CHICAGO (June 3, 2007) – The Official Competition Committee for the Drew Carey vs. U.S. Soccer EA SPORTSTM FIFA Soccer 07 on Xbox 360™ Challenge has released the rules that will govern the matches between Mr. Carey and the stars of U.S. Soccer at the $100K invitation-only event that will take place on June 5 from 7-10 p.m. PT in the Stadium Club at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Mr. Carey will compete against five players from both the Men’s and Women’s National Soccer Teams – Landon Donovan, Abby Wambach, Kasey Keller, Hope Solo and Taylor Twellman - as well as a neutral player from the audience, with a total of $100,000 at stake for the Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund, established in honor of former coach and MNT captain Glenn “Mooch” Myernick. The fund was established to help increase the number of children playing the sport in metropolitan communities nationwide, and to assist soccer clubs and organizations in urban areas to create and sustain soccer opportunities for local underserved children.
After careful consideration of the positions of the respective sides, as well as the generally accepted practices of FIFA Soccer 07 on Xbox 360 players everywhere, the following rules have been established:
- The length of the first five matches, also called the preliminary phase, will be ten (10) minutes long. For each match that Mr. Carey loses in the preliminary phase, he will donate $10,000 to the Mooch Fund.
- The length of the last match against Mr. Donovan, also called the final phase, will be twenty (20) minutes long. If Mr. Carey loses that match, he will donate $50,000 to the Mooch Fund.
- For all matches in both the preliminary and final phases, the games will take place in ‘night-time’ conditions. Mr. Carey thinks it looks ‘cooler’.
- For all matches in both the preliminary and final phases, the field conditions will be ‘dry’. Mr. Carey can control the ball better and not screw up passes as much when the grass isn’t wet.
- There will be a maximum of three (3) substitutions per match. Unless Mr. Carey can figure out how to give his team more, and the other team less.
- Players may change formations at any time. Mr. Carey couldn’t think of a reason why this would hurt him.
- Mr. Carey will choose his team first, and will not divulge the name of said team until five minutes before kickoff of the opening match. This will allow for Mr. Carey to pick the best team possible and give no one a fair chance to prepare.
- No opponent may use the same team as Mr. Carey, and no opponent may use the same team as any previous opponent of Mr. Carey. Mr. Carey does not wish to get bored playing against the same team over and over again.
- Mr. Carey reserves the sole right to use Mr. Donovan as a player against himself. Mr. Carey knows that Mr. Donovan is damn good.
Any rules not specifically addressed here will be decided in favor of Mr. Carey. It should be noted that the decisions of Mr. Care… that is, the Official Competition Committee, are final and not subject to appeal. After all, it’s his money.
Donations to the Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund can be made at www.ussoccerfoundation.org/myernick.
DREW CAREY vs. U.S. SOCCER
WHO: Drew Carey., U.S. Men’s National Team stars Landon Donovan, Kasey Keller and Taylor Twellman, U.S. Women’s National Team stars Hope Solo and Abby Wambach
WHAT: An EA SPORTSTM FIFA Soccer 07 / Xbox 360 video game challenge pitting Drew Carey against five players from the U.S. National Teams to raise some serious cash
WHEN: Tuesday, June 5, 7-10 p.m., by invitation only
WHY: 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund, in honor of former coach and MNT captain Glenn “Mooch” Myernick. The fund was established to help increase the number of children playing the sport in metropolitan communities nationwide, and to assist soccer clubs and organizations in urban areas to create and sustain soccer opportunities for local underserved children. Since the Fund was created, the Foundation has raised over $106,000 from individual and corporate donors in Myernick’s honor to help support the growth of soccer in major metropolitan areas across the country. An assistant coach for the USA in the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup, Myernick was universally admired, respected and loved by all those whose lives he touched. He passed away in October of 2006 at the age of 51.