MLS WORKS Blog

26 June 5:03 pm

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.  

Purolator and TFC Partner to Support Local Food Bank

 

More Than Words: Zach Herivaux and Darrius Barnes

 

Sporting Club Network & FCKC host first-ever all girls mini clinic

 

2015 Rose City Readers

 

The Football Effect: Ryan Meara Equipment Donation

 

Parkhurst Visits Far East Recreation Center For Olympic Day

 

Quakes to Host Fourth Annual Wine and Dine Event on August 29

 

Chicago Fire Unified Soccer Team Update

 

Photo Gallery: Slyde, RevGirls attend "A Prom to Remember"

 

#DerbyDonates

 

Texas Derby Giving Back to Local Communities

 

Darol Rodrock Foundation to collect donations at Sporting Park for area youth in foster care

 

Sounders FC celebrates inaugural Pride Day match with Jason Collins

 

Carson’s Malik Franks excited to represent his hometown on the LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Soccer Team

 

Like Mother Like Son: Landon Donovan proud to participate in the signing of the LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Team

 

Inaugural Crew SC Foundation FootGolf Classic

 

LA Galaxy sign 30 new players

 

Go behind the scenes of the LA Galaxy’s SOSC Unified Team signings

 

Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez meet the LA Galaxy SOSC Unified Soccer Team

 

Orlando City Foundation Awards Scholarship Funds to 10 Parramore Students

 

Sampling Summer at Fire, Brews and Bites

 

Soccer for Success Tournament at RFK Stadium

 

48 Seconds with Levesque: Proud to be a Sounder

 

Thank you, volunteers! | 2015 Stand Together Week

 

Stand Together Week 2015 Social Recap | June 14, 2015

 

Manchester City Hosts Inaugural Cityzens Giving Young Leaders Summit

 

Stand Together Week 2015 Social Recap | June 13, 2015

 

 Merritt Paulson, Gaston Fernandez & Jack Jewsbury at the Oregon Zoo + Micahel Nanchoff & Darlington Nagbe at Habitat for Humanity | Stand Together Week 2015

 

Fire #PassTheFlame in Special Olympics Unified Relay

12 June 4:42 pm

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.   

Eighth annual World Cup of Wine and Beer sets attendance record

George Fochive, Timber Joey at John's Community Garden | Stand Together Week 2015

 

Stand Together Week 2015 Social Recap

 

Red Bulls, U.S. Soccer Foundation and NYC Parks unveil new Lower East Side pitch

 

City Schools Cup Promotes Students' Efforts On and Off Field

 

Young cancer patient takes clippers to Philadelphia Union goalkeeper John McCarthy

 

Union Supports Special Olympics 2015

 

John McCarthy visits Cameron at duPont Hospital

 

2015 SITC Summer Camp Nearest You

 

Sporting KC camps aims to get more girls interested in math, science

 

Orlando City Foundation to Provide Additional Mini Pitches with Robust Donation

 

Chicago Fire Foundation to Host Fourth Annual “Fire, Brews and Bites” Beer Tasting Event

 

Third annual LA Galaxy 5k and Cozmo Family Fun Run Presented by Herbalife

05 June 1:36 pm

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.  

 Whitecaps FC raise $21,385 for #BuckUp for Mental Health presented by Desjardins Insurance

 

D.C. United teams up with the American Red Cross to Host Blood Drive on June 21

 

Oregon Governor Kate Brown, City of Portland proclaim June 8-14 Stand Together Week

 

D.C. United Foundation to hold annual Spring Classic Youth Soccer Tournament

 

United in Green continues to give back in the Seattle area

 

Lahoud's journey through professional soccer led him back to where it all started

 

The Impact's summer Soccer Celebration tour

 

LA Galaxy to honor Los Angeles Unified School District Saturday

 

Francis Wesley's Wish

 

Crew SC to host inaugural Crew SC Foundation FootGolf Classic with players and coaches on July 26

 

LA Galaxy unveil commemorative match poster for Vancouver Whitecaps match

 

Union To Host Children’s Soccer Clinic June 12 at SoccerFest

 

Philadelphia Union’s River Cup V is back!

29 May 5:48 pm

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.

