U.S. Soccer Announces January Fantasy Camp

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U.S. Soccer will host a Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles, Calif. January 26-29, 2018. This is the first men's camp to be hosted at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson. 

The program mirrors the U.S. Men's National Team's January Camp experience, providing the opportunity for participants to live and train like the senior National Team. Camp includes:

  • Daily training sessions at the National Training Center, with a former U.S. National Team Coach and featured former U.S. MNT players
  • Official U.S. Soccer Hotel accommodations
  • All meals, including a team meal room featuring U.S. MNT menus
  • Behind-the-scenes access to the National Training Center and Federation activities 
  • Custom U.S. Soccer jersey, training apparel, gifts and more
  • Team meetings, video analysis and opportunities to demo high-performance equipment
  • Honorary one-year membership in the Supporters Circle of the Development Fund
  • Ground transportation, including airport transfers if needed

Fantasy Camps are special fundraisers to support the U.S. Soccer Development Fund. Since launching in 2015, Fantasy Camps have raised $250,000 to help support programs developing world-class players, coaches and National Teams, including need based scholarships for talented young players in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. 

The U.S. Soccer Fantasy Camp is open to men of all skill levels age 21 and above. Participation is made possible through a $3,3995 donation to the U.S. Soccer Development Fund. Approximately 50% of your donation is tax deductible. 

Space is very limited for the Camp with a roster size comparable to that of a National Team and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact fantasycamp@ussoccer.org for more information. 

26 Girls Live Their Dream During Girls Fantasy Camp at NTC

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26 girls from across the country recently came together at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center in Los Angeles for the Girls Fantasy Camp, hosted around the inaugural Tournament of Nations. 

From August 1-4, 2017, campers were led by former U.S. WNT player Lori Lindsey as Camp Director and Rachael Rapinoe as Assistant Camp Director. 

Campers enjoyed daily training sessions at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center, on-field seats for the USA v. Japan and Australia v. Brazil matches, behind-the-scenes access to a U.S. WNT training session, official U.S. Soccer hotel accommodations, all meals, customized jersey, training apparel, gifts and more. 

Participation in the Girls Fantasy Camp is made possible through a donation to the U.S. Soccer Development Fund, part of which is tax deductible. 

This Fantasy Camp was open to girls of all skill levels born in 2003, 2004 and 2005. To learn more about future opportunities, click here or contact fantasycamp@ussoccer.org

Patrons Go VIP in Mexico City for USA v. MEX

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17 guests of the U.S. Soccer Patrons Program traveled to Mexico City for the U.S. Men's National Team's 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier v. Mexico at Estadio Azteca on June 11, 2017. 

This one-of-a-kind VIP travel opportunity from June 9-12 offered private guided city tours and special behind-the-scenes access to U.S. Soccer. Patrons enjoyed behind-the-scenes tours of the Iconic Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Palacio Nacional as well as a private dinner with the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors and senior leadership. 

On game-day, Patrons joined Director of High Performance James Bunce and U.S. MNT Press Officer Michael Kammarman for a special breakfast to learn more about the away-match experience, preparing for altitude, and innovative development work happening at U.S. Soccer. 

Prior to the match, Patrons enjoyed VIP access at U.S. Soccer's official Fan Party where Patrons were invited to a private tequila tasting just outside of Estadio Azteca. 

The U.S. Soccer Patrons Program provides accommodations at the official U.S. Soccer hotel, premium tickets, behind-the-scenes access, apparel, gifts and more. 

Click here to learn more about the Patrons Program or contact vip@ussoccer.org

U.S. Soccer to Host Girls Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles

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U.S. Soccer will host a Girls Fantasy Camp around the Tournament of Nations matches on Thursday, August 3 in Los Angeles, Calif. featuring the U.S. WNT, Australia, Brazil and Japan. The camp is a special fundraiser to support the U.S. Soccer Development Fund. All proceeds will fund important initiatives to help develop world-class players, coaches and National Teams. 

