CHICAGO (Feb. 1, 2022) – As the U.S. Men’s National Team wraps winter World Cup qualifying on Wednesday with USA-Honduras, presented by Volkswagen, the Only Forward Art Series continues with a special piece from artist Keith “Afrokilla” Smith.
The artwork will be available as an exclusive NFT for fans attending the match in St. Paul, Minn. Kickoff from Allianz Field is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, Univision and TUDN.
The Only Forward Art Series has featured unique posters for each of the USMNT’s five home World Cup qualifying matches thus far, bringing the spirit of the “Only Forward” campaign to life. The initiative highlights the young, global-minded and resilient nature of the USMNT as it takes on the challenge of World Cup qualifying.
Fans at Allianz Field will be able to text a special phone number in order to redeem an NFT of Afrokilla’s artwork on matchday. More information will be e-mailed to ticketholders ahead of the game and the “text to redeem” instructions will be displayed on the videoboard at the stadium.
Afrokilla is a Chicago-based artist who prides himself on creating pieces with raw, colorful expression, specializing in public art murals and live painting at events. He’s been interested in street art since 2012, working to make life more colorful and promote positive thinking while maintaining a groovy flow. His work is inspired by skateboarding, pop culture, the psychedelic era and urban culture and he hopes to invite everyone to learn and grow organically together.
The Only Forward Art Series showcases special artwork in all home World Cup qualifying host cities as artists create bespoke pieces that showcase the spirit of the USMNT and celebrate diversity within the sport. The Art Series will wrap up with the USMNT’s final home World Cup qualifying match Panama in Orlando, Fla. in March.
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