Gerardo Parra and Neal Cotts to compete in penalty kick shootout
In anticipation of the friendly soccer match between Atlas F.C. and Newcastle F.C. that will be held at Miller Park, Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra and teammate Neal Cotts will compete in a penalty kick shootout for charity on at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26 at Miller Park.
On that day, Parra and Cotts will compete in a best-of-five shootout to “ready the field,” as Miller Park will soon be converted to a soccer pitch configuration. A goal will be set up in the outfield of Miller Park and the two players will alternate taking shots at the net.
The only thing standing between the two Brewers and the goal will be goalie Nick Vorberg, a former goalie for the Milwaukee Wave for more than a decade and a Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame member. He currently serves as the volunteer assistant with the Marquette University men's soccer team and as an assistant coach with the Wave. He is the Wave's second all-time leader in goalkeeper wins.
After five kicks, the player with the most goals will be crowned as champion.
Both players have agreed that the loser of the shootout will donate $5,000 to a charity of the winner's choice. Parra has chosen Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Fund as his charity, while Cotts will go with Wisconsin Humane Society. Teammates, coaches and Manager Craig Counsell will attend the event to cheer on their mates.
Tickets are now on sale for Atlas. F.C. vs. Newcastle F.C. at Miller Park on July 14. Prices range from $25 - $70 and parking is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the match. Fans can purchase tickets online at Brewers.com/soccer, in person at the Miller Park Box Office, or by phone at 414-902-4000.
In addition, all fans who attend the match will receive a voucher at the gate that will allow them to receive $15 off a future Brewers home game in the month of August. The voucher is valid for 14 games in the month, excluding August 1, 2, 8 and 15. And the first 10,000 adults 18 and over will receive a reversible soccer scarf featuring the logos and colors of the Newcastle and Atlas Clubs, courtesy of Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.
The match will start at 8 p.m. and the gates to Miller Park will open at 6:30 p.m. Parking lots will open at 5 p.m.