Registration opens today for Sueno MLS 2010 — Built by The Home Depot
Nationally-televised search for best undiscovered young soccer player in the country expands to Houston; Los Angeles and Chicago return
NEW YORK (Sunday, March 21, 2010) – The quest begins today for thousands of aspiring young soccer players as pre-registration opens for Sueno MLS 2010 – built by The Home Depot.
Starting this evening, Sunday, March 21, at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT), hopefuls will be able to register via www.SuenoMLS.com for an opportunity to participate in the premier search for the best undiscovered soccer talent in the United States. The tryouts and personal stories will be chronicled by Univision’s popular weekly sports show, “Republica Deportiva” (Sports Republic).
Now in its fourth year, Sueno MLS 2010 will be staged by three teams, including first-time host, Houston Dynamo, as well as returning hosts Chicago Fire and LA Galaxy. Up to 400 tryout spots will be made available at each city on a first come, first serve basis. In past years, spots have filled up in only a few hours following the start of registration. A waiting list will be available for those who are not able to register for the initial spots.
In each city, players will be battling for one of 10 invitations to a week-long trial with their respective youth development host club. Five from each city will ultimately be invited to an exciting five-day “Final Event” in Los Angeles. The finals will include training sessions, scrimmages, guest celebrity scouts, and an opportunity to meet some of the League’s biggest stars. The ultimate champion will be crowned on Sunday, May 9, on “Republica Deportiva” (see calendar below for more information).
“Republica Deportiva,” the highest-rated weekly sports magazine program on Spanish-language television in the United States which airs nationally every Sunday, will follow the action weekly in a unique “reality show within a show” format.
Since its inception in 2007, Sueno MLS has given thousands of talented young dreamers a chance to showcase their skills and impress youth development scouts. The original winner, forward Jorge Flores of Anaheim, Cal., is now entering his fourth year with MLS’ Chivas USA. He recently represented the United States Under-20 National Team at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. The 2008 FC Dallas Sueno MLS winner, Gabriel Funes, played with the FC Dallas Juniors U-18 team before moving on to Argentina’s legendary side River Plate, where he recently made his first appearance with the first team.
Sueno MLS 2010 – Built by The Home Depot, kicks off the weekend of Saturday, April 3 with two days of open tryouts in Houston. The program moves to Chicago on April 10, and on to Los Angeles on April 17. Specific tryout locations will be announced at a later date. The “Final Event” will take place May 5-9, in Los Angeles, where League scouts and celebrity guests will be on hand to provide guidance and select the ultimate winner in front of a live national television audience on Sunday, May 9.
MLS sponsors participating in Sueno MLS 2010 – Built by The Home Depot, include The Home Depot, Volkswagen and Degree Men.
March 21 Live announcement on Republica Deportiva
April 3-4 Local market tryouts (Houston Dynamo)
April 10-11 Local market tryouts (Chicago Fire)
April 17-18 Local market tryouts (LA Galaxy)
May 5-9 Five-day “Final Event” in LA
May 9 Announcement of winner on Republica Deportiva
Eligible players must be between the ages of 14 and 18 years old (with appropriate identification) and retain their amateur status. Current collegiate student athletes will not be permitted to attend the final event in Los Angeles. Sueno MLS participants will be responsible for all personal expenses associated with the local market tryout, including travel to local tryouts, lodging, food, soccer equipment (shoes, training gear, etc.), etc. Program sponsors will cover all expenses for fifteen (15) participants selected to attend the final event in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, please visit www.SuenoMLS.com. Participation in the event is free. Players may not register for more than one city.