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.

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.