Belmont resident is Community MVP

NEW YORK (July 8, 2011) - MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, and The Home Depot, the official home improvement retailer of MLS, will recognize 18 Community MVPs at the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday, July 27. One Community MVP was chosen to represent each MLS club and will be recognized for their outstanding dedication and commitment to making a difference and improving their local communities.

Winners will receive a $500 gift card provided by The Home Depot and a trip to the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Round-trip coach airfare will be provided by American Airlines and stays are courtesy of the Official Hotel Partner, Four Points by Sheraton. Official MLS merchandise will also be a part of the prize package along with a crystal award from Tiffany & Co. The MVPs will be recognized at a pre-game reception and during an on-field ceremony during halftime of the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. One grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 donation to the charity of their choice.

The grand prize winner will be chosen through an online voting process. In order to vote for their favorite MVP, fans should “like” MLS on Facebook ( and visit the MLS W.O.R.K.S. tab. Voting will take place from July 8 at 3:00 p.m. ET to July 22 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The grand prize winner will be announced with a special check presentation during the halftime recognition ceremony of the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star Game.

2011 MLS W.O.R.K.S./The Home Depot Community MVPs

Chicago Fire – Robert Kellam
Chivas USA – Eddi Ortiz
Colorado Rapids – Andrea Viarrial
Columbus Crew – Nellie Krumlauf
D.C. United – David Stellitano
FC Dallas – Sam Overton
Houston Dynamo – Nancy Shaddock
LA Galaxy – Matt McDonagh
New England Revolution – Holly John
New York Red Bulls – Robert Uvanovic
Philadelphia Union – Beth Stefanacci
Portland Timbers – Jill Dayton
Real Salt Lake – Kevin Bardsley
San Jose Earthquakes – Stuart Berman
Seattle Sounders FC – Lisa Drake
Sporting Kansas City – Nancy Simons
Toronto FC – Jennifer Weber
Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Gavin Hollett

Additional information on the winners can be found here on the MLS W.O.R.K.S. website.

About MLS W.O.R.K.S.
MLS W.O.R.K.S. is Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important social issues affecting young people and serves as a platform for both League and club philanthropic programs. MLS W.O.R.K.S. seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. A component of the MLS W.O.R.K.S. community service program, Unite. Volunteer. Serve., the MLS W.O.R.K.S./The Home Depot Community MVP contest seeks to identify MLS fans who are passionate about making a difference in the lives they touch and are dedicated to improving their communities.