As we roll into week 8 of the MLS season, five more players will watch their teams from the bench. With 20 suspensions so far this season many fans wonder if referees have overused their cards this year. Coming off a mid-week win, will the New York Red Bulls pull off a third consecutive victory over league-leading Columbus Crew this Saturday? Over in the Western Conference, San Jose will try to earn 3 points against in-state rival Chivas USA this weekend. On another note, we again want to thank those who celebrated Earth Day with us as well as those who continue to help us “Compete to Beat Malaria” through the rest of April. Before you kick back and watch the exciting matches this weekend, learn more about how our clubs are making a difference in their communities.
Earlier today, MLS WORKS, in conjunction with Music for Relief, celebrated Earth Day by offering twitter users the unique opportunity to assist families with little or no access to electricity around the world. MLS WORKS and Music for Relief agreed to donate a SOCCKET ball on behalf of any twitter user that followed the @MLSWORKS handle and re-tweeted the message embedded below.
— MLS WORKS (@MLSWORKS) April 22, 2014
Thanks to the generosity of our followers, MLS WORKS and Music for Relief will provide 100 families with a source of renewable energy that will allow children to do homework and parents to attend to houselod duties after sundown. We sincerely thank all of the twitter users that participated in today's promotion. As promised, a SOCCKET will be donated on your behalf to a family in need. On behalf of MLS WORKS and Music for Releif, a special thanks to:
How can a soccer ball help families without electricity?
SOCCKET, a fun, clean energy tool, is a soccer ball that functions as an eco-friendly portable generator. It captures the natural energy from playing soccer and stores it for later use. Just 30 minutes of play provides hours of light for a family in need. This innovative tool improves the lives of children by providing a sustainable, portable, and fun source of energy. It facilitates learning and promotes healthy mental and physical development.
The SOCCKET currently lights homes in Mexico and the United States, with large pilot programs in Nigeria, Brazil, and South Africa. SOCCKETs are scheduled for distribution to Benin, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua.
1.3 Billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity. Without electricity, children cannot study after dark, parents cannot work once the sun sets, and clinics cannot offer life-saving medical help. Access to modern energy is the key to better healthcare, education, and financial independence for the 1 in 5 people worldwide who do not currently have access to energy.
This Earth Day, MLS WORKS will support Music for Relief by donating SOCCKETS on behalf of our twitter followers.
Simply follow @MLSWORKS & retweet the message sent today (April 22) at 1:00 PM ET from the @MLSWORKS account. MLS WORKS, in conjunction with Music for Relief will donate SOCCKETS on behalf of our followers that support our efforts by retweeting the message. Join MLS WORKS to help provide renewable energy to those in need.
— MLS WORKS (@MLSWORKS) April 22, 2014
The promotion begins on April 22 at 1:00 PM ET. All donors who retweet will be selected and notified by direct message.
Big news for Major League Soccer this week as the city of Atlanta joins the league as the 22nd franchise. Scheduled to start play in 2017, the Arthur Blank-owned club will solidify the League's presence in the southeast. Closer to home, the 2014 Don't Cross the Line PSA will begin airing on TV broadcasts and in-stadium this weekend. This years PSA features MLS players, fans, and supporters and reinforces the League's commitment to unity, respect, fair play, equality and acceptance throughout the soccer community. With a full slate of MLS matches scheduled for tomorrow, be sure to check out how our clubs gave back to their communities this week.
Only two clubs remain unbeaten as week 6 of the MLS season begins. FC Dallas welcomes the Clint Dempsey-led Seattle Sounders FC to town while Real Salt Lake travels to Philadelphia with the intent of being less than brotherly to the Union. The other storyline of the weekend is Landon Donovan’s quest to become the all-time leading goal scorer in MLS history. Although Donovan has not scored a goal since October of last year, most will agree that it is only a matter of time before the man that some feel is "the best player in MLS history" joins soccer immortality. Before we tune-in this weekend with the anticipation of history being made, take a look at some of the great work our clubs performed in the community this week.
As a prelude to the weekend, the U.S. Men’s National Team played to a 2-2 draw with our rivals to the South, Mexico. As MLS players return to compete for their clubs, many will take the pitch again for 90 minutes in a match that is anything but “Just Another Game”. Whether it be Houston vs. FC Dallas, this year’s first installment of the SuperClasico (Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy) or an early Cascadia Cup battle (Portland vs. Seattle) all eyes will be focused on Major League Soccer action this weekend with not only three points on the line, but also bragging rights. As our League rivals prepare to do battle on the pitch, check out how they served the communities in which they play this week.
This weekend, MLS players across the League wore black #Kuykenstrong armbands in memory of Shawn Kuykendall, a former MLS player who died of a rare form of cancer (Thymus Cancer) earlier this year.
Drafted by D.C. United in 2005, Kuykendall spent two seasons in the League playing for D.C. and the New York Red Bulls. After his playing career Shawn returned to his alma mater, American University, as an assistant coach. Before his untimely death, Kuykendall worked as the Director of Player Development for Montgomery Soccer Inc., a youth soccer program in Maryland.
Although players in every MLS Stadium honored Shawn this weekend, support for the former MLS player began after he was diagnosed last year. On seperate occasions players wore t-shirts branded with #Kuykestrong during pre-game warmups and post-game interviews. Shawn's former coaches at American Universty shaved their heads in a show of solidarity while youth leagues hosted fundraisers to assist him in his fight.
For more information about Shawn and how to support the Kuykenstrong Foundation, visit www.Kuykendall.com.
As a talent-laden and MLS-heavy US Men’s National team prepares for a friendly versus Mexico this week, Major League Soccer enters week 4 of its regular season. Although more and more talk focuses on the World Cup in Brazil, MLS clubs are focused on the task at hand – a fast start. Our two Texas clubs have done just that as they both sit atop the standings of their respective conferences heading into this weekend’s action. Before we find out whether or not Houston and Dallas FC continue their strong play, learn a little about the work our clubs have done in the community this week.
Join Major League Soccer in our League-wide efforts to support the American Red Cross and help those affected by the devastating landlside in the state of Washington. The Red Cross responded immediately, quickly opening and staffing shelters, handing out meals and snacks, activating Safe and Well to connect families who are still searching for loved ones, and staffing shelters and resource centers with Mental Health volunteers to help all affected cope with the tragic events.
Seattle Sounders FC will partner with the American Red Cross to collect donations for disaster relief this Saturday, March 29 at CenturyLink Field prior to the first kick of the Sounders FC versus Columbus Crew match. Volunteers from American Red Cross will collect donations at various gates along Occidental Avenue and throughout the stadium.
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Hanauer Family Foundation will match donations collected on Saturday up to $15,000.
To donate, visit http://www.redcross.org/mls-pub, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999.
Visit our Disaster Relief Page to learn more.
Following a poor showing in the CONCACAF Champions League earlier this week, our clubs return to MLS action this weekend. As players continue the early-season process of learning different systems, meshing with new teammates and indoctrinating rookies, MLS fans and supporters are starting to learn what this season might have in store for the club they follow. Coaches must tinker with lineups and club staff members are busy planning for the season. Although there is a back to business mentality in 19 cities across the U.S. and Canada which focuses mainly on the pitch, all of our clubs have begun to re-engage with the communities in which they compete. Take a moment to learn about some of the philanthropic work our clubs have already done this year.
For more community news from around the league, visit the MLS WORKS news archive.