ATLANTA — Atlanta United is proud to announce that four players from its Unified Team will be part of the Special Olympics USA male and female Unified soccer teams at the Special Olympics Unified Cup 2022, being held July 31 – August 6 in Detroit, Michigan. This marks the first time the Atlanta United Unified Team, presented by Gallagher, will have players represented at Unified Cup.
Athletes Steven Russell and Liam Stuart and partner Dylan Lenze will feature on the USA Men’s Unified Team while partner Vienna Lundstedt will feature on the USA Women’s Unified Team.
Special Olympics teams from 24 countries have been selected to participate in the Unified Cup 2022 presented by Toyota and supported by Hometown Sponsor, Ally Financial.
Special Olympics USA will be represented by two composite Unified teams in Detroit, one all-male 11-a-side team and one all-female 7-a-side team. Athletes and Unified partners were selected to be part of Special Olympics USA after being nominated by their Special Olympics Program and local MLS Club and completing interviews and virtual tryouts.
Participants will represent the Special Olympics Unified Sports® Soccer Exchange Program, a collaboration since 2014 between Major League Soccer, ESPN and Special Olympics to promote an environment of social inclusion. The cornerstone of the collaboration, the Unified Exchange Program, consists of MLS Unified teams traveling for exhibition…