MLS WORKS Blog
Although the journey for the USMNT has come to an end in Brazil, the team brought the nation together and created amazing exposure for our League. Following this week’s celebrations for Canada Day, MLS play is in full gear heading into the July 4th weekend. Catch all 9 games as your clubs battle for a win. But before you power on that TV, make sure you take a look at how our clubs are making a difference in their communities.
MLS play resumes this evening after a two-week hiatus. Toronto FC rides into New York on a 4-match winning street for a contest against the Red Bulls this evening while Sporting Kansas City does battle with the Portland Timbers minus two of their leaders, Graham Zusi and Matt Besler. Before World Cup fever grows with anticipation of a US v. Belgium match on Tuesday, and MLS action gets back into the swing of things, take a moment to learn how your clubs have made a difference in their communities.
The World Cup is in full swing, headlined by a USMNT victory over Ghana. This Sunday, the Red, White, & Blue look to ride the winning momentum into their second match against Portugal. MLS stars have already made their mark on this World Cup…none shining brighter than Australia’s Tim Cahill who has scored 2 goals in 2 games and 5 of the 11 goals scored by the Australian National team in World Cup history. Before we welcome the official start of summer and continue to support the MLS players competing for the biggest prize in soccer, take a look at how your favorite MLS clubs are making an impact in their communities.
The 2014 World Cup is underway with 32 teams competing for the FIFA World Cup Trophy . On Monday, the United States will challenge Ghana in their first match in Brazil. Closer to home, D.C. United moved into first place in the Eastern Conference after Luis Silva scored a hat-trick in the first half of their match against the Montreal Impact on Wednesday. With no MLS play for two weeks, be sure and tune in as the Stars and Stripes attempt to shock the world and advance out of the “Group of Death”. Before we cheer on our MLS players and the rest of team USA, take a look at how our clubs made a difference this week.
As the world eagerly anticipates World Cup group play, exciting news was established in Major League Soccer this week as New York City FC signed its first player, all-time leading international Spanish goal scorer, David Villa. Now 14 weeks into league play, Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City face off tonight at BBVA Compass Stadium. The teams have been MLS Cup Playoff foes for the last three seasons and both are very hungry for a “W”! Before you find out which team gets the last bite, don’t forget to nominate your local Community MVP as well as check out how your club made an impact in the community.
MLS history was made last weekend by none other than LA Galaxy star, Landon Donovan, who showed his mental toughness after being thrust into the spotlight last week following the U.S. Men’s National Team announcement. During LA’s match against the Union, Donovan broke the record for MLS goals scored with his 137th goal. Meanwhile, the USMNT continues to prepare for the “Group of Death” as they enter the second match of their send-off series. Following Tuesday’s win over Azerbaijan, the United States will take on Turkey in an international friendly at Red Bull Arena. Before you prepare for a weekend of MLS and USMNT action, don’t forget to take a look at how your favorite clubs are making a difference.
All over North America, soccer fans are using the sport to enhance the communities in which they live and work. Major League Soccer and Wells Fargo want to tell these stories. We are looking for individuals who set an example as a leader in the community and use soccer as a tool to help make a positive impact.
Do you know someone who promotes goodwill, demonstrates leadership qualities and helps to improve lives within their community? Share their story and nominate them for the MLS WORKS Community MVP Contest presented by Wells Fargo. Nominees* should be making a difference in one (1) of the following areas:
- Social issues focusing on acceptance, inclusion and equality
- Health Issues affecting men, women or children
- Community Service for a local, national or international charity or community organization
One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a trip to the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in Portland, OR and a $10,000 donation. The nominator of the Grand Prize Winner and one (1) guest will also receive a trip to the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game.**
Click here to nominate your Community MVP.
*Nominee and nominator must be eighteen (18) years or at least the age of majority in its jurisdiction of residence or older; individuals can nominate themselves. See official rules.
**$10,000 donation not included in Nominator prize package
With the World Cup only 19 days away, the United States announced their 23-man roster this week and it’s hard to fathom it will not include Landon Donovan. While many continue to state their opinion on Klinsmann’s decision, North-American soccer is in full swing as we enter another weekend of MLS matches. Sporting Kansas City hosts Toronto FC in an alluring matchup as Sporting is currently second in the division. Will the New England Revolution build on their five game unbeaten streak against D.C. United this Saturday? The Black and Red have consistently been a tough match-up so it will not be easy for the Revs. Before you fire up the grill this Memorial Day Weekend, be sure and check out how our clubs are impacting the community.
In honor of Memorial Day, we celebrate the legacy of an American solider that gave back while serving his country. The mission of The Kick For Nick Foundation is to keep PFC Nicholas A. Madaras’ dream alive. PFC Nicholas A. Madaras gave his life for is country while on tour in Iraq and his dream was to foster goodwill and peace through soccer by collecting balls and delivering them into the hands of children around the world. Kick For Nick is a program to collect soccer balls and fulfill Madaras’ wish. Join MLS WORKS in supporting Kick For Nick and keeping PFC Nick Madaras’ dream alive. For more information visit www.KickForNick.org
As we enter another weekend of MLS action, one can only hope it is historic like last weekend. During the New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire match, both Bradley Wright-Phillips and Harry Shipp recorded hat tricks. That was the first time in League history that two players recorded a hat-trick in the same game. With the World Cup approaching in less than a month, the excitement is building. Earlier this week the United States as well as 24 others countries announced their preliminary rosters as we travel further down the Road to Brazil. Week 12 of MLS soccer is here so before you get comfortable on the couch with an action-packed week of soccer, be sure to check out how your clubs made a difference in the community.