Hosted at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center in Carson from August 1-4, 2017, Fantasy Camp participants will truly have the opportunity to live and train like National Team players at this exclusive player/fan experience. Girls Fantasy Camp includes:

  • On-field tickets to U.S. WNT v. Japan and Australia v. Brazil on Thursday, August 3
  • Pregame VIP stadium tour, including access to the U.S. WNT locker room
  • Daily training sessions led by former U.S. WNT players at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center
  • Behind-the-scenes access to the U.S. WNT camp
  • Hotel accommodations and all meals
  • Honorary one-year membership in the Supporters Circle of the Development Fund
  • Customized U.S. Soccer jersey, training apparel and more
  • Ground transportation, including airport transfers if needed

The Girls Fantasy Camp is open to girls of all skill levels born in the years 2003, 2004 and 2005. Participation is made possible through a $3,395 donation to the U.S. Soccer Development Fund. Approximately 50% of your donation is tax deductible. 

Space is very limited for the Camp with a roster size comparable to that of a National Team and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact fantasycamp@ussoccer.org for more information. 

U.S. Soccer Offers Patrons Program to Mexico City

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The Patrons Program (June 9-12, 2017) offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for guests to experience USA v. Mexico in Mexico City on June 11 as part of the official U.S. Soccer Delegation. The program includes:

  • Match tickets as part of the official U.S. Soccer Delegation
  • Accommodations at the official U.S. Soccer Hotel
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes access and opportunities
  • Honorary one-year member in the Captains Circle of the Development Fund
  • Ground transportation to official events and airport transfers
  • U.S. Soccer gifts, apparel and more

Part of the donation to participate is a special-tax deductible gift to the U.S. Soccer Development Fund that will help develop world-class players, coaches and National Teams that inspire a nation. 

Donation to participate:

  • Individual Patron: $4,950
  • Couple (2 Patrons): $7,950
  • A limited number of "at-cost" spots are available for Presidents and Coaches Circle members ($2,950 per person; $4,450 per couple). 

Space is very limited for the Patrons Program, which is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact vip@ussoccer.org for more information. 

Circle Members Attend Special Edition of Players' Cut at Facebook HQ

Circle members located in the Bay Area and attending USA v. Honduras visited Facebook's HQ on Friday, March 24th, for a special live edition of the Players' Cut featuring Stuart Holden, Rob Stone, and Grant Wahl. 

Circle members enjoyed an inside look at the U.S. MNT v. Honduras match in 2009. Their support set the pace for a tremendous day: less than 12 hours later, the current U.S. MNT celebrated a 6-0 victory over Honduras at Avaya Stadium, earning its first three points in HEX competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

As we look back at historic wins and look ahead to #Get3More points, one thing remains clear: support of Circle members like you matters. Thank you for your passion and commitment to U.S. Soccer.

Click here to learn more about how you can make an even greater impact on the story of soccer in America through the U.S. Soccer Development Fund

Chicago Development Council Kicks Off Second Year

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Members of the U.S. Soccer Development Council in Chicago are embarking on their second year as ambassadors for U.S. Soccer and its mission in the Chicagoland region. 

In its inaugural year, the Chicago Development Council fundraised more than $100,000 to directly support the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Scholarship Program, providing need-based financial aid to the region’s most talented young players. The group also actively supports U.S. Soccer programming and the Development Fund through their leadership networks across the city.

U.S. Soccer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1913 as the governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States. Its mission is to make soccer a preeminent sport in the United States. Council members are invited to participate and serve two-year terms.  

U.S. Soccer is proud to recognize the following Council members for their time and tremendous support:

CHICAGO DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL CHAIRS

  • Eric Nordness; Vice President, Hickory Street Capital
  • Jill Matesic; Senior Relationship Manager, Charles Schwab

CHICAGO DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL MEMBERS

  • Ivaldo Basso; Managing Director, GCM Grosvenor
  • Jenny Kim Giblin; Manager, Monitor Deloitte
  • J C Groon; Director, Connected Enterprise, LinkedIn
  • Mark Kaufman; CEO, Athletico Physical Therapy
  • Katherine Minarik; Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott
  • Liam Walsh; Principal KPMG US
  • Kevin Willer; Partner, Chicago Ventures
  • Charles "Chuck" Chejfec; Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman
  • Chris Girgenti; Managing Partner, Pritzker Group Venture Capital
  • Mark Holroyd; Partner, White Rapids Capital
  • Chris Keogh; Managing Partner, Goldman Sachs
  • Bill Starshak; Principal, Goldberg Kohn
  • Greg Watson; Vice President, Catalina Marketing

Refer a Friend & Get Extra Access

Your Development Fund staff want to provide you with opportunities to be an ambassador for the sport you love.

Throughout the year, we'll look for ways to help Circle members spread the word about U.S. Soccer and the Development Fund... and we'll reward you with special perks for your efforts.

