CHICAGO (Thursday, October 4, 2001) - U.S. Soccer fans will come together in one voice to show their national pride and rally the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team in their important World Cup qualifier against Jamaica at Foxboro Stadium on Oct. 7. As they wave their flags and support the red, white and blue, U.S. Soccer fans will have – for the first time ever – an official chant to unite them in pride and support for their team. As part of a new American tradition, the official Philips / U.S. Soccer Stadium Chant will be debuted by the fans and revealed to the nation during the crucial qualifying match just outside Boston.
Selected from more than 1,000 entries submitted by die-hard U.S. soccer fans around the country, the long-awaited Official U.S. Stadium Chant -- “Our Legs Shall Never Tire, Our Hearts Will See Us Through, Goals! Goals! Goals! For the Red, White, and Blue” -- is the result of a national contest conducted by U.S. Soccer and Philips Electronics. The two organizations announced a long-term sponsorship agreement last June, joining forces in a mission to enhance the experience for soccer fans, as well as their goal to increase the soccer fan base in the U.S.
To hear the chant, click on the following link:
The Official Philips / U.S. Soccer Stadium Chant
The winning chant, created by fan Randall Bird from Seattle, Washington, will be set to original music by Pyramid Productions that will be heard by the players and opposing team for the first time at the October 7 match in Boston. Fans can tune into the game at 2 p.m. ET, live on ABC.
“I read the criteria for the contest, and knew it needed something that you could repeat and build-up to so that everyone could get into it,” said Bird, from his home in Snohomish, Washington, just north of Seattle. “That’s why I came up with the ‘goals, goals, goals’ part. It’s simple, but memorable, and gets stuck in your head.”
The October 7 match is a critical game for the Men’s National Team and fan support will be more important than ever as the team strives to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™.
U.S. Soccer and Philips Electronics have been working together to initiate several consumer programs to enhance the fan experience off the field, including a new website that features a MatchTracker system, polls and chats for the first time. In addition, U.S. Soccer has launched a new monthly e-magazine for all fans of U.S. Soccer called “Center Circle.”
“Philips and U.S. Soccer wanted to create an Official U.S. Stadium Chant to help unify the fans in their pride and support for the National Team players whether they’re cheering from the stands or at home,” says Peter Verest, International Sponsorship Manager for Royal Philips Electronics. “We’re excited to see the chant become a tradition that will bring fans together and enhance the overall soccer experience now and in years to come.”
About Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world’s biggest electronics companies and Europe’s largest, with sales of $34.9 billion (EUR 37.9 billion) in 2000. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, color picture tubes for televisions and monitors, and one-chip TV products. Its 219,400 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at www.news.philips.com.
In the United States, Philips has a significant presence in both the consumer and professional marketplaces, contributing $8.4 billion (or 24 percent) of the company’s 2000 worldwide sales. Philips has also been an active investor in the USA. Within the last two years, the company has spent over $5.8 billion to acquire all or major interests in eight U.S. companies.