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All-Time Bracket Opens Tuesday during MLS Jersey Week presented by adidas - This Week in MLS

Best MLS Jersey of All-Time Bracket Opens Tuesday during MLS Jersey Week presented by adidas (May 18-24)
Threads are the ultimate form of creative expressions of fandom, and MLS Jersey Week presented by adidas is placing front and center a unique series of programming dedicated to just that – the kit. As MLS clubs, players, fans and others are showcasing their team affinity and providing in-depth stories about their favorite kits, the hype heats up on Tuesday with the launch of fan voting for the Best MLS Jersey of All-Time Bracket via MLS Twitter, as a highlight to an already exciting week.
 
Set to settle a longstanding debate, the Best MLS Jersey of All-Time Bracket features 32 jerseys nominated by each club and wild card selections from jersey culture influencers, Classic Football Shirts. Round-by-round the field will be narrowed until a winner is revealed on Sunday, May 24 on MLSsoccer.com and MLS social platforms.
 
MLS Jersey Week presented by adidas begins Monday, when the #JerseySwapChallenge dives into firsthand player video accounts of post-match jersey trades before ending the work week with #FlyKitFriday fan posts of supporters rocking their gear from around the league. On Saturday and Sunday, fans can create their own custom digital club jerseys in Instagram Stories and Snapchat for a chance to see their submissions make it onto league and club channels.
 
For more information on MLS Jersey Week presented by adidas, visit MLS Media Resources.
 
 
Houston’s Christian Ramirez joins Honey Bunches of Oats for goal of 300,000 meals through #ScoreforMore campaign
Coinciding with this week’s MLS Unites programming, which celebrates creativity, Houston Dynamo forward Christian Ramirez has teamed up with Major League Soccer’s official cereal partner Honey Bunches of Oats on the #ScoreforMore social media campaign. The campaign – which benefits Feed the Children – is enlisting the entire soccer community to score goals on unique and creative goalposts, ranging from trees and cones to garage doors and anything that comes to the imagination. For every goal shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the #ScoreforMore hashtag, Honey Bunches of Oats will donate $10 to supplement 60 meals through Feed the Children, with the goal of supplementing 300,000 meals.
 
For more information on Honey Bunches of Oats and MLS’ “Score for More” campaign, visit honeybunchesofoats.com/score-for-more/.
 
For more information regarding how MLS’ partners are supporting communities during the pandemic, visit mlssoccer.com/mls-partners-unite
 
 
James Sands path from elite youth player to starting NYCFC center back
New York City FC 19-year-old defender James Sands’ ascension from academy player to starting center back for last season’s Eastern Conference regular season leaders is emblematic of a potential path to the pros Major League Soccer envisions for youth players throughout the country. Sands, who signed as the first Homegrown Player in club history in 2017 after two years in NYCFC’s academy, arrived to the club after spending five years with elite youth side New York Soccer Club.
 
Last week, Major League Soccer announced an new elite youth development platform with 95 participating academies across the country, including NYCFC and New York Soccer Club. The elite year-round competition will promote maximizing player’s potential with an emphasis on developing professional players in a similar path that Sands took to NYCFC.
 
Complementing the elite player pathway is a partnership between MLS and the U.S. Youth Soccer Association (USYS) that will focus on the individual player pathway, providing players with resources and a clear pathway regardless of their location or financial resources.
 
 
Player Across MLS Happy to Participate in Voluntary Individual Workouts
Players across Major League Soccer continue to participate in voluntary individual workouts and have offered their thoughts on the process and their experiences.
 
CLICK HERE for all club soundbytes and b-roll from individual workouts.
 
“I was really excited just to get back on the grass and get my senses back on the field. It was really nice to see my teammates as well from afar. It was tough and we’re ready to get back after it tomorrow.”
 
“Everyone is at a different level, because we haven’t worked together, but similar levels. I see the majority of the group at a good level. And the ones that maybe aren’t at the best level, they’re not too far off, they’re going to get there soon. I think we’re in a good range for the circumstance. Whatever it is in the MLS schedule that we’ve got to be ready to compete for coming up, I think we’re going to be ready for that next step.”
 
“Body is feeling all right because it’s not the same as practicing at home. Thankful for the training field and to run. At least you see your friends, your teammates and have a good day. I’m a bit tired, to be honest.”
 
 
Media Availabilities This Week Around MLS
Below are additional media availabilities from around the league.

Monday, May 18
5 p.m. ET – Real Salt Lake Midfielder Giuseppe Rossi
Video Media Conference Call | Join via Zoom 
Meeting ID: 624 830 3309
Password: 051820
Contact Taran Meyer (tmeyer@rsl.com) for further information.

Wednesday, May 20
2:30 p.m. ET – Sporting Kansas City Manager and Sporting Director Peter Vermes
Video Media Conference Call | Join via Zoom
Contact Rob Thomson (RThomson@sportingkc.com) if planning to participate.
 
 
Sleeper-Keeper: Atlanta United Tucks in Another Trophy
Atlanta United President Darren Eales was sleeping a little easier on Sunday night with a new trophy in tow after the duo of Franco Escobar and Paulo Neto earned the club its fourth piece of hardware in its young four-year existence. The crowning champions won the eMLS Tournament Special presented by Coca-Cola® and PlayStation® during a five-week, first-of-its-kind competition that saw Atlanta United defeat both New York City FC and Sporting Kansas City on Championship Sunday. 
 
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Eales has a comedic history of wishing “Sweet Dreams, Atlanta” to Five-Stripes’ faithful by sharing a Twitter post of him snuggled up tightly to each new trophy, adding to the title winning victory posts from MLS Cup (2018), Campeones Cup (2019) and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (2019).
 
As a result of Atlanta United’s eMLS victory, a donation will be made by MLS WORKS and FOX Sports to Feeding America on behalf of Atlanta United, with MLS WORKS also contributing to Food Banks Canada.
 

 

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