Disclosure: We attended this Danone sponsored event as media. This post represents our unbiased opinions and experiences.
As a fútbol or soccer fan to see the evolution of soccer in the United States from my youth to my adulthood has been a wonder. From just another sport, I love how the United States has truly embraced soccer. The professional leagues, the stadiums and of course youth athletics. This afternoon the family and I went to Red Bull Arena as media to see the culmination of the Danone Nations Cup. Established in 2000, the Danone Nations Cup is the largest U12 soccer tournament that hosts over 400 talented youth athletes in a 3-day tournament where the kids play on a national stage. For the first time in the 18-year run, the United States hosted the World Final and female athletes joined the athletic feats.
A HUGE congratulation to the 2017 Danone Nations Cup winners, Brazil and Mexico.
In case you missed it live on ABC7, see the full games below.
Brazil versus Canada
Argentina versus Mexico
Sadly, the United States boys and girls did not make it to the final matches but they played with such heart!
Also, as I sat on in a press conference with US ambassador Abby Wambach and Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber. I was really impressed with Danone’s commitment to youth athletics and female empowerment.
Mr. Faber was one of the masterminds behind the tournament and said, “purpose was for kids under the age of 12 to live a wonderful adventure….. and recently the planets aligned with the rise of girls’ soccer and a legend like Abby joined the tournament.”
Ms. Wambach was just as passionate about Danone, the game and the expansion of women’s soccer. She said, “this is bigger than yogurt. Every kid matters and they may never play professionally but this tournament is giving these kids an opportunity to travel and a once in a lifetime experience.”
Danone, thank you for the opportunity and for inspiring so many young athletes year after year. We cannot wait to see where the tournament will go next year and to see what other countries join in the experience.