CHICAGO (March 31, 2014) – U.S. Soccer is connecting fans to the music of the Men’s and Women’s National Teams by creating a profile on Spotify, a digital music streaming service that provides free, on-demand access to millions of songs.
With access to exclusive U.S. Soccer playlists, fans will have behind-the-scenes insight into what the Men’s and Women’s National teams are listening to before matches, the opportunity to select songs played in-stadium on game day, reflect on memorable moments in National Team history, tap into the local music scene in cities where the National Teams play, and more.
In advance of the upcoming Men’s and Women’s National Team matches in April, specific players have created pre-game playlists that will be listened to by the teams 30 minutes before they take the field for pre-game warm-ups. Those playlists will be available on Spotify, allowing fans the ability to listen to the exact same songs.
One of the first professional sports teams to provide this unique behind-the-scenes access, the inaugural playlists were selected by National Team goalkeeper Nick Rimando and midfielder Lauren Holiday, who often serve as their teams’ locker room “DJs.”
The U.S. MNT takes on Mexico in Glendale, Ariz., on April 2, while the U.S. WNT faces China PR on April 6 in Commerce City, Colo. Fans can download the playlists to get prepared for the match wherever they are – at the stadium, at an Official U.S. Soccer Bar or even on the couch.
- Nick Rimando’s MNT Playlist for USA-MEX on April 2
- Lauren Holiday’s WNT Playlist for USA-CHN on April 6
Additional playlists will be created and made available throughout the lead-up to this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil and CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying in October.
Fans with a Spotify account can easily access the match playlists, which will be available 24 hours before each game, on U.S. Soccer's Spotify profile. Those without a Spotify account can sign up for a 30-day trial to check out all the teams’ favorite songs.