"My teammates and I have always received tremendous support from our fans, especially during the 1999 Women's World Cup," said Hamm. "We can't wait to hear our fans shouting our new rallying cheer in the stands. This is the type of contest that can really make U.S. Soccer stronger than ever before, and can mark the beginning of a new American tradition."
Arena agrees that fans can positively influence players' performance. "Nothing is more important to our players and team than the support we receive from our fans," said Arena. "Having an official chant for U.S. Soccer's National Teams is something that can help fans from all over the United States identify with our team. From a competitive standpoint, that is the type of thing that can give us an edge when we are competing at home and on the road."
Fans can enter their original chant by visiting the U.S. Soccer website from now until August 15th, 2001. Visitors to www.us-soccer.com will find an entry form, rules and complete contest details.
The grand prize winner's chant will be selected by a panel of Philips and U.S. Soccer representatives and will debut at the October 7th World Cup Qualifier in Boston. The winner will also be able to root for the U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams on his/her new Philips Home Theater system. Two runners up will be awarded Philips DVD players.
About Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of $34.9 billion (EUR 37.9 billion) in 2000. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, color picture tubes for televisions and monitors, and one-chip TV products. Its 219,400 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at www.news.philips.com.
In the United States, Philips has a significant presence in both the consumer and professional marketplaces, contributing $8.4 billion (or 24 percent) of the company's 2000 worldwide sales. Philips has also been an active investor in the USA. Within the last two years, the company has spent over $5.8 billion to acquire all or major interests in eight U.S. companies.