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The Most Magical Fans: WNT & MNT Join Forces with Make-A-Wish

In 2017, the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams met seven incredibly special people thanks to Make-A-Wish, a non-profit organization founded in the United States that arranges "wishes" for children with life-threatening medical conditions. During this #FanWeek2017, we want to give a big thank you to Make-A-Wish for introducing us to Elissa, Ashlyn, Madelyn, Charlie, Sydney, Andie and Aisnley, who taught us what perseverance and determination looks like. You guys, you are the superstars and we will always have your backs. 

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WNT Dec 12, 2017

National Soccer Hall of Fame to Open Oct. 20, 2018 in Frisco with Induction Ceremony, Concert and Hall of Fame Game

FRISCO, Texas (Dec. 12, 2017) – The National Soccer Hall of Fame will open Oct. 20, 2018 U.S. Soccer and FC Dallas announced today during a media event at Toyota Stadium. The 2018 Hall of Fame weekend will kick off with the 2018 Enshrinement Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 20 when the newest members of the Hall of Fame will take their place among soccer’s elite. The 2018 Hall of Fame induction class will be announced in March 2018.

Soundbites and b-roll from today’s media event as well as additional informational materials about the Hall of Fame are available HERE.

The weekend will also include the 2018 Hall of Fame game featuring FC Dallas and a to-be-determined MLS opponent on Sunday, Oct. 21, the NASL 50th anniversary match and a concert. To learn more about the NASL match, please visit NASL50th.com. Details of the concert will be released at a later date.

Soccer fans will get a sneak peek of the National Soccer Hall of Fame in July 2018 when the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Club opens. This club space offers a casual sports bar atmosphere on gamedays with a 1300 square-foot patio offering unobstructed views of the Toyota Stadium pitch. The gameday locker rooms and state-of-the-art media room will also open in July 2018.

“October 20th can’t come soon enough,” said FC Dallas president Dan Hunt. “Not only will this be a technology-driven experience that honors the men and women who made U.S. soccer what it is today, the National Soccer Hall of Fame will also provide outstanding educational opportunities for students across Dallas/Fort Worth. The clubs and new seats are gamechangers that will offer unparalleled views for all guests who visit Toyota Stadium for games, concerts or any other special event.”

“We are excited to see all the progress that has been made on what will be a truly special soccer experience at the new National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco,” said U.S. Soccer CEO and Secretary General Dan Flynn. “From the beginning, the Hunt Family has been a dedicated and passionate partner in building a first-rate Hall of Fame that ensures soccer fans will be able to celebrate the history of the beautiful game in the United States for generations to come. We are also grateful to the City of Frisco and the Frisco ISD for their help with this important project and couldn’t be happier with the results so far.”

The National Soccer Hall of Fame also unveiled its new logo (click HERE to download images) and official website, NationalSoccerHOF.com, today. There you can find updated information on construction, events and Hall of Fame season ticket memberships. Historical information about Hall of Fame inductees can be found at ussoccer.com/about/national-soccer-hall-of-fame.

Part of a $55 million renovation at Toyota Stadium, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is a public-private partnership among FC Dallas, the City of Frisco, Frisco Independent School District and U.S. Soccer.

For more information, please contact Gina Miller at 469-365-0198 or Gina@NationalSoccerHOF.com.

About the National Soccer Hall of Fame
The National Soccer Hall of Fame was first located in Oneonta, NY and known as the National Soccer Museum from 1979-2010. It became known as the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1983. 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 to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1982.

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Dec 12, 2017

Making the Case: Megan Rapinoe, 2017 Female Player of the Year

On Tuesday Dec. 5, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2017 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. This year's nominees include midfielders Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan and Samantha Mewis, and forwards Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. Today we continue “Making the Case” for each of the candidates with WNT forward Megan Rapinoe.

Almost two years ago to the date, in December of 2015, Megan Rapinoe tore her ACL during training in Honolulu, Hawaii, and while 2016 was a year that saw the 32-year-old work to try to regain her playing form, it was 2017 that brought us a fully-recovered Rapinoe.

For the U.S. WNT, Rapinoe played in 12 matches and scored three goals with a team-leading five assists. Her breakthrough comeback performance came at the 2017 Tournament of Nations, where she scored two goals and had two assists, but proved to be extremely dangerous in the attack during the stretch run of games

WNT - Megan Rapinoe
Rapinoe scored three goals in 2017 and had a team-leading 5 assists.