COMING UP: REFER A FRIEND & GET EXTRA ACCESS

Refer a friend to join a Circle and we'll provide you both with two (2) field-level access passes to watch the U.S. Men's National Team warm-up at one of these upcoming matches*.

  • MNT v. Serbia, Sun., Jan. 29 in San Diego (deadline to join: Fri., Jan. 27)
  • MNT v. Jamaica, Fri. Feb 3. in Chattanooga (deadline to join: Wed., Feb 1.)

Questions about this opportunity? contact us at Circles@ussoccer.org.

*Note that match tickets are required to enter the stadium.

December is Most Generous Month Yet

THANK YOU TO U.S. SOCCER SUPPORTERS!

We are thrilled to share that because of the generous gifts of passionate fans, December was the biggest month-to-date for donations to the U.S. Soccer Development Fund. 

Circle members and donors continue to make a tremendous impact on U.S. Soccer and the development of world-class players, coaches and national Teams. Supporters like you play a powerful part in the story of soccer in America. 

Learn more about the Development Fund or click here to donate today. 

Announcing the Dimitrios Tsatsis Scholarship Fund

For Dimitrios "Jim" Tsatsis, the life-long love affair with soccer began in a small Greek village in the 1930s. Like so many epic love stories, his tale of loyalty and passion has crossed oceans and ages, and led to a lasting legacy on future generations.

Jim grew up in the mountains on the Albanian border, where he and his friends often had to walk up to two miles just to find a patch of grass flat enough to play on. In the 1950s, Jim immigrated to the United States and joined the U.S. Army. There, in addition to gaining citizenship, Jim earned a  roster spot on his regiment's soccer team, outplaying 150 fellow service-men at tryouts. 

“He said some of his best memories are when he played soccer for the United States Army Team,” said Jim's daughter Mary Ann, who grew up hearing about the sport and his experiences. “He had such a great time doing that and made some great friends.” 

Today, Jim and his wife, Fotini, live in the Chicagoland area with an extended network of children and grandchildren. At 85 years, Jim is an active follower of U.S. National Teams, including Senior Men's and Women's and Youth. 

“Jim came from a pretty humble background in Greece,” said Mary Ann's husband, Mark. “He made his way to this country and worked for everything he had. He put his kids through college, ran his own business… It’s a great American success story.” 

In summer 2016, to honor Jim and his passion for the sport, the couple made a significant endowment through the Mark and Mary Ann Kaufman Foundation to establish the Dimitrios Tsatsis Scholarship Fund. 

The Dimitrios Tsatsis Scholarship Fund is the first individual endowment of its kind to create a legacy of developing young talent and the future of the American game. This scholarship, as part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Scholarship Program, provides need-based financial aid to the nation’s most talented young players to train and compete at the highest level. 

Click here to learn more about Jim's story and his impact on the Development Academy through the Dimitrios Tsatsis Scholarship Fund.

U.S. Soccer Hosts First-Ever Fantasy Camp for Men

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On November 10, 2016, 22 men from across the country reported to Columbus, Ohio to form the roster for the first-ever U.S. Soccer Fantasy Camp for men (21+) around the U.S. MNT's 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier v. Mexico, Presented by AT&T.

This exclusive player/fan opportunity gave participants the chance to experience a National Team camp environment and enjoy unique behind-the-scenes access to U.S. Soccer. 

Participants were joined on the field daily by former U.S. MNT players, including Frankie Hejduk, Marcus Hahnemann, Marcelo Balboa, Eddie Lewis and Josh Wolff. 

In addition to VIP access around USA v. MEX and training with former U.S. MNT players, participants received official U.S. Soccer hotel accommodations and all meals, a U.S. MNT jersey and training apparel, gifts and more. 

Participation in U.S. Soccer Fantasy Camps are made possible through a donation to the U.S. Soccer Development Fund, part of which is tax-deductible. 

This U.S. Soccer Fantasy Camp was open to men of all skill levels age 21 and above. If you'd like to learn more about this program or the Girls Fantasy Camp, please contact fantasycamp@ussoccer.org

 

U.S. Soccer Hosts Girls Fantasy Camp in Minneapolis

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U.S. Soccer hosted a Girls Fantasy Camp in Minneapolis October 21-24, 2017 around the U.S. Women's National Team's match vs. Switzerland. 

