Cobi Jones To Play Final Home Game For LA Galaxy Thursday
Oct. 15, 2007
Soccer icon Cobi Jones will be honored on Thursday, Oct. 18 at The Home Depot Center as he plays in his final home game for the Los Angeles Galaxy. The former UCLA star is retiring at the end of this season, and the Galaxy will pay tribute with Cobi Jones Farewell Night as the team faces the New York Red Bulls at 8:00 pm PT. A tribute to Jones will take place prior to the game. In addition, the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Cobi Jones commemorative t-shirt and collector's card. The game will be televised live on ESPN2.
Jones, who started his UCLA career as a walk-on in 1988 and is ending his career as the most recognized soccer player in U.S. history, led the Bruins to the 1990 NCAA title and was selected as an All-American in 1991 after recording a UCLA-record 18 assists. Jones finished his Bruin career with 23 goals and 37 assists. His assists total ranks second all-time at UCLA.
Since leaving UCLA, Jones enjoyed a successful career as a professional and as a member of the U.S. Soccer National Team. He was the youngest player to reach 100 caps for the U.S. National Team, the first player ever to record 150 caps and is the all-time appearance leader for the U.S. with 164 career caps. Jones played in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups and led the U.S. to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup. In 1998, he was named the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year.
Jones played professionally in England and Brazil before returning to the U.S. to play for Major League Soccer in its inaugural season in 1996. Twelve years later, he is still starting with the Los Angeles Galaxy and is the only player in MLS history to play with the same club for each of the League's first 12 seasons. Jones led the Galaxy to the 2002 and 2005 MLS Cup Championships, the 2000 CONCACAF Champions' Cup and the 2001 U.S. Open Cup. A nine-time MLS All-Star, Jones has played in over 300 MLS games, scoring 70 goals and recording 91 assists.
The Galaxy, who have won five games in a row, are still in the hunt for a playoff berth with two games left in the regular season.
For ticket information or to purchase tickets to Jones' last home game, contact Erika Enge of the Los Angeles Galaxy Sales Department at 310-630-2236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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