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04 October 1:43 pm

Excitement is building for this weekend’s MLS action. The final installment of the SuperClasico takes place on Sunday as the Los Angeles Galaxy host Chivas USA.  Be sure to look out for pink shoelaces, wristbands, and match balls, as our Soccer Kicks Cancer campaign continues.  Finally, if you are attending matches in Colorado or New York this weekend, you are in for a treat.  Members of Special Olympics Colorado and Washington will compete on the pitch before the Sounders take on the Rapids.  Likewise, athletes from Special Olympics New Jersey and Massachusetts will do battle at Red Bull Arena following the Red Bull v. Revolution contest.  Be sure to arrive early in Seattle or stay late in New Jersey and support these amazing athletes.  Before indulging in the games this weekend, make sure to take a look at our roundup of weekly club highlights.

 

Special Olympics Rapids team to take on counterparts from Seattle Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Earthquakes to host Inaugural Awards Gala on Oct. 27

D.C United to participate in 2013 Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas Football Championship comes to Toyota Stadium

VIDEO: Ching's Champions Shopping Spree

Portland Timbers front office and adidas North America staff battle in 2nd Annual Stumptown Derby

Rapids to wear HelpColoradoNow.org jerseys on Saturday to support fundraising efforts

Wahl Visits Special Olympics Soccer Practice

VIDEO: Dynamo players visit Houston Methodist Cancer Center

Goals for Education 2013

Sounders continue to give back through individual player charities

Carl Valentine to visit Whitecaps FC Saskatchewan Academy Centre

Levesque spends time with Grassroot Soccer in Zimbabwe

TFC/TWELVE: Day 12

Jugadores de Chivas USA se raparon la cabeza por causa benéfica | Chivas USA players shave their heads for honorable cause

TFC/TWELVE: Day 11

TFC/TWELVE: Day 10

 

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS WORKS news archive.

 

01 October 2:01 pm

 

This year, one of the most decorated players in MLS history chose to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of D.C. youth. Now in his third season with United, Dwayne De Rosario has truly embraced United for D.C. and the Kicks for Kids program.

“When approached with the opportunity to partner with United for D.C. and help bring kids from at risk areas of the city to RFK to watch us play, I was very excited to help. I was raised in a challenging environment, and I had to work extremely hard to pursue my dream. If I can impact at least one kid’s life, my mission has been accomplished,” said De Rosario.

The Black-and-Red captain has donated $10,000 to United for D.C., and through DeRo’s Stars, has brought 500 kids to games throughout the 2013 season. In addition, De Rosario personally invites groups to the field level after each game to meet his guests and sign autographs.

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30 September 6:53 pm

 

As part of the League’s Soccer Kicks Cancer initiative, MLS WORKS and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® teamed up in September for our annual Goals for St. Jude campaign on behalf of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  Goals for St. Jude ambassadors, Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA) and Shea Salinas (San Jose Earthquakes) supported the campaign during Goals for St. Jude week (Sept. 8-14)  and joined MLS WORKS to help increase survival rates for childhood cancer and promote the lifesaving work happening every day at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Additionally, MLS WORKS pledged $100.00 to St. Jude for every MLS goal scored during the month of September.  By netting 109 goals this month, MLS players generated over $10,000 in donations for St. Jude.

Turn your passion for soccer into hope for children battling cancer.   Learn more about the Goals for St. Jude campaign at stjude.org/goals

 

 

27 September 4:15 pm

October is fast approaching and securing a playoff berth for MLS Cup is on the minds of fans, players and club personnel alike. Not only do we welcome the Fall season, but also the second phase of our Soccer Kicks Cancer campaign – Breast Cancer Awareness.   Fresh off of raising much-needed funds and awareness for Childhood Cancer, our MLS players will don pink shoelaces, wristbands and patches in support of Breast Cancer awareness and treatment during select matches this month.  As you prepare to watch your favorite club take the pitch, take a moment to learn about the different initiatives that our clubs took part in this week in our weekly club highlights.

