VOTE NOW: MLS WORKS Community MVP

10 July 4:48 pm

VOTE NOW: MLS WORKS Community MVP

By Rebecca Payne

Each season, MLS WORKS names Community MVPs from around the league who use soccer to help enhance their community. D.C. United's local MVP is Guy Perez of Richmond, Virginia.

VOTE NOW

Fans have the opportunity to vote to choose the Grand Prize winner. All votes must be submitted by July 12 at 5:00 p.m. ET and the winner is eligible for the below prize package:

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 donation to their charity of choice and a trip to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Trip for winner and one (1) guest to include:

  • Accommodations for two (2) nights Roundtrip coach airfare
  • Two (2) tickets to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Sporting Park on July 31
  • Recognition during 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game
  • One (1) 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Gift Bag

The Nominator of the Grand Prize winner and one (1) guest will also receieve a trip to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Trip for the nominator and one (1) guest to include the same elements outlined above for Grand Prize winner*.

*Nominator prize package does not include $10,000 donation.

About Perez

Guy Perez loves soccer. For most fans of the game, this would be enough. But, Guy has spent the last 20+ seasons coaching recreational players year round to love the game as well. Guy's coaching style is positive and he teaches his athletes to play the game, but, more importantly, to love the game. He embodies the true spirit of recreational soccer by adhering to equal playing time for all players as well as modeling and teaching positive sportsmanship and most importantly, having fun on the soccer field. One parent states that because of Coach Perez, "my daughter's love of soccer has been restored and she has never played with so much passion and effort”!

Guy is currently battling cancer and few know how gravely ill he truly is. He NEVER lets that stop him from being there for his players. He underwent major surgery recently and immediately upon his discharge headed out to the soccer field to coach his team. He has made a difference. He has truly inspired the close circle of people that know the seriousness of his illness and of his prognosis with his humble grace and unstoppable passion for soccer. The way he instills this in his players is by pure love and example. Guy's charity of choice is the Richmond Kickers which provides the opportunity for children with disabilities to play soccer.