May 24, 2017
U.S. Soccer Foundation

Washington, D.C. – The Democrats defeated the Republicans last night at RFK Stadium to win the 5th Congressional Soccer Game. The match is part of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Capital Soccer Classic, an annual event that brings together Members of Congress, Congressional staffers, international embassies, current and former players and others in support of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s life-changing programs.

Led by goals by Congressman Kihuen, Congressman Larsen, Clinton Britt, Ben Olsen and John Harkes, the Democrats won 5 - 3. Congressman Valadao, Cobi Jones and Devon McTavish each scored a goal for the Republicans. Men in Blazers’ Host Roger Bennett attended the event and presented the winning trophy to the Democrats.  

“I want to thank Members of Congress, the players and everyone who came out to celebrate the transformative effect that soccer can have in communities across the country,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “Through a connection with a trained coach-mentor, children develop healthy habits and gain valuable life skills that help them excel on and off the field. We are committed to leveraging the power of soccer to make a difference in communities throughout the nation.”

The Embassy Tournament kicked off the Capital Soccer Classic, with 15 embassies and U.S. Department of State employees competing in a mini world cup tournament. In the end, Italy and Spain came out on top.

“I know firsthand the power of participation in youth sports like soccer. I became the first member of my family to attend college by earning a Division I soccer scholarship,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15). “The programs the Capital Soccer Classic supports have a proven track record of reaching at-risk youth and promoting educational opportunities, physical fitness, and nutrition through mentorship and teamwork.”

“As a father of three boys who are avid soccer players and as co-chair of the U.S. Congressional Soccer Caucus, I couldn’t be more excited to participate in this event which highlights the sport of soccer and supports a great cause,” said Rep. Darin LaHood (IL-18). “Whether I’m watching my sons play at the local level, supporting the success of the many college soccer programs in the 18th District of Illinois, or simply following the men's and women's teams in the World Cup qualifying matches, I have an appreciation for how soccer brings about passion, loyalty, and camaraderie from all walks of life. The 18th District has strong ties to the sport and I recognize the importance of promoting youth activities and exercise as well as encouraging more involvement and sportsmanship. This event is a fantastic opportunity to do just that.”

“I enjoyed getting out on the pitch to play a friendly game with many of my House colleagues and helping to promote the game here in the United States. Regardless of who won, it was a good time,” said Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02).

“I greatly enjoy working with the U.S. Soccer Foundation on the annual Capital Classic to raise awareness on the Foundation's grants for after-school programs that have a profound and positive impact on our children and our communities,” said U.S. Rep. Castor (FL-14), a Co-Chair of the Congressional Soccer Caucus. “Studies show that after-school programs lead to healthier lifestyles, increased knowledge about exercise and nutrition, and positive gains in reading, math and reduced crime in our neighborhoods. U.S. Soccer Foundation’s national model for after-school programs for the ‘Beautiful Game’ is important for setting our children up for success, both in the classroom and on the field. The Capital Soccer Classic is a great opportunity for members across the political spectrum to come together, support a good cause and have a little fun.”

During halftime of the Congressional Soccer Match, Hugh Fike from the Office of Congressman Dave Brat was named King of the Hill after a penalty kick-shoot out.

All proceeds from the event support the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs, which are the national model for sports-based youth development. The Foundation’s programs are proven to help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth beyond sports.

Congressional Soccer Game Roster


  • Rep. Kathy Castor
  • Rep. Ruben Kihuen
  • Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
  • Rep. Rick Larsen
  • Clinton Britt, Chief of Staff for Rep. Paul Tonko
  • Jason Steinbaum, Democratic Staff Director, Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Eric Fins, Senior Legislative Assistant, Rep. Joe Kennedy III
  • Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, Former Ambassador of Mexico
  • JT Dorsey, Former defender, Harrisburg City Islanders
  • Ben Olsen, Former member of the U.S. Men’s National Team and current head coach of D.C. United
  • John Harkes, Former member of the U.S. Men’s National Team
  • Janusz Michallik (Yanis), Former member of the U.S. Men’s National Team, Soccer Commentator for ESPN and FOX Sports
  • Heather Mitts, Former member of the U.S. Women’s National Team
  • Steve Hartell, Director of U.S. Public Policy, Amazon
  • Jonathan Williams, Producer, Men in Blazers
  • Tyler Newhall, Government Affairs Associate, Quicken Loans
  • Frank Journoud, Senior Director, Cybersecurity & Technology, Oracle
  • Ali Breland, Tech Reporter, The Hill
  • Ian Musselman, Director of Government Affairs, Continental
  • Sarah Potter, Government Affairs Coordinator, Anheuser Busch
  • Kevin Karpay, Senior Legislative Assistant, Rep. Kathy Castor



