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Houston Dynamo Empowering Families to Improve Soccer Skills and Fitness from Home: This Week in MLS

April 27, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) News Release

As part of MLS Unites, a league-wide platform designed to educate communities, entertain fans and elevate heroic efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, Major League Soccer unveiled a week-long series of programming that highlights ways the soccer community coming together to learn, try, teach and experience new things.This week's MLS Unites programming focuses on how clubs, players, coaches, fans, partners and staff are discovering new activities, skills and talents, all while staying safe and at home.

Club Activations:

Atlanta United - Go behind-the-scenes and in the kitchen with midfielder Jeff Larentowicz and his son Sebastian. The duo teamed up to teach fans how to cook chicken-meatball and hummus tabbouleh bowls.

Chicago Fire FC - Fire midfielder Micheal Azira is continuing his education during this global health crisis. Working with league and club partner Southern New Hampshire University, Azira is pursuing his master's degree in sports management.

Colorado Rapids - Keegan Rosenberry, Rapids defender, provides fans an entertainment Master-ish Class on the art of cutting your own hair. Rosenberry first began cutting his teammates hair in college and continues to master his craft today with the help of his Rapids teammates.

Orlando City SC - City defender Kamal Miller is using this time of social distancing to share his passion for cooking with fans. In a digital series "Cooking With K Millz," fans can step inside his kitchen and learn his favorite recipe for a breakfast for champions including a healthy breakfast smoothie, pancakes, bacon and an omelet. as well as a delicious dinner of pasta with shrimp and mixed vegetable and mixed green salad.

Real Salt Lake - Every Monday, Real Salt Lake's Leo the Lion is posing a new STEM question to elementary and middle school students as part of their "Leo Wants to Know" program. Students can e-mail the club a 30 second video with their answer for a chance to win a Leo signed RSL jersey.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernández Records PSA for CDC

LA Galaxy forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernández, Mexico's all-time leading goal scorer, recently recorded a public service announcement for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health.

Houston Dynamo Empowering Families to Improve Soccer Skills and Fitness from Home

The Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash are empowering families to improve their soccer skills and stay physically fit from home with "Soccer Starts at Home". The free interactive program provides instructional videos that teach young children skills to increase their comfort with a soccer ball at their feet.

Parents are also encouraged to participate, creating a stronger connection to the game while bonding with their children. Former professional soccer player and world renowned teacher of the game Tom Byer created the program with the concepts of soccer skills and family integration in mind.

A new generation of soccer players could emerge from the program, and one day, they too could be a part of the Dynamo and Dash academies.

Sporting Kansas City duo dominate eMLS Tournament Special Week Two presented by Coca-Cola® and PlayStation® to Cruise to Champions Week on May 17

Sporting Kansas City's duo of homegrown midfielder Wan Kuzain and eMLS counterpart ALEKZANDUR dominated the competition, outscoring their opposition 11-0 to claim Week 2 of the eMLS Tournament Special presented by Coca-Cola® and PlayStation®. The Sporting pair first rolled past Minnesota United FC goalkeeper Tyler Miller and his eMLS club counterpart Jay Adams, then took down D.C. United midfielder Paul Arriola and eMLS player Mohamed 'KingCJ0' Diop to advance to the eMLS Tournament Special Champions Bracket on May 17.

As part of MLS Unites, a leaguewide platform designed to educate communities, entertain fans and elevate heroic efforts taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic, the eMLS Tournament Special is a five-episode series that pits 16 MLS clubs against each other in EA SPORTS™ FIFA 20 competition. Four clubs compete in each episode with the winning club from each of the first four weeks advancing to a Champions Bracket set to take place on Sunday, May 17. Clubs are represented by both an MLS player and eMLS professional FIFA player.

In Week 3 matchups this week, the New York Red Bulls, with Aaron Long and George Adamou, will take on crosstown rivals NYCFC, with Sean Johnson and Chris 'Didychrislito' Holly, followed by the Texas Derby featuring FC Dallas, with Fafa Picault and Ihab 'i9ibbs' Abualneel, facing the Houston Dynamo, with Memo Rodriguez and Guillermo 'Kid M3mito' Trevino. The winners of both matches will meet head-to-head to determine the Week 3 champion.

Your Name To Replace The Commissioner's On The MLS Match Ball?

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has accepted the All In Challenge. He was challenged by non-other than Bobbi Brown, professional makeup artist and founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

The ALL IN Challenge is a digital fundraiser powered by Fanatics that is aimed at combating food insecurity. The idea is to raise money through sweepstakes and auctions with celebrities, clubs and/or leagues giving memorabilia or experiences. One hundred percent of the money raised will be donated to All In Challenge charities: Feeding America, Meals On Wheels America, No Kid Hungry, World Central Kitchen.

The winner of Commissioner Garber's offer will have his or her name REPLACE the Commissioner's signature on the official MLS match balls when MLS returns to play.

The winner will receive their own versions of these commemorative official match balls and the remainder of these commemorative match-used balls will then be auctioned off to raise further funds for the "All In Challenge" charities.

The winner's name will also replace the Commissioner's signature on the 2021 MLS All-Star match ball, accompanied by an all-expenses paid VIP trip for four to attend the 2021 MLS All-Star Week (insider parties, skills challenge, the game, etc.).

The commissioner has now challenged: Kaka and all MLS Supporters to further bring together our soccer community during a time when we have to be physically apart. Below is a sampling of other All In Challenges from MLS clubs ...


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