REPUBLICANS BEAT THREE-TIME DEFENDING CHAMPIONS, DEMOCRATS, TO WIN 7TH ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL SOCCER MATCH
May 22, 2019
U.S. Soccer Foundation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Republicans defeated the Democrats at D.C. United’s Audi Field to win the 7th annual Congressional Soccer Match. The event brought together embassy employees, Members of Congress, professional athletes, Hill staffers, and soccer fans – all in support of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s proven, life-changing programs for children in underserved communities.
Professional soccer player and U.S. Soccer Foundation ambassador, William Oluremi John (“Will John”), was the first player to get on the scoreboard for the Republicans. Shortly thereafter, D.C. United head coach, Ben Olsen, and Legislative Counsel for Rep. Joe Kennedy III, Eric Fins, combined in the Democrats’ offensive corner. Ben Olsen then sent a ball into the box to former U.S. Men’s National Team player, Charlie Davies, who found the net with a perfectly-timed bicycle kick. Both Will John and Charlie Davies found the back of the net again before the end of the half, with former D.C. United legend, Luciano Emilio, adding to the Republican's tally as well. The first half score finished Democrats, 2, Republicans, 4.
Washington Spirit players of the NWSL also appeared in full force as they interacted with guests on the concourse. At halftime, DC SCORES Soccer for Success participants took the pitch for a set of scrimmages, coached by Washington Spirit players Aubrey Bledsoe, Megan Crosson, Meggie Doughtery Howard, Tori Huster, Andi Sullivan, Paige Neilsen, and Sam Staab.
At the start of the second half, the Democrats responded with a goal from Clinton Britt, Chief of Staff for Rep. Paul Tonko. The Republicans were quick to increase their lead, however, with back-to-back goals from former U.S. Men’s National Team players and U.S. Soccer Foundation ambassadors, Cobi Jones and Brian McBride. The Democrats followed suit with two goals from Ben Olsen and Charlie Davies, but at the final whistle, the Republicans came out victorious with a final score line of 5-6.
“Year after year, we’ve seen Members of Congress, professional athletes, Hill staffers, and embassy employees from across the globe come together in support of the game we all love,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “Through our programs, children across the country are equipped to not only develop healthy life habits, but also learn from trained coach-mentors and develop critical life skills – all with just a ball, a few friends, and a safe place to play.”
The night kicked off with the Embassy Tournament, where representatives from 15 embassies and the U.S. State Department competed in a mini-World Cup style competition. After six small-sided matches, the Embassy of Denmark took home the first-place trophy after defeating Norway in the final. Former U.S. Women’s National Team player and U.S. Soccer Foundation ambassador, Heather O’Reilly, was in attendance to present the trophy.
Following the Congressional Soccer Match, Hill staffers and federal employees were able to take the pitch at Audi Field for the annual Staffer Tournament, which consisted of a friendly round-robin.
In December 2017, the Foundation launched It’s Everyone’s Game, a movement to ensure that children living in underserved communities enjoy the health and youth development benefits of the game. The Foundation also announced its goals to engage one million children in Soccer for Success, the Foundation’s evidence-based after-school program, and build 1,000 safe places to play by 2026. All proceeds from the Congressional Soccer Match support the Foundation in reaching these goals and expanding its proven programs.
Congressional Soccer Match Rosters
Clinton Britt, Chief of Staff, Office of Rep. Paul Tonko
Colleen Carlos, Legislative Director, Office of Rep. Madeleine Dean
Rep. Sean Casten
Rep. Kathy Castor
Alison Cassady, Deputy Staff Director, Committee on the Climate Crisis, U.S. House of Representatives
Colin Cloherty, Former member, NFL
Charlie Davies, Former member, U.S. Men’s National Team
Rep. Madeleine Dean
Eric Fins, Legislative Counsel, Office of Rep. Joe Kennedy III
Jim Gabarra, Former member, U.S. Men’s National Team and U.S. Futsal
Rep. Rick Larsen
Ben Olsen, Head Coach, D.C. United
Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
Santino Quaranta, Former member, U.S. Men’s National Team and D.C. United
Diego Ruiz, PepsiCo
Robbie Russell, Former MLS player, Current MLS consultant
Arturo Sarukhan, Former Ambassador of Mexico to the United States
Sally Brown-Shaklee, Director of Operations, Senator Dick Durbin
RJ Stanford, Former member, NFL
Rep. Paul Tonko
Sarah Towles, PepsiCo
Lin Whitehouse, Director of Member Services, Office of Rep. James E. Clyburn
Rep. Don Bacon
Rep. Dan Crenshaw
Luciano Emilio, Former member, D.C. United
Hugh Fike, Legislative Director, Office of Rep. Michael Cloud
Carin Gabarra, Former member, U.S. Women’s National Team
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez
Rep. Garret Graves
Thomas Hester, Legislative Director, Office of Rep. Michael McCaul
William Oluremi John, Former member, Chicago Fire and Sporting KC
Cobi Jones, Former member, U.S. Men’s National Team
Rep. Darin LaHood
Adam Link, USMC Congressional Fellow, Office of Rep. Mac Thornberry
Amir Lowery, Montreal Impact and Carolina RailHawks
Josh Martin, Chief of Staff, Office of Rep. Mac Thornberry
Brian McBride, Former member, U.S. Men’s National Team
Roger “Rocky” McIntosh, Former member, NFL
Corey Norman, Chief of Staff, Office of Rep. John Curtis
Katie Patru, Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates
Steven Smith, Communications Director, Office of Rep. French Hill
Mark Williams, Chief of Staff, Office of Rep. Mike Conaway
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 facebook.com/ussoccerfoundation.
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 adidas.com.
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 www.sportsbyapt.com.
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, www.astroturf.com/soccer. - See more at: https://ussoccerfoundation.org/article/astroturf-partners-with-the-u.s.-soccer-foundation-as-a-national-partner-for-field-building-program#sthash.FL8E8bAM.dpuf
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 chacompanies.com.
The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation
DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation believe that participation in sports makes people better. Since 2014, DICK’S and The DICK’S Foundation have pledged more than 0 million to support youth sports teams and leagues in need. Through our Sports Matter initiative we strive to increase awareness for underfunded youth athletics nationwide and provide much-needed support through equipment, uniform and monetary donations. For more information on Sports Matter, visit SportsMatter.org.
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 hunterindustries.com. Please contact Lynda Wightman, 406-273-3073, email@example.com 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 www.jnj.com.
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 Kwikgoal.com.
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.
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 https://ussoccerfoundation.org/grants/ to learn more about the grant program and application process.
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 scoresports.com.
Soccer.com, 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. Soccer.com embodies a passion for the game that extends to the people who play, coach and support soccer. For more information, please visit soccer.com.
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, 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.
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 www.worldsoccershop.com.