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Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew hosting gay soccer tournament in July

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Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew are teaming up with gay publishers Outlook Media to put on a gay soccer tournament this July. As far as we know, it's the first time an professional sports team in the U.S. has co-presented and hosted a gay sports tournament.

“This is an exciting new partnership and event,” said Crew President & General Manager Mark McCullers. “We have an active and engaged GLBT community, making this tournament a perfect fit. We look forward to welcoming the event to Crew Stadium on July 23 and for many years to come.”

The one-day adult GLBT and allied soccer tournament scheduled for Saturday, July 23, at Crew stadium, the Pride Cup will feature up to eight (8) 10-person teams playing in a 6v6 format.

Play will take place from 12:30-4 p.m. on July 23, with an awards ceremony to follow. Ticket holders and participants will then stay for the Crew game that kicks off at 8 p.m. that evening, when the Black & Gold play host to the expansion Portland Timbers for the first time ever.

For more information on creating a team, becoming a sponsor, or for full tournament rules, visit, www.TheCrew.com/PRIDE.