July 28, 2001

Terra.com turned New York City's Orchard Beach into a virtual melting pot, as Hispanics from all over the state came out to participate in the 1st annual TerraGol, the country's first national amateur Beach soccer championship.

The event, which kicked off in South Beach, Miami on August 4th with more than 5,000 spectators and 500 registered players, was equally as successful in New York with 8,000 spectators and over 40 teams.

Throughout the day, press, players and spectators of all ages enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon with games, dance contests, raffles, and celebrity dj's, as legendary soccer superstar Teofilo "Nene" Cubillas and MetroStars players Rodrigo Farias and Orlando Pérez signed autographs and hobnobbed with fans.

Designed specifically for the U.S. Hispanic audience, TerraGol has evolved into the premier summer event for the market, with soccer being the preferred sport of U.S. Latinos as well as the fastest growing sport in the world.

"We are pleased to see that we have created an event that brings U.S. Hispanics closer to home while communicating what makes Terra.com relevant to this market," said Manuel Bellod, General Manager - Terra.com.

Next stops for the tour include:

East Galveston Beach, Houston on September 2nd

Long Beach, Los Angeles on September 8th

The tournament is played in various divisions: Boys, Girls, Men and Women. These divisions are broken down into the following categories: Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 16, Under 19, Open (adult, no age restriction) and a Premier Division.

In addition, the championship has an online component, allowing Latinos everywhere in the country to participate in beach soccer via an electronic soccer game.

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