December 21, 2012

MLS, Houston Dynamo, Quinnipiac University Soccer and Connecticut Football Club to host Soccer Night in Newtown

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NEWTOWN, Conn. – Major League Soccer and the Houston Dynamo have announced that they will partner with the Quinnipiac University soccer program and the Connecticut Football Club to host a special "Soccer Night in Newtown" on Monday, January 7 for residents of Newtown. The event will be held from 4-8 p.m. at the Newtown Youth Academy Sports & Fitness Center (4 Primrose Street, Newtown, CT 06470).

"Soccer Night in Newtown" is free and open to Newtown residents and the local community. It will include a variety of interactive soccer-based games and activities for kids and families, including the opportunity to meet and get autographs from MLS players. Doors will open at 4 p.m. and the opening ceremonies will begin at 4:30 p.m. The opening ceremonies will include a short video presentation, remarks from the organizers and a question and answer session between the kids and MLS players.

Soccer Night in Newtown Participating Players:
Columbus Crew
Ethan Finlay
FC Dallas
Zach Loyd, Bobby Warshaw
Houston Dynamo
Corey Ashe, Brad Davis, Brian Ching, Ricardo Clark, Tally Hall
LA Galaxy
Landon Donovan, Sean Franklin, Rafael Garcia,
New England Revolution
Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, Hunter Freeman, Ryan Guy, Matt Reis, Clyde Simms, Chris Tierney, Bobby Shuttleworth
New York Red Bulls
Kenny Cooper, Heath Pearce, Ryan Meara
Philadelphia Union
Chris Albright, Ray Gaddis
Real Salt Lake
Kwame Watson-Siriboe
San Jose Earthquakes
Marcus Tracy
Seattle Sounders
David Estrada, Josh Ford
Vancouver Whitecaps
Brad Knighton , Omar Salgado
US Men's Legends
Cobi Jones, Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda, Mike Burns, Tony Meola
US Women's Legends
Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Christie Rampone

Quinnipiac University soccer players as well as players from CFC Azul will also participate.

"Soccer is a big part of the Newtown community, and we thought it would be a great idea to give the kids a chance to have some fun playing a game they love alongside some of America's top professional players and some of the area's top collegiate players," said Chris Canetti, President of the Houston Dynamo and former member of the QU baseball team. "I hope this event can be a diversion from some of the harsh realities facing their world and provide an opportunity to create positive lifelong memories."

"I am grateful to be part of offering this event to the Newtown community along with our partners the MLS, Houston Dynamo and the Connecticut Football Club," Quinnipiac men's soccer coach Eric Da Costa said. "In time of need, it's important that people come together to lend love and support. We hope this event will offer the children within our community some sense of normalcy during this difficult time."

"I would like to thank the MLS and Houston Dynamo for reaching out to both us and Quinnipiac to allow us to put together this event," said Stephen Coxon, President of CFC Azul. "The tragic events in Newtown greatly affected the CFC family as we have so many players from the Newtown soccer community. We just hope that this event can put a smile back on the faces of these innocent boys and girls."

As part of the event, Dynamo Charities, the charitable arm of the Houston Dynamo, will conduct a fundraiser to benefit the United Way's Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Money will be raised through an online auction, which includes a trip for two to see the Dynamo play a 2013 home game at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston. To bid on these items please visit http://www.HoustonDynamo.com/NewtownAuction

ABOUT THE HOUSTON DYNAMO
The Houston Dynamo are a Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships and four conference championships in its first seven seasons and qualified to represent the United States in international competition six times, including the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League. The team currently trains in the Methodist Champions' Field at Houston Amateur Sports Park (HASP), the premier training facility in Southeast Texas. The Houston Dynamo play at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston. For more information, log on to www.HoustonDynamo.com or call (713) 276-7500.

ABOUT QUINNIPIAC SOCCER
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer program is an NCAA Division I affiliate and a standing member of the Northeast Conference. Since joining the NCAA's top division in 1998, Quinnipiac has endured great success within the nation's elite tier. In their most recent campaign, the Bobcats, under the direction of head coach Eric Da Costa, claimed their first regular-season title in program history at the strength of an 8-1-1 mark in conference action. Quinnipiac has made five trips to the NEC Tournament – nearly capturing its first NCAA Tournament berth back in 2009. The men's soccer team trains at the QU Soccer Field which is located on the Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational university with 6,200 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students and is consistently ranked among the best universities by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, log on to www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

ABOUT CONNECTICUT FOOTBALL CLUB
CFC is a full service soccer club that offers programs to players of all levels from a men's professional team (CFC Azul) to Youth Developmental Programs for 6 and 7 year olds. The club has seven distinct branches:  CFC Alliance (Vernon Area), CFC Arsenal (Lower Fairfield County), CFC Gunners (Litchfield County), CFC Impact (New Haven County), CFC Wolves (Central/Northern CT), CFC Azzurri (Farmington Valley), CFC Samba (Western CT) and CFC Candlewood (New Milford). With a coaching staff that includes 15 college coaches, 7 current or former ODP staff coaches, 2 Regional Staff coaches and 2 National Staff coaches, we believe our staff matches up favorably with any staff in the country. Emphasis is on player development in a team setting, with a focus on preparing players to pursue the game at whatever level they decide. For more information, log on to www.connecticutfootballclub.com.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu