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New York Red Bulls To Participate In Sueno MLS 2016 - Presented By Allstate

 
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NEW YORK (March 20, 2016) – Today marked the launch of the landmark 10th edition of Sueño MLS – Presented by Allstate Insurance Company, the premier nationally-televised search for the best undiscovered soccer talent in North America. Online registration is now open, once again giving thousands of aspiring young soccer players across the country the chance to turn their dreams into a reality. The New York Red Bulls will be one of three MLS clubs participating in this year’s event, hosting tryouts in the New York metro area on April 23 and 24.

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 Deportes’ popular weekly sports entertainment program, República Deportiva (Sports Republic), airing every Sunday at 3 p.m. and midnight ET.

Celebrating its historic 10th year, Sueño MLS – Presented by Allstate Insurance Company will be staged by three Major League Soccer teams, including first-time host Portland Timbers, as well as returning hosts LA Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls. Up to 400 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 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 Final in Carson, Calif. that will be hosted by Sueño MLS Ambassador and legendary Mexican forward, Luis “El Matador” Hernández. 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 2016 – Presented by Allstate Insurance Company winner will be crowned on Sunday, May 22, live in-studio 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 sixth 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 finalists will be mentored by Mexican goalkeeping legend Adolfo Ríos.

In addition to the title, both the Sueño MLS 2016 – Presented by Allstate Insurance Company and El Portero Allstate winners will be invited to join a youth-level team at the MLS club represented at the National Final.

Since its inception in 2007, Sueño MLS has given more than 15,000 talented young athletes an opportunity to showcase their skills and impress scouts.  The program has helped discover several standouts, including original Sueño MLS winner and 2015 MLS Cup Champion Jorge Villafaña (formerly Jorge Flores) currently with Club Santos Laguna, C.F. Monterrey forward Gabriel Funes Mori, and his brother, Everton FC defender Ramiro Funes Mori. Many others have gone on to play for MLS academy teams, universities, youth national teams and professionally around the world. 

MLS partners participating in Sueño MLS 2016 – Presented by Allstate Insurance Company include adidas, Johnson & Johnson, Makita and Wells Fargo.

Photos, b-roll and logo from Sueño MLS 2016 – Presented by Allstate Insurance Company are available for download at: https://mlssoccer.box.com/s/atvt0jhphr4vx2c0tlkixnz5yj8n8ac2

2016​ TIMELINE 

March 20                           Live announcement on Univision Network’s República Deportiva

April 9-10                           Local market tryouts in the Los Angeles area, hosted by LA Galaxy

April 16-17                         Local market tryouts in the Portland area, hosted by Portland Timbers                 

April 23-24                         Local market tryouts in the New York metro area, hosted by New York Red Bulls             

May 4-7                 National Final at the StubHub Center in the Los Angeles area

May 22                              Live announcement of winner on República Deportiva

PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY: 

Eligible players must be males between the ages of 13 and 16 years old (born between January 1, 2000 – April 1, 2003) with appropriate identification and have retained their amateur status. Current collegiate student-athletes will not be permitted to attend the National Final 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 Final 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                     Hometown                   Position           Host Team

2015    Baltazar Duran          Cicero, Ill.                    Midfielder       Chicago Fire 

2014    Johnny Chavarría      Las Vegas, Nev.           Defender          LA Galaxy

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                      Hometown                   Host Team

2015    Eduardo Muñoz Díaz    Lafayette, Ind.         Chicago Fire   

2014    Steven Manuel Ortiz      Linden, N.J.            New York Red Bulls

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

2012     Jimmy Camacho           Riverside, Calif.       Chivas USA

2011     Anthony Hall                  Dallas, Texas           FC Dallas

ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer features 20 clubs throughout the United States and Canada. The 2016 season marks the second year of the most comprehensive U.S. media rights partnership in the history of the league, as eight-year agreements with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision Deportes have commenced. For more information about MLS, visit www.MLSsoccer.com.

About Univision Deportes

Univision Deportes is the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) and includes UDN, the No. 1 Spanish-language sports network in the U.S. Univision Deportes’ portfolio of rights includes 11 of the 18 teams in Liga MX, the Mexican National Team, the U.S. Men’s & Women’s National Teams, Major League Soccer, Copa MX, Copa Centroamericana, Copa América Centenario 2016, CONCACAF Gold Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, international friendlies, select matches from Liga de Ascenso in Mexico, Portuguese First Division, Dutch First Division, FC Barcelona TV and Bayern Munich TV, Mexico’s Campeon de Campeones and SuperCopa, and Formula 1. Univision Deportes is also the exclusive home to shows such as Premios Univision Deportes, Solo Boxeo, Zona NBA, Republica Deportiva and Contacto Deportivo, the highest-rated Spanish-language sports studio show in the U.S., and delivers comprehensive coverage across platforms on all the latest from the NBA, NFL, MLB, and world of boxing.

www.SuenoMLS.com / @SuenoMLS 

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