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Verizon Wireless Brings Mexican Soccer Icon Martin "El Pulpo" Zuñiga To Yakima, Washington For Youth Soccer Clinic

Marquette Stadium among 18 locations nationally that will host over 6,500 youth at free clinics; registration August 8-9

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August 2, 2009

Scott Charlston
Verizon Wireless
scott.charlston@verizonwireless.com
425-603-2894

Mario Flores
mario.flores@sportivo.us
310-473-4422

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless and some of Latin America's greatest soccer legends are teaming up during Verizon Wireless' fourth annual youth soccer clinics in 18 U.S. cities throughout spring and summer. The Yakima clinic will feature a special appearance by guest athlete, former Mexican soccer player and goalkeeper, Martín Roberto Zúñiga Hernández, better known as "El Pulpo" (The Octopus) Zúñiga.

Leading the clinics will be legendary soccer clinic director "Soccer Tom" Mulroy, member of the first U.S. Youth National Team and official spokesperson for World Cup USA '94. The three-hour clinics will include ball gymnastics, warm ups, ball control, overall soccer skills, and small sided games. Each participating youth will receive a soccer jersey, sports sack and water bottle.

Marquette Stadium in the city of Yakima will host the youth soccer clinic on Sunday, August 16th. Registrations for the free clinic are from 1 p.m. — 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 8 at the Verizon Wireless Communications Store at 2401 S. First St., #136 in Yakima and from 1 p.m. — 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 9 at the Verizon Wireless Communications Store at 335 Valley Mall Pkwy. in Wenatchee. Registration is limited and open to players five to 17 years old; the first 100 youth to register will receive a voucher for a soccer ball. For full clinic details please visit www.alianzadefutbol.com.  

Soccer superstars who have participated in previous clinic cities include: Mexican soccer great Alberto Garcia Aspe; former Mexican national team center/forward recognized as one of the best Mexican strikers of all time Luis "El Matador" Hernandez; one of Ecuador's greatest footballers of all time Alex Aguinaga; ex-Mexican national team midfielder Ramon Ramirez; one of Colombia's greatest footballers of all time Carlos "El Pibe" Valderrama; Mexican Olympian Manuel Sol; six-time Argentine league champion Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

Remaining clinic cities, dates and guest soccer players are as follows:

  • YAKIMA, Wash. - Aug. 16Martin "El Pulpo" Zuniga
  • LOS ANGELES - Aug. 23Luis "El Matador" Hernandez
  • SAN FRANCISCO - Sept. 6Carlos "El Pibe" Valderrama
    *Subject to change without notice

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