New York - For those of you not aware, April 5, 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of U.S. Soccer. On April 5, 1913, the U.S. Soccer charter was signed at the then existing luxury hotel known as The Astor House.
Even though soccer may not be considered a popular sport to many throughout the United States, U.S. Soccer is older than the NBA, NFL and NHL. In honor of the 100th anniversary, Mayor Bloomberg’s office presented U.S. Soccer with a proclamation stating that April 5, 2013, in the City of New York is officially “U.S. Soccer Day” early Friday morning on the steps of City Hall.
Howard Wolfson, the Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs and Communications and U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati were accompanied by U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Alexi Lalas, Cobi Jones, Tab Ramos, Walter Bahr, Michelle Akers, April Heinrichs and Carli Lloyd.
“The past, present, and future of American soccer have all started in New York City,” said Wolfson. “From the U.S. Men’s National Team playing in Ebbets Field for their first-ever home match, to the 1994 World Cup, to the newest New Yorkers who bring their passion for the beautiful game to pitches in all five boroughs, New York City is at the heart of soccer’s growth in the United States. It is no surprise that one hundred years ago U.S. Soccer began in our city, and that today they are reaffirming their commitment to making the game one of America’s preeminent sports. Congratulations to U.S. Soccer on their centennial, and we look forward to another hundred years of the world’s game prospering in the world’s capital.”
Following the Press Conference, the entire crew went to the Empire State Building where Sunil Gulati, Jurgen Klinsmann and Carli Lloyd took part of the ceremonial lighting where tonight the colors will be Red, White and Blue. From there, photos were taken at the 86th floor of the Empire State Building.
To conclude the day, this iconic group of American Soccer personalities went to Nevada Smith’s where they joined their fans and witnessed the U.S. Women’s National Team tie Germany 3-3. Even though Centennial Week in New York is over, the celebration will continue throughout the United States.
As stated in a Press Release submitted by U.S. Soccer:
After Centennial Week, fans can look forward to more Centennial events throughout 2013, including a unique celebration on June 2 when the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams will both play matches back-to-back live on the ESPN family of networks. The U.S. Men will take on Germany at 2:30 p.m. ET at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas, while the U.S. Women take on Canada at 4:30 p.m. ET at BMO Field in Toronto, live on ESPNews.
The Centennial celebration will continue throughout the year at all Men’s and Women’s games, including the MNT’s four remaining FIFA World Cup home qualifying matches in Seattle (June 11), Salt Lake City (June 18), Columbus (Sept. 10) and Kansas City (Oct. 11).
Additionally, ussoccer.com is displaying historic content with never-before-seen photos, unique videos and engaging interviews that celebrate the sport’s history in the United States. Later this year, fans can look forward to a commemorative book featuring articles, interviews and photos from U.S. Soccer’s archives.