'MLS Road Trip to First Kick' Debuts Tomorrow on MLSsoccer.com
Adidas and Dick’s Sporting Goods to serve as presenting partners of the 5,500 mile trek
NEW YORK(February 24, 2012) - Get ready for the road. The MLS Road Trip to First Kick, presented by adidas and Dick's Sporting Goods, has returned in 2012 and it is bigger than ever. MLSsoccer.com will be sending two teams of brave road-trippers up and down both coasts -- a trip that will cover more than 5,500 combined miles -- to celebrate First Kick, presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, and the start of the 2012 MLS season.
To view the MLS Road Trip to First Kick itinerary, click here.
It all begins tomorrow in Philadelphia, where former MLS All-Star and current ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman will join host Temryss Lane and MLSsoccer.com's Nick Firchau to kick off the trip at the Brandywine location of Dick's Sporting Goods. Tickets to the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game -- which this year takes place in Philadelphia on July 25 -- and MLS merchandise will be given away, and Twellman will take questions from the fans and sign autographs for those in attendance. Lane and Firchau will then travel south to Charleston for the Carolina Challenge Cup (Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, and host Charleston Battery), to Orlando for the Disney Pro Soccer Classic (FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City, Montreal Impact, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC), and eventually to Dallas to deliver the official adidas match ball for the FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls game, which will air on NBC Sports Network on March 11 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
The West Coast crew of former MLS defender Brian Dunseth and co-host Drea Avent begin their own adventure on Saturday in Tucson for the Desert Diamond Cup (LA Galaxy, NY Red Bulls & Real Salt Lake), and notable stops on the rest of their journey include San Jose for a USA-Italy viewing party, Portland for a preseason tournament (the host Timbers, Chivas USA, San Jose Earthquakes and Swedish club AIK), Seattle for the Sounders’ CONCACAF Champions League match against Santos, before wrapping up in the Los Angeles area for two matches on the weekend of MLS First Kick (March 10-11): LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA vs. Houston Dynamo.
The road will provide the setting for a number of soccer-related “detours” that will lean heavily on social media and interaction with fans and players. Keep up with all of the latest updates from the trip via Twitteras the crews attempt to keep up with all the sights and sounds along the way. You can find complete coverage on www.MLSsoccer.com.
adidas is a presenting sponsor of the MLS Road Trip to First Kick for the second successive season, and will provide apparel for the hosts as well as access to many of its top athletes, including FC Dallas and U.S. National Team midfielder Brek Shea. Five Dick’s Sporting Goods stores across the United States will host events during the road trip. These events will include appearances by hometown MLS players, MLS tickets giveaways, merchandise giveaways and autograph sessions. Volkswagen is on board for the second consecutive year and is providing vehicles as the groups make their way across the country, including the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan and the all-new Volkswagen Passat, the 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year.
First Kick 2012, presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, begins Saturday, March 10 with a slate of five games, continues with two Sunday games -- including the first MLS game on NBC Sports Network -- and concludes with a special Monday night contest on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
The TSN and RDS schedule begins with the highly-anticipated MLS debut of Montreal Impact when the League’s 19th team travels to Vancouver to play on Bell Pitch downtown at BC Place for Whitecaps FC's home opener on March 10 at 6 p.m. ET. TSN and RDS are the official national broadcasters of Major League Soccer in Canada.