¡MLS FUTBOLITO!™ arrives at Dick's Sporting Goods Park this weekend

National soccer tournament coincides with home game against Vancouver Whitecaps

¡MLS Futbolito!™, the nation’s most successful grassroots soccer initiative is back for its 12th consecutive year, and arrives at Dick's Sporting Goods Park this Saturday.

Thousands of soccer players of all ages will be able to participate in Major League Soccer’s official 4-v-4 summer tournament which - including the Colorado Rapids - will be hosted by eight MLS clubs.

The Rapids invite all participants and their families to attend the team’s regular season match on Saturday (June 28) against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 7 p.m. MT.

¡MLS Futbolito!™, the largest touring Hispanic event hosted by a U.S. professional sports league, consists of a series of all-day events targeting the League’s growing multicultural fan base.

Register now by visiting www.MLSFutbolito.com.

MLSFutbolito.com, a mobile-friendly website, will allow players and fans to follow live scores and local events at each of the eight cities. ¡MLS Futbolito!™ will also continue to work with the League’s community outreach initiative, MLS WORKS, in supporting their initiatives such as Active Bodies Active Minds, a soccer-centric program that offers fitness resources to inspire and reward children for being mentally and physically fit.

Volkswagen of America, Inc. and Wells Fargo will be the presenting partners of MLS ¡Futbolito!™ 2014. Alongside the presenting partners, the associate level partners include adidas, Allstate, Castrol, Gatorade, The Home Depot, Makita, Pepsi, Quaker and Xbox.

Competition Format and Registration Information

The 4-v-4 tournament is open to players of all ages, abilities and affiliations. Team rosters can consist of up to seven players (four field players and three substitutes). Each team will play in round-robin action, with the possibility of advancing to the single-elimination championship game.

Teams registered for the competition will be divided according to age groups and competitive levels with winners in each division receiving prizes. In addition to participating, each registered player will receive a ticket to an MLS match (in applicable markets), and the chance to win prizes from the sponsors. There will be $3,000 in cash prizes ($2,000 for first place and $1,000 for second place) for adult premier.

More information on the competitions and events in both English and Spanish can be found on the official web site for Futbolito: www.MLSFutbolito.com. Teams can register for competitions, obtain all rules and regulations and learn about the competition dates and locations. Additionally, interested participants with questions can call toll-free at +1-888-MLS-FUTBOLITO. The entrance fee is $150 per team for those competing in the Adult Premier Division and $120 per team for all other participants.