Mar 27, 2013

7th annual Sueño MLS nationally televised search for America’s best undiscovered youth soccer player

NEW YORK (Sunday, March 24, 2013) The wait is over for hundreds of aspiring young soccer standouts as registration opens for Sueño MLS 2013 – Presented by Allstate, the premier, nationally televised search for the best undiscovered soccer talent in North America.

Starting today at 2 p.m. ET, hopefuls will be able to register at for an opportunity to participate in one of the three open tryouts.  The competition will be chronicled in a unique “reality show within a show” format by Univision Network’s popular weekly sports entertainment program “República Deportiva” (Sports Republic). Co-hosted by legendary sportscasters Fernando Fiore and Félix Fernández, “República Deportiva” airs every Sunday at 12 p.m. ET.  

Now in its seventh year, Sueño MLS 2013 – Presented by Allstate will be staged by three Major League Soccer teams, including first-time host Colorado Rapids, as well as returning hosts D.C. United and LA Galaxy.  Up to 500 tryout spots will be made available in 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.  

In each city, field 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 National Finals that will be held in the greater Los Angeles area and be hosted by Sueño MLS Ambassador and Colombian soccer great, Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama.  The finals will include training sessions, scrimmages, guest celebrity scouts and an opportunity to meet some of the League’s biggest stars.  The Sueño MLS 2013 – Presented by Allstate winner will be crowned on Sunday, May 12, live on República Deportiva (see calendar below for more information).

In addition, the Allstate “Good Hands®” top goalkeeper award - El Portero Allstate - will be presented for the third consecutive year. One goalkeeper at each of the three local tryouts will be selected as a local goalkeeper finalist and will compete in the National Finals for the opportunity to be named El Portero Allstate and train with an MLS team.  El Portero Allstate will be selected in conjunction with the winner of Sueño MLS 2013 – Presented by Allstate, and will be mentored by Mexican goalkeeping legend and Republica Deportiva co-host, Felix Fernandez.

“Allstate is excited to once again be the presenting sponsor of Sueño MLS and be part of the search for the best undiscovered soccer talent,” said Pam Hollander, Allstate’s senior director of sponsorship marketing. “We look forward to honoring the winner of El Portero Allstate as well, as ‘protection is our game,’ and goalkeepers know that concept well!”

Since its inception in 2007, Sueño MLS has given thousands of talented young athletes an opportunity to showcase their skills and impress scouts.  The inaugural winner, forward Jorge Villafaña (formerly Jorge Flores), of Anaheim, Calif., is now in his seventh season with MLS’s Chivas USA. The 2008 FC Dallas Sueño MLS winner, Gabriel Funes Mori, played with the FC Dallas Juniors U-18 team before moving to Argentina’s legendary team River Plate, where he plays alongside his twin brother Ramiro Jose, a Dallas Sueño MLS finalist that same year.

MLS partners participating in Sueño MLS 2013 – Presented by Allstate include adidas, Gatorade, Pepsi and Volkswagen.

Photos, b-roll and logo from Sueño MLS – Presented by Allstate are available for download at:

March 24                             Live announcement on Univision Network’s República Deportiva
April 13-14                            Local market tryouts in the Washington D.C. area, hosted by D.C. United
April 20-21                          Local market tryouts in the Denver area, hosted by Colorado Rapids                                  
April 27-28                          Local market tryouts in Los Angeles area, hosted by LA Galaxy              
May 9-12                             National Finals at The Home Depot Center in the Los Angeles area
May 12                               Live announcement of winner on República Deportiva

Eligible players must be males between the ages of 14 and 18 years old (born between May 14, 1995 – April 13, 1999) with appropriate identification and have retained their amateur status. Current collegiate student-athletes will not be permitted to attend the National Finals in Carson, Calif.  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 National Finals in Carson, Calif. For more information, please visit  Participation in the event is free.  Players may not register for more than one city.

Year     Name                                       Home Town                  Position           Host Team
2007     Jorge [Flores] Villafaña              Anaheim, Calif.              Forward            Chivas USA
2008*    Gabriel Funes Mori                    Arlington, Texas            Forward            FC Dallas
2008*    Briant Reyes                             Downey, Calif.              Midfielder         Chivas USA
2009     Alberto Lopez                          Aurora, Ill.                     Midfielder         Chicago Fire
2010     Nelson Castro                           Houston, Texas             Defender          Houston Dynamo
2011     Birnis Adames                           Camden, N.J.                Forward            Philadelphia Union
2012     Armando Flores                         Anaheim, Calif.              Forward            Chivas USA
*Co-winners in 2008

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 18th season will feature 19 clubs each playing 34 regular-season matches. Those clubs include the Chicago Fire; Chivas USA; Colorado Rapids; Columbus Crew; D.C. United; FC Dallas; Houston Dynamo; 2012 MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy; Montreal Impact; 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 and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. For more information about MLS, log on to the league’s official website at  

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