Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Target and as a Target Ambassador I will be sharing my opinions with you, the reader.
Yes, you read that right, we are getting pumped for the upcoming MLS All-Star Game! It’s the moment we have all been waiting for and this past weekend James and I went shopping at our local Target to shop for everything we need for our “Homegating” Party, August 2nd, while we watch the league’s best players face off at Soldier Field in Chicago. The MLS All-Stars will be facing the Real Madrid and this is going to be a DO NOT MISS event! While they gather for this historic event, we will be hosting a group of friends to join us to watch the game. Can’t make it? No worries join us during the game as we tweet from @lisasamples using the hashtag #Homegating.
Why did we choose Target to prepare for our soccer needs? Well, they are an Official Sponsor! Target has partnered with the Major League Soccer and Minnesota United FC so we knew they would have everything we needed for the party. Target has Target also has a fast-growing soccer product assortment. Sales of soccer-related items such as soccer balls, shin guards, and goals rose 10% during 2016, faster than any other sporting-goods category. Additionally, Target sold one million soccer balls in 2016.
It was just 3 years ago when MLS brought Orlando City Soccer Club to Orlando and the soccer craze has grown ever since. I love that Target truly supports not just the adult league, but the youth leagues as well. Did you know that more than nine million kids played in youth soccer leagues in 2016, making it one of the top youth-participation sports in the country? This year if you join us for the MLS All-Stars game you’ll notice just much Target has invested in U.S. soccer, such as becoming an Official Partner of Major League Soccer, the jersey sponsor for Minnesota United FC and the Official Retailer of US Youth Soccer. In addition, they also provided a grant to the U.S. Soccer Foundation.
As you prepare for your Homegating Party to watch the MLS All-Star Game be sure to stop by your local Target to pick up all your needs!
As the presenting sponsor of the All-Star Game and an Official Partner of Major League Soccer, Target will be fully-integrated into the match through air time, field signage, and in-stadium experiences. Target will also show up through event activations across the city throughout the week. Be sure to follow @Target on Twitter and join in the excitement using #Homegating as your hashtag.