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U.S. Soccer Hosting Free Viewing Party in Grant Park on June 18 For All-Important FIFA World Cup Qualifying Match Against Honduras

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CHICAGO (June 7, 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 in Grant Park on Tuesday, June 18, for the crucial FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Honduras.

Pre-match activities begin at 4 p.m. and the match itself will start at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the general public.

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. The match, which will be televised on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas, will be shown on a 19’ X 33’ GoVision high-definition mobile giant screen at the Petrillo Bandshell in Grant Park between Jackson Drive and Monroe Street.

“Our supporters are incredibly passionate and are crucial to the continued growth of the sport in the United States,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “You saw that last Sunday when they packed RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. to capacity. We want to continue to give them the opportunity to come together and cheer on their National Team during a crucial World Cup qualifier, and there are few better places to do that than Grant Park in Chicago.”

Starting at 4 p.m. and going through the end of the match, U.S. Soccer will have numerous activities open to the general public in Grant Park:

  • Appearances by current and former soccer stars, including Chicago Fire head coach Frank Klopas and players Logan Pause and Chris Rolfe
  • 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
  • Enter for a chance to win tickets to a future U.S. Soccer match
  • Purchase official U.S. Soccer merchandise
  • Food and beverage will be available for purchase

The viewing party wraps-up a whirlwind month for the U.S. Men’s National Team. The MNT earned a thrilling 4-3 victory in an international friendly with Germany last Sunday. Dubbed the “Centennial Celebration” match, the U.S. defeated the No.2-ranked Germans at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. before a sellout crowd of 47,359.

The June 18 match against Honduras will be the last of three FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches taking place this month. The U.S. plays Jamaica in Kingston this Friday, June 7 (live on beIN Sport at 9:30 p.m. ET) before hosting Panama in Seattle next Tuesday, June 11 (live on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas at 9:30 p.m. ET) and then plays Honduras in Salt Lake City on June 18. The results from these three games will have a major impact on the U.S. qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The Centennial Celebration will continue throughout the year at all U.S. Men and Women’s National Team matches. Late last month, U.S. Soccer opened its archives to offer an in-depth look at the history of the sport with 100 Years of Soccer in America, the official, definitive, and unique celebration of a century of achievement in U.S. Soccer. It features a preface by President Bill Clinton.

Additionally, is displaying historic content with never-before-seen photos, unique videos and engaging interviews that celebrate the sport’s history in the United States.

Founded in 1913, U.S. Soccer has helped chart the course for soccer in the USA for 100 years as the governing body of the sport. In this time, the Federation’s mission statement has been clear and simple: to make soccer, in all its forms, a pre-eminent sport in the United States and to continue the development of soccer at all recreational and competitive levels. To that end, the sport’s growth in the past two decades has been nothing short of remarkable as U.S. Soccer’s National Teams have continually succeeded on the world stage while also growing the game here in the United States with the support of its members.