MLS takes time out to give thanks
Kim, Emerson and Maddux -- and their continued good health. On the field, I'd say that I'm thankful for MLS and eight great years with the Chicago Fire."
Chicago Fire head coach Dave Sarachan:
"I'm most thankful for having a supportive family and being able to get up each day and look forward to going to a job that I enjoy. I'm also thankful how well our group of players came together throughout this last season and for working for what I think is the best organization in Major League Soccer."
Chicago Fire defender Jack Stewart:
"I'm thankful for getting the opportunity to be in Chicago and play for this great club and be around a great set of guys like we have here on the Fire. And I'm thankful for having a good first season with the team. Off the field I'm thankful for being in good health and spending time with family and friends this offseason. It's been awhile since I've seen my family, so it'll be great to reconnect with them."
Chivas USA forward Juan Pablo García:
"I'm thankful for my life, for living another year, for having the opportunity to play such a beautiful sport and to have the experience of playing abroad and thanks to MLS for giving me this opportunity."
Chivas USA midfielder Mike Muñoz:
"I'm thankful for my job, thankful that I'm going to spend Thanksgiving with my family. I haven't been able to spend Thanksgiving with them for the past four years, so I'm thankful that I get to be home."
Chivas USA defender-midfielder Orlando Pérez:
"I'm thankful for my health and for my family. My wife and I are expecting our second child; she's healthy, the baby's healthy, I couldn't ask for more."
Chivas USA forward Matt Taylor:
"I'm thankful for my health and for my family, for everything that I have here today and that I get to play soccer for a living."
Chivas USA forward Arturo Torres:
"I'm thankful for my family, my parents. I'm thankful for my life, to be living, to have a job and thankful for having the strength to keep working hard."
D.C. United defender Bobby Boswell:
"I'm thankful for my family for being so good to me and for my friends. I'm also thankful for the physical and mental gifts I've been given that allow me to play a professional sport. Finally, I'm thankful to the community who has accepted and embraced me in D.C."
D.C. United forward Alecko Eskandarian:
"I'm thankful for my amazing family who has always been there for me no matter what the circumstances. And I'm thankful for my true friends who have stuck with me in good times and in bad. I'm thankful for being able to do what I love as my job. I could name things all day -- I have a lot to be thankful for."
D.C. United midfielder Josh Gros:
"I'm thankful for my family, first of all. I'm also thankful that when Thanksgiving comes around it means it's hunting season. But, most of all, I thank God for every day that I'm alive."
D.C. United goalkeeper Nick Rimando:
"I'm thankful for food, well being, the soldiers in Iraq and for being with my family during the holiday. I'm also very thankful for my soon-to-be wife, Jacqui."
FC Dallas goalkeeper Jeff Cassar:
"I am so thankful that I get to spend this Thanksgiving with my family, and my fiancé, and that I get to make a living playing the game that I love."
FC Dallas defender Clarence Goodson:
"I'm thankful that I have the chance to go home and see all of the family members that I haven't seen in a long time, and that I get to take my girlfriend with me this year so that we can enjoy this day together. I'm also thankful that I'm healthy and able to play this game."
FC Dallas midfielder Simo Valakari:
"I'm most thankful that, after a long and hard season, I now have some time off to spend with my family. I was away from them a lot during the season, so now I'm just enjoying this time that we get to spend together."
FC Dallas midfielder Richard Mulrooney:
"I'm so thankful to be blessed to have the lifestyle that I have. To have everything that I have around me, the family, friends, the support system, I wouldn't change a thing. For everything that God has given me I am just so thankful. It's hard to properly put it into words."
FC Dallas forward Aaron Pitchkolan:
"I'm just happy to be able to go home, see my family and enjoy our time together because we haven't been able to do that in a while."
FC Dallas midfielder Ramon Nuñez:
"I'm most thankful for my family. They've been there for me every step of not just my soccer career, but my entire life and I'm so grateful for their love and support."