  • Rep. Darin LaHood
  • Rep. David Valadao
  • Rep. Don Bacon
  • Rep. Erik Paulsen
  • Rep. Gus Bilirakis
  • Rep. Steve Knight
  • Cole Rojewski, Chief of Staff, Rep. David Valadao
  • John Chapuis, Policy Advisor to the Senate Majority Whip
  • Katie Patru, Senior Committee Staff, House Committee on Administration
  • Natalie Rogers, Chief of Staff, Rep. Cory Gardner
  • Steven Pfrang, Chief of Staff, Rep. Darin LaHood
  • Thomas Hester, Legislative Director, Rep. Michael McCaul
  • Josh Martin, Chief of Staff, Rep. Mac Thornberry
  • Drew Wayne, Legislative Director, Rep. Tom Reed
  • Mark Williams, Chief of Staff, Rep. Mike Conaway
  • Cobi Jones, Former member of the U.S. Men’s National Team
  • Lori Lindsay, Former member of the U.S. Women’s National Team
  • Rob Stone, Commentator, FOX Sports
  • Devon McTavish, Former D.C. United player
  • Zach Thornton, Former member of the U.S. Men’s National Team
  • Cully Stimson, Board Chair, U.S. Soccer Foundation
  • Diego Ruiz, Vice President, Global Policy and Government Affairs, PEPSICO


About the U.S. Soccer Foundation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs are the national model for sports-based youth development in underserved communities. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has established programs proven to help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth beyond sports. Its cost-effective, high-impact initiatives offer safe environments where kids and communities thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Follow us on Twitter at @ussoccerfndn and Facebook at

Our Partners

  • adidas

    adidas, the Foundation's Safe Places to Play - Mini-Pitch Partner, supports providing children in underserved communities with safe play spaces nationwide. adidas strives to be the globally leading and most popular sporting goods brand. Dedicated to innovation,  adidas embraces creativity and seeks to be socially responsible in all facets of its brand. For more information, please visit

  • All Sports Enterprises, Inc.

    All Sports Enterprises, Inc. is the U.S. Soccer Foundation's preferred artificial turf supplier and installer. Whether you are building a new, or renovating an existing facility, All Sports Enterprises, Inc. has the materials and professional installation crews to outfit your entire complex. With over 30 different manufacturers to choose from, All Sports Enterprises, Inc. will assist you in selecting the right products for the right application. Its intallation crews are experienced, certified, and will work with you and your staff to make sure your project is a complete success.

  • APT

    APT (Advanced Polymer Technology), the Foundation’s Partner for Acrylic Coating Products, is a global leader in high performance sports surfaces. APT provides people around the world with safe, reliable, performance enhancing surfaces. APT’s Laykold Masters acrylic surfacing system will be the official surface of an estimated 500 mini-pitches. For more information on APT, please visit

  • AstroTurf

    For athletes and soccer enthusiasts, AstroTurf® is redefining how synthetic soccer fields are built and perform. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of clubs, high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf’s LigaTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit the company’s recently redesigned website, - See more at:

  • CHA

    CHA Sports, the Foundation's Supplier for Soccer Facility Design and Planning Services, provides community partners with expertise in soccer facility design. CHA Sport's full service approach allows the company to build world-class projects without breaking budgets. For more information, please visit

  • Hunter

    Hunter Industries, the Foundation's National Partner for Irrigation Equipment, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of irrigation equipment for turf, landscape and soccer fields.  Hunter Industries' focus is on landscape irrigation with a significant part of its business centering on the proper care and maintenance of sports turf. For more information, please visit Please contact Lynda Wightman, 406-273-3073, with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • Johnson & Johnson

    Johnson & Johnson, the Foundation’s grant partner, is dedicated to supporting the next generation of female leaders by providing greater access to girls’ youth soccer programming in underserved communities nationwide. As the world’s largest and most broadly based healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson strives to create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. For more information, please visit

  • Kwik Goal

    Kwik Goal, the Foundation’s Official Supplier for goals, seating, boundary equipment, training equipment and coaching accessories, will be supporting a variety of Foundation programs and initiatives including: Soccer for Success, National Training and the Safe Places to Play program. Over thirty years ago, Kwik Goal was founded on the revolutionary concept of providing transportable goals for coaches at all age levels. Since that time, Kwik Goal has continued to focus on helping coaches and soccer programs create safe and dynamic learning environments by supplying high quality, safety tested soccer goals, field equipment and training equipment to the domestic and international market. For more information, please visit


    MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative, is dedicated to addressing important social issues and serves as a platform for both League and club philanthropic programs. MLS WORKS seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. MLS WORKS is committed to improving the communities where we live and play our games by executing national programs and legacy projects, charitable giving campaigns, and undertaking various initiatives in underserved communities.

