NEW YORK – Major League Soccer Monday night unveiled MLS Unites, a league-wide platform that highlights all of the efforts that MLS players, coaches, clubs and the league are doing to address the important messages and programs taking place during the Coronravirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The new initiative was launched in partnership with the Major League Soccer Players Association. MLS WORKS, the league’s social responsibility platform, also is involved.

As part of MLS Unites, the league will have a series of programs involving MLS clubs, players, coaches, staff, partners and fans, that will encompass the following:

* Educate and inform fans on the importance of key health and safety messaging.

* Provide some fun and engaging content featuring MLS players that will keep them connected to fans and drive relevance during the postponement of the season.

* Showcase and celebrate community “heroes,” those who are fighting the pandemic on the frontlines.

“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.”

The first element of MLS Unites was unveiled this afternoon with a VIDEO featuring social content from MLS players and coaches. In addition, a website dedicated to the new initiative can be found at https://www.mlssoccer.com/mlsunites.

MLS clubs, players, coaches, fans, partners and staff also are joining forces on social media to celebrate community heroes fighting on the frontlines and thanking doctors, nurses and all healthcare professionals in conjunction with National Doctors’ Day in the United States. Fans are invited to join the league in MLS Unites with their ideas, work, contributions, and creativity, and on social media using #MLSUnites.

Here are examples of what MLS is doing:

Elevate

MLS WORKS will highlight those in communities across the U.S. and Canada that are making a difference in the fight against COVID-19 through a Community Heroes program. More details to come at a later date.

Educate

MLS is consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Canada, infectious disease specialists and other public health entities to receive and share the most updated information and guidance. A guide about COVID-19 information for fans can be found at mlssoccer.com/2020/covid-19, including a six-step graphic on how to prevent the spread, along with mental health information and coping tips, ways to support relief efforts and more.

Entertain

MLS is joining with its media partners in the U.S., Canada and throughout the world to bring a programming plan to fans in the coming weeks. MLS is using technology to bring the soccer community together through an enhanced fan engagement plan featuring programming and new content experiences. Each week classic MLS matches and new original programming will air across partner broadcast and digital channels as well as across MLSsoccer.com, the MLS app and MLS social channels.