Nearly 500 supporters of the U.S. Soccer Foundation came together at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles – on the pitch of Major League Soccer’s LAFC – Monday evening to commemorate the organization’s achievements of growing the game and providing youth recreation opportunities in underserved communities throughout its 25-year history.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebration featured many of the women and men who have been a part of the organization throughout its history and supporters from the most storied soccer teams in American history, including members of the “‘99ers,” the World Cup-winning 1999 U.S. Women’s National Team. The Foundation and its supporters also used the 25th anniversary celebration to highlight the contributions of five national leaders who are bringing soccer to underserved communities nationwide.
“We’ve been honored to play a role in the phenomenal growth of the game in the United States,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “Sport has existed for millennia because there’s a payoff for everyone who plays – not just those who make it to the very top. Mastery of soccer skills builds confidence and self-esteem. The game teaches teamwork and leadership. We look forward to the next 25 years as we continue to make soccer everyone’s game.”
Target has been a leader in corporate responsibility and community-building for years, uplifting neighborhoods nationwide by setting the bar for investing in communities. In 2017, the company made a $14 million commitment to youth soccer to bring the game to more kids and families across the country. This investment included the launch of a grant program to provide local organizations with funding for player and field equipment as well as training for volunteer coaches. In its work with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Target exhibits exemplary leadership and dedication to the Foundation’s mission to increase access to the sport in underserved communities. Target was the first to make a significant contribution and fund the creation of 100 mini-pitches with the Foundation, providing safe places to play nationwide.
Major League Soccer has been a leading force behind the growth of the game in the United States. Founded in 1993 as part of the U.S. bid to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup, MLS debuted its first season in 1996 with 10 teams. The league excelled in growing its fan base and today 24 teams play in the U.S. and Canada. In addition to growing the sport professionally, the organization has made a significant commitment to addressing important social issues and enriching the lives of those in need through MLS WORKS, the league’s social responsibility platform. MLS has invested millions of dollars for more than a decade to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of the sport in communities nationwide.
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Founded in 2012 with its inaugural playing season in 2013, the National Women’s Soccer League, LLC operates the only Division 1 professional women’s soccer league in the United States and features the most prolific domestic and international players from around the globe. Guided by the league’s core principles, NWSL is committed to building on its foundation to promote women’s soccer in the United States and provide a home to the world’s top athletes at the highest level, while inspiring the next generation of female athletes.
The 1999 U.S. Women’s National Team will forever have an iconic place in soccer. Aside from being one of the best teams to ever play, the team carved out an important place in sports history by solidifying a foundation for women in soccer. The sheer talent, energy, and determination the ‘99ers encompassed when they clinched the World Cup remains one of the single most inspiring moments in soccer today. Players from this historic team continue to find ways to give back to their communities, broadening access to the game and continuing to energize people around the sport. As trailblazers, this team has served as excellent ambassadors for the game and role models for youth.
The players of the 2019 U.S. Women’s National Team have never disappointed. They will defend their FIFA Women’s World Cup title in France this summer. They represent the latest iteration in an evolution of greatness, with the U.S. Women’s National Team considered the most successful in the world due to their consistent high standard of excellence, three World Cup titles, four Olympic gold medals, and other competitive awards. The team has inspired countless young women and men to dream big and believe in themselves through a shared vision to increase excitement about soccer. Their impressive talent, combined with their teamwork and community engagement, highlight the best of this sport and showcase the critical skills young people can learn on the field and apply in their lives.
Platinum sponsors of the event included adidas, the Britton Family Foundation, Los Angeles Football Club at Banc of California Stadium, Major League Soccer, Target, Telemundo Deportes, and NBC Sports.
LA DESCENDS INTO HOLLYWOOD BABYLON!
THE ORIGINAL MISFITS ANNOUNCE SPECIAL SHOW IN LOS ANGELES AT BANC OF CALIFORNIA STADIUM
Rise Against, The Distillers, Anti-Nowhere League and Cro-Mags Join June 29th Show as Special Guests
Tickets On Sale to General Public Starting Friday, April 5th
Today The Original MISFITS announced a very special 2019 U.S. date that will take place Saturday, June 29th at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. The Original Misfits features original singer/songwriter Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only. Rise Against, The Distillers, Anti-Nowhere League and Cro-Mags will join the epic event as special guests.
Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 5th at 10am local time at LiveNation.com.
From the time of their first gig in 1977, the MISFITS and their iconic imagery went on to become one of the most crucially influential, genre-defying bands to ever emerge from North America. The MISFITS significance extends well beyond the narrowed path of punk rock, metal & hardcore. Although not cognizant of how significant they would become, what the Original MISFITS achieved in their initial seven-year window deconstructed and redefined rock music.
The MISFITS with Danzig’s anthemic songs and unmistakable voice, Only’s ferocious bass sound, and the Original MISFITS melody-induced choruses and authentically bruising musicianship, cemented their importance with all ensuing generations. And now legions of diehard fans from around the world will have the opportunity to hear the Original Band that forges a level of intensity unprecedented in the new millennium. Don’t miss this important chapter in the legendary band’s legacy of brutality.
