U.S. Soccer Holding Viewing Party in Grant Park for FIFA World Cup Qualifying Match Against Honduras Tomorrow, June 18
Mayor Emanuel Proclaims June 18 “U.S. Soccer Centennial Celebration Day in Chicago”;
Sarah Spain, ESPNChicago.com Reporter and ESPN Radio 1000 Anchor to Serve as Emcee
CHICAGO (June 17, 2013) – As part of U.S. Soccer’s yearlong Centennial Celebration and with support from the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District and Chicago Sports Commission, U.S. Soccer is hosting a viewing party tomorrow, June 18, in Grant Park for the crucial FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Honduras. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has officially proclaimed Tuesday, June 18 as “U.S. Soccer Centennial Celebration Day in Chicago.”
U.S. Soccer – which has partnered with the Chicago Fire,Chicago Red Stars, Illinois Youth Soccer Association and Chicago Fire Rec Soccer – is expecting thousands of soccer supporters and Chicagoans working downtown to attend and support the U.S. Men’s National Team, which currently sits atop the Final Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
Sarah Spain will emcee the event. Spain is a host and anchor at ESPN Radio 1000 and a reporter for ESPNChicago.com and espnW.com.
Pre-match activities begin at 4 p.m. and the match begins at 8 p.m. The entire event is free and open to the general public, and fans will be able to purchase U.S. Soccer merchandise as well as food and beverage.
4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, pre-match activities begin, including:
- Enter a raffle for a chance to win tickets to see the U.S. Men’s National Team play Mexico in a FIFA World Qualifying match on Sept. 10 in Columbus, Ohio.
- Pick-up soccer games on mini-fields.
- A youth soccer clinic hosted by the Chicago Red Stars and the Illinois Youth Soccer Association.
- A small-sided adult tournament hosted by Chicago Fire Rec Soccer.
8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
- Match begins and will be shown on a 19’ X 33’ GoVision high-definition mobile giant screen (televised on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas).
Grant Park – Petrillo Bandshell between Jackson Drive and Monroe Street
- Thousands of soccer fans and Chicagoans
- Current U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Shannon Boxx
- Former U.S. Women’s National Team defender Lori Chalupny
- Chicago Fire head coach Frank Klopas and players Logan Pause and Chris Rolfe
- Players and coaches from the Chicago Red Stars