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02 November 5:48 pm

The clubs have finished the regular season, yet they continue to make a difference and recognize their season-long efforts off the field. Here's a recap from this week:

 Columbus Crew midfielder Bernardo Anor was honored with the Donate Life Champion Award. Anor received the Award for advocating organ and tissue donation and supporting Crew partner Lifeline of Ohio. Read more.

 The Montreal Impact announced on Wednesday that Quebec-native Patrice Bernier was selected by members of the media and team supporters as the 2012 Communitarian Award winner, presented to the player most involved with the community. Read more.

Long reach of Hurricane Sandy affects Sounders

Philadelphia Union supports Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

New England Revolution supports Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

D.C. United supports Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

United Reads makes one final stop

The Crew's throwback Thursday

Montreal's Patrice Bernier receives 2012 Communitarian of the Year Award

Rapids join MLS W.O.R.K.S. to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

Rapids staff join efforts to support Movember

MLS supports Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

New York Red Bulls support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

Toronto FC supports Movember

Toronto FC players visit Sick Kids Hospital

LA Galaxy's Buddle thinking about friends impacted by Hurricane Sandy

Crew in the Community: Bernardo Anor receives Donate Life Champion Award

Sounders FC Movember team

San Jose Earthquakes Goals for Education

Stand Together Awards Banquet

Dynamo Charities receives award

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS W.O.R.K.S. news section.

31 October 9:50 am

There is still time to join the MLS Network on Movember.com. MLS staff, players, clubs, supporters and partners have already joined to raise funds and awareness for men's health.

MLS W.O.R.K.S. will match funds raised by the highest individual fundraiser in the MLS Network (individual person, not team). The highest fundraiser will also receive the Soccer Kicks Cancer Prize Pack, which includes:

- One (1) $500 VISA Gift Card
- One (1) Panasonic Shave Kit (includes 5-cutting blade system shaver, Body Shaver, Beard & Hair Trimmer and Nose & Ear Trimmer – a $785 value)
- One (1) copy of FIFA Soccer 13

So what are you waiting for?  Join us and help kick cancer! 'Mo growin' officially begins tomorrow.

30 October 5:11 pm

Join MLS W.O.R.K.S. as we support the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts. A financial donation or blood donation can make the biggest and most immediate impact. Learn what you can do to help.

American Red Cross

Canadian Red Cross

26 October 3:41 pm

The time has come - the regular season ends this weekend. While the clubs continue to stay focused on the pitch, there's still time for some quality fun with Movember kicking off next week.  Prepare to see some of your favorite MLS players growing a 'Mo (or moustache) to support men's health awareness month in November. Stay tuned for more details and, if you haven't already, join us on the MLS Network on Movember.com.

 

 The Chicago Fire continue to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a video that was created in partnership with UIH.

 FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz had the save of his life - he recently donated bone marrow to a person he's never met.  Read how Seitz is working back from bone marrow donation. Full story.

Fire Foundation auction pink Breast Cancer Awareness jerseys

Join Red Bulls Movember team and help kick cancer

Crew submit Gaven as MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year Nominee

FC Dallas Breast Cancer Awareness Night

Galaxy fans mix and mingle for a great cause

Sounders FC name Estrada Humanitarian

Chris Seitz featured on ESPN.com for bone marrow donation

FC Dallas goalkeeper Seitz becomes bone marrow donor

Fire and UIH partner against Breast Cancer

Chivas golfing for a cause

Whitecaps support Bell Employee Giving Campaign Kickoff

Chicago Fire Kicks Cancer and Goes Pink

Chivas USA golf tournament

Whitecaps participate in Bell employee giving campaign

San Jose Earthquakes set Guinness World Record with Groundbreaking Day

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS W.O.R.K.S. news section.

25 October 11:39 am

Major League Soccer has partnered with Movember to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer and we are only one week away from the official launch!

Interested in joining the MLS Network? Click here to join Major League Soccer players, supporters, staff and partners around the League.

Just to get you thinking about which 'Mo you might grow, check out some of these all time favorites...

Stay tuned! MLS team signed jerseys from all 19 clubs will be available on our online auction starting November 16 and will benefit Movember.

Learn how you can get involved and help kick cancer.

Be sure to join the conversation by using #SoccerKicksCancer and #Movember.

24 October 10:00 am

Chris Seitz is an amazing goalkeeper. The FC Dallas goalkeeper has represented the United States internationally at youth levels, and has the potential to be a starting goalkeeper in MLS for many years.

But regardless of how the 25-year-old's career turns out, he will live in the memories of one family forever — because he recently chose to put his career on hold to donate bone marrow to a Leukemia patient.