About Live Nation Entertainment
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About Banc of California Stadium
Located in the heart of Los Angeles in Exposition Park, Banc of California Stadium is the first open-air stadium built in Los Angeles since Dodger Stadium in 1962. Home to the Los Angeles Football Club, the stadium is a $370 million, state-of-the-art, world-class venue specifically designed to present all types of star-studded live entertainment and creates an unparalleled fan experience for music, sports, and more. At a capacity of 23,500 for concerts (22,000 for soccer), the venue’s unique “outdoor arena” design provides for an intimate experience with excellent sightlines of the stage from every seat and superior quality sound throughout the house. Banc of California Stadium sits atop the hallowed grounds of the former Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, which hosted some of the most legendary music artists of all time — befitting its history, the new stadium continues the tradition of presenting the very best in live entertainment. For more information, visit www.bancofcaliforniastadium.com
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Growing from a single day Miami-based festival into a global company and the biggest live brand in rap music, Rolling Loud’s success embodies the spirit of Hip-Hop. In September, Rolling Loud founders Matt Zingler & Tariq Cherif hosted Rolling Loud Bay Area 2018. Headlined by turn-up titan Travis Scott and Taylor Gang ringleader Wiz Khalifa, the artist roster for Rolling Loud Bay Area was as star-studded as they come, boasting Hip-Hop heavy hitters like Rae Sremmurd, Pusha T, Gucci Mane, and Kevin Gates, local heroes like E-40, IAMSU!, Kamaiyah, Mozzy, and P-Lo, XXL Freshmen like Trippie Redd, wifisfuneral and BlocBoy JB, and other rapidly rising stars, including Juice WRLD, Lil Baby, Yung Bans, Lil Skies, and Saweetie. Occurring over two days on the grounds of Oakland Coliseum, Rolling Loud Bay Area brought a blast of hyphy local energy that the rap game desperately needs.
Featuring a three day lineup and moving from Bayfront Park to Hard Rock Stadium, Rolling Loud Miami proved that bigger is better in 2018. With over 140 artists performing during an action-packed weekend, Rolling Loud Miami 2018 brought capacity crowds each day to the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens earlier this month. Headlined by J. Cole, Travis Scott & Future, Rolling Loud 2018 boasted performances from heavy-hitters like Migos and Lil Uzi Vert, veterans like N*E*R*D, The Diplomats and Juicy J, established names such as Young Thug, Big K.R.I.T., Young Dolph and Rick Ross, and risers like Playboi Carti, Lil Skies, Ski Mask The Slump God, Trippie Redd and many more. Founded by Matt Zingler and Tariq Cherif, recently the new subject of a feature in the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Loud continues to expand its profile as one of the most successful and valuable festival brands in the music business.
“Rolling Loud — which has rapidly become the most essential annual hip-hop festival — was the fire-hot center of the SoundCloud rap explosion last year”– The New York Times
“One of hip-hop’s biggest festivals” – The Wall Street Journal
“The country’s premier hip-hop festival” –Billboard
Rolling Loud Festival is one of rap’s premier music festival experiences. The festival was the brainchild of co-founders Tariq Cherif and Matthew Zingler, who began organizing shows in 2010. The two created Rolling Loud Festival in 2015 as a one-day festival for 6,000 attendees. Three years later, the festival’s Miami chapter has expanded into a three-day event, with the festival expanding worldwide in the coming year.
About Banc of California Stadium
Located in the heart of Los Angeles in Exposition Park, next to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the California Science Center, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the California African American Museum, and close to the University of Southern California, Banc of California Stadium is the first open-air stadium built in Los Angeles since Dodger Stadium in 1962. The stadium is a $350 million, state-of-the-art, world-class venue specifically designed to present all types of star-studded live entertainment and creates an unparalleled fan experience for music, sports, and more. At a capacity of 23,500 for concerts (22,000 for soccer), the venue’s unique design provides for an intimate experience with excellent sightlines of the stage from every seat and superior quality sound throughout the house. Banc of California Stadium sits atop the hallowed grounds of the former Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, which hosted some of the most legendary music artists of all time — befitting its history, the new stadium will continue the tradition of hosting the very best in live entertainment.
On Sunday, August 26, Golovkin held an open workout at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, where fans and the media could get an up-close view of GGG as he trains. It was also a chance to see what fans can expect for the fight.
Years ago, GGG believed he was the best fighter and that he could knock out everybody that comes into the ring with him. These days, he’s not sure whether he’s number 2 or number 3 behind Floyd Mayweather. Right now, however, he’s focused on being in the ring with Canelo.
Going into this fight, GGG has won all 37 of his previous fights, including 32 by knockout.
Meanwhile, for Canelo, he found himself in hot water for his failed drug tests that postponed his rematch with GGG. Now that the fight is on, he said there was no attempt to gain an unfair advantage over Golovkin for the sequel. He even admitted that GGG’s accusations for his intentional cheating got under his skin. He’s been channeling that energy into his training, hence his extreme intensity and speed during the workout.