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Night

Richter Helps Launch Shape Up

Por una buena causa l For a good cause

MLS goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month as soccer kicks cancer

Rapids Go Pink on October 5 as Part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Sounders FC to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage During Sunday's Match

Nominate your CenturyLink Gamechanger today

2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes at Victory Plaza in Dallas

La familia Mejia participa en evento de St. Baldrick's l Mejia's family participates in St. Baldrick's head shaving

Unified Special Olympics teams from Portland and Colorado compete at JELD-WEN Field

Eric Avila re invita a sonar a favor de la Fundacion St. Baldrick's l Eric Avila invites you to donate to St. Baldrick's Foundation

Revolution to host Breast Cancer Awareness match on Saturday

TFC/TWELVE: Day 8

Join Galaxy as they Stand Up To Cancer

Whitecaps FC support Raise-a-Reader day

Colorado Rapids Sidekicks raise $10,000 for the Myocarditis Foundation

FCD in the Community: Sept. 25-29th

2013 Raise-a-Reader with the 'Caps

¿Quién tiene la mejor cabellera? | Who has the best hair?

TFC/TWELVE: Day 7

We Are Rose City: Mark Hanken

Blas Perez - Hispanic Heritage Night

Aurelien Collin @ The Victory Project Team with Operation Jammies

Gallaudet University D.C. United College Night on October 4, 2013

Whitecaps FC to support Raise-a-Reader Day – September 25, 2013

TFC/TWELVE: Day 6

Houston Dynamo to celebrate Brian Ching’s career with Testimonial Match at BBVA Compass Stadium

What the Rapids Unified Team is all About

Recent success of back to school drive flows into upcoming October Union/SEPA coat drive

TFC/TWELVE: Day 5

2013 Whitecaps FC Coaching Clinic presented by Tim Hortons takes place this Saturday at BC Place

Recap: Rapids SOCO Unified Team 5, Portland Timbers Special Olympics Oregon 4

TFC/TWELVE: Day 4

Rapids SOCO trip to Portland

D.C. United to commemorate those who lost their lives at Navy Yard

TFC/TWELVE: Day 3

 

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS WORKS news archive.

20 September 6:24 pm

Our MLS clubs have been busy in their respective communities this week.  Whether raising money for childhood cancer research or joining hundreds of volunteers to build a playground, MLS players are making their mark in the U.S. and Canada.  No matter the match you watch this weekend, rest assured it has some type of playoff implication whether it be for the Supporter’s Shield or simply a chance to remain eligible for the post season.  Before you try and figure out all the possible playoff scenarios, take a look at our roundup of weekly club highlights.

 

Chicago Fire Soccer Club announces partnership with City Year Chicago

PHOTOS: Soccer & Style

Equipos: St. Baldrick's I Teams: St. Baldrick's

Marco Delgado te invita a unirte al equipo de Chivas USA y St. Baldrick's I Marco Delgado invites you to join team Chivas USA and St. Baldrick's

Erick Torres te invita a unirte al equipo de Chivas USA y St. Baldrick's I Erick Torres invites you to join team Chivas USA and St. Baldrick's

Sporting KC Equipment Manager reflects on trip to Honduras

Dan Kennedy continúa contribuyendo con St. Jude | Dan Kennedy continue contributing to St. Jude

Portland Timbers' Stand Together 50/50 raffle Friday to benefit Red Cross Colorado flood relief efforts

Soccer and Style

Camp Shriver Visit

Matt Lampson Partners with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Central Ohio

Photos: Revolution and Patriots Playground Build

Casting with the Crew

Actualización: Primera semana de la campaña St. Baldrick’s | Update: St. Baldrick’s campaign Week One

LLS of Central Ohio Light the Night Walk with Matt Lampson

Whitecaps FC visit the BC Children's Hospital

FC Dallas Foundation: Celebrity Bartending

The Denver Post highlights the Rapids' partnership with Special Olympics Colorado

FCD in the Community: September 16-22

Join Team LampStrong

West HS Boys Varsity team recognized by Rapids, Telemundo for good sportsmanship

PICTURES: FC Dallas Special Olympics Team 2, Colorado Rapids Special Olympics Team 2

#cf97 join The Greater Chicago Fire Hydrants project

 

 For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS WORKS news archive.

16 September 3:03 pm

On September 10th, prior to the USA vs. Mexico 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier game at Crew Stadium, MLS WORKS partnered with the Columbus Crew to conduct a Crew Massive Makeover of the Linden Village Green Space Community Garden.  The beautification project gave staff members from various MLS Clubs and the League office the opportunity to give back to the Linden community while in town for the MLS Business Summit.  MLS volunteers participated in various activities including building a fence on the property, assembling a storage unit, patio and pergola, installing benches and a swing, planting flowers and trees and prepping planters for next season’s vegetables.  Once the volunteer enhancements were complete, a permanent water tap was installed on the property so that the community gardeners have access to water throughout the year. To show their gratitude to the Columbus Crew, The Linden Green Space Community Garden Association donated $200.00 to the Kirk Urso Memorial fund which provides a platform to develop and support youth heart health research and programming as well as honor the memory of Crew midfielder Kirk Urso. The day of service was part of “Community Care Day” in the City of Columbus and was in conjunction with the Greater Linden Development Corporation and the United Way of Columbus.  

