Last Wednesday, the Foundation hosted the first-ever Capital Soccer Classic at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. The event, created in partnership with POLITICO and presented by Johnson & Johnson, featured a youth clinic, adult mini-games, and the much-anticipated Congressional soccer match – a friendly competition between Members of Congress, former U.S. National Team players, and celebrities. National Team players & coaches in attendance included Jürgen Klinsmann, John Harkes, Cobi Jones, John O’Brien, Eddie Pope, Claudio Reyna, Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak and Staci Wilson. Members of Congress included Rep. Mike McIntyre, Rep. Luke Messer, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, Rep. Dave Reichert, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. Chris Van Hollen and Rep. Todd Young. They were joined by Mike Allen of POLITICO, Major Garret of CBS, and Eamon Javers of CNBC. Team members from DC United and the Washington Spirit were also in attendance to help celebrate the event.
Following an impressive goal from Cobi Jones in the final seconds of regulation play, the game ended in a 6-6 tie, forcing the game into penalty kicks. After two nail-biting rounds of PKs, the Gray team took home the victory, defeating the Gold team 7-6.
Thanks to all of those who attended and who helped make the inaugural Capital Soccer Classic a HUGE success!