Cannel hopes to make a statement over GGG and will be looking for the opportunity to end the fight as soon as possible. It remains to be seen how he’ll do that and be able to gain the advantage.
Last year, Golovkin teamed up with The Chivas Fight Club, an initiative launched to inspire the fighting spirit within individuals all across the country. It’s much like the spirit of GGG, who continues to #FightForIt as he gears up to face Canelo again next month on September 15.
The live broadcast of “Canelo vs. GGG 2,” presented by Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions and Fathom Events, is set for Sept. 15, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. CT/ 6:00 p.m. MT/ 5:00 p.m. PT/ 4:00 p.m. AK / 3:00 p.m. HI. Tickets can be purchased online at www.fathomevents.com/events/canelo-vs-golovkin or at participating theater box offices.
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|Regal||Regal Aliso Viejo Stadium 20||26701 Aliso Creek Road||Aliso Viejo||CA||92656|
|Cinemark||Cinemark Jess Ranch||18935 Bear Valley Road||Apple Valley||CA||92308|
|AMC||AMC Santa Anita 16||400 South Baldwin Avenue, Suite 940-U||Arcadia||CA||91007|
|Regal||Regal Brea Stadium 10 West||255 W. Birch Street||Brea||CA||92821|
|AMC||AMC Burbank 16||125 E. Palm Avenue||Burbank||CA||91502|
|Cinemark||Southbay Pavilions||20700 Avalon Blvd Suite 285||Carson||CA||90746|
|AMC||AMC Puente Hills 20||1560 S Azusa Avenue||City of Industry||CA||91748-1603|
|Cinemark||Cinemark Promenade 14||8840 Apollo Way||Downey||CA||90242|
|Regal||Regal Foothill Towne Center 22||26602 Towne Center Drive||Foothill Ranch||CA||92610|
|Cinemark||Huntington Beach 20||7777 Edinger Avenue||Huntington Beach||CA||92647|
|Regal||Regal Irvine Spectrum 21||500 Spectrum Center Drive||Irvine||CA||92618|
|Cinemark||Cinemark 22 Lancaster||2600 West Avenue I||Lancaster||CA||93534|
|Cinemark||Cinemark 14 Long Beach||99 South Pine Avenue||Long Beach||CA||90802|
|Regal||Regal Long Beach Stadium 26||7501 Carson Boulevard||Long Beach||CA||90808|
|Cinemark||Playa Vista 9||12746 West Jefferson Blvd, Bldg 3||Los Angeles||CA||90094|
|Cinemark||Baldwin Hills 15||4020 Marlton Avenue||Los Angeles||CA||90008|
|Cinemark||Cinemark 18 and XD Los Angeles||6081 Center Drive||Los Angeles||CA||90045|
|LA Live||LA Live 14||1000 West Olympic Boulevard||Los Angeles||CA||90015|
|Regal||Regal Big Newport 6||300 Newport Center Drive East||Newport Beach||CA||92660|
|Cinemark||North Hollywood 8||12827 Victory Boulevard||North Hollywood||CA||91606|
|AMC||AMC Norwalk 20||12300 E. Civic Center Dr||Norwalk||CA||90650-3171|
|Regal||Regal Ontario Palace 22||4900 E. 4th||Ontario||CA||91764|
|AMC||AMC Orange 30 w/IMAX||20 City Boulevard West, Suite 1||Orange||CA||92868|
|Cinemark||Orange Stadium Promenade 25||1701 W. Katella Avenue||Orange||CA||92868|
|Cinemark||Century River Park 16||2766 Seaglass Way||Oxnard||CA||93036|
|Cinemark||Antelope Valley Mall||1475 W. Avenue P||Palmdale||CA||93551|
|AMC||AMC Southbay Galleria 16||1815 Hawthorne Boulevard, Suite 368||Redondo Beach||CA||90278|
|AMC||AMC Tyler Galleria 16||3775 Tyler Avenue||Riverside||CA||92503|
|Regal||Regal South Gate Stadium 20||8630 Garfield Avenue||South Gate||CA||90280|
|Regal||Regal Temecula Stadium 15||40750 Winchester Road||Temecula||CA||92591|
|AMC||AMC Rolling Hills 20||2591 Airport Drive||Torrance||CA||90505-6137|
|AMC||AMC Del Amo 18||3525 W. Carson Street, Space 73||Torrance||CA||90503-5701|
|AMC||AMC Citywalk 18 with IMAX||100 Universal City Plaza||Universal City||CA||91608|
|Regal||Regal Valencia Stadium 12||24435 Town Center Drive||Valencia||CA||91355|
|Cinemark||Victor Valley Mall||14470 Bear Valley Road||Victorville||CA||92392|
|AMC||AMC Covina 17||1414 N Azusa Avenue||West Covina||CA||91723-1251|
|Regal||Regal West Covina Stadium 18||1200 Lakes Drive||West Covina||CA||91790|
|AMC||AMC Promenade 16||21801 Oxnard Street||Woodland Hills||CA||91367-3620|
*all photos by Charley Gallay