MLS WORKS Blog

31 March 11:50 de la mañana

 

This weekend, MLS players across the League wore black #Kuykenstrong armbands in memory of Shawn Kuykendall, a former MLS player who died of a rare form of cancer (Thymus Cancer) earlier this year.

Drafted by D.C. United in 2005, Kuykendall spent two seasons in the League playing for D.C. and the New York Red Bulls.  After his playing career Shawn returned to his alma mater, American University, as an assistant coach.  Before his untimely death, Kuykendall worked as the Director of Player Development for Montgomery Soccer Inc., a youth soccer program in Maryland.

Although players in every MLS Stadium honored Shawn this weekend, support for the former MLS player began after he was diagnosed last year.  On seperate occasions players wore t-shirts branded with #Kuykestrong during pre-game warmups and post-game interviews.  Shawn's former coaches at American Universty shaved their heads in a show of solidarity while youth leagues hosted fundraisers to assist him in his fight.

For more information about Shawn and how to support the Kuykenstrong Foundation, visit www.Kuykendall.com.

 

 

28 March 5:31 de la tarde

As a talent-laden and MLS-heavy US Men’s National team prepares for a friendly versus Mexico this week, Major League Soccer enters week 4 of its regular season.  Although more and more talk focuses on the World Cup in Brazil, MLS clubs are focused on the task at hand – a fast start.  Our two Texas clubs have done just that as they both sit atop the standings of their respective conferences heading into this weekend’s action.  Before we find out whether or not Houston and Dallas FC continue their strong play, learn a little about the work our clubs have done in the community this week.

3/28 - FC Dallas partners with City of Dallas and MoneyGram on new complex

3/26 - Sounders FC invites fans to donate to disaster relief on Saturday

3/26 - Join Chivas USA this Saturday for a special soccer clinic in Whittier and Maywood!

3/25 - Goal Oriented: Philadelphia Union trainer, Kevin Miller offers short workouts with Big benefits

3/25 - Lampson welcomes LLS Hero following Opening Match

3/25 - City Year Chicago honored at Fire Home Opener

3/21 - D.C. United honors Shawn Kuykendall during home opener

28 March 2:44 de la tarde

Join Major League Soccer in our League-wide efforts to support the American Red Cross and help those affected by the devastating landlside in the state of Washington. The Red Cross responded immediately, quickly opening and staffing shelters, handing out meals and snacks, activating Safe and Well to connect families who are still searching for loved ones, and staffing shelters and resource centers with Mental Health volunteers to help all affected cope with the tragic events.  

Seattle Sounders FC will partner with the American Red Cross to collect donations for disaster relief this Saturday, March 29 at CenturyLink Field prior to the first kick of the Sounders FC versus Columbus Crew match. Volunteers from American Red Cross will collect donations at various gates along Occidental Avenue and throughout the stadium.

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Hanauer Family Foundation will match donations collected on Saturday up to $15,000.

To donate, visit http://www.redcross.org/mls-pub, call  1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999.

 

Visit our Disaster Relief Page to learn more.

21 March 5:42 de la tarde

Following a poor showing in the CONCACAF Champions League earlier this week, our clubs return to MLS action this weekend.  As players continue the early-season process of learning different systems, meshing with new teammates and indoctrinating rookies, MLS fans and supporters are starting to learn what this season might have in store for the club they follow.   Coaches must tinker with lineups and club staff members are busy planning for the season.  Although there is a back to business mentality in 19 cities across the U.S. and Canada which focuses mainly on the pitch, all of our clubs have begun to re-engage with the communities in which they compete.  Take a moment to learn about some of the philanthropic work our clubs have already done this year.

 

D.C. United honors Shawn Kuykendall during home opener

Philadelphia Union Foundation raises six figures to benefit Chester City youth

Timbers support Girls Inc. at Power of the Purse event

D.C. United teams with Leveling the Playing Field

Philadelphia Union Foundation hosts Cocktails and Cleats gala

Crew's Matt Lampson and D.C. United's Chris Pontius welcome LLS hero to match

Goal Oriented: Union trainer, Kevin Miller, offers health and wellness tips

Crew players and staff to participate in Black & Gold's Dare to Care: Massive Makeover event

Frankie Hejduk takes part in Read Across America

The Chicago Fire Season Kickoff Luncheon and Unveiling of the New Primary Kit

FC Dallas Foundation hosts Cocktails and Cleats 2014

Quakes select Damont Hardnett as BAASST scholarship recipient

Whitecaps FC participate in Pink Shirt Day

Quakes to host third annual Wine & Dine event

Real Salt Lake's Chris Wingert fundraises for friend's prosthetic

Sporting players visit youth at the Give Kids the World Village

Dynamo Charities, Brian Ching raise $130,000 for The House that Ching Built, Habitat for Humanity

Chivas USA and LAPD team up to host soccer clinic at local high school

FC Dallas Foundation Field Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

 

For more community news from around the league, visit the MLS WORKS news archive.

