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MLS Unites to Thank Frontline and Essential Workers

May 6, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) News Release

NEW YORK, N.Y. - As part of MLS Unites, a league-wide platform designed to educate communities, entertain fans and elevate heroic efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to celebrate the kickoff of National Nurses Week, Major League Soccer unveiled a series of programming to thank frontline and essential workers.

Aiming to rally and inspire the soccer world, MLS Unites programming this week focuses on how clubs, players, coaches, staff, partners and fans are thanking frontline and essential workers during this unprecedented time.

MLS Players Salute Healthcare Workers in "The Real Heroes Project"

Fourteen of the world's largest professional sports leagues united for an unprecedented first time to unveil "The Real Heroes Project" a collaborative initiative to recognize and celebrate healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Real Heroes Project" PSA debuted today, and features professional athletes, including Los Angeles Galaxy forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernández, Toronto FC and U.S. Men's National Team forward Jozy Altidore and Orlando City SC forward Nani, dedicating their jerseys to a special healthcare hero who is helping their community on the forefront of this global crisis.

Throughout the PSA and personal tributes, athletes will cover their name on their jerseys or uniforms and replace it with the name of their healthcare hero. For photos and videos of MLS players personal stories, as well as the PSA, click HERE and follow #TheRealHeroes.

Johnson & Johnson Donating MLS Tickets to Medical Professionals

Johnson & Johnson, MLS' Official Healthcare Partner, has been actively engaged in fighting pandemics for over a century and knows frontline health workers are integral to the global response to COVID-19. The current crisis is demonstrating the essential, tireless, innovative and too-often undervalued role of health care workers and ensuring strong, resilient health systems for everyone, everywhere.

Throughout the crisis, Johnson & Johnson has been delivering essential support to health workers on the frontline. When MLS is able to return to play before the league's passionate fans, Johnson & Johnson will contribute tickets to medical professionals for MLS matches in select communities. To join Johnson & Johnson in thanking and supporting frontline workers, make a donation to the American Nurses Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses online or by texting THANKS to 20222 to make a $10 donation.

For more information regarding how MLS' partners are supporting communities during the pandemic, visit

MLS Unites was launched in partnership with the Major League Soccer Players Association. For additional ways the initiative is thanking frontline workers, follow #MLSUnites. For more information on "MLS Unites," visit

A sampling of the way our clubs are positively impacting local communities is detailed below, with more to be featured on @MLS and @MLS WORKS, as well as club social platforms.

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