CHICAGO (Nov. 14, 2011) â€“ The U.S. Menâ€™s National Teamâ€™s autographed game-worn jerseys from the Veterans Day match against France are now available via an online auction with all proceeds going to benefit the Disabled American Veterans organization.
Following the match against France on Nov. 11 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, all 18 players who dressed for the match signed their own jerseys, which had been washed after the game. The auction will end on Monday, Nov. 21 between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET.
â€œWe are honored to have the opportunity to help assist disabled veterans,â€ said U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra. â€œThey have made a great sacrifice in the course of defending our country, and we are grateful for their service. They certainly deserve our support.â€
Proceeds raised through the auction will be given to Disabled American Veterans (DAV), a non-profit organization that represents the interests of Americaâ€™s disabled veterans, and their families and survivors. The 1.2 million-member DAV provides free benefits, counseling and representation for those seeking benefits and services from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal and state agencies.
â€œThe U.S. Menâ€™s National Teamâ€™s game jersey auction will mean a great deal to the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country,â€ said National Commander Donald L. Samuels. â€œThe teamâ€™s generosity will help us continue providing our free services to veterans of all eras, including those returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.â€
In honor of Veterans Day, the U.S. Menâ€™s National Team also wroteÂ a letter of thanks to veterans and observed a moment of silence before the game against France. The U.S. lost 1-0 after a goal from LoÃ¯c RÃ©my. It was the first time the teams had met since 1979.
The U.S. will face Slovenia on Nov. 15 at the Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The match kicks off at 12 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Galavision. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.