Budweiser has a long association with soccer in the United States and it was on this day in soccer history in 1995 that the ‘King of Beers’ signed on as MLS’ first official sponsor. The announcement was made as the domestic soccer league worked toward their 1996 kickoff.

There was other news made on the same day as Tab Ramos is assigned to the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, Mexican goalkeeper Jorge Campos becomes the first international player to sign with league, two major investors Denver businessman Philip F. Anschutz and New England Patriots owners, the Kraft family are added to the slate of those investing in the new league and Dallas, Denver and Kansas City are announced as the three remaining teams to round out the 10 team inaugural season.

Soccer Birthdays

1966 – Tony Yeboah, Ghanaian footballer
1970 – Albert Ferrer, Spanish footballer
1977 – David Connolly, Irish footballer
1980 – Martin Devaney, English footballer
1984 – Noor Sabri, Iraqi footballer
1987 – Rubin Okotie, Austrian footballer