MLS WORKS Blog

15 March 5:42 pm

This weekend is MLS Rivalry Weekend where some of the League's biggest rivalries will take the field in head to head matchups. Prior to Rivalry Weekend, MLS WORKS launched the 2013 Don't Cross the Line campaign. Don't Cross the Line promotes unity, respect, fair play, equality and acceptance throughout the soccer community. More than ten MLS players were featured in the PSA showing their support for the message behind the campaign.

Here are other MLS club community highlights:

Revs to take part in Fashion Show

Irish Night at PPL Park

Brad Davis is taking a stand against discrimination . . . will you?

Daily Loop: Prepping for the Revs, Great "Cocktails," a Leprechaun and more

United Soccer Club kicks off spring campaign

LA Galaxy unveil new sport court at Boys and Girls Club of Carson

Black & Gold unveil Crew-themed fitness room at Ronald McDonald House

Soccer Spring Break

Vancouver Whitecaps FC to participate in Sports Day for children with Autism

Photo and video diary of the LA Galaxy's trip to Costa Rica

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS WORKS news section.

15 March 10:14 am

MLS WORKS LAUNCHES 2013 ‘DON’T CROSS THE LINE’ CAMPAIGN

MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, today unveiled a new public service announcement as part of the League’s ongoing anti-discrimination campaign, ‘Don’t Cross The Line.’ Elements of the campaign, which promotes unity, respect, fair play, equality and acceptance, will be revealed throughout the 2013 MLS season. Major League Soccer is committed to providing an environment in which clubs, coaches, players, fans and partners are treated with dignity and respect.

Major League Soccer is asking fans to "Take a Stand for Soccer" and Take the Pledge to not tolerate discrimination of any kind.

MLS players featured in the new public service announcement include Real Salt Lake MF Kyle Beckerman, Houston Dynamo MF Brad Davis, Vancouver Whitecaps FC D Jay DeMerit, D.C. United MF Dwayne De Rosario, New York Red Bulls F Thierry Henry, Seattle Sounders FC F Eddie Johnson, LA Galaxy F Robbie Keane, Chivas USA GK Dan Kennedy, San Jose Earthquakes F Chris Wondolowski and Sporting Kansas City MF Graham Zusi.

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06 March 6:29 pm

Major League Soccer is joining Special Olympics in its efforts around the global Spread the Word to End the Word® awareness day. Today, people around the world will unite their communities to Spread the Word to End the Word, as supporters participate in the fifth annual 'Spread the Word to End the Word' awareness day, aimed at ending the hurtful use of the R-word ("retard(ed)") negatively impacting people with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD).

Special Olympics and Major League Soccer encourage people all over the word to pledge to use respectful language at the website www.R-word.org and build communities of respect and inclusion for all people.

Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide.

Major League Soccer is committed to supporting the communities where we live and play our games, and to providing an environment in which our staff, clubs, players, partners and supporters are treated with dignity and respect. We will not tolerate discrimination, bias, prejudice or harassment of any kind.

Join Major League Soccer and Take the Pledge...DON'T CROSS THE LINE!

 

 

04 March 3:10 pm

Employees from Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing took to cycling this weekend for Cycle for Survival, an indoor team cycling event that raises funds for rare cancer research. Employees participated in four cycling shifts which each lasted for one hour. Team MLS raised more than $40,000 and the event total was more than $13.5M.

In 5 days, 10 cities participated in 27 rides on 2,750 bikes engaging more than 13,000 participants.

One hundred percent of the funds raised from the event go directly to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and are allocated within six months of each event. The donations help fund the most promising research and clinical trials and have led to better treatments for cancer patients worldwide.

Since its inception in 2007, Cycle for Survival has raised over $31 million dollars for rare cancer research and funded 53 clinical trials and research studies. Cycle's direct funding has drastically reduced the time it takes for treatments to reach patients - in some cases cutting the span from years to months.

Learn more about Cycle for Survival.

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01 March 5:42 pm

The 2013 MLS season kicks off tomorrow and we are excited to see teams get back on the field. Off the field, clubs have continued to support various causes leading up to Opening Weekend. The Columbus Crew hosted the inaugural Kirk Urso Memorial Match, which raised nearly $30,000 for heart health research. MLS clubs showed their support on Twitter, donated funds and helped raise awareness for the match. Other club community highlights below:

Inaugural Kirk Urso Memorial Match raises nearly $30,000 for heart health research

Revs & KSG to host sports-themed career fair

In the Community- Feb. 28 Houston Dynamo

'Caps support Pink Shirt Day

Some history and soccer during Spring Break

Cindy Parlow Cone talks to Girls, Inc. about her Power of the Purse involvement

Green & Gold: Timbers to unveil new jersey at Last Thursday art event

'Harlem Shake' Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

Salinas presents check to Coliseum College Prep

Whitecaps FC serve fans at local Tim Hortons

"Cheers to the Rapids" set for March 6 at the Paramount Theater

Crew takes to Twitter surrounding memorial match to honor Urso

Black & Gold, Tar Heels honor fallen teammate

Sounders Kickoff Luncheon an exciting affair for all involved

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS WORKS news section.

22 February 6:33 pm

In true Friday fashion - we take a look at this week's community stories from around the League. You can tell the season is fast-approaching as teams begin to host their annual kick-off luncheons and other community events to get fans excited about Opening Weekend - we sure are.  Here are this week's highlights:

Philadelphia Union Foundation Cocktails and Cleats event sold out

Timbers players and fans get together for third annual Kick-off Luncheon

Crew, UNC looking forward to honoring Urso on Sunday

Whitecaps visit BC Children's Hospital

Seattle Sounders 4th Annual Sounders FC Kickoff Luncheon

Former Timbers intern goes back to old job: MLB pitcher

Columbus - Orlando: Day Thirteen

Muchas Gracias De Todo Corazon

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS WORKS news section.

08 February 3:26 pm

This week's club highlights featured here:

Lampson to sport custom-made gloves for lymphoma awareness in 2013

Soccer advocate and humanitarian, Steve Kelley retires

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS WORKS news section.