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U.S. Soccer Community Raises Over $135,000 For Hurricane Katrina Victims

NEW YORK (Thursday, September 15, 2005) – The North American soccer community raised over $135,000 for the U.S. Soccer Foundation Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund through an online auction of game-worn, autographed jerseys of Major League Soccer players, as well as members of the U.S. National Team and Mexican National Team. The week-long auction ended on Monday, September 12, and included over 100 jerseys from all 12 MLS teams that participated in games on September 3 and 4 as well as members of the United States and Mexico National Teams that faced each other in the FIFA World Cup Qualifier on Sept. 3 in Columbus, Ohio.

U.S. National Team defender Oguchi Onyewu’s jersey raised the most of any player with a winning bid of $6260. U.S. National team forward Landon Donovan and goalkeeper Kasey Keller attracted the next highest bids with both of their jerseys selling for $6010.  New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis’s jersey from his game against Real Salt Lake led all MLS players with a winning bid of $3530. The jerseys worn by RSL forward Jason Kreis ($3160) and the D.C. United forward Freddy Adu ($2910) were next among MLS stars.  From the Mexican National team, forward Jared Borgetti’s jersey brought in $1,625, followed by goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez ($1,042) and defender Rafael Marquez ($1,020). 

More than 40 jerseys received winning bids of $1000 or more with the average jersey selling for over $1200. Fans from the United States, Mexico, Great Britain and Japan participated in the auction.

The auction was fully supported by Major League Soccer, the U.S. Soccer Federation, Federación Mexicana de Fútbol, the MLS Players Union and the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association.  In addition, the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Eurosport contributed support to the relief efforts.

Highest Bids (Over $1000):

U.S. National Team Players
$6260       Oguchi Onyewu 
$6010       Landon Donovan
$6010       Kasey Keller
$4810       Claudio Reyna
$4010       DaMarcus Beasley
$3510       Steve Ralston
$3510       Taylor Twellman
$3170       Brian McBride
$3010       Chris Armas
$2510       Carlos Bocanegra
$2510       Frankie Hejduk
$2510       Eddie Lewis
$2500       Pablo Mastroeni 
$2310       Jeff Cunningham
$2010       Gregg Berhalter
$2010       Jimmy Conrad
$2010       Santino Quaranta
$1510       Marcus Hahneman

Major League Soccer Players
$3530       Matt Reis
$3160       Jason Kreis
$2910       Freddy Adu
$2180       Michael Parkhurst
$1710       Youri Djorkaeff 
$1500       Eddie Johnson 
$1310       Clint Dempsey 
$1310       Cobi Jones
$1210       Jaime Moreno
$1210       Ben Olsen
$1210       Eddie Pope
$1210       Josh Wolff
$1121       Danny Szetela
$1060       Zach Thornton
$1010       Joe Franchino 
$1010       Eddie Gaven
$1010       Justin Mapp
$1010       Tony Meola
$1000       Clint Mathis
$1000       Ronnie O’Brien 

Mexican National Team Players
$1625       Jared Borgetti
$1042       Oswaldo Sanchez
$1020       Rafael Marquez
$1010       Francisco Fonseca is the official website of U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in the United States.