FC Dallas General Manager Michael Hitchcock:
"I'm am so very thankful for the unbelievable opportunity to be a general manager in the best market in Major League Soccer and I am so excited that we were able to host MLS Cup at our beautiful new home, Pizza Hut Park, and share that wonderful day with all the thousands of fans who have supported this franchise through all of the years."
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Mamba Chisoni:
"I am thankful for having the chance to win the MLS Cup championship. I am thankful that I have enough health to get up every day. I am thankful for my family at home in Zimbabwe and for my second family, all the people associated with the Los Angeles Galaxy organization."
Los Angeles Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant:
"I am thankful for the number two; this year we recorded the double by winning both the U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup, plus it's my jersey number and it has been very good to me this year. I'm also quite thankful for Netflix -- now I have something do in the offseason -- I have started watching a recent season of '24' and have a long way to go, but I know I can take my time thanks to this service."
Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Steve Sampson:
"I am most thankful for God for giving me the opportunity to provide for my family. I am also thankful to be associated with the Galaxy and very thankful to be associated with all the fine players that led us to two championships. And of course for my health and the health of my family."
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Peter Vagenas:
"I am very thankful for my family and fiancée."
MetroStars midfielder Michael Bradley:
"I'm thankful for the time I get to spend with my family throughout the holidays and the offseason."
MetroStars midfielder Mark Lisi:
"This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for my family and friends and all the troops serving our country overseas."
MetroStars defender Tim Ward:
"I am thankful for my family and friends and all the food that is going to be on the dinner table."
Real Salt Lake defender Chris Brown:
"I am thankful for my family, friends, the Real organization, the fans of Real, Interpol, The Killers, and the XBOX 360."
Real Salt Lake defender Gustavo Cabrera:
"I thank God for giving me life and also for all the many wonderful blessings that he has given me as a soccer player. I thank God for my wife, for my sons and for my parents, who are still alive. I thank everyone (fans, players, coaches, etc.) who have given me more confidence here at Real Salt Lake. I ask God to bless them, hope they are successful in everything that the do and wish them the best."
Real Salt Lake forward Jordan Cila:
"I'm thankful to be able to spend the holidays with the people that mean the most to me in the world -- my family, friends, and girlfriend. I'm looking forward to going home -- New York -- for Thanksgiving."
Real Salt Lake midfielder Kenny Cutler:
"I'm thankful for the friendships I have developed with my teammates and the opportunity to play at the professional level. Also, I'm thankful for Thanksgiving Pointe Golf Club."
Real Salt Lake midfielder Leslie "Tiger" Fitzpatrick:
"I am thankful for the health and prosperity of all my family, friends, and teammates, and of course last but not least, Trinidad and Tobago finally making it to the World Cup."
Real Salt Lake midfielder Adolfo Gregorio:
"What am I thankful for ... This year I'm am thankful to spend thanksgiving with my family. I haven't had a chance to spend it with them in the last five years. In those years I was playing in playoff games with UCLA and last year I was in England. Also, my grandfather's health isn't the best and I'm thankful to spend time with him and all my family, uncles, aunts, cousins. Thanksgiving is celebrated in my grandparents' house and it's a great holiday that the whole family gets together and has a big feast. Also, I get to spend it with a special person that has come into my life and be with her during the holiday... so I'm thankful to spend time with my family and Linda."
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Jay Nolly:
"I am thankful for living in Utah so I can fly fish and golf in my spare time. Thankful for being a goalie so I don't have to run all game. Thankful for my family, friends, teammates, and the fans that cheer us on."
Real Salt Lake General Manager Steve Pastorino:
"Our three little ones (Lucca, Declan and Sophia) mean everything to Teri and me. We are very thankful for our very energetic household."
Real Salt Lake midfielder Seth Trembly:
"I'm thankful for the health and safety of my friends and family this past year. I am also thankful for my health, a season with few injuries and the opportunity to do what I love."
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.