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UPDATE: Soccer hits the Streets of San Francisco.

The Street Soccer USA Cup Series is the premier street soccer event in the world, and it’s arriving in San Francisco this weekend. All proceeds benefit Street Soccer USA's sport for social change programs, which serve at risk and homeless youth and young adults in underserved communities across the country.

Street Soccer USA Cup Series - San Francisco
Street Soccer USA Cup Series - San Francisco
Lyndsay Radnedge | Center Line Soccer

Street Soccer USA will move it's annual Bay Area tournament this year -- a few blocks east from Civic Center Plaza to Union Square.  The compact rubber-matted fields will be installed in time for the weekend kick off of the tournament July 16 and 17.

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Street Soccer USA's programs run nationwide and provide youth ages 6-18, and young adults ages 18-30, with teamwork and life skills lessons through soccer in its community based clubs, after school programs, and in partnership with schools and other social service providers.

Since being founded in 2007, Street Soccer USA has helped more than 4,000 people into housing -€” check out this recent article by Kevin Fagan at SFGate.com on the success of in the Bay Area.

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Teams from San Francisco and across the Bay Area, ranging in age from six through to adult will compete in exciting four versus four 15-minute matchups in a specially built Street Soccer Stadium.

Earthquakes fans will be especially interested in Sunday's celebrity game hosted by Chris Wondolowski, a Street Soccer USA ambassador who will meet with the tournament participants.  The first clues of the expected team members have come from Chris's dad John -€” no word yet on the final lineup of Team Wondo.

Chris has been connected with SSUSA for several years, and according to John "each year Chris will find his way up to San Francisco a few evenings and meet with the soon-to-be-not-homeless-people in the SSUSA program and play with them at their Street Soccer Training...the SSUSA players [are] just inspirational -€” the entire organization is honestly the most inspirational team that I have ever seen".

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The event is a free and open to the public -- check it out: it's fast, furious and a lot of fun. Here are the details of this weekend's street soccer activities in San Francisco.

WHERE:          Union Square, San Francisco, CA

DATE:              July 16-17, 2016

SCHEDULE:

Saturday, July 16 -€” 10-7pm

Corporate Cup Competition Begins -€”10am

On field presentation with City Officials -€” 12:30pm

Showcase of SSUSA's Community Youth Clubs -€” 1pm

Corporate Cup featuring SSUSA homeless program continues

Corporate Cup Championship Rounds-5-7pm

Award Ceremony- 7:30pm

Sunday, July 17 -€” 10-6pm

Open Cup Competition Begins -€” 10am

Showcase of SSUSA's Community Youth Clubs -€” 1pm

TAGHeuer #Don'tCrackUnderPressure Challenge -€” 1:30pm

Celebrity Match hosted by Chris Wondolowski sponsored by SJ Earthquakes -€” 2pm

Open Cup Competition Continues

Open Cup Championship Rounds -€” 5pm

Award Ceremony -€”6:30pm

INFO:  For more information on Street Soccer USA and to sign up for the Street Soccer USA San Francisco Cup, please visit: http://www.streetsoccerusacup.org and follow the links to register

SOCIAL MEDIA: @StreetSoccerUSA #UnionSquareSFCup0

UPDATE:
As part of the festivities, U.S Men's National Team and San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski will host a celebrity match sponsored by the San Jose Earthquakes and featuring:
  • Joe Cannon -€” Former Goalkeeper, San Jose Earthquakes
  • Chris Dangerfield -€” Former Forward, San Jose Earthquakes Quakes
  • Todd Dunivant - Former Defender, LA Galaxy
  • Phil Ginsburg - General Manager -€” San Francisco Recreation and Parks
  • Jeremy Gunn - Stanford Men's Soccer Coach
  • Owen Nolan - Former Captain, San Jose Sharks
  • Ted Ramey - KNBR Sports Host
  • Kate Scott - KNBR Anchor
  • Danielle Slaton -€” Former Women's National Team, World Cup and Olympic Defender
  • Tommy Thompson -€” Forward, San Jose Earthquakes
  • David Bingham -€” Goalkeeper, San Jose Earthquakes
  • Tim Hanley -€” Goalkeeping Coach, San Jose Earthquakes
  • Billy Knutsen -€” Former Goalkeeper, San Jose Earthquakes & SSUSA Board Member