MLS WORKS Blog
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.
This week, New England welcomes Seattle Sounders FC for a very intriguing match-up. The Revs take on the top team in the Western Conference lead by former Revolution player, Clint Dempsey. Dempsey returns to Gillette Stadium with a five-game winning streak and a League-leading eight goals to go along with Obafemi Martins’s six assists. But hold on… Dempsey isn’t the only one striking the back of the net with regularity. New York Red Bull’s Bradley Wright-Phillips has scored five goals in the last three games. Want more? Before you make last-minute Mother’s Day plans and enjoy a weekend filled with more games and goals, check out how your clubs are making a difference In their community.
As we enter week 8 of the MLS season, history is on the mind of two clubs. The weekend’s slate of matches kicks off on Saturday as the Vancouver Whitecaps and San Jose Earthquakes celebrate the 40th anniversary of their clubs competing against each other. Rumor has it we might see some of The Caps supporters go 1974 retro. It’ll be fun to see which team will get into a groove and possibly even boogie! Before we tune-in to the full weekend of matches, be sure to check out how our clubs are impacting their communities.
As we roll into week 8 of the MLS season, five more players will watch their teams from the bench. With 20 suspensions so far this season many fans wonder if referees have overused their cards this year. Coming off a mid-week win, will the New York Red Bulls pull off a third consecutive victory over league-leading Columbus Crew this Saturday? Over in the Western Conference, San Jose will try to earn 3 points against in-state rival Chivas USA this weekend. On another note, we again want to thank those who celebrated Earth Day with us as well as those who continue to help us “Compete to Beat Malaria” through the rest of April. Before you kick back and watch the exciting matches this weekend, learn more about how our clubs are making a difference in their communities.
Earlier today, MLS WORKS, in conjunction with Music for Relief, celebrated Earth Day by offering twitter users 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 on behalf of any twitter user that followed the @MLSWORKS handle and re-tweeted the message embedded below.
— MLS WORKS (@MLSWORKS) April 22, 2014
Thanks to the generosity of our followers, MLS WORKS and Music for Relief will provide 100 families with a source of renewable energy that will allow children to do homework and parents to attend to houselod duties after sundown. We sincerely thank all of the twitter users that participated in today's promotion. As promised, a SOCCKET will be donated on your behalf to a family in need. On behalf of MLS WORKS and Music for Releif, a special thanks to: