MLS WORKS Blog
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.
THIS EARTH DAY... GIVE THE GIFT OF ENERGY
How can a soccer ball help families without electricity?
SOCCKET, a fun, clean energy tool, is a soccer ball that functions as a portable generator. Just one (1) hour of play will provide hours of light for a family in need.
To celebrate Earth Day, MLS WORKS in conjunction with Music for Relief, will offer twitter followers the unique opportunity to assist families with little or no access electricity around the world. MLS WORKS will donate SOCCKET balls by Uncharted Play on behalf of their followers.
The promotion will run throughout the day on April 22nd. MLS WORKS followers that tweet how they create a cleaner, healthier environment and include the hashtag #GreenerGoals will have a SOCCKET donated on their behalf.
What is a SOCCKET & how does it work?
The SOCCKET is a portable, power generating soccer ball designed to promote physical activity and spread awareness about the global energy problem.
The SOCCKET gets charged up during normal game play. The more the ball rolls, the more power that's generated. The SOCCKET is designed to power the energy efficent, 3-LED lamp. To access the power, pull back the rubber stopper, and plug the lamo down into the center of the ball.
Join MLS WORKS in providing reliable energy to those in need with SOCCKETs by Uncharted Play. Tweet @MLSWORKS using #GreenerGoals to have a SOCCKET donated on your behalf.
Major League Soccer kicks off week 7 at Red Bull Arena. Coming off a stellar win against the MLS overall leaders, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the San Jose Earthquakes will travel to Harrison, NJ with momentum to beat the undefeated Red Bulls. Houston Dynamo will head over to the east coast to take on D.C. United for the only time this season. After their 3-0 win over the Montreal Impact last week, the Dynamo will look to capitalize and beat D.C. on the road. Before watching your team lace up their cleats and battle on the pitch, make sure to take a look at their good work in the community.
Who is ready for another weekend of great soccer?! MLS is kicking off the weekend, tonight with FC Dallas welcoming the Colorado Rapids (7 pm ET; UniMas in the US, MLS LIVE in Canada). This Western rivalry preludes to even more exciting matches. This nine game packed weekend features unbeaten Real Salt Lake as they face Sporting Kansas City and a debut for Philadelphia local, John McCarthy as he suits up in goal for the Union. Now fans, as you power on your TVs or head out to your local stadium, make sure you are on the lookout for the 2015 Don’t Cross the Line PSA. The PSA begins airing on TV broadcasts and in-stadium this weekend and it reinforces the League’s commitment to unity, respect, fair play, equality and acceptance throughout the soccer community. Take a stand for soccer and take the pledge and while you’re at it, check out how your favorite clubs are making a difference in their communities.
Week five of the season is here and we’ve got another great slate of matches! Orlando City SC is expecting another massive crowd against D.C. United (7 pm ET, UniMas) and FC Dallas looks to continue their unbeaten streak. The Philadelphia Union are striving for their first win this Sunday (7 pm ET, Fox Sports 2 in the US, MLS LIVE in Canada) with hopes that one of their strong assets, C.J. Sapong is back from injury to play against his former team, Sporting Kansas City. Gather around with family and friends on this holiday weekend, before and after big dinners and Easter egg-hunts to tune into many games and goals. Also, don’t forget to check out how your favorite clubs are impacting their communities.