Rapids Go Pink on October 5 as Part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

MLS and clubs will work to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and treatment

NEW YORK (September 26, 2013) – MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, today announced details for its 2013 breast cancer awareness campaign, an element of the Soccer Kicks Cancer platform.

MLS and its clubs will work to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and treatment during the month of October as part of the MLS WORKS initiative.

League games will be played with a commemorative pink adidas Prime 2013 Official Match Ball accompanied by pink corner flags, pink goal nets and pink Soccer Kicks Cancer fieldboards.

The Professional Referee Organization (PRO) match officials will join MLS players in wearing MLS WORKS pink ribbon patches on their jerseys in addition to pink adidas sweat bands, and pink shoe laces.

The starting eleven players for both teams will don MLS WORKS pink ribbon t-shirts during the procession and national anthem while goalkeepers will receive pink uniforms and gloves for club selected breast cancer awareness games.

Gatorade has donated pink sideline towels to support the campaign and coaching staffs have been provided with pink MLS WORKS knit scarves.

MLS will also auction off game memorabilia, including autographed match balls and select player-worn t-shirts and jerseys, online at MLSsoccer.com/works beginning on October 14.  A portion of the proceeds from national fundraising efforts will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the United States and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in Canada.

The MLS WORKS national campaign kicks off on September 28 as Toronto FC host D.C. United at BMO Field (1:00 p.m. ET, MLS Live). Home and visiting teams alike will participate in the MLS WORKS activation during the below games while additional efforts by individual MLS clubs, including in-stadium auctions and recognition ceremonies for local survivors, will take place during club selected breast cancer awareness matches.

Date

Match

Stadium                   

Broadcast

Sat., Sept. 28                              

Toronto FC vs. D.C. United

BMO Field

TSN / RDS2 / MLS Live

               

New England Revolution vs. Houston Dynamo

Gillette Stadium

MLS Live

Fri., Oct. 4

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire

RFK Stadium

NBC Sports Network / TSN2

 

Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact

BBVA Compass Stadium

MLS Live

Sat., Oct. 5

New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution

Red Bull Arena

MLS Live

                     

Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC

PPL Park  

TSN2 / MLS Live

         

Columbus Crew vs. Sporting Kansas City

Columbus Crew Stadium

MLS Live

 

Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas

Rio Tinto Stadium

MLS Live

                              

Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders FC

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

NBC Sports Network / TSN2

Sun., Oct. 6   

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Portland Timbers

BC Place

MLS Live

 

LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA

Stub Hub Center             

UniMas

Wed., Oct. 9

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 

CenturyLink Field             

TSN/RDS2 /  MLS Live

Sat., Oct. 12

Montreal Impact vs. New England Revolution

Stade Saputo

TSN/RDS / MLS Live

 

FC Dallas vs. Chicago Fire

FC Dallas Stadium

MLS Live

Fri., Oct. 18

Sporting Kansas City vs. D.C. United

Sporting Park

NBC Sports Network / TSN2

Sat., Oct. 19

Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC

Toyota Park

TSN2 / RDS

Sat., Oct. 26

San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas

Buck Shaw Stadium

NBC Sports Network

ABOUT MLS WORKS

MLS WORKS is Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important social issues and serves as a platform for both League and club philanthropic programs. MLS WORKS seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. For more information visit the website at www.MLSsoccer.com/mlsworks or follow us on Twitter (@MLSWORKS).