Chipotle Goes All In With Major League Soccer Sponsorship
Chipotle has partnered with Major League Soccer and has announced it will be the Official Fast-Casual Mexican Restaurant of MLS and 12 MLS Clubs. The sponsorship will be Chipotle's largest single sports partnership and will feature promotional programs with 12 teams, individual players, and programs across the entire league.
Throughout the 2014 season, Chipotle will work with MLS and the 12 clubs by launching promotions to reach MLS fans. During the AT&T MLS All-Star Week in August, Chipotle will sponsor the inaugural Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game featuring the nation's top Homegrown players from MLS Club rosters. Homegrown players from across the league will be chosen by MLS to participate in the game.
Of the partnership, Chipotle CMO Mark Crumpacker said, "At the core of our effort to change the way people think about and eat fast food is our commitment to finding better, more sustainable sources for all of the ingredients we use. That value is one that is often shared by people with an active lifestyle. This partnership with MLS will allow us to further engage consumers in a sport we have long supported through grassroots efforts."
In addition to the Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game, Chipotle will also feature an exceptional athlete, boy or girl, during 10 home games per MLS Club as the Chipotle Youth Homegrown Athlete. Each athlete will receive four tickets to the game, special recognition during the game, a chance to meet players and coaches, dinner at Chipotle with his/her team, and the opportunity to host a fundraiser for his/her team at their local Chipotle. The brand and each MLS Club will also host free soccer clinics for up to 200 kids utilizing MLS players and coaches to teach soccer fundamentals.
Omar Gonzalez, LA Galaxy Defender, two-time MLS Cup Champion and member of the U.S. Men's National Team, will represent MLS as spokesperson for partnership. videos to promoting the partnership on his social media channels.