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Residents to compete to share $10,000 soccer tournament purse Sixty amateurs make cut to play in Los Angeles tournament sponsored by Verizon Wireless


Irvine, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 31, 2006–Four teams of Los Angeles locals will face-off in the “Copa Verizon Wireless” soccer tournament at the Home Depot Center on June 4th. Selected by five popular Latino radio stations in May, sixty area residents will compete to share a $10,000 championship purse. Radio stations selecting players included:

— K-Buena


— Oye 97.5

— Super Estrella

Meet and Greet with Luis Hernandez

The players will have a chance to meet professional soccer player Luis Hernandez at the tournament. Known for his dyed blond hair and “El Matador” nickname, Hernandez has scored 35 goals playing for Mexico’s National Team. He now trails only Jared Borgetti as the nation’s all-time leading goal scorer. Hernandez has played with several clubs, including Cruz Azul, Monterrey, Necaxa, America, Tigres, Veracruz, and Chiapas.

Giving Back to the Community through HopeLine(R)

Prior to the championship match, Verizon Wireless will award a $10,000 HopeLine grant to Break The Cycle, a domestic violence prevention agency in Los Angeles dedicated to aiding survivors of domestic abuse.

Through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless accepts no-longer used wireless phones and accessories from any service provider year-round and turns them into help for victims of domestic violence through local non-profit agencies. For more information, please visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

World Cup highlights on V CAST

Consumers can watch Spanish-language video highlights of the World Cup for the first time ever on a cell phone. Verizon Wireless V CAST subscribers can view FIFA World Cup 2002 and 2006 video highlights daily throughout June. Univisión, the leading Spanish-language media company in the U.S., is providing the content.

Other Prizes

Members of the second place team will earn a Samsung A950 video cell phone and a $100 gift certificate for Verizon Wireless service. Each player on the third place team will win a $100 gift certificate for Verizon Wireless service.The Copa Verizon Wireless is a free event and open to the public; free parking will also be available.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation’s most reliable wireless network, serving 53 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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Let the games begin!