The U.S. Women's National Team has officially begun preparations for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. The team is training in Orlando, Fla. ahead of its opening match vs. Germany on March 1 in Columbus, Ohio.Read more
Frisco, TX (February 21, 2018) – Grammy award-winning band Imagine Dragons will headline the 2018 National Soccer Hall of Fame Weekend with a performance presented by Budweiser on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Their first-ever performance in Frisco, Texas will take place at Toyota Stadium following the 2018 National Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Formed in 2009, Imagine Dragons made their full-length album debut with 2012’s multi-platinum Night Visions. Their past hits include “Believer”, “Whatever It Takes,” “It’s Time” and “Radioactive”, which was a diamond-selling hit that won Best Performance at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Smoke + Mirror debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 album chart when it was released in 2015.
“We are thrilled Imagine Dragons are performing at the inaugural National Soccer Hall of Fame weekend,” said FCD president Dan Hunt. “They’re passionate soccer fans and will help us make this an unforgettable experience.”
Official Imagine Dragons Fan Club presale begins March 5 at 10AM CT. Toyota Stadium presale begins at 12PM CT on Monday, March 5. Tickets to go on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, March 6 at 10AM CT. FC Dallas Season Ticket Members will receive direct communication from FC Dallas regarding exclusive presale opportunities.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
The weekend of October 20-21, 2018 marks the grand opening of the National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium. Saturday, October 20 will feature the Hall of Fame induction ceremony followed by the Imagine Dragons performance presented by Budweiser.
FC Dallas hosts Sporting Kansas City in the National Soccer Hall of Fame Game presented by Budweiser on Sunday, October 21 at Toyota Stadium. To experience the National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend and learn more about FC Dallas Season Ticket Memberships, please visit FCDallas.com/Memberships for more information.
CONTACT: Gina Miller, Gina@NationalSoccerHOF.com, 469-365-0198
About the National Soccer Hall of Fame
The National Soccer Hall of Fame was originally founded in 1950 by the Philadelphia Old-Timers Association to recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to American soccer. In 1979 the National Soccer Museum, as a physical entity, was established in Oneonta, NY. It was officially recognized as the National Soccer Hall of Fame by the U.S. Soccer Federation in 1983.
In June of 1999, the National Soccer Hall of Fame opened a multimedia museum in Oneonta where it housed a collection of more than 80,000 items and artifacts such as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophy, the oldest soccer ball made in the U.S. and the 1994 FIFA World Cup U.S. archive. The facility closed in February of 2010.
In 2013 FC Dallas owners, Clark and Dan Hunt, launched a campaign to bring the Hall of Fame to Frisco. Their father, Lamar Hunt, was inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1982. In 1999, he received the Hall’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor. He remains one of only three individuals to have won the award.The National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium will open October 20, 2018 with the National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction weekend.
In its first action after the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team will play a pair of friendlies in April against its neighbor to the south, Mexico, as the USA continues its challenging preparation schedule in advance of World Cup qualifying this fall.
The first of the two matchups will take place in Jacksonville, Florida, at EverBank Field, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. The U.S. WNT hasn’t played in JAX (also referred to as Duuuuvaaaal County, give or take a few letters, by the locals) since Feb. 9, 2013 in a game against Scotland that the U.S. comfortably won by a 4-1 score.
The match, which drew an impressive attendance of 18,656 was, at first glance, a solid friendly for the U.S. WNT to kick start a new cycle and year after a successful Olympic gold medal-winning run in London. But perhaps more importantly, on the field, it was the beginning of some long-lasting storylines for the USA.
During that warm afternoon in Northern Florida, U.S. WNT forward Christen Press and midfielder Julie Johnston (now Julie Ertz, of course) earned their first U.S. WNT caps. Press started the game and played 72 minutes. She also went on to score two goals, becoming the 17th player in U.S. WNT history to score in her first cap and third to score a brace.
Johnston, then 20-years-old, was coming off a terrific 2012 with the U-20 WNT that saw her captain the team to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title in Japan. She entered the game in the 83rd minute, replacing Becky Sauerbrunn on the back line to help secure the U.S. victory.It’s been five years since their debuts, and five years since the U.S. WNT last played in Jacksonville, but in that time the pair of players have grown on the field and off, won a World Cup in 2015, and become veterans on a younger, new-look WNT team, a team that is now setting its sights on qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.