MLS WORKS Blog
Who doesn’t love a good rivalry? Well this weekend we don’t just have one but four! Yes, that’s right… FOUR rivalries in just one soccer-packed weekend! Earlier this week Toronto FC kicked off the MLS Heineken Rivalry Week against Montreal Impact with a 3-1 win. Starting off this weekend’s rivalries, our folks over in Texas battle it out for the El Capitan trophy. FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo face off at Toyota Stadium where the men in blue and red look to clinch victory for a third straight season in a row. Over in the Golden State, we have the San Jose Earthquakes hosting the LA Galaxy in front of a crowd of 50,000 people at Stanford Stadium. For the second time this year, New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls take the pitch against each other. Fans are not only anticipating for which team is going to take the “W” but also which color the Empire State Building will be. Soccer fans in the Big Apple want to see their club’s color light up the building and it’s in their hands through social media and in a poll. Closing the weekend out, we have the biggest rivalry in MLS. The Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders meet for the second time in league play this season. We can feel the temperatures rising, literally and figuratively. Now MLS fans, I know if difficult to sit tight in your chairs so before you get ready for an awesome weekend, take a look at how your favorite clubs are making a different in the community.
MLS fans, are you ready for some more soccer? This weekend we have just five matches starting with NYC FC hosting the Montreal Impact. Now unbeaten in four matches, Orlando City SC will take on the Supporter Shield leaders, D.C. United. Meeting for the third time this year, both teams are prepared to face off this Sunday at 7 pm ET. The Portland Timbers are coming off three consecutive wins and head coach, Caleb Porter believes they are back on the right track. This week, the Timbers held their fourth-annual Stand Together Week to give back to the Portland community. Take a deeper look at their great efforts as well as how our other clubs are making a difference in their communities.
How can you not be excited about another weekend of MLS play and the USMNT playing this afternoon? At 2:30 pm ET, the United States Men’s national team and the Netherlands face-off in the first of two European friendlies. With rumors on the horizon about who will fill NYC FC’s third DP spot, the team is more focused on earning their second win of the season against the Philadelphia Union. Coming off a strong 3-0 win in Wednesday’s match, the Union have the momentum moving forward at home but will NYC FC be able to shut them down? This Saturday, Orlando City SC, visits the windy city…first kick is at at 8:30 pm ET. Will Chicago be able to spark a fire and put an end to Orlando City SC’s three-game winning streak? Before you catch all the matches this weekend, take a look at how your favorite clubs are making a difference in the community.
We’re back at it with another round of MLS matches. Week 13 kicks off with Sporting Kansas City hosting FC Dallas tonight (9 pm ET, UniMás in the US, MLS LIVE in Canada). Unbeaten in 5 games, SKC looks to continue their run coming off positive results after their win versus New England Revolution and Seattle Sounders draw. For the second time in two weeks, D.C. United faces off against the Philadelphia Union, but this time with a new addition to the roster. D.C. United has partnered with Make-A-Wish to grant the wish of 17-year-old Francis Wesley. His dream has always been to play professional soccer and this Saturday, his dream will come true. MLS play will close out the weekend with a 2014 MLS Cup rematch, The New England Revolution fly cross country to take on the LA Galaxy for a bit of redemption. Now before we all get too excited for this full slate of matches, go ahead and take a look at how your favorite clubs are making a difference.
Week 11 is here and we’ve got a full schedule of matches! After an three-game undefeated streak on the road, Sporting Kansas City will hit home against the Colorado Rapids. The teams will meet for the first time this season at Sporting Park, Saturday night. Another match to lookout for this Saturday is Vancouver Whitecaps against Seattle Sounders. That’s right; the Cascadia Cup is renewed yet again! Can the Whitecaps remain tied atop the Western Conference with the challenge of the dynamic duo, Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins on top for the Sounders? Before you find out, take a look at how your favorite clubs are contributing to the community.
MLS fans, are you in a New York State of Mind? Better be because our two New York teams will meet for the first time ever at Red Bull Arena and it’s kind of a big deal! This local rivalry also known as the Hudson River Derby starts Sunday at 7 pm ET between New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls. When NYC FC crosses the river on Sunday, a little more than three-points is up for grabs; the true loyalties of their fan-bases will be defined. Soooooo blue or red? More excitement in MLS this weekend as Toronto FC is expecting a sold out crowd in their newly renovated BMO Stadium and Orlando City SC is pushing for their first win at home. Now fans, hang out with your moms, watch some great soccer, and take a look at how your clubs making a difference on this Mother’s Day weekend!
Saddle up y’all because you’re in for a treat. We’re back at it with a weekend of MLS matches headlined by another chapter of the Texas Derby. The Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas battle it out at BBVA Compass Stadium for a match with a little bit of spice and maybe a battle that’s not so nice. Folks, are you ready to see an in-state rivalry that’ll define the loser as Texas toast? Thought so!! There are a lot of other exciting things to look forward to this weekend. After being out with an injury for a few months, the Timbers could see Diego Valeri suit up and take the field again and the Chicago Fire have an opportunity to continue their three-game winning streak. Before you turn on that TV or march on over to your local stadium, make sure to take a look at how your favorite MLS players are making a difference in the community.
Did you know today is World Malaria Day? Join MLS WORKS and Nothing But Nets to help protect children, refugees, and families in sub-Sahara Africa from malaria, by taking The Million Nets Pledge. The Million Nets Pledge is a two-year pledge by the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign to protect refugee families with one million bednets by 2016, the campaign's 10 year anniversay.
Brek Shea, today announced his committment to helping defeat malaria. Brek will donate 30 bed nets for every team win, 10 bed nets for every tie and 10 bed nets for every goal he scores during Orlando City SC and USMNT matches.
Nothing But Nets is a global grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funding to fight malaria, a leading cause of death among children in Africa.
Every 60 seconds a child dies from malaria. In sub-Saharan Africa, families worry that their children will get bitten by a disease-carrying mosquito, but one $10 bed net can mean the difference between life and death.
Join MLS WORKS, Brek Shea and Nothing But Net in the fight to defeat malaria. Learn more
Ladies and gentleman, week 8 is here and one of our most heated rivalries is renewed (Sunday at 9:30 pm ET, Fox Sports 1 in the US, MLS LIVE in Canada) for the first time this season. That’s right, Seattle Sounders FC host the Portland Timbers to write another chapter in their competitive history. If the pure intensity of this match isn’t enough, why not add the fact that if Portland comes out with a win, they could leapfrog Seattle in the Western Conference standings? Rolling on over to the eastern side of the country, Columbus Crew SC looks to continue their undefeated run as they take on the Philadelphia Union at home. Now folks, although Earth Day is over, we urge you to continue scoring #GreenerGoals at home and in the office and in case you haven’t done so already, make sure you take a look at how your clubs are making a difference!
MLS WORKS in conjunction with Music for Relief, celebrated Earth Day by offering twitter followers 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 by Uncharted Play on behalf of any twitter follower who tweeted how they create a cleaner, healthier environment and included the hashtag #GreenerGoals.
Thanks to the generosity of our followers, MLS WORKS and Music for Relief will provide off-grid power that's good for people and good for the earth. The SOCCKET balls will allow children to do homework and parents to attend to household duties after sundown. Not only have our twitter followers helped provide families with a source of eletricity and clean power but they also provided kids with a tangible reason to play.
We sincerely thank all of our twitter followers that participated in yesterday's promotion. As promised, a SOCCKET will be donated on your behalf to a family in need.