MLS WORKS Blog

29 November 7:44 pm

 

MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the LA Galaxy Foundation brought LA Galaxy mascot, Cozmo, along with the MLS Cup trophy to visit with patients at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Cozmo visited with patients in the activity center where they were working on arts and crafts and playing board games and video games. Patients were able to take photos with the MLS Cup trophy and hang out with Cozmo for the afternoon.  Cozmo also stopped into a few rooms and gave all patients MLS Cup 2012 mini soccer balls and MLS Cup t-shirts, courtesy of MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the LA Galaxy Foundation.

View photos from the event here.

28 November 10:07 pm

MLS W.O.R.K.S., the LA Galaxy Foundation and AEG partnered on a multifaceted improvement project for the Boys & Girls Club of Carson on behalf of MLS Cup 2012. AEG President & CEO Tim Leiweke, MLS Commissioner Don Garber,  LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena, LA Galaxy VP Chris Klein and Galaxy captain Landon Donovan were on hand at the Boys & Girls Club of Carson to celebrate the start of a new partnership with the LA Galaxy and AEG - which includes a year-long sports program, a new LA Galaxy branded Sport Court and a donation of sports equipment - as well as to unveil a newly upgraded Learning Center. The Learning Center featured a mural by Code 4, new carpet, chairs, tables and bookshelves as well as new books, Panasonic TV and an Xbox 360 console, which was generously donated by Xbox.

Other LA Galaxy players in attendance were Edson Buddle, A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant, Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin and Mike Magee who mingled with kids at the event and hosted a soccer clinic for the children of the Boys & Girls Club of Carson.

Check out more images from the event on the @MLSWORKS Twitter page.

23 November 2:58 pm

The MLS 2012 season comes to an end on Saturday, December 1st when the LA Galaxy take on the Houston Dynamo at The Home Depot Center. Don't forget to tune in at 1:30p PT/4:30p ET on EPSN/Telefutura/TSN.

The holiday season officially started this week and the clubs took time to give back in honor of Thanksgiving. Take a peek at some of the highlights:

 D.C. United help the Salvation Army prepare meals for Thanksgiving. Read more.

 Rapids join local pro teams to partner with United Way Colorado for TeamSmile and provide more than $100,000 worth of dental care for more than 200 underserved children. Read more.

LA Galaxy Foundations Feast photos

Whitecaps FC Movember update

FC Dallas host Bobby Rhine Invitational

United preps meals for Safeway Feast of Sharing

Kei Kamara hosts a fundraiser

Seitz makes save of a lifetime

Chris Seitz named MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year

D.C. United participates in charitable Thanksgiving meal preparation

Rapids join local pro teams to partner with United Way Colorado for TeamSmile

Crew takes part in Movember

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS W.O.R.K.S. news section.

20 November 4:30 pm

FC Dallas Goalkeeper Chris Seitz Named MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year

Major League Soccer announced today that FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz was voted the 2012 MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year.

This past August, Seitz was contacted by DKMS, the world's largest bone marrow center, and told that he was a potential bone marrow donation match for a leukemia patient. Seitz, along with his then Real Salt Lake teammates, originally registered with DKMS to become bone marrow donors in 2009 as a gesture of support for teammate Andy Williams and his wife Marcia, who was battling a rare form of leukemia.

Seitz traveled to a DKMS participating hospital for further testing and was confirmed as the best possible match for the patient. Because timing is critical in the bone marrow donation process, Seitz committed to a September surgery in which doctors extracted bone marrow from his pelvic bone with a hollow needle inserted through small incisions. As a result, he missed the remainder of the MLS season.

Congratulations Chris!

Click here to read the full story.

16 November 6:49 pm

As we prepare for the holiday season, the clubs continue the spirit of giving back. Don't miss these amazing stories from around the League.

 The LA Galaxy Foundation and The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation will host the 10th Annual Foundations' Feast at The Home Depot Center on Monday, November 19, serving a complete Thanksgiving meal to 250 local children and families in need. Read more.

 Last week the Red Bulls announced they would be donating a minimum of $250,000, plus half of the gate revenue from the final leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, to the American Red Cross, The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, and The Mayor's Fund for NYC Hurricane Relief in an effort to assist the community in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. On Monday, November 12, the organization took it a step further and assisted the American Red Cross' relief efforts by lending a hand at a supplies warehouse in Jersey City. Read more.

Whitecaps FC business leaders raise over $100,000 to support homeless youth

Houston Dynamo and Greenstar Recycling host America Recycles Day recycling drive

Stand Together: Profile of AC Portland

Busch raises funds to support the Navy Seal Foundation

LA Galaxy Foundation host Thanksgiving dinner to 250 local children

FC Dallas goalkeeper Seitz a finalist for MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year

Off the Pitch: Camilo Sanvezzo learns capoeira and zumba

Whitecaps' Bob and Ryan Lenarduzzi attend sleep-out to support homeless youth

New York Red Bulls lend a hand to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

A Christmas event with the Earthquakes

A Journey Across Worlds: Issa Hassan's Road to the Timbers Academy

The Crew Soccer Foundation Sponsors Linden Student-Athlete Award

United Soccer Club Event

Whitecaps Lest We Forget

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS W.O.R.K.S. news section.

