WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Major League Soccer Players Association Tuesday announced that Jacori Hayes of Minnesota United FC has been elected to serve as a member of its executive board.

The board is the decision and policy-making body of the MLSPA with its members serving as the organization’s chief officers.

MLSPA player representatives voted to elect Jacori to serve a three-year term. He joins the eight other members of the board, filling the ninth spot that became vacant upon the retirement of former Red Bulls and Inter Miami CF goalkeeper Luis Robles.

“I’m very happy to be on the executive board of the MLSPA and looking forward to collaborating with the staff and player representatives,” Hayes said in a statement. “My goal is to advocate for the best working conditions for our current and future players.”

Hayes is also a member of Black Players for Change.

“I want to congratulate Jacori on his election and thank him for making the commitment to serve his fellow players and help guide us during this important period,” MLSPA executive director Bob Foose said in a statement. “The work and leadership of our executive board members is the foundation of what makes the MLSPA what it is today.”


Current MLSPA Executive Board: 
Jalil Anibaba (Nashville SC)
Scott Caldwell (New England Revolution)
Ethan Finlay (Minnesota United FC)
Jacori Hayes (Minnesota United FC)
Clint Irwin (Colorado Rapids)
Mark-Anthony Kaye (Colorado Rapids)
Eric Miller (Nashville SC)
Patrick Mullins (Toronto FC)
Victor Ulloa (Inter Miami CF)

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