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MLS Soccer Players to Play at UT's Fitz Festival

Published: February 08, 2006

The second annual Tom Fitzgerald Memorial Soccer Festival on Sunday, Feb. 12, at Art and Polly Pepin Stadium, will feature a youth clinic, a coaching symposium and two games starring some of the nation’s best professional and amateur soccer athletes.


The fundraiser, known as the “Fitz Festival,” will honor former UT Men’s Soccer Coach Tom Fitzgerald, who was known for his success with UT, UCLA and the MLS team Columbus Crew before his death in late 2004.


11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Youth Soccer and Goalkeeper Clinic (Ages 6-14)

$50 per child (includes game tickets; please register in addition to buying ticket). For more information about the clinic, e-mail

2 p.m.-3 p.m. – Coaching Symposium (Hosted by U.S. Soccer Staff Coach Jay Miller)

4 p.m. – MetroStars vs. U.S. Under-17 National Team

6: 30 p.m. – Columbus Crew vs. Real Salt Lake City


Game ticket prices: adults (18 and older), $12; youth (12-17), $7; and kids (under 12), $5. All proceeds will benefit the Tom Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship at The University of Tampa. Donations can be mailed to: Tom Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship Fund; University of Tampa; 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Box I; Tampa, FL 33606


For more information, please call Tom Kolbe at (813) 253-3333 x 6241 or e-mail