Soccer Kicks Cancer

In our continued efforts to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and treatment, MLS WORKS Soccer Kicks Cancer focuses on providing strength and hope in the fight against cancers affecting men, women and children.

In its 3rd year, the League-wide childhood cancer awareness campaign will continue its efforts to help find better cures for all types of childhood cancer. The campaign will officially launch on Thursday, September 1 and run throughout the month of September. The Kick Childhood Cancer national campaign benefits Children’s Oncology Group.

Childhood cancer

  • Every day, 36 children are diagnosed with cancer.
  • One out of five children who is diagnosed with cancer dies. Across all ages, ethnic groups and socio-economics, this disease remains the number one cause of death by disease in children.
  • Three out of five who survive children’s cancer suffer late-effects, such as infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers.

Children’s Oncology Group

Children’s Oncology Group (COG) is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. COG unites more than 8,000 experts in childhood cancer at more than 200 leading children’s hospitals, universities, and cancer centers across North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe in the fight against childhood cancer. Children’s Oncology Group’s Project:EveryChild is an initiative to find better cures for every type of childhood cancer, no matter how rare.

Sophia Chang inspired on-field apparel

MLS players and referees will wear Kick Childhood Cancer t-shirts designed by renowned designer and illustrator Sophia Chang during on-field pregame activities, coaches and training staff will wear the Kick Childhood Cancer scarves during matches, and all players will have a Kick Childhood Cancer patch on their jersey. Each match in September will also feature yellow soccer nets and corner flags to promote awareness of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Kick Childhood Cancer scarves and other apparel will be available at and select in-stadium retailers, with proceeds benefitting Children’s Oncology Group. Fans will also have the opportunity to bid on exclusive Kick Childhood Cancer game-worn and autographed memorabilia.


Fans will also have the opportunity to support the overall MLS donation to Children’s Oncology Group. Throughout September, fans are encouraged to post images on Instagram and Twitter with their MLS scarves using the #ScarvesUp hashtag. For each post submitted, MLS will donate $1 to Children’s Oncology Group, and one submission will win a $250 gift card to View official submission details and rules.

Participation by club

Chicago Fire Sep. 3 vs Philadelphia
CHI's Matt Lampson explains personal significance of 'Kick Childhood Cancer' campaign
Colorado Rapids Oct. 1 vs Portland
Columbus Crew SC TBD
D.C. United Sep. 28 vs Columbus
FC Dallas Sep. 3 vs Portland
Houston Dynamo Sep. 24 vs Portland
LA Galaxy Sep. 3 vs Columbus
Montreal Impact Sep. 17 vs
New England Revolution Oct. 1 vs Sporting KC
New York City FC TBD
New York Red Bulls Sep. 24 vs Montreal
Orlando City SC Sep. 17 vs Columbus
Philadelphia Union Sep. 10 vs Montreal
Portland Timbers Sep. 10 vs RSL
Real Salt Lake Sep. 17 vs Houston
San Jose Earthquakes TBD
Seattle Sounders Sep. 28 vs Chicago
Sporting KC Sep. 18 vs LA
Toronto FC Sep. 28 vs Orlando
Vancouver Whitecaps Sep. 3 vs NY Red Bulls