Sueño MLS Returns For 2011 In Dallas

Gabriel Funes Mori, the last winner from FC Dallas back in 2008.

Three MLS clubs will hold tryouts once again for the MLS Sueño competition. The Chicago Fire, FC Dallas and the Philadelphia Union will all be participating in the annual competition, which is held to search for the "next big star".

The last time this was in Dallas the winner ended up doing fairly well for himself as Gabriel Funes Mori ended up getting a professional contract down in Argentina with River Plate. 

The tryouts here in Dallas will take place on April 9-10 and the finals will also take place here in Frisco on May 5-8. 

(Read on for more information)

Time for the press release:

NEW YORK (Sunday, March 27, 2011)-The journey begins today for thousands of aspiring young soccer players as pre-registration opens for Sueño MLS 2011 - presented by Allstate, the premier nationally televised search for the best undiscovered soccer talent in the United States.

Starting this afternoon, Sunday, March 27, at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT), hopefuls will be able to register via www.SuenoMLS.comfor an opportunity to participate in one of three open tryouts.  The competition and personal stories will be chronicled by Univision Network's popular weekly sports show,"República Deportiva"(Sports Republic).   

Now celebrating its fifth year, Sueño MLS 2011 - presented by Allstate will be staged by three MLS teams, including first-time host, Philadelphia Union, as well as returning hosts Chicago Fire and FC Dallas.  Up to 400 tryout spots will be made available at each city on a first come, first served basis.  In past years, spots have filled up in only a few hours following the start of registration.  A waiting list will be available for those who are not able to register for the initial spots. 

In each city, players will be battling for one of five invitations to a week-long trial with their respective youth development host club and an invitation to the exciting four-day "Final Event" which will be staged for the first time in the greater Dallas area.  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 8, live on "República Deportiva" (see calendar below for more information).

Univision Network's "República Deportiva," the highest-rated weekly sports magazine program on Spanish-language television in the United States which airs nationally every Sunday, will follow the action weekly in a unique "reality show within a show" format.

New to Sueño MLS for 2011, 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 at least one of the three will be chosen to join the other local finalists at the national final.  "El Portero Allstate" will be selected in addition to the Sueño MLS 2011 - presented by Allstate champion. 

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, forward Jorge Flores of Anaheim, Calif., is now entering his fifth year with MLS' Chivas USA.  He also represented the United States Under-20 National Team at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. 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, and later starred on the Argentine Under-20 National Team.

Tryouts for Sueño MLS 2011 - presented by Allstate, kick-off the weekend of Saturday, April  9, with two days of open tryouts in Frisco, TX, home of FC Dallas.  The program then moves to Chicago on April 16, and on to Philadelphia April 23.  Specific tryout locations will be announced at a later date.  The "Final Event" will take place May 5-8, at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX, where League scouts and celebrity guests will be on hand to provide guidance and select the ultimate winner in front of a live Univision national television audience on Sunday, May 8. 

MLS partners participating in Sueño MLS 2011- presented by Allstate,also include adidas, Degree Men, Gatorade, Pepsiand Volkswagen.

2011 TIMELINE

March 27  Live announcement on Univision Network's República Deportiva
April 9-10                            Local market tryouts (FC Dallas)
April 17-17                          Local market tryouts (Chicago Fire)                                    
April 23-24                          Local market tryouts (Philadelphia Union)              
May 5-8                              "Final Event" in Frisco, TX, hosted by FC Dallas
May 8                                 Announcement of winner on Univision Network's República Deportiva

PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY:

Eligible players must be between the ages of 14 and 18 years old (with appropriate identification) and retain their amateur status. Current collegiate student athletes will not be permitted to attend the final event in Frisco, TX.  Sueño MLS participants will be responsible for all personal expenses associated with the local market tryout, including travel to local tryouts, lodging, food, soccer equipment (shoes, training gear, etc.), etc. Program sponsors will cover all expenses for eighteen (18) participants selected to attend the final event in Frisco, TX. For more information, please visit www.SuenoMLS.com.  Participation in the event is free.  Players may not register for more than one city.

SUEÑO MLS - PAST WINNERS:

Year     Name                           Home Town                  Position           Host Team
2007     Jorge Flores                 Anaheim, CA                 Forward            Chivas USA
2008*    Gabriel Funes Mori        Arlington, TX                 Forward            FC Dallas
2008*    Briant Reyes                 Downey, CA                  Midfielder         Chivas USA
2009     AlbertoLopez              Aurora, Ill                      Midfielder         Chicago Fire
2010     Nelson Castro               Houston, TX                  Defender          Houston Dynamo*Co-winners in 2008 ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. MLS features many stars from the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Now in its 16th season, the league features 18 clubs each playing 34 regular season matches. Those clubs include Chicago Fire; Chivas USA; 2010 MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids; Columbus Crew; D.C. United; FC Dallas; Houston Dynamo; LA Galaxy; New York Red Bulls; New England Revolution; Philadelphia Union; Real Salt Lake; San Jose Earthquakes; Seattle Sounders FC; Sporting Kansas City; Toronto FC; and, in their inaugural seasons, Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps. An expansion team in Montreal will debut in 2012. For more information about MLS, log on to the League's official website at www.MLSsoccer.com.

ABOUT ALLSTATE

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®" slogan, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help nearly 16 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®.

ABOUT UNIVISION COMMUNICATIONS INC.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the premier media company serving the U.S. Hispanic community. Its assets include Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the U.S. reaching 95% of U.S. Hispanic Households; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network, reaching 85% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Galavisión, the country's leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for the Company's platforms; Univision Local Media, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations and 70 radio stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Interactive Media, which includes Univision.com, the leading Spanish-language Internet destination in the U.S., and Univision Móvil, the industry's most comprehensive Spanish-language suite of mobile offerings; and TuTv, U.S. outlet for pay television channels of Mexico-based Grupo Televisa. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.univision.net.

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