World Soccer Celebration presented by Western Union off to a flying start

Three dramatic matches greet the opening of a soccer festival at Skyline Park in Denver

World Soccer Celebration day 1

Photo Credit: 
Bart Young/Colorado Rapids

Soaring temperatures, sunny skies and expectant crowds greeted the first day of the World Soccer Celebration presented by Western Union, being staged at Skyline Park in downtown Denver.

Day two of soccer action from Brazil produced the shock result thus far, with a performance from the Netherlands which may be tough to beat. They came from a goal down to trounce defending champions Spain by five goals to one.

The Colorado Rapids are delighted to stage the World Soccer Celebration, thanks to wonderful support offered by Western Union.

"We are the most global of all companies," said Laston Charriez, Western Union Senior Vice President, Americas Marketing. "We're in 202 countries. Soccer, and the World Soccer Celebration that we're doing, is all about that, the unity and being able to be everywhere, and that is what Western Union is and where consumers are."

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The public is invited to this free event that includes four days of live soccer, food and drink vendors, games, giveaways and more. The event will culminate in the U.S. national team’s opening match against Ghana on Monday, June 16 at 4 p.m. MT.

WORLD SOCCER CELEBRATION PRESENTED BY WESTERN UNION
Viewing schedule at Skyline Park in downtown Denver

Saturday, June 14
10 a.m. MT            Colombia vs. Greece
1 p.m. MT              Uruguay vs. Costa Rica
4 p.m. MT              England vs. Italy
7 p.m. MT              Ivory Coast vs. Japan

Sunday, June 15
10 a.m. MT            Switzerland vs. Ecuador
1 p.m. MT              France vs. Honduras
4 p.m. MT              Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina

Monday, June 16
10 a.m. MT            Germany vs. Portugal
1 p.m. MT              Iran vs. Nigeria
4 p.m. MT              Ghana vs. United States