Colorado Rapids to host Sueño MLS 2014 – Presented by Allstate

Registration is now open for the premier search for the best soccer talent

NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 30, 2014) – Online registration is now open for Sueño MLS 2014 – Presented by Allstate, the premier nationally-televised search for the best undiscovered soccer talent in North America. 

Hopefuls are now able to register at www.SuenoMLS.com for an opportunity to participate in one of the three open tryouts across the United States.  The competition will be chronicled in a unique “reality show within a show” format by Univision Network’s popular weekly sports entertainment program, República Deportiva (Sports Republic). Co-hosted by popular sportscasters Fernando Fiore, Félix Fernández and Lindsay Casinelli, República Deportiva airs every Sunday.

Now in its eighth year, Sueño MLS 2014 – Presented by Allstate will be staged by three Major League Soccer teams, including first-time host New York Red Bulls, as well as returning hosts Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy.  Up to 500 tryout spots will be made available in 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 once all the spots have been filled.  

In each city, field players will be battling for one of five invitations to a week-long trial with their respective youth development host club and a trip to the exciting five-day National Finals in the greater Los Angeles area that will be hosted by Sueño MLS Ambassador and Colombian soccer great, Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama.  The finals will include training sessions, scrimmages, guest celebrity scouts and an opportunity to meet some of the League’s biggest stars.  The Sueño MLS 2014 – Presented by Allstate winner will be crowned on Sunday, May 18, live on República Deportiva (see calendar below for more information). 

In addition, the Allstate “Good Hands®” top goalkeeper award - El Portero Allstate - will be presented for the fourth consecutive year. One goalkeeper at each of the three local tryouts will be selected as a local goalkeeper finalist and will compete in the National Finals for the opportunity to be named El Portero Allstate.  El Portero Allstate will be selected in conjunction with the winner of Sueño MLS 2014 – Presented by Allstate, and will be mentored by Mexican goalkeeping legend Martin “El Pulpo” Zuñiga. 

Both winners will be invited to join a youth-level team at the MLS club represented at the national finals. 

“Sueño MLS is such an inspiring program because it’s about giving young players the opportunity to achieve their soccer dreams,” said Pam Hollander, senior director of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company. “Allstate is proud to support Sueño MLS and wishes all the participants the best of luck on the field, and particularly those vying for El Portero Allstate.” 

Since its inception in 2007, Sueño MLS has given more than 12,000 talented young athletes an opportunity to showcase their skills and impress scouts.  The inaugural winner, forward Jorge Villafaña (formerly Jorge Flores), of Anaheim, Calif., is now in his eighth season in MLS, currently with the Portland Timbers. The 2008 FC Dallas Sueño MLS winner, Gabriel Funes Mori, played with the FC Dallas Juniors U-18 team before moving to Argentina’s legendary team River Plate before being transferred to S.L. Benfica in Portugal. Many participants have gone on to play for MLS academy teams and professionally around the world.  Last year’s winner, 14 year-old Alexander Soto, was called up in 2013 to the United States U-15 national team camp.

MLS partners participating in Sueño MLS 2014 – Presented by Allstate include adidas, Gatorade, Volkswagen and Wells Fargo.

Photos, b-roll and logo from Sueño MLS – Presented by Allstate are available for download at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j8prkzyruckgzuv/so9rP-R1J7

2014 TIMELINE  

April 19-20                            Local market tryouts in the Denver area, hosted by Colorado Rapids                                  

April 26-27             Local market tryouts in Los Angeles area, hosted by LA Galaxy              

May 3-4                        Local market tryouts in New York area, hosted by New York Red Bulls               

May 13-18                    National Finals at the StubHub Center in the Los Angeles area

May 18                         Live announcement of winner on República Deportiva

PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY:  

Eligible players must be males between the ages of 14 and 18 years old (born between January 1, 1997 – April 18, 2000) with appropriate identification and have retained their amateur status. Current collegiate student-athletes will not be permitted to attend the National Finals in Carson, Calif.  Sueño 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 eighteen (18) participants selected to attend the National Finals in Carson, Calif. For more information, please visit www.SuenoMLS.com.  Participation in the event is free.  Players may not register for more than one city.

SUEÑO MLS ALL-TIME WINNERS:

Year     Name                                   Home Town               Position         Host Team

2013     Alexander Soto                         Elizabeth, N.J.               Forward            D.C. United

2012     Armando Flores                         Anaheim, Calif.              Forward            Chivas USA

2011     Birnis Adames                           Camden, N.J.                Forward            Philadelphia Union

2010     Nelson Castro                           Houston, Texas             Defender          Houston Dynamo

2009     Alberto Lopez                             Aurora, Ill.                     Midfielder         Chicago Fire

2008*    Gabriel Funes Mori                   Arlington, Texas            Forward            FC Dallas

2008*    Briant Reyes                             Downey, Calif.                Midfielder          Chivas USA

2007     Jorge [Flores] Villafaña              Anaheim, Calif.             Forward            Chivas USA

*Co-winners in 2008

Allstate “Good Hands®” top goalkeeper award - El Portero Allstate ALL-TIME WINNERS:

Year Name                                       Home Town                Host Team

2013     Luis Aranzazu                       Pembroke Pines, Fla.   D.C. United

2012     Jimmy Camacho                       Riverside, Calif.            Chivas USA

2011     Anthony Hall                             Dallas, TX                    FC Dallas

ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. MLS features many stars from the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Now in its 19th season, the League’s 19 clubs for 2014 include the Chicago Fire; Chivas USA; Colorado Rapids; Columbus Crew; D.C. United; FC Dallas; Houston Dynamo; LA Galaxy; Montreal Impact; New York Red Bulls; New England Revolution; Philadelphia Union; Portland Timbers; Real Salt Lake; San Jose Earthquakes; Seattle Sounders FC; 2013 MLS Cup Champion Sporting Kansas City; Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Expansion teams New York City FC and Orlando City Soccer Club will begin play in 2015. For more information about MLS, log on to the league’s official website at  www.MLSsoccer.com.    

ABOUT ALLSTATE

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” As part of Allstate’s commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.

ABOUT UNIVISION COMMUNICATIONS INC.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching approximately 96% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching approximately 89% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional  suite of six cable offerings - De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Distrito Comedia; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 68 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico, as well as Uforia, the leading Hispanic digital music service; UVideos, the first bilingual digital video network serving Hispanic America; an Interactive network of online and mobile apps and products including  Univision.com, which continues to be the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. UCI’s assets also include a minority stake in El Rey Network, a new 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and a joint venture with Disney/ABC Television Network for Fusion, a news, pop culture and satire TV and digital network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit Univision.net.

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