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MLS W.O.R.K.S. Launches Campaign to Support Relief Efforts for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

MLS W.O.R.K.S. Launches Campaign to SupportRelief Efforts for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Funds Raised in Online Auction to be Donated to Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund


NEW YORK(March 15, 2011) MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, today announced a League-wide campaign to support the American and Canadian Red Cross disaster relief efforts following the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last week.


“On behalf of Major League Soccer and all of our Clubs, I would like to express our deepest sympathy and extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “MLS is pleased to be working with the Red Cross to provide the MLS family with the opportunity to make a donation to those in need.”


MLS and its Clubs are raising awareness and funds and encourage fans throughout the League to support the Red Cross and their efforts, as MLS kicks off its 16th season tonightwith MLS First Kick presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods.


Donations can be made in the United States by texting REDCROSS to 90999 or donating online at or in Canada by texting ASIA to 30333 or donating online at


MLS fans will also have the opportunity to bid on autographed memorabilia at Funds raised from the online auction will be donated to the Red Cross disaster relief fund.


The 2011 MLS season kicks off tonight as the LA Galaxy travel to face the Seattle Sounders at 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, All 18 Clubs are in action during MLS First Kick presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods. For a complete MLS schedule, click here.


About MLS W.O.R.K.S.

MLS W.O.R.K.S. is Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important social issues affecting young people and serves as a platform for League and club philanthropic programs.  MLS W.O.R.K.S. seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. For more information visit the website at


About Major League Soccer

Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. MLS features many stars from the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Major League Soccer’s 16th season, which will feature 18 clubs each playing 34 regular season matches, will kick off on Tuesday, March 15, 2011. Those clubs include Chicago Fire; Chivas USA; 2010 MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids; Columbus Crew; D.C. United; FC Dallas; Houston Dynamo; LA Galaxy; New York Red Bulls; New England Revolution; Philadelphia Union; Real Salt Lake; San Jose Earthquakes; Seattle Sounders FC; Sporting Kansas City; Toronto FC; and, in their inaugural seasons, Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps. An expansion team in Montreal will debut in 2012. For more information about MLS, log on to the League’s official website at