Massive Makeover Video

Massive Makover Photo Gallery

13 September 2:46 pm

The excitement about Wednesday’s US Men’s National Team victory over Mexico is still resonating throughout the country.  As USMNT members return to their respective teams, this weekend's slate of MLS matches are of equal importance. In honor of Children's Cancer Awareness Month, MLS WORKS will donate $100.00 to St. Jude Children Research Hospital for each goal scored.  While MLS helps St. Jude kick cancer, take a moment to check out the different events our clubs are involved with in our roundup of weekly club highlights:

 

Team BR19 Raises over $9,000 at Dallas Heart Walk

Keeping a Promise: Collin Surprises Luke & his Team

BR19 Heart Walk 2013

D.C. United to collect children's books

Lampson named MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Month for September

Chivas USA se une a los esfuerzos de la Fundacion St. Baldrick's I Chivas USA team up with St. Baldrick's Foundation

Athlete's Perspective: Leading by Example

PICS: Victory Project clinic at Sporting Park

Hispanic Heritage Night, SOCO match, and Open Closets, Open Hearts sidewalk sale taking place Sept. 14

Sudden death of daughter Elysa has Rojas family on a mission to help others

 

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS WORKS news archive.

11 September 12:28 pm

 

Columbus Crew goalkeeper, Matt Lampson knows a few things about facing opponents head on. Lampson battled Stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma six years ago but through chemotherapy and perseverance, he beat the disease and made his 2013 MLS debut with the Crew.  The Columbus native is bringing awareness for Lymphoma, not only on the field by sporting bright green goalkeeper gloves and green ribbons but also off the field. Lampson is a Spokesperson for the Central Ohio Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and speaks at various events to Lymphoma survivors and their families. For his continuous work to raise awareness for children and the LLS, Matt Lampson was named the MLS WORKS September Humanitarian of the Month.

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06 September 7:23 pm

Tonight, the US Men’s National team looks to extend their 12-game winning streak as they face Costa Rica in a World Cup Qualifier.   This weekend will prove just as exciting in MLS stadiums across the country and in Canada as the playoff puzzle continues to take shape.  With less than two months to go in the season, expect the competition to heat up as clubs fight for a post-season berth.  Before immersing yourself in all the soccer action, take a moment to check out our roundup of weekly club highlights:

 

Photos: Celebrity Bartending at RiRa

Somos Timbers: Diego Valeri leads bilingual clinic

Houston Dynamo Youth Programs Partner with Eclipse Soccer Club

Celebrity Bartending: USA vs. Mexico World Cup Qualifier

Crew Soccer Foundation Launches Concussion Awareness Video To Support Ohio Concussion Law

Be The Match 9/29/13

Registration now open for 2013 Whitecaps FC Coaching Clinic presented by Tim Hortons

FCD In The Community: September 4-10

Somos Timbers Bilingual Reporter Program: Steven Evans

Vancouver Whitecaps FC visit Camp Goodtimes for second straight year

2013 Stand Together Week: A Look Back

Faith Night 2013

Remembering Bobby Rhine

Impact visits St-Hubert Tuesday night

United Soccer Club kicks off Fall campaign

Reopening of the Big O

 

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS WORKS news archive.

06 September 7:09 pm

During Goals for St. Jude Week (Sept. 8-14), MLS WORKS, the New York Red Bulls, San Jose Earthquakes, Chivas USA and the Chicago Fire will team up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help raise awareness and funds to support St. Jude’s mission of finding cures and saving children.   

 

Fans can join MLS and St. Jude to help raise awareness for Goals for St. Jude Week by visiting stjude.org/goals for an inside look at exclusive videos and photos of the Goals for St. Jude ambassadors.

 

On behalf of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, MLS WORKS will donate $100 to St. Jude for every MLS goal scored during the month of September.  Turn your passion for soccer into hope for children battling cancer.   Learn more about the Goals for St. Jude campaign at stjude.org/goals