MLS is supporting the relief efforts surrounding hurricane Sandy's aftermath and is encouraging fans to donate. Major League Soccer has posted links to both the American Red Cross and Canadian Red Cross with recommendations for how fans can help. Only one team in the league has been impacted by the storms, but MLS is still making an effort to get everyone involved.
How Major League Soccer Fans can Help
MLS W.O.R.K.S. has provided information for fans searching to help the hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Major League Soccer is supporting the American Red Cross and Canadian Red Cross at this time. Fans are being encouraged to donate blood or money directly to these organizations. The league has included links to their websites and information on texting a $10 donation. The Red Cross accepts monetary donations from its web site, text messages, phone calls or traditional mail.
Each team in MLS has also been supporting the relief efforts online, and several have turned to Twitter to promote the issue. The New York Red Bulls posted the link to the MLS W.O.R.K.S. update on the Red Cross on Oct. 31. The Philadelphia Union are encouraging fans to make "an immediate blood donation or donate $10" through Twitter. The Portland Timbers have also tweeted a message of support for the victims of Sandy and included links for fans to donate.
One Stadium Affected by Hurricane Sandy
MLS has been fortunate that only one team has been affected by hurricane Sandy, and the damage has not been severe. The New York Red Bulls are the only club that has reported any issues at this point. Red Bull Arena escaped the flooding and wind damage that other areas experienced during the storms, but electricity remains an issue for the stadium.
The Red Bull Arena's officials have confirmed that the "pitch was fully covered and did not experience flooding." However, the stadium still does not have power, and generators cannot handle the Oct. 3 game. MLS has decided to move the match with D.C. United to RFK Stadium, and switch the home game dates for the two teams.
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