It's an incredible story. And all of us at Major League Soccer and MLS W.O.R.K.S. we are incredibly proud of Chris. We hope you enjoy his story as much as we did.

READ Chris's complete story on ESPNFC.com: Goalkeeper Chris Seitz's biggest save: FC Dallas goalkeeper interrupted season to donate bone marrow

 

 

19 October 5:05 pm

The countdown to playoffs is in full force, but clubs aren't letting up on efforts to make a difference in their community off the field. Here's your chance to catch up on an action packed week.

 Close to 1,000 community volunteers, including 80 members of the Portland Timbers staff, coaches and players came together for Stand Together Week last week, donating over 1,400 hours of service to the Portland community. Stand Together Week is the first of its kind, not only in Portland, but nationwide. Read more.

 On Wednesday, Brian Ching and Kroger honored the eight members of the Houston community who were chosen as Ching's Champions. The Ching's Champions initiative was started by Ching and Kroger as a way to pay tribute to those members of the Houston community who are performing selfless acts and asking for little in return. Read more.

Rapids stepping out to stop diabetes

Crew in the Community October 17-27

Dynamo's Brian Ching honors champions in Houston community

LA Galaxy Foundation to Host Halloween at The Home Depot Center

Chivas USA urges fans to bid pink

Stand Together Week has far reaching impact across Portland

Galaxy host After School All-Stars

Chivas USA Year in Review: Black Army

Houston Dynamo host Calen's Big Play bowling event

Revolution host Breast Cancer Awareness match

Houston Dynamo host Soccer Night Out

Rapids host fan appreciation night with jersey-off-our-backs

Vancouver players return home from 2012 Homeless World Cup in Mexico

New York Red Bulls honor youth coach Mike Jones

D.C. United players visit Walter Reed Medical Center

United Reads returns for fall 2012

D.C. United Academy participates in Race for a Cause

Crew Cat participates in fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio

Video: Stand Together Week Day 7

Stand Together Week Journal Day 7

Video: Stand Together Week Day 6

Stand Together Week Journal Day 6

Video: Stand Together Week Day 5

Stand Together Week Journal Day 5

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS W.O.R.K.S. news section.

19 October 9:37 am

For the last two years, millions of Americans have displayed the color purple on Spirit Day, which is today, in order to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan as a response to the buillied young people who had taken their own lives.

Spirit Day is observed by people from all walks of life, with a wide variety of political and religious backgrounds. Learn more about Spirit Day.

Join Major League Soccer and Take the Pledge not to tolerate discrimination of any kind. DON'T CROSS THE LINE!

 

18 October 11:13 am

Houston Dynamo forward Macoumba "Mac" Kandji, 27, is excited to be part of Nothing But Nets night at this Saturday's Major League Soccer game between the Dynamo and the Philadelphia Union. The United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign has joined forces with athletes from the very beginning, partnering with MLS W.O.R.K.S. to reach new audiences in the fight against malaria.

Born in Senegal and raised in Gambia, Mac understands better than most the effect malaria can have on families: Mac was hospitalized with the disease when he was fourteen.

"In my case I was very lucky," he said. "I thought I was going to die."

Story by Susannah Rosenblatt. Read the full story here.

You can join the fight against, too. It just takes $10 to send a net and save a life. Visit NothingButNets.net to learn more and www.HoustonDynamo.com/nbn to see Mac in action!

16 October 10:05 am

Major League Soccer is proud to support the FARE Network Action Weeks, which unites supporters, clubs, ethnic minorities and communities affected by other forms of discrimination across the continent in a concerted effort to make discrimination a thing of the past.

From October 16-31, FARE Network will host 500 activities in 40 countries, which will take place across all levels of the game from grassroots and fan initiatives to major professional leagues and FA's. The idea behind the Action Weeks is that a wide range of initiatives and activities that address local problems within their club or community and join groups across the continent to present a unified stand against discrimination in the game. All 32 teams of the UEFA Champions League participate in the campaign, reaching more than 600,000 fans directly at the matches and millions more via live broadcasts through television. The number of participating professional leagues has increased to 14. Follow FARE on Twitter (@farenet) and use the hashtag #footballpeople to tweet about Action Weeks.

Major League Soccer is committed to supporting the communities where we live and play our games, and to providing an environment in which our staff, clubs, players, partners and supporters are treated with dignity and respect. We will not tolerate discrimination, bias, prejudice or harassment of any kind.

Join Major League Soccer and Take the Pledge...DON'T CROSS THE LINE!

Learn more about FARE Network

Learn more about FARE Action Weeks

FARE Action Weeks 2012: List of activities

FARE Action Weeks Resources