SF Rec & Park to Co-host Tournament with Street Soccer USA in Union Square

SAN FRANCISCO – Street Soccer USA (SSUSA), the leading sport for social change organization in the U.S., is co-hosting the Street Soccer USA Cup in Union Square this weekend. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is partnering with SSUSA for the 3rd consecutive year to host the four-a-side soccer tournament designed to catalyze the expansion of a Bay Area-wide soccer league for at-risk youth and homeless young adults.

As part of the festivities, U.S Men’s National Team and San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski, a Street Soccer ambassador, will host a celebrity match (with Rec & Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg) and meet with tournament participants. Some 64 teams from San Francisco and across the Bay Area, ranging in age from six through to adult will compete in exciting four versus four 15-minute matchups in a specially built Street Soccer Stadium in Union Square on July 16 and July 17.

Fans and players are encouraged to join in the festivities and register to compete in the Street Soccer USA Bay Area Cup. The event is a free and open to the public. Soccer fans and player of all levels and their families can register to play or join in walk-up opportunities and enjoy the music and fun.

Street Soccer USA builds the grassroots capacity of soccer in urban areas with the goal of transferring life skills and coordinating a social safety net in the community for its participants. The Street Soccer USA Cup Series underlines Street Soccer USA’s mission to extend the benefits of sports to all by building fields, providing coaching and training, as well as education and employment programs to at-risk youth and homeless adults.

“The Street Soccer USA tournament is the perfect venue to showcase the power of soccer to bring people together and make big dreams possible,” said Rob Cann, Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder of SSUSA. “Developing soccer in America goes hand in hand with building better communities. Our social service partners, our coaches and players work together to help people overcome their obstacles in life. It’s all about teamwork and achieving goals, that’s what is on display at the Street Soccer USA Civic Center Cup.”

Since its inception, SSUSA has reached over 4,000 at-risk youth and homeless young adults with its soccer for social change curriculum. In partnership with 24 social service partner agencies, SSUSA ultimately connects participants to improved health, education and employment outcomes within a year of joining the program.

“The Civic Center Cup is a unique sporting event that leverages America’s fastest growing sport to promote community development,” said Phil Ginsburg. “We’re proud to partner with SSUSA on such a noble cause. The tournament truly demonstrates that playing outside is for everyone.”

The Celebrity Team will consist of:

  • Chris Wondolowski – U.S Men’s National Team and San Jose Earthquakes forward
  • Phil Ginsburg – General Manager, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
  • Joe Cannon – Former Goalkeeper, San Jose Earthquakes
  • Chris Dangerfield – Former Forward, San Jose Earthquakes Quakes
  • Todd Dunivant – Former Defender, LA Galaxy
  • Jeremy Gunn – Stanford Men’s Soccer Coach
  • Owen Nolan – Former Captain, San Jose Sharks
  • Ted Ramey – KNBR Sports Host
  • Kate Scott – KNBR Anchor
  • Danielle Slaton – Former Women’s National Team, World Cup and Olympic Defender
  • Tommy Thompson – Forward, San Jose Earthquakes
  • David Bingham – Goalkeeper, San Jose Earthquakes
  • Joe Cannon – Former Goalkeeper, San Jose Earthquakes
  • Tim Hanley – Goalkeeping Coach, San Jose Earthquakes
  • Billy Knutsen – Former Goalkeeper, San Jose Earthquakes & SSUSA Board Member

For more information, visit:  http://www.streetsoccerusa.org/

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