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Tune in August 22nd for the SBU Summer FIFA Tourney Finals

The South Bronx United Summer FIFA Tournament, a multi-week, multi-platform video game tournament, will conclude next Saturday, August 22nd with its Final Four. The marquee matches will be streamed live at twitch.tv/southbronxunited beginning at 11:00 AM EST. They will feature the comic duo of Alexis Guerreros and Christian Polanco otherwise known as The Cooligans, and MSG broadcaster and the original New York Cosmos goalkeeper Shep Messing.

The title is a bit misleading. In fact, two tournaments have been running concurrently, one on Sony’s Playstation 4 platform and a second on Microsoft’s XBox platform. Separate brackets will determine the top SBU student-athlete, the top SBU alum, and the top South Bronx United Supporter (who each had to raise at least $121 as well) on each platform. SBU Academy rising junior Carlos Garcia, 17, has already booked his spot winning the student bracket. He will join two other semifinalists and Ms. Ortiz in the Playstation 4 Final Four. Similarly, three semifinalists will join The Cooligans in the XBox Final Four. Mr. Messing will call the 12-minute championship matches on each platform.

Viewers can tune in to South Bronx United’s live stream on Twitch as early as 10:00 AM EST with the Student-Alumni matchups. The SBU FIFA Playstation 4 Championship will air at 11:40 AM followed by the SBU FIFA XBox Championship at 12:00 PM.

Viewers are encouraged to donate in support of South Bronx United’s work on the soccer field and in the classroom with immigrant and first-generation youth. They will also have the opportunity to win prizes including custom SBU masks by participating in trivia questions that will be posted in the chatroom during each mask. One winner will be drawn during each match. Although anyone can watch the event by visiting the link or downloading the Twitch app, viewers must be logged in to Twitch and participate in the chat for a chance to win.

Schedule: Saturday, August 22nd 

10:00 AM: Playstation 4 Semifinal #1 – Student-athlete (Carlos Garcia) vs. Alum

10:20 AM: XBox Semifinal #1 – Student-athlete vs. Alum 

11:00 AM: Playstation 4 Semifinal #2 – Supporter vs. Special Guest

11:20 AM: XBox Semi #2 – Supporter vs. The Cooligans 

11:40 AM: PS4 Finals – Commentary by Shep Messing

12:00 PM: XBox Finals – Commentary by Shep Messing

SBU Summer FIFA Tourney Participant Biographies

The Cooligans are two professional comedians, Alex Guerreros and Christian Polanco, who are obsessed with soccer. In 2015 they decided to start a podcast and series of videos bringing humor to the game of soccer in America. Now they can be seen twice a week on FuboTV as hosts of the Cooligans TV show or heard on their podcast. They are avid New York City FC fans.

Shep Messing is a broadcaster on the MSG network covering New York Red Bulls games. He also played seven seasons in the North American Soccer League with the New York Cosmos as a goalkeeper and a teammate of Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, and other legends. He was also a member of the U.S. soccer team at the 1972 Summer Olympics. 

You can learn more about the FIFA Tournament, South Bronx United, and their mission to use creative methods as means for social change at southbronxunited.org or sbusupporters.org/FIFA.

For more information contact Joshua Guerra, Communications Manager, at joshua.guerra@southbronxunited.org or (718) 404-9281.