Revolution Salute to Heroes Auction

LA Galaxy to host Hometown Heroes Night Friday

 

LA Galaxy players visit Homeboy Industries through 20 For Twenty Program

 

Limited-edition LA Galaxy camouflage warm-up t-shirts available for purchase

 

The Football Effect: Miguel of Kids Wish Network Visits NYCFC

 

Revolution to launch annual Charitable Drive Series on Saturday

 

New England Revolution Celebrity Ping-Pong Tournament

 

LA Galaxy’s 20 For Twenty continues Wednesday with Homeboy Industries visit

 

Fire Team With City Year Chicago for Day of Service

 

Rapids Special Olympics team to face Special Olympics Kansas

 

LA Galaxy unveil commemorative match poster for Houston Dynamo match

 

LA Galaxy’s 20 for Twenty continues Sunday with women’s soccer clinic

 

D.C. United to Host First Annual Health & Wellness Fair

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15 May 5:32 pm

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. 

Third Annual Cocktails & Cleats Goes Above and Beyond Expectations for Union Foundation

 

Kei Kamara visits Hayes Intermediate School

 

Global Assists Program sends soccer balls to Guyana, Mozambique, and Tanzania

 

New England Revolution to host annual “Salute to Heroes” on Saturday night

 

The Montreal Impact Foundation and Centraide host the 4th edition of the Centraide Cup

 

Inaugural Crew SC Foundation FootGolf Classic

 

D.C. United to Host First Annual Health & Wellness Fair

 

Tickets to Bite at the Beach on sale now with a portion of the proceeds going to the LA Galaxy Foundation

 

 

08 May 5:26 pm

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! 

Whitecaps FC join forces with Canucks, BC Lions, and Canadians for kids with autism

 

Revs visit Hanscom Air Force Base

 

Third annual LA Galaxy 5k and Cozmo Family Fun Run to be held June 7th

 

United Drives Collects Soccer Equipment for Passback Program

 

Art and Soccer Collide at 2015 Art of Futbol

 

Portland Timbers, T2, Thorns FC team up with local partners to present fourth-annual Stand Together Week June 8-14

 

Portland Timbers, Thorns, and T2 players aid Stand Together's Rose City Readers initiative

 

Philadelphia Union Brings Soccer to Gym Class Presented By ACME

 

The Football Effect: Taher of City in the Community

 

D.C. Vote to Honor Olsen

 

Liam Fitzgerald visits the Revolution

 

New York City FC, Mayor's Office Team Up for Fitness & Health Spring Kickoff

 

Philadelphia Union Foundation Notebook: May

 

LA Galaxy host Special Olympics Team tryouts

 

Dynamo Update – hosting Manchester United in BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup

01 May 4:29 pm

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. 

FC Dallas Foundation Partners with Friends of Rob on TX Shootout presented by Advocare

 

Finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis is personal for Joe Bendik

 

Cocktails and Cleats 2015

 

Dynamo to face English Premier League’s Manchester City at BBVA Compass Stadium on May 28

 

D.C. United Foundation Night | May 2, 2015

 

Fire Celebrate Neighborhood Ties at 2015 Practice In The Community

 

Recycle Your Game campaign provides soccer equipment for local youth in need

 

March for Babies | 20 for Twenty

 

D.C. United, Mom Made Foods and SW Community Gardens Team Up to Celebrate Earth Day

 

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Jeans Day

 

Eric LeGrand visits the New York Red Bulls

 

Social Timeline: Sounders FC gets involved in a big way during Impact Seattle Week

 

Portland Timbers award $55,000 in Community Fund Grants

25 April 11:31 am

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

24 April 2:41 pm

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!  

The Football Effect: Barry O'Driscoll of City in the Community

 

LA Galaxy's 20 for Twenty continues Saturday with March of Dimes walk

 

New York Red Bulls celebrate Wings for Life Night

 

Winning classrooms announced

 

Global Relay Community Club

 

Sounders FC launces Impace Seattle Week

 

2015 Impact Seattle Week

 

Earthquakes Kick off Get Earthquakes Fit Program for Seventh Year

 

Todd Dunivant and Baggio Husidic volunteer at Kick for Kids clinic

 

D.C. United teams with Southwest Community Gardens, Mom Made Foods for Earth Day

23 April 11:42 am

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.