MEMPHIS, Tenn. – USL Memphis announced on Wednesday it will officially unveil its team name and logo on Saturday, September 1, as part of a historic day of soccer at AutoZone Park in downtown Memphis that will also see an exhibition contest featuring soccer legend Tim Howard and the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer and the USL’s Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
The game will mark the first professional outdoor soccer match in Memphis since 1980, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. CT, and will include a festive match day experience as AutoZone Park will transform into a soccer pitch for the first time in its existence. With the team name, logo and pitch on full display, Memphians will have an exclusive preview of USL Memphis’ inaugural season kicking off in Spring 2019.
Fans who have placed a USL Memphis 2019 season ticket deposit, or who place a season ticket deposit, will receive the first opportunity to secure tickets to the commemorative match. Fans can cement a place in Memphis soccer history by making a season ticket deposit today at USL2Memphis.com\tickets or by calling (901) 721-6000.
Single-game tickets for the exhibition, if available, will be for sale to the general public at a later date.
More specifics of the logo launch, brand reveal, and exhibition match will be announced in the coming weeks. Follow USL Memphis on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates. For more information go to USL2Memphis.com/soccershowdown and email email@example.com or call (901) 721-6000.
A Memphis resident and USL Memphis advisor since the club was unveiled this past January, Tim Howard is one of the most decorated American soccer players in history. The legendary goalkeeper has represented the United States Men’s National Team in every year since 2002 and, during that time, has amassed 115 caps.
He was ever-present for his country during the 2014 FIFA World Cup and created a record for the most saves in a tournament game with 16 stops against Belgium in the Knockout Round. He also represented the United States at the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Howard joined the Colorado Rapids in 2016 after playing in the English Premier League for 13 years, joining Manchester United in 2003 and then Everton in 2007. Howard made more than 350 appearances in his career for Everton. The legendary goalkeeper’s career also has its roots in the USL’s past, when he turned professional with the North Jersey Imperials of the league’s predecessor, the USISL, in 1997.
The Colorado Rapids are one of the inaugural members of Major League Soccer, with the club having been founded in 1995 and having won MLS Cup in 2010. Tulsa Roughnecks FC, a future league foe of USL Memphis starting next season, was founded in 2013 and began play in the USL in 2015.