While Real Salt Lake gets ready for another busy week on and off the field, the Utah side is proud to announce that RSL will team up with Major League Soccer in two weeks time to host MLS Futbolito 2008, the League's official 4-v-4 soccer tournament co-presented by Panasonic and Sierra Mist. This year’s edition of MLS Futbolito will take place on Saturday, August 2, at Riverside Park (739 N. 1400 West) in Salt Lake City, with check-in for the event beginning at 8:00 a.m. MT and the games kicking off at 9:00 a.m.
MLS Futbolito 2008, sponsored locally by Coldwell Banker, Makita, Regence BCBS of Utah, SL Regional Medical Center, Siegfried & Jenson, Western Union, The Truth, Worker’s Comp, and KFC, is a series of all-day events targeting the League's growing multicultural fan base and represents the largest touring Hispanic event hosted by a U.S. professional sports league. As part of the stop in Utah, Real Salt Lake players and an MLS Futbolito Ambassador will be on hand to sign autographs and take in the fast-paced action throughout the day at Riverside Park.
The 4-v-4 tournament is open to players of all ages, abilities and affiliations. Team rosters can consist of up to seven players (four field players and three substitutes) and each team will play a minimum of three games in round-robin action, with the possibility of advancing to the single-elimination championship playoff. The entrance fee is $150 per team for those competing in the Adult Premier Division and $120 per team for all other participants.
Registration is available in eight different divisions, Premier Adult, Adult Recreations, and six Youth divisions – U-18, U-16, U-14, U-12, U-10, and U-8. Winners of each division will receive prizes with the first and second place teams in the Premier Division competing for $3,000 in cash prizes. In addition to the games, each registered player will receive a ticket to a Real Salt Lake game, an exclusive adidas MLS Futbolito t-shirt, and the opportunity to win prizes from the presenting sponsors as well as associate sponsors: adidas, Chase, Fox Sports en Español, Glidden, The Home Depot, Volkswagen, and VISA.
Teams can register online on the MLS Futbolito official website, www.MLSFutbolito.com, or at the Real Salt Lake offices (515 South 700 East, Suite 2R in the Trolley Corners building). The deadline to register teams is July 28. Visit the MLS Futbolito official website or call 1-888-MLS-FUTBOLITO toll-free for more information. The website includes complete lists of all rules and regulations and information regarding the competition dates and locations in both English and Spanish.