Major League Soccer Kicks Off the 2010 Budweiser Cup
Tournament Champion Will Travel to South Africa to Compete in International Finals
NEW YORK (Wednesday, March 31, 2010) – Major League Soccer (MLS), the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada, is offering amateur players the chance to live their soccer dreams in the Budweiser Cup. Teams will compete in six-a-side matches throughout California for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to South Africa to play against squads from around the world.
The six-on-six soccer tournaments will be held in 16 cities beginning Saturday, April 17. Each local tournament will host up to 64 teams, with two finalists from each city receiving cash prizes and a spot in the championship on Sunday, May 16 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The championship team will win a trip to South Africa to represent the United States at an international 6v6 tournament, competing in a FIFA World Cup stadium in Pretoria, South Africa.
In addition to playing on the same field as the best players in the world, participants in the international finals will experience the comforts that go along with being soccer superstars, including round-trip airline tickets to South Africa, first-class hotel accommodations and tickets to two FIFA World Cup matches.
“Walking out of the tunnel to compete in a professional stadium is a thrill experienced by only a select number of soccer players,” said David Wright, Vice President of Partnership Marketing, MLS. “With Budweiser’s support, Major League Soccer is excited to showcase the passion that fans have for the world’s most popular sport, as we create opportunities for local players to showcase their skills on a grand stage.”
Registration for the local tournaments is open until a capacity of 64 teams has been reached for each tournament. Teams interested in participating in the tournament can register by calling 1-800-899-1461 or by visiting www.MLSsoccer.com/budcup. The registration fee is $200 per team.
As part of Budweiser’s ongoing support within the Hispanic community, Anheuser-Busch and local wholesalers will partner to donate four $1,000 scholarships in each tournament city through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, for a total of $64,000.
Budweiser is an official sponsor of Major League Soccer and has been a FIFA World Cup partner since 1986. The 2010 FIFA World Cup is Budweiser’s seventh consecutive tournament as a sponsor.