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Princess Cup Soccer Tournament Brings Top Girls Game to ESPN WWOS

Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has been home to many tournaments for both boys and girls for years, but they’ve never had an event devoted to the growing nationwide trend of girls participating in youth soccer. Disney Sports is growing its soccer portfolio,… Read More »Princess Cup Soccer Tournament Brings Top Girls Game to ESPN WWOS

ESPN WWOS to host Orlando City Lions Soccer Club Home Games in 2014

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Great news soccer fans. ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World will host Orlando City Lions Soccer Club for its 2014 season. The team is relocating due to renovation work at its current home of the Orlando Citrus Bowl. Additionally, a new stadium built with soccer in mind has been approved, so the Lions may have played their last game in the Citrus Bowl (depending on when it is able to re-open).

Although the deal isn’t 100% in stone, it’s generally accepted that the 2015 season will see Orlando’s team join Major League Soccer. So it will be an interesting transition year, to say the least. Disney and ESPN WWOS already have a great relationship with the MLS via Disney’s Pro-Soccer Classic and have hosted some training and sub-teams of various European clubs as well.

“We hope our fans are as thrilled as we are to call ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex our home field for the 2014 season,” said Phil Rawlins, president of Orlando City Soccer Club. “With professional sporting event experience, premier soccer fields and world-class amenities, this facility will enable us to play all of our home games in one location and in a venue where our fans will be closer to our players than ever before. We look forward to next year’s possibilities before hopefully heading into MLS for the 2015 season.”
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US Women’s National Soccer Team Visits Pixar

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Over the weekend the US Women’s National Soccer Team visited Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, CA. The team was in town to play a friendly match versus New Zealand at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. While on campus, they spent time with the Pixar Soccer team, took “Monster Drawing 101” with character designer Chris Sasaki who designed Art from Monsters University, and enjoyed a tour of the grounds.

The Pixar soccer team also took a moment to pose with the US Women’s team.

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Brazilian Soccer Star Kaka Returns to See Mickey Mouse at ESPN WWOS

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If it’s June, it must be time for the Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite family vacation. His fans know him as Kaka and he currently plays soccer for Real Madrid and the Brazilian national team. Kaka visited the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort this week. Spending some time with Mickey Mouse and kids before next month’s Disney Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament.

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Orlando’s MLS Dream

Orlando City Soccer looks to be on the fast track to joining the MLS. The league and local officials have actually been meeting for months looking for ways to make it happen. One major obstacle stands in the way, a stadium. The current stadium was… Read More »Orlando’s MLS Dream