  • MTJ Sports

    MTJ Sports is honored to be a corporate partner with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and its Safe Places To Play program. We believe in working with our customers as a true business partnership. We cultivate & drive healthy relationships through our core business values and provide premier turnkey services for sports surfaces & equipment from design & manufacturing all the way through the installation process. For more information please visit our website at or contact our president, Mats Jonmarker, directly via email at

  • Musco

    As a proud corporate partner of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Musco is dedicated to helping the major charitable arm of American soccer create new opportunities through high-quality sports lighting. Their Total Light Control—TLC for LED™ technology is engineered as a system with lighting, structural, and electrical components designed to work together for streamlined installation and long-term reliability. TLC for LED delivers superior field lighting while eliminating glare and spill from impacting surrounding neighborhoods. And Musco’s long-term warranty covering parts and labor means U.S. Soccer Foundation partners don’t have to handle any maintenance on their system, or pay for it, for 25 years. Visit to learn more about the grant program and application process.

  • SCORE Sports

    SCORE Sports, the preferred provider of shin guards to the Foundation’s Soccer for Success program, is a family-owned and operated business specializing in sports equipment, uniforms and apparel. SCORE is an industry leader and has been involved in the sports community for over 40 years. SCORE outfits athletes with high-quality uniforms that SCORE develops, designs and manufactures in the U.S. SCORE takes pride in working with various non-profit groups and causes to give back to athletes who may need some extra support to play the game they love. SCORE is environmentally cautious with the materials it uses for its products and does its part in minimizing our environmental footprint. SCORE proudly offers a wide variety of products to provide customers with a one-stop shop for all your soccer needs. For more information, please visit

  •, the Foundation's National Partner for Soccer Equipment and Uniforms, was founded in 1984 to provide high quality soccer gear at reasonable prices through its nationally circulated catalog. embodies a passion for the game that extends to the people who play, coach and support soccer. For more information, please visit

  • Sport Court

    Sport Court®, the Foundation's Supplier for Futsal Surfaces, has been the industry leader in modular athletic flooring for over 30 years. With more than 50,000 installations worldwide, and the largest and most experienced network of authorized dealers, Sport Court® delivers innovative, durable, high-performance solutions for a variety of sports and activities. For more information, please visit Please contact Lauren Gillian at for any questions regarding Sport Court's corporate partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

  • Target

    Target announced a national partnership with Safe Spaces to Play in 2017, along with a million commitment to build 100 new soccer play spaces with the U.S. Soccer Foundation by 2020. This is the latest initiative in the Minneapolis-based retailer’s multi-dimensional approach to the sport of soccer, bringing the game to more kids and families across the country, and unlocking access and increasing involvement at all levels.

  • TGI Worldwide

    TGI Worldwide, the Foundation’s National Partner for Visual Branding (Signage, Event Décor, Pageantry, Sponsorship Activation), Perimeter Field Board Systems, Creative Services and Event Operations is proud to support a variety of initiatives and programs throughout the United States. Headquartered in the U.S., TGI is an internationally recognized sports marketing company delivering high profile Visual Branding, Live Event Management, LED, and cutting edge Digital Sports Applications to enrich the experience at major events and deliver commercial impact for sponsors and partners. The company has a 20-year history in providing its various solutions for many top-tier domestic and international events, organizations, teams and companies, with proven success and turn-key solutions across 1000+ events, 160+ cities and 50+ countries globally.

    For more information on our services, please visit or contact Mike Squire at / Phone: 312-371-5852.

  • World Soccer Shop

    Launched in 2001, World Soccer Shop is an online soccer retailer based in Birmingham, Alabama. It carries one of the world’s widest selections of officially-licensed products from the sport’s top brands and teams. World Soccer Shop is passionate about soccer and endeavors to spread the beautiful game around the world, especially to those in areas of need. For more information, please visit

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