Three east coast-based clubs and one west coast club will be joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to open the 2015-16 season. Baltimore Armour from Maryland and Sacramento Republic from California will field teams at all age groups, which include U-13/14s, U-15/16s and U-17/18s, to become full members beginning this fall. In addition, Florida-based club Boca United, who currently fields a team in the Academy at the U-13/14 age group, will play the 2015-16 Academy season at all three age groups adding teams to the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. New York City FC will be joining the U-13/14 age group at the beginning of next season and become part of the Academy for the first time.