US Soccer Federation Rejects US Flag Dreamhelmet Offer

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The US Soccer Federation turned down an offer to provide each US Soccer Team player with a Dreamhelmet, a combination sleep mask sound–muffling travel pillow invention, for the trip to the World Cup games in South Africa.

Jim de Cordova, president of Dreamcloud Productions and inventor of the Dreamhelmet, offered to donate the flag-themed 'Stars & Stripes' travel sleep aids to help the team while traveling, and to sleep better in their African lodgings, even with possible noise occurring outside their hotel room.

The Dreamhelmet, a patented sensory deprivation device, has received excellent reviews in The Washington Post Newspaper and Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Magazine. Company literature advertises the Dreamhelmet as 'the World's best sleep mask '.

This is the first time the Dreamhelmet has been presented in a sports-related venue. The idea came from an Algerian soccer fan who tried to donate Dreamhelmets for the whole Algerian Team during the Algeria Vs Egypt games in November of last year. He wanted to buy the Dreamhelmets to help his team block the uproar made by thousands of Egyptians who, it was predicted, would surround the Algerians’ hotel in Cairo to keep them awake the night before the game. The order came too late to supply the Algerian team, which was later attacked by Egyptian soccer hooligans on the bus trip from the airport to the hotel in Cairo. Dreamhelmets might have helped the Algerians at that time, since players were injured by rocks and flying glass from the broken bus windows (Dreamhelmets can be worn upside down, without the eye mask, as an attachable helmet-like pillow). The Algerians lost that game the next day.

Dreamcloud Productions sent the US Soccer Federation this information and the donation offer on May 7. The rejection of the offer was conveyed to de Cordova by Soccer Federation representative, Steve Hoffman, who cited unspecified commercial and contractual considerations as reasons for turning down the Dreamhelmets.

The flag-covered (Stars & Stripes) Dreamhelmet is a standard production style of the Dreamcloud Productions Company. It is a multi-purpose approximately 10”X20” pillow with sewn-in sound blocking material and secret pockets. The pockets contain high quality expanding foam earplugs. An eye mask is attached which can be tucked away. The pillow can be worn upside-down without the eye mask, by placing the chin strap around the forehead. The pillow can also pad sports events benches for spectators, and the secret pockets can hide cash, jewelry, credit cards, and more. De Cordova says he thought the US flag-themed Dreamhelmets would be a great way to show America’s colors as well as help the USA team ‘sleep their way to victory’.

De Cordova said, “I hope American teams traveling overseas will see the value of giving our players an important missing tool - something to help them play their best game by being well-rested. They (Dreamhelmets) block a lot of sound, especially with the earplugs. Also, true to its name, a Dreamhelmet really does protect the head, and it’s nice to have it if you need it. When you’re traveling around the world to soccer matches, you’re not in Kansas anymore. Many people in these other countries get really emotionally involved and attach a lot political overtones to this game."

After the Soccer Federation’s rejection of his offer, he added, “It’s invented and made in the USA and it will help the players! – I hope American teams decide to get them first.” He says the free Stars & Stripes offer is still open to any identifiable player on the Africa-bound American Soccer Team.

Sports fans and others can order the Stars & Stripes Dreamhelmet or any other of eight styles, such as the Adventurer, Teddybear, Rainforest. They may all be seen or ordered on the company website: or by phone at (888) 918-5630. Not sold in retail stores, Dreamhelmets cost US$29.95 plus $4.95 postage

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