 

06 March 10:51 de la mañana

On Wednesday, in conjunction with Seattle Sounders FC and Sound Wave, MLS WORKS unveiled brand new renovations to the music room of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue Teen Center.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue was founded in 1952 with one clubhouse in downtown Bellevue.  Since its inception the Club has provided the young people of their community with something they need and want most: a safe environment where adults respect and listen to them; a place where they can have fun.

Currently, the Club operates 11 sites within the City of Bellevue including 6 Clubhouses, 3 sites in elementary schools and 2 dedicated Teen Centers.

One of the Teen Centers (a.k.a "The Club") is home to a music room that before Wednesday lacked proper soundproofing and equipment.  As local teen bands perfected their sound it was difficult for other Club members to participate in alternate programming in the Club. For two years,  Boys & Girls Clubs staff members pleaded with the Club's leadership for a solution to the issue.

Enter longtime partner, Seattle Sounders FC.  When the Sounders, who two years ago dedicated a new computer lab to the Club, heard about the issue they vowed to assist. And what better time to do so than leading up to the start of the 2014 MLS regular season.

As they prepare for their match on Saturday against Sporting Kansas City, midfielders Brad Evans, Andy Rose and forward Lamar Neagle reinforced their club's committment to the Greater Seattle area by surprising the Bellevue youth with the newly renovated music room.

The day began with an inspiring performance by Sound Wave, the official band of Seattle Sounders FC.  Following the unveiling of the Club's new music studio which will allow local youth to develop and advance their musical talents, the players stuck around to sign autographs and have a jam session with Sound Wave and one of the club's teen bands.  

03 March 3:56 de la tarde

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.

 

This Wednesday, March 5, marks the annual day of awareness for Spread the Word to End the Word.   The campaign encourages people to create communities of respect and inclusion by eliminating derogatory language from their vocabulary, including the use of the R-word (“Retard”).  Join MLS and Special Olympics North America to create communities of inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.  Pledge Respect through your words and actions…Pledge now!

 

Click here to learn more about the campaign or find Spread the Word fact sheets, graphics, videos and merchandise.

 

Major League Soccer is proud to support the R-Word campaign and urges you to take a stand against discrimination of any kind.  Join us and Take a Stand for Soccer.  Learn more about our efforts to promote acceptance, inclusion and fair play.  Don’t Cross the Line!

15 January 4:31 de la tarde

Major League Soccer is committed to supporting youth programs that encourage children to live a healthy active lifestyle. 

Earlier today, Philadelphia Union Defender Ray Gaddis and MLS Draft prospects, Andre Blake (Goalkeeper, University of Connecticut), Schillo Tshuma (Midfielder, University of Maryland), Marlon Hairston (Midfielder, University of Louisville), Patrick Mullins (Forward, University of Maryland), Damion Lowe (Defender, University of Hartford) and Steve Birnbaum (Defender, University of California) visited Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School to meet with students and discuss the keys to leading an active and healthy lifestyle, in support of the Vetri Foundation's vision of “healthy body + health mind = health living”.

Founded in 2008 by acclaimed chef Marc Vetri and restauranteur Jeff Benjamin, the Vetri Foundation for children works to help kids experience the connection between healthy eating and healthy living. When kids make the connection between the two, they can make a better decision about their own health while influencing their families, and they become a voice for better choices in their communities.

The visit began when the top MLS SuperDraft prospects joined Cristo Rey students for a healthy lunch, which included a converstion about the importance of consuming healthy, well-balanced meals. Following lunch, the next generation of MLS soccer kicked the ball around with the high school students and discussed healthy lifestyle habits during gym class.

Today's visit, hosted by MLS WORKS, the charitable arm of Major League Soccer, and the Philadelphia Union, also highlighted the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, presented by Adidas.