This exclusive player/fan experience gave 15 girls the opportunity to train in a National Team camp environment and take part in unique behind-the-scenes access to U.S. Soccer.

Fantasy Campers enjoyed daily training sessions led by former U.S. WNT players Lindsay Tarpley and Nicole Barnhart, on-field seats at U.S. Bank Stadium for the USA v. Switzerland match on October 23, behind-the-scenes access to the U.S. WNT's open training, a VIP pre-game stadium tour that included access to the U.S. WNT locker room, hotel accommodations, all meals, a custom jersey, training apparel, gifts and more. 

This Girls Fantasy Camp was open to girls of all skill levels born in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Participation was made possible through a donation to the U.S. Soccer Development Fund, part of which is tax deductible. All proceeds from Girls Fantasy Camps funds important development initiatives and will help continue to grow the beautiful game in the United States.

For more information on Girls Fantasy Camps, click here or contact fantasycamp@ussoccer.org

VIP Access at U.S. WNT Training

The U.S. Women's National Team will host public training sessions at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah and U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota ahead of their matches in October. Both sessions are open to the public and free to attend. 

U.S. Soccer Circle members have the opportunity to reserve two exclusive VIP Field-Level Passes for the event, permitting a Circle member and one guest to have field level access on the team's bench sideline during training. 

To redeem your VIP Field Passes, please contact Circles@ussoccer.org by 7p.m. ET on Monday, October 17. Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Tuesday, Oct. 18: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

  • Entrance: Gate 4 at 5:30 p.m. MT
  • Training time: 6:00 p.m. MT
  • Free Parking: North, South & West lots

Saturday, Oct. 22: U.S. Bank Stadium; Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Entrance: Legacy Gate at 11:30 a.m. CT
  • Training Time: 12 p.m. CT

Questions? contact us at Circles@ussoccer.org

Go VIP for USA v. MEX

U.S. Soccer will offer two multi-day VIP opportunities in Columbus around the USA v. MEX match, both including premium tickets, official hotel accommodations, ground transportation and unique behind-the-scenes access. Part of the cost is a tax-deductible donation supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund. 

U.S. Soccer Fantasy Camp

The U.S. Soccer Fantasy Camp (Nov. 10-13) provides adult player-fans with a National Team Camp environment, including daily training sessions with U.S. National Team legends, apparel and more. Open to men ages 21 and above. Cost: $3,495 per person. Discounts available for groups of four or more. Contact fantasycamp@ussoccer.org for more information.

U.S. Soccer Patrons Program

The Patrons Program (Nov. 10-12) is a one-of-a-kind travel opportunity allowing guests to experience USA v. Mexico as part of the U.S. Soccer Delegation. The Patrons Program includes exclusive access to a U.S. MNT training, private luncheon hosted by U.S. Soccer legends, U.S. Soccer gifts and more. Pricing starts at $2,047 per person (family of four). At-cost pricing available for members of the Development Fund Coaches and Presidents Circles. Contact vip@ussoccer.org for more information.

Space is very limited for both of these programs and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

U.S. Soccer to Host Girls Fantasy Camp in Minnesota

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U.S. Soccer will host a Girls Fantasy Camp around the U.S. Women’s National Team match versus Switzerland on October 23 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The camp is a special fundraiser to support the U.S. Soccer Development Fund. All proceeds will fund important development initiatives and will help continue to grow the beautiful game in the United States.

The Girls Fantasy Camp will be held in Minneapolis from October 21-24. This exclusive player/fan experience gives participants the opportunity to train in a Youth National Team camp environment and take part in unique behind-the-scenes access to U.S. Soccer.

Camp includes:

  • On-field tickets to the WNT match v. Switzerland on October 23
  • Pregame VIP stadium tour and field-level access to watch match warm-ups
  • Hotel accommodations and all meals
  • Daily training sessions led by former WNT stars
  • Behind-the-scenes access to the U.S. WNT camp
  • Ground transportation, including airport transfers if needed
  • U.S. Soccer jersey and training apparel
  • Private photo opportunity with the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy

The Girls Fantasy Camp is open to girls of all skill levels born in the years 2002, 2003 and 2004. Participation is made possible through a $3,395 donation to U.S. Soccer Development Fund, part of which is tax deductible. U.S. Soccer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and proceeds will help fund important development initiatives to foster the next generation of inspirational coaches and players.

Space is very limited for the Camp, which is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions? Contact fantasycamp@ussoccer.org