We Are A Soccer Family

This post is sponsored by Target. I’m a Target Brand Ambassador but all thoughts are my own.

It’s summertime which means we are in the middle of the U.S. soccer season. Growing up in Croatia, soccer (or “football” as it’s known in Europe) has always been an important part of my life. When I was younger we played it on the playground every day and I played club soccer also. Soccer has always been my favorite sport and while I don’t play it any more, I still love to watch it. I’m not alone in my love for the sport. Soccer is the biggest multicultural sport in the world. I am very happy that it has grown in popularity here in the States.

Since I have called Chicago my home for almost 2 decades one of my favorite soccer teams is the Chicago Fire. This summer is extra exciting for Chicago as the MLS All-Star Game is going to be played in Chicago at Soldier Field on August 2nd and four members of the Chicago Fire have been named to the MLS All-Star roster. For those who do not follow soccer this is an event where some of the biggest stars of MLS will face off against Real Madrid from Spain. This will be an epic event and I can’t wait to watch it!

Target recently announced their major investment in U.S. soccer and are the Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 MLS All-Star game. They also became an Official Partner of Major League Soccer, the jersey sponsor for Minnesota United FC and the Official Retailer of US Youth Soccer. Additionally they provided a grant to the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

Target’s move into soccer makes sense because they are the retailer where many families, including mine, gets all of our soccer essentials from. My oldest has been playing soccer since he was 3 years old and now he plays league soccer during the spring and indoor soccer in the winter. Target is our one stop shop for all our needs from shin guards to game day snacks to soccer goals that help kids practice at home.

Target is also where we get our soccer balls. As kids grow they use different size soccer balls depending on regulations of the leagues they are in and Target has all the different sizes in stock. My boy’s love the selection, especially the soccer balls that are neon colored. Can you believe that Target sold one million soccer balls in 2016!? That’s a lot of families playing soccer!

With the MLS All-Star game quickly approaching we are excited and getting ready to celebrate this big event in the soccer world. We found all our party essentials like snacks and decorations at Target. I even bought a shirt for myself and shirts for the boys to show our soccer pride.

I hope you’ll follow along and chat with me Wednesday night as I share our homegating party fun on social media while we watch the big game. If you live in the Chicago area or will be in town for the game, be on the lookout for all sorts of Target sponsored events across the city throughout the week along with awesome in-stadium experiences.

How are you getting ready for the MLS All-Star game?