D.C. United to face Colorado Rapids in Hall of Fame Game

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Reigning and 4-Time MLS Cup Champion D.C. United will meet the Colorado Rapids in the 10th Hall of Fame Game in Oneonta, NY on Monday, August 29 at 1:00 p.m. The game was announced today on the ESPN broadcast of the U.S. vs. England match from Chicago, IL.

"We are especially pleased these two teams have agreed to play in Oneonta as part of Induction 2005," Hall of Fame President/CEO Will Lunn said. "Their presence honors the pioneers who helped build these MLS franchises from their inception, John Harkes at D.C. United and Marcelo Balboa at the Rapids. We know this is a game that will excite the fans and continue the tradition of top quality soccer at the Hall of Fame." Also being inducted is MetroStars pioneer Tab Ramos, the first player ever signed by Major League Soccer.

Tickets are available at the Hall of Fame Kicks Museum Store or by calling 800-545-FAME (3263). General admission is $12 until August 1. Beginning August 1 tickets will sell for $15. Game day tickets are $18. Group (20 or more) discounts are available.

About Induction 2005

The National Soccer Hall of Fame will host Induction 2005 in Oneonta, NY on August 28 and 29. On Sunday, August 28 the 2nd Annual Hall of Fame Golf Tournament and the President's Reception/Dinner will be held. The Induction 2005 Ceremony will take place on Monday morning in the Museum. Induction is open to the public and is free of charge. The 2005 MLS Hall of Fame Game will kick off at 1:00 PM on August 29 on the Hall of Fame campus. Tickets for the Golf Tournament, President's Reception/Dinner and the MLS Hall of Fame Game are available at the Hall of Fame or by calling 800-545-FAME (3263).

ABOUT THE NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME

Located in Oneonta, NY, the National Soccer Hall of Fame opened a 30,000 square foot, state-of-the-art museum in 1999. The Hall of Fame tells the story of soccer in America through artifacts, photographs, and video clips. In addition the new Hall features an extensive interactive, youth oriented Kicks Zone where visitors have fun kicking, heading and playing soccer, and video soccer games. The VideoWall portrays some of the greatest moments and the greatest goals in history as well as live soccer action with World Cup, MLS, and U.S. Soccer matches. Unique and rare artifacts on exhibit range from memorabilia from the 20s to the FIFA Women's World Cup won by the USA in 1999, Pele's and Mia Hamm's uniforms, Kristine Lilly's golden shoes, NASL championship rings, the original MLS championship trophy, MLS gallery. In addition to the interactive Museum, the National Soccer Hall of Fame complex boasts the Kicks Hall of Fame Museum Shop, a research library, four world-class soccer fields and office/meeting facilities.

The mission of the National Soccer Hall of Fame is to celebrate the history, honor the heroes, inspire the youth and preserve the legacy of soccer in the United States. The National Soccer Hall of Fame is open every day of the year, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for students, $6.50 for children 6 or older and senior citizens. Children 5 and under are free.


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