News Release

Let the Games Begin! Irvine, California Residents to Compete to Share $10,000 Soccer Tournament Purse

Sixty Amateurs Make Cut to Play in Los Angeles Tournament Sponsored by Verizon Wireless

May 30, 2006

Mario Flores
flores@sportivo.us
310-226-8606

Ana Lydia Ochoa
Analydia.ochoa@rlpublicrelations.com
310-226-8606

IRVINE, CA — Four teams of Los Angeles locals will face-off in the "Copa Verizon Wireless" soccer tournament at the Home Depot Center on June 4th. Selected by eight popular Spanish-language radio stations in May, sixty area residents will compete to share a $10,000 championship purse.

Radio stations selecting players included:

  • K-Buena/Sonido
  • La Nueva/KLVE
  • Super Estrella/Oye 97.5
  • La Raza/Latino 96.3

Meet and Greet with Luis Hernandez
The players will have a chance to meet professional soccer player Luis Hernandez at the tournament. Known for his dyed blond hair and "El Matador" nickname, Hernandez has scored 35 goals playing for Mexico's National Team. He now trails only Jared Borgetti as the nation's all-time leading goal scorer. Hernandez has played with several clubs, including Cruz Azul, Monterrey, Necaxa, America, Tigres, Veracruz, and Chiapas.

Giving Back to the Community through HopeLine®
Prior to the championship match, Verizon Wireless will award a $10,000 HopeLine® grant to Break The Cycle, a domestic violence prevention agency in Los Angeles dedicated to aiding survivors of domestic abuse.

Through HopeLine®, Verizon Wireless accepts no-longer used wireless phones and accessories from any service provider year-round and turns them into help for victims of domestic violence through local non-profit agencies. For more information, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline

World Soccer Tournament highlights on V CAST
Consumers can watch Spanish-language video highlights of the World Soccer Tournament for the first time ever on a cell phone. Verizon Wireless V CAST subscribers can view the World Soccer Tournament 2002 and 2006 video highlights daily throughout June. UnivisiĆ³n, the leading Spanish-language media company in the U.S., is providing the content.

Other Prizes
Members of the second place team will earn a Samsung A950 video cell phone and a $100 gift certificate for Verizon Wireless service. Each player on the third place team will win a $100 gift certificate for Verizon Wireless service.

"Copa Verizon Wireless" is a free event and open to the public; free parking will also be available.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 53 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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