Seattle Sounders defender Miguel Ibarra (11) leaps to head the ball against the Chicago Fire during a match on March 1 in Seattle. MLS is working to fill the void and help keep fans safe during a stop in play due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Ted S. Warren/AP)
Major League Soccer has launched a new MLS Unites initiative, showcasing all the league’s efforts in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The league released a video featuring teams and players throughout MLS offering support to fans and thanking doctors and other health workers who are helping fight the spread of COVID-19.
MLS also launched a new page on its website to host information about MLS Unites, including educational tools and its clubs’ community support efforts.
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— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 30, 2020
MLS Unites will focus on three areas — education, entertainment and community involvement. The league will continue to promote health and safety messages with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and other public health officials. With MLS play suspended through May, the platform will also offer content from around the league to entertain fans.
MLS also plans to showcase “community heroes” from each team’s market, highlighting a different hero each week.
“Bringing together our Major League Soccer community, all while staying apart, is the spirit of MLS Unites,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. “During this challenging moment in history, I know we can count on the MLS family to come together when we need each other most. Together with our fans, players, teams and partners, we will shine a light on what can be done, and on the heroes leading the way.”