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"KEEP THE WUSA DREAM ALIVE" Multi-Year Ticket Initiative is Unveiled

WUSA photo Thousands of Inquiries on How to Provide Support Now Can Make an Impact

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Monday, February 16, 2004) Soccer supporters around the globe now have the opportunity to make a difference, as the Women's United Soccer Association announced today the "Keep the WUSA Dream Alive" ticket fund initiative. The women's professional soccer league, which will host the exhibition WUSA Soccer Festivals in June, will use the ticket campaign to gauge support as it prepares to return to full operations for the 2005 season.

"We've had an incredible outpouring of support during the last few months," said Tony DiCicco, co-chairman of the committee to re-launch the WUSA and the league's former commissioner. "The WUSA has received thousands of inquiries from soccer clubs, individual players, parents and others asking about how they can contribute to the return of the league. The 'Keep the WUSA Dream Alive' ticket campaign provides the opportunity for fans to show their support for women's soccer and receive a valuable benefit."

WUSA supporters can link to the "Keep the WUSA Dream Alive" ticket campaign from the WUSA.com homepage to learn how they can officially pledge their support. Fans can make their official pledge immediately, and fulfillment of the pledge will take place later this year when plans for the 2005 season are announced.

"Our goal is to have 2,500 clubs/organizations/businesses nationwide commit to purchasing a minimum of $1,000 worth of tickets per year, for three consecutive years," DiCicco added. "Additionally, individuals who are not part of a club or soccer organization can make a pledge at this level or make a one time donation at a level they feel appropriate."

Since the WUSA's announcement on September 15, 2003 regarding the league's suspension of operations, supporters across the globe have pledged their financial support for women's soccer. Envelopes containing checks and cash have arrived at the league office from all walks of life and a variety of ages. Any monetary donations already received by the WUSA will be converted to ticket vouchers for future league games.

The "Keep the WUSA Dream Alive" ticket campaign is another step forward in the return of women's professional soccer. League officials will announce later this month the venues for the WUSA Soccer Festivals that will take place in June. Ticket information for the WUSA Festivals will be made available as soon as the sites and dates are determined. Soccer fans are encouraged to check www.WUSA.com for information updates. Featuring the best women's soccer players in the world, WUSA athletes include U.S. stars Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Briana Scurry, Abby Wambach, Kristine Lilly, Julie Foudy and dozens of international stars such as Germany's Birgit Prinz, France's Marinette Pichon and Norway's Dagny Mellgren. The eight WUSA teams that competed during the 2003 season were the Atlanta Beat, Boston Breakers, Carolina Courage, New York Power, Philadelphia Charge, San Diego Spirit, San Jose CyberRays and the Washington Freedom.

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