Hundreds register for Sueño MLS – presented by Allstate

Sueño MLS 2011 Finalists

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Rick Yeatts

NEW YORK (Friday, April 6, 2012) – Hundreds of aspiring young soccer players from across the United States have already signed up for Sueño MLS 2012 – presented by Allstate, the premier nationally televised search for the best undiscovered soccer talent in America, which this year will include tryouts April 14-29 at FC Dallas, Seattle Sounders FC and CD Chivas USA (see calendar below).

Though most spots have been filled, players are being urged to continue registering for the three tryouts by visiting www.SuenoMLS.com.  Once all the slots are filled, players will be able to register on the waiting list.  The first ever winner, Chivas USA standout Jorge Villafaña, was a waiting list winner when he won the inaugural edition in 2007.    

The tryouts will be chronicled on Univision Network’s “República Deportiva” (Sports Republic), the highest-rated weekly sports entertainment show on Spanish-language television, which will follow the action in a unique “reality show within a show” format (airs Sundays at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT/12 p.m. PT).  The program’s co-host Felix Fernandez is scheduled to be on-site at select Sueño MLS events.

In each tryout 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 ticket to the exciting four-day “Final Event” which will be staged in the greater Los Angeles area and be hosted by MLS Argentine soccer legend Guillermo Barros Schelotto.  The finals will include training sessions, scrimmages, guest celebrity scouts, and an opportunity to meet some of the League’s biggest stars.  The ultimate champion will be crowned on Sunday, May 13, live on “República Deportiva” (see calendar below for more information).

Returning to Sueño MLS for a second year is the Allstate “Good Hands®” top goalkeeper award - El Portero Allstate. One goalkeeper at each of the three local tryouts will be selected as the top goalkeeper and will also compete in the “Final Event” for the opportunity to be named El Portero Allstate and train with a MLS youth team.  El Portero Allstate will be selected in conjunction with the winner of the Sueño MLS 2012 - presented by Allstate, and mentored by Mexican goalkeeping legend Adolfo Rios.

Since its inception in 2007, Sueño MLS has given thousands of talented young athletes a chance to showcase their skills and impress youth development scouts.  The original winner, Villafaña (formerly Jorge Flores) of Anaheim, Calif., is now in his sixth year with MLS’ Chivas USA.  The 2008 FC Dallas Sueño MLS winner, Gabriel Funes Mori, played with the FC Dallas Juniors U-18 team before moving on to Argentina’s legendary side River Plate, where he plays alongside his twin brother Jose, a Dallas Sueño MLS finalist that same year.

MLS partners participating in Sueño MLS 2012– presented by Allstate,also include adidas, Degree Men, Gatorade, Pepsi and Volkswagen.

2012 TIMELINE
April 14-15                          Local market tryouts (FC Dallas)
April 21-22                          Local market tryouts (Seattle Sounders FC)                                   
April 28-29                          Local market tryouts (Chivas USA)             
May 9-13                             National Finals in Los Angeles
May 13                                Announcement of winner on República Deportiva