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WORLD FOOTBALL CHALLENGE RETURNS TO NORTH AMERICA THIS SUMMER

For Immediate Release                                        
Marisabel Muñoz, MLS Communications, +1-212-450-1262 / marisabel.munoz@mlssoccer.com
Matt Dianella/Beth McClinton, CAA Sports, +1-424-288-2000 / mdianella@caa.com/ bmcclinton@caa.com
 
 
WORLD FOOTBALL CHALLENGE RETURNS TO NORTH AMERICA THIS SUMMER WITH MANY OF THE WORLD’S TOP SOCCER CLUBS CONFIRMED TO PARTICIPATE
 
Chelsea F.C. and Liverpool F.C. to Visit Seattle Sounders FC and Toronto FC, Among Other Teams to be Announced
 
NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES(Tuesday, April 24, 2012)– CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency, and Major League Soccer (MLS), the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada, are once again partnering to host the World Football Challenge.  Legendary soccer clubs – Chelsea F.C. and Liverpool FC together with MLS teams Seattle Sounders FC and Toronto FC – have confirmed their participation in the 2012 World Football Challenge.  Additional teams and matches for the event, which will take place July 18 through August 11, will be announced as details become available.
 
In 2011, more than half a million fans attended the World Football Challenge, and sports fans across North America will once again enjoy a summer of top international matches. 
 
The series of matches kicks off on Wednesday, July 18 with UEFA Champions League semifinalist Chelsea FC visiting the three-time defending Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champions Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field. As part of its summer visit to the U.S., Chelsea FC will also participate in the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 25.
 
The World Football Challenge will head to Toronto, pitting five-time European champion Liverpool FC against MLS’ Toronto FC at Rogers Centre on Saturday, July 21. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 4.
 
Complete details regarding theWorld Football Challenge including all ticket information, participating teams, schedule, event sponsors, and broadcast information will be announced in the coming weeks, and posted on the event’s official site by visiting www.WorldFootballChallenge.com.
 
“We are excited to bring an elite and diverse group of international clubs back to the United States and Canada this summer,” said Kathy Carter, president of Soccer United Marketing, MLS' commercial arm. “Together with CAA Sports, we will host another exciting World Football Challenge, with entertaining games that will be enjoyed by soccer fans from all over the world.”
 
“In a very short period of time, the World Football Challenge has grown to become one of the preeminent soccer events in North America,” said Michael Levine, Co-Head of CAA Sports. “With our partners at Major League Soccer, we look forward to bringing together many of the world’s most accomplished and celebrated teams to major soccer destinations across the U.S. and Canada in what we hope will be the most exciting and entertaining World Football Challengeto date.”
 
2012 World Football Challenge
As of April 24, 2012
Date                 Game                                                               Venue                                       City                             Time (ET)
July 18              Seattle Sounders FC v Chelsea FC         CenturyLink Field          Seattle, WA                   9:30 p.m.
July 21              Toronto FC v Liverpool FC                   Rogers Centre                           Toronto, ON                              4:00 p.m.
 
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. Major League Soccer’s 17th season will feature 19 clubs. Those clubs include Chicago Fire; Chivas USA; Colorado Rapids; Columbus Crew; D.C. United; FC Dallas; Houston Dynamo; 2011 MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy; New York Red Bulls; New England Revolution; Philadelphia Union; Portland Timbers; Real Salt Lake; San Jose Earthquakes; Seattle Sounders FC; Sporting Kansas City; Toronto FC; Vancouver Whitecaps FC; and, in their inaugural season, Montreal Impact. For more information about MLS, log on to the League’s official website at www.MLSsoccer.com.
 
About CAA Sports
CAA Sports represents more than 700 of the world's best athletes in such sports as baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, tennis, and golf, in addition to coaches, on-air broadcasters, and sports personalities.  Beyond traditional athlete representation, CAA Sports provides unique opportunities for clients off the field, in areas including licensing, endorsements, speaking, philanthropy, and video games.  CAA Sports also works in the areas of broadcast rights, corporate marketing initiatives, and sports properties for sales/sponsorships.  CAA Sports is a division of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading full-service agency.  CAA represents the most creative and successful artists working in film, television, music, theatre, and video games, and provides a range of strategic marketing services to corporate clients.  For more information about CAA Sports, visit www.sports.caa.com.