 

15 November 3:37 de la tarde

The road to MLS Cup is underway and as the final four clubs prepare for the second leg of the Conference Championships, the USMNT takes on Scotland in a friendly (match) today. If you notice a mustache on a few MLS competitors, do not adjust your TV screen.  More than 500 MLs players, staff and supporters are raising awareness for men’s health by growing moustaches this Movember.  It is not too late to join the MLS network ad help change the face of Men’s health.  Check out our website for more information as to how you can join the Movember movement with MLS.  Before getting ready for today’s friendly, be sure and check out how our clubs have kept busy in their communities in our roundup of weekly club highlights.

Hejduk, Lampson pedal for a cause

Philadelphia Union, Dunkin Donuts shows continued gratitude for local crossing guards

#LOUDER auction to benefit Victory Project

WATCH: Oscar Pareja's fantastic reading of El Pájaro Gruñón for One Book 4 Colorado

United for D.C. to hold League of Champions Tournament for D.C. Youth

“Team Burgundy” raises more than $7000 for American Diabetes Association

The Gordon family is all in for Movember

Feliz Dia de los Veteranos | Happy Veterans Day

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Remembers

Sounders thank the Veterans

Jon Busch raises $18,000 for Navy SEAL Foundation

Lampson Featured on CBS Game Changers 

Dynamo Charities to host annual Dynamo Celebration at Hotel ZaZa on December 2

Sporting Kaw Valley player wins dinner at Chipotle with Dom Dwyer

Players Pay Tribute on Veteran's Day

 

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

 

01 November 2:42 de la tarde

 

As the month of October comes to an end, our Soccer Kicks Cancer campaign enters its third and final month, Movember. For the past two years, Major League Soccer has partnered with Movember to raise awareness and funds for men’s health.

On behalf of Soccer Kicks Cancer, MLS WORKS will make a donation for every Movember participant registered as part of the MLS Network.  Make sure to follow MLS WORKS on Twitter (@MLSWORKS) for weekly #MoMonday FIFA 14 give-aways and updates for the #MLSPlayoffMo Contest.  The best grown Mo will receive a Soccer Kicks Cancer Prize Pack to include:

-          $500 VISA Gift Card

-          Panasonic Shave Kit

-          One (1) copy of FIFA 14   

 

Promote your Movember efforts using #GrowYourMo and #MLSPlayoffMo.

Interested in joining the MLS Mo Squad? Click here to join MLS WORKS and clubs around the League. Make sure to follow MLS WORKS on Twitter (@MLSWORKS) for weekly #MoMonday updates, give-aways and contests. 

25 October 1:27 de la tarde

As the regular season comes to a close this weekend and we give way to the MLS Cup playoffs, there are three spots still up for grabs.   Our clubs will undoubtedly leave everything on the pitch and in some cases, hope for some help to clinch one of these coveted spots with the ultimate goal -raising the MLS Cup in celebration – in the back of their minds.   Likewise, our Breast Cancer Awareness initiatives will also  come to a close as we make way for the third and final installment of our Soccer Kicks Cancer program, Movember.  Fans are encouraged to join MLS players, staff and supporters who will grow mustaches for thirty days to raise awareness and funds for men’s health.

Before sporting your club colors and enjoying the last regular season match, check out our weekly club highlights to see what our clubs have been involved in.

 

General Manager Jerome de Bonton to Spend One Homeless Night in NYC

United Reads returns for Fall 2013

Sporting KC players visit SCN members

Reds Visit SickKids

Crew Takes Over Your School

Urso's legacy looms large at Crew Awards

Saad, Dwyer support Shadow Buddies gala

Special Olympics Texas FCD Recap

Revolution launches Movember campaign to support men's cancer awareness

Kirk Urso Memorial Fund raises $100,000 in first year

Mustaches for a Cause: Movember campaign holds special significance for Revs

A Long Journey to Chicago (and Toyota Park)

Sporting KC welcomes PRE Soccer Readers Club to Sporting Club Training Center

Whitecaps FC Boot Drive supporting Hope and Health

2013 Rapids Humanitarian of the Year: Marvel Wynne

Fire take part in Chicago Ideas Week (#CIW)

CenturyLink Community Game-changer winner Jake Van Baest recognized at portland Timbers match

 

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