09 November 5:23 pm

Check out some of the incredible community stories from the clubs this week:

 The New York Red Bulls announced a donation starting at $250,000 to the American Red Cross, The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund and The Mayor's Fund for NYC Hurricane Relief to help local relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Read more.

 The fine moustachery cropping on the upper lips of men across the world is not a coincidence. Movember has officially begun, which means men are selflessly offering their upper lips to raise money for men's health. Whitecaps FC has also joined in the campaign and are taking part in a friendly mo growing competition with many other clubs across Major League Soccer to raise funds for men's health initiatives. Read more.

New England Revolution POW/MIA Seat Dedication

New York Red Bulls donate to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

Stand Together Week featured on Timbers in 30

Toronto FC Academy Health and Wellness Week

New England Revolution honor American POWs/MIAs

Chris Seitz profiled on Fox4

Whitecaps FC support Movember

New York Red Bulls host Supply Drive at Red Bull Arena

New York Red Bulls support Sandy relief

FC Dallas player Hernandez supports Blue Goose Charity

Sounders players visit Seattle Goalball team

Sounders fans raise over $20,000 for American Red Cross

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS W.O.R.K.S. news section.

06 November 11:16 am

Join the New York Red Bulls and MLS W.O.R.K.S. as we support relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  Volunteers will be stationed outside the gates to collect donations prior to the Red Bulls vs. D.C. United match on Wednesday, November 7th at 8 p.m. ET at Red Bull Arena.

Click here to get tickets to the match.

Fans are encouraged to bring the following items:

Non-Perishable Food

  • Canned foods
  • Instant soups, tea and coffee
  • Granola and energy bars
  • Packaged snacks

Winter clothing for all ages

  • Sweaters
  • Sweatshirts
  • Socks
  • Blankets
  • Coats
  • Hats, scarves and gloves
  • Hand and foot warmers

Cleaning Supplies

  • Disinfectant wipes and bleach
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Heavy duty trash bags
  • Face/dust masks
  • Latex gloves

Hygiene Supplies

  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Soaps (bar or liquid)
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash

 

Items collected will benefit local organizations/relief shelters in New York and New Jersey.  If you are unable to attend Wednesday’s game, collection bins will be set up at Red Bull Arena during regular business hours (9 am-6 pm, Monday to Friday).  To learn more about ways to help, click here.

05 November 11:35 am

 

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the MLS to Queens Street Team spent their weekend volunteering to clean-up Flushing Meadows Corona Park in conjunction with the local Parks Department’s clean-up efforts.

On Saturday, 12 people dedicated their weekend to volunteer and clean up over 250 bags of debris, primarily near the youth playground on the west end of the Park. On Sunday, 15 people volunteered and cleaned up over 300 bags of debris near The Olmsted Center.

Julissa Ferreras, Democratic member of the New York City Council residing in and representing the 21st district of Queens, showed up on Sunday to help and bought pizza for the MLS Street Team to show her thanks for helping the community.

This is one example of how the MLS League office staff and the entire League is stepping up to help the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. Join MLS W.O.R.K.S. as we support Red Cross relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy. Donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Learn more about how you can get involved in the recovery efforts here.

02 November 5:48 pm

The clubs have finished the regular season, yet they continue to make a difference and recognize their season-long efforts off the field. Here's a recap from this week:

 Columbus Crew midfielder Bernardo Anor was honored with the Donate Life Champion Award. Anor received the Award for advocating organ and tissue donation and supporting Crew partner Lifeline of Ohio. Read more.

 The Montreal Impact announced on Wednesday that Quebec-native Patrice Bernier was selected by members of the media and team supporters as the 2012 Communitarian Award winner, presented to the player most involved with the community. Read more.

Long reach of Hurricane Sandy affects Sounders

Philadelphia Union supports Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

New England Revolution supports Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

D.C. United supports Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

United Reads makes one final stop

The Crew's throwback Thursday

Montreal's Patrice Bernier receives 2012 Communitarian of the Year Award

Rapids join MLS W.O.R.K.S. to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

Rapids staff join efforts to support Movember

MLS supports Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

New York Red Bulls support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

Toronto FC supports Movember

Toronto FC players visit Sick Kids Hospital

LA Galaxy's Buddle thinking about friends impacted by Hurricane Sandy

Crew in the Community: Bernardo Anor receives Donate Life Champion Award

Sounders FC Movember team

San Jose Earthquakes Goals for Education

Stand Together Awards Banquet

Dynamo Charities receives award

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS W.O.R.K.S. news section.

31 October 9:50 am

There is still time to join the MLS Network on Movember.com. MLS staff, players, clubs, supporters and partners have already joined to raise funds and awareness for men's health.

MLS W.O.R.K.S. will match funds raised by the highest individual fundraiser in the MLS Network (individual person, not team). The highest fundraiser will also receive the Soccer Kicks Cancer Prize Pack, which includes:

- One (1) $500 VISA Gift Card
- One (1) Panasonic Shave Kit (includes 5-cutting blade system shaver, Body Shaver, Beard & Hair Trimmer and Nose & Ear Trimmer – a $785 value)
- One (1) copy of FIFA Soccer 13

So what are you waiting for?  Join us and help kick cancer! 'Mo growin' officially begins tomorrow.