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AT&T MLS All-Star Festivities Kick Off Friday, July 20

AT&T MLS All-Star Festivities Kick Off Friday, July 20
A Wide Variety of Activities Highlight All-Star Week
 
NEW YORK(Thursday, July 19, 2011) – In the days leading up to the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, Major League Soccer, MLS W.O.R.K.S., the League’s community outreach initiative, and its corporate partners will host a wide variety of activities throughout the Philadelphia area. The events will showcase players from both the MLS All-Stars and their opponents, Chelsea FC, who will face each other in the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game to be held at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., on Wednesday, July 25 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2, TeleFutura, TSN, RDS).
 
Festivities begin tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. ET when Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and MLS Commissioner Don Garber will officially launch MLS All-Star Week by kicking off the MLS All-Star Giant Ball Tour on the famous steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
 
The ball will be paraded through the streets of Philadelphia, led by a MLS-wrapped double-decker bus. The giant soccer ball will make coordinated stops at local Philadelphia special events, as well as iconic Philadelphia locations such as LOVE Park, City Hall and Penn’s Landing, where fans will be encouraged to sign the giant soccer ball.
 
Other select events throughout the week are as follows:
 
Friday, July 20
  • MLS Pub Activation– From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tir Na Nog pub (1600 Arch Street) will host the MLS All-Star Influencer & Supporters Happy Hour with local soccer coaches and fans.
Saturday July 21
  • MLS Pub Activation– From 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., el Jimador will sponsor the New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union pre-game promotion at multiple locations including Kildare’s of Manayunk (4417 Main Street) and Kildare’s of West Chester (18-22 West Gay Street).
Monday, July 23
  • Mayor’s All-Star Welcome– Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter will officially welcome the MLS All-Stars in a private event at the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia.
 
  • MLS Pub Activation– From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Kildare’s of Manayunk will host the Budweiser Pool Ball Tournament, featuring appearances by Philadelphia Union players Antoine Hoppenot and Chris Konopka.
 
  • MLS VIP Lounge– From 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the lobby of the luxurious Hotel Sofitel Philadelphia will be transformed into All-Star central. Stop by to reconnect at an AT&T mobile station or recharge with a Pepsi. While you’re there, don’t forget to pick-up ticket packages or ask one of our knowledgeable attendees about other All-Star related activities. Open to the public.
 
Tuesday, July 24
 
  • MLS W.O.R.K.S./Philadelphia Union Foundation Service Project- Beginning at 8:00 a.m., Major League Soccer will join the Philadelphia Union, AT&T, Chester Upland School District and organizers from KABOOM! to construct a new playground and small-sided field at Science and Discovery High School in Chester, Pa. (1100 W. 10th Street). The AT&T Community Field and new playground will provide more than 500 children in the Chester community with a safe place to play, and will increase awareness and provide additional opportunities for local youth to play soccer. Volunteers will spend the day painting, cleaning and constructing the playground while Philadelphia Union Academy coaches lead drills and small-sided games for approximately 100 local children as part of the AT&T Youth Clinic.  MLS All-Star players will participate in various activities, including the construction of the playground and the ribbon-cutting ceremony with MLS and Philadelphia Union executives and members of Chester Upland School District.
 
  • Volkswagen Junior Masters- From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Volkswagen Junior Masters will host their North American finals. This will be the first time the finals have ever been hosted around the MLS All-Star Game.  Eight teams from across the United States will be competing at the Union training facility in Chester, Pa.
 
  • Macy’s Center City Union Player Appearance– From 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Philadelphia Union players will be at Macy’s Center City (1300 Market Street) to sign autographs and spend time with fans. 
 
  • MLS Pub Activation– From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tir Na Nog will host the Budweiser Pool Ball Tournament, featuring appearances by Philadelphia Union players Michael Farfan and Gabriel Farfan.
 
  • MLS VIP Lounge– From 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the lobby of the luxurious Hotel Sofitel Philadelphia will be transformed into All-Star central. Open to the public.
 
Wednesday, July 25
 
  • Volkswagen Junior Masters- From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Volkswagen Junior Masters will host their North American finals at the Union training facility in Chester, Pa.
 
  • Soccer Celebration- The 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Soccer Celebration will be held outside PPL Park. The outdoor festival, which runs from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., will feature interactive events for fans, soccer-themed games, sponsor giveaways, and more.
 
  • MLS W.O.R.K.S./Starlight Children’s Foundation Hospital Visit- At 3:00 p.m. members of thePhiladelphia Union and MLS W.O.R.K.S. will team up with Starlight Children’s Foundation for the placement of a Starlight Fun Center™ mobile entertainment unit at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pa. (1 Medical Center Blvd.). Union players will be on hand to play games, visit with patients and participate in other activities prior to the dedication ceremony. In addition to the Fun Center, MLS will also provide tickets to the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game for outpatients and their families. 
 
  • ExtraTime Live from PPL Park- Leading up to the game, beginning at 7:00 p.m., MLSsoccer.com will broadcast a 90-minute pregame show - ExtraTime Live - directly from PPL Park. Greg Lalas, Jason Saghini, Nick Firchau and Simon Borg from ExtraTime Radio, will host the show featuring special guests, including MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
 
  • MLS W.O.R.K.S. Community MVP – MLS W.O.R.K.S. will recognize the Community MVP Grand Prize winner during halftime at the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game.  Fans across the League had the opportunity to nominate individuals who have made a difference in their communities. One (1) winner was selected from each MLS market and had the opportunity to win the Grand Prize through online voting. 
 
  • MLS Pub Activation– el Jimador will be sponsoring a MLS All-Star pre-game promotion from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Tir Na Nog, Kildare’s of Manayunk and Kildare’s of West Chester.
 
  • MLS VIP Lounge– From 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the lobby of the luxurious Hotel Sofitel Philadelphia will be transformed into All-Star central. Open to the public.
  • National Anthem Singer – Pia Toscano, a contestant on season 10 of American Idol, will sing the national anthem. Interscope Records released her first single, This Time, in July 2011.