U.S. Red Bull Street Style Winner

October 21, 2008 11:25:01 AM PDT
Red Bull Street Style crowned its first U.S. title winner, Doug Fitzgerald of Chicago, on Saturday, October 4th at ICON in The Gulch in downtown Nashville. The competition was relocated to Music City following hurricane damage to the Houston venue, but that didn't stop the top freestyle soccer athletes from throwing down their best moves. Doug's fresh moves, versatility and superior ball control helped him win over the judges and capture the title. Frank Gonzalez of New York City played up to the crowd with his witty style to finish in second place, while Los Angeles native Neo Cornejo's dynamic footwork secured him third place.


Soccer coaches Earle Davidson and Charles Morrow from Belmont and Lipscomb Universities judged ball control, while local FOX TV host Kelly Sutton was paired up with Nashville Predators player Jed Ortmeyer to rate style and freestyle soccer pioneer Steve "Eli Freeze" Elias scored creativity.

The rules for Red Bull Street Style's U.S. Finals are simple as 1-2-3 - one soccer ball, two players, and three minutes to wow the judges and the crowd. Players in each "duel" demonstrate their most impressive tricks in this single elimination, traditional bracket style competition format..


Not only did Doug take the US title, but he will represent his country in the Red Bull Street Style World Finals in Sao Paulo, Brazil next month. On November 16th he will face 47 country finalists from across the globe to battle it out for the ultimate title - Red Bull Street Style World Champion.

For more information visit www.redbullstreetstyle.com