NEW YORK –AUGUST 29, 2017– Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, has partnered with 18-year-old soccer phenom Christian Pulisic who will serve as global ambassador for the inaugural Prospects CupSM – a global event that will bring 16 amateur youth soccer teams from around the world competing for the sport’s first youth soccer world championship. This first-ever international youth soccer tournament will be held at the world-class Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate Sports Field Complex from December 18-22, 2017.
Pulisic, currently a midfielder on the German soccer club Borussia Dortmund and the U.S. Men’s National team, is known for his humble attitude and level head in addition to his record-setting accomplishments. As the youngest American player to score in a World Cup qualifier, Pulisic’s soccer skills run in the family as his parents, Mark and Kelley, both played collegiate soccer at George Mason University and his father also played professional indoor soccer for the Harrisburg Heat in the 1990s, later becoming a coach at both youth and professional levels.
“I am thrilled to be included in this inaugural global soccer event that will showcase some of the sport’s great young athletes,” said Pulisic. “But more than it being a personal thrill for myself, I am incredibly excited for the 12-year-old boys from all around the world who will gain insight to new cultural experiences and new friendships which is something I’m very proud to say I’m part of. My family and I are looking forward to seeing this great event in person for the Championships in Kissimmee in December.” Inspired by the Little League World Series model, the tournament looks to crown the world’s best under-12 boys team. The round-robin tournament will include 16 teams of boys 12-years or younger in groups and two divisions. Games will be played in three elimination rounds. The group winners of each division, based upon cumulative points, will advance to the semifinals. The division runners-up will play in the Consolation Final and the division titleholders will face off in the Prospects Cup championship.