Two of her goals in 2017 were perhaps among the best of her career. The first came against Brazil on July 30, where Rapinoe provided the assist on Christen Press’ goal in the 80th minute, and then scored one herself in the 85th on a terrific finish to tie a wild game at 3-3, before Julie Ertz came and clinched it two minutes later.

Against Japan on Aug. 3, Rapinoe’s ankle-breaking moves were a thing of beauty as she scored to open a 3-0 victory.

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WNT Dec 12, 2017

FAN WEEK: Five Things to Know About U.S. Soccer Membership

U.S. Soccer is more than just the Men’s and Women’s National Teams. The Federation manages a full program of Youth National Teams, oversees coaching and referee education, runs the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and much more.

Fans can also be an official part of the Federation as U.S. Soccer members. Here are five things you need to know about U.S. Soccer’s official membership program.

WHAT IS U.S. SOCCER MEMBERSHIP?

The U.S. Soccer Membership program unites fans of U.S. Soccer around the world. Exclusive benefits bring members closer to the Federation and there are opportunities abound to meet other passionate fans.

Matchdays bring members the chance for special experiences in addition to special perks and offers from U.S. Soccer throughout the year.

LEVELS OF MEMBERSHIP

U.S. Soccer members can advance through four levels: Blue, Red, Silver and Gold. All members begin at Blue, but progress through the ranks to earn more benefits as they accumulate caps and/or consecutive years as members. Members earn a cap for every senior National Team match they attend. They can advance status levels through whichever method moves them up first.

BENEFITS

A U.S. Soccer membership grants a long list of exclusive benefits. Members are the first in line for National Team tickets, giving them prime opportunity for some of the best seats in the house. Members’ matchday experiences are supplemented by exclusive events, like pre-game festivities in the Members’ Lounge.

One of a member’s most memorable experiences are Milestone Matches. Milestone Matches are the first match a member attends after achieving a new status level. Milestone Match experiences can include matchday on-field access passes, behind-the-scenes tours and more.

Beyond gameday, U.S. Soccer members receive 10-percent off purchases at the U.S. Soccer Store throughout the year. They also receive an annual gift, regardless of status level.

VOICE OF THE FANS

For the first time this year, U.S. Soccer members have the opportunity to be heard in Federation policy-making. U.S. Soccer serves a number of councils that represent different stakeholders, such as athletes, professional soccer leagues, youth soccer and more. Now, five members will be elected to serve on the Fan Council and represent the voice of all fans in decision-making. From the five Council members, two will attend the winter Annual General Meeting and provide a voice for fans at the National Council meeting.

BECOME A MEMBER

Ready to begin your journey with U.S. Soccer? You can become a member  and gain access to all the benefits that come with being officially being a part of the Federation.  

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Dec 12, 2017

Making the Case: Christian Pulisic, 2017 Male Player of the Year

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2017 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year. This year’s nominees include forwards Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris and midfielders Michael Bradley and Christian Pulisic. Each day, ussoccer.com will make a case for each of the candidates. Today is 2016 U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year Christian Pulisic’s turn.

If 2016 was the year Christian Pulisic broke into the U.S. Men’s National Team and Borussia Dortmund first team, 2017 was the young attacker’s coming out party.

The mercurial attacker was a constant thorn in the side for international and Bundesliga opponents throughout the year, menacing defenders and goalkeepers at every turn. Utilized both centrally and out on either wing, Pulisic was the MNT’s biggest offensive contributor in 2017, tallying six goals and four assists in nine matches during the year. Either directly (goal or assist) or indirectly (earning a free kick, rebound on a shot), Pulisic was involved in 13 of the 17 goals scored during the matches he played in for the MNT this season.

On the club front, Pulisic ended his first full season with the Borussia Dortmund first team by recording three goals and three assists in 25 matches across all competitions for the Bundesliga runners-up. Along with featuring for BVB in the UEFA Champions League, Pulisic topped the 2016-17 campaign by earning the game-winning penalty kick in Dortmund’s 2-1 victory against Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal Final on May 27. Pulisic has continued to be one of Dortmund’s most influential players this season, racking up three goals and an assist in 19 competitive matches. 

2017 National Team and Club Statistics

Team

Games

Goals

Assists

U.S. MNT

9

6

4

Borussia Dortmund (All Competitions)

44

6

4

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MNT Dec 12, 2017
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