MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer’s social responsibility platform, celebrated the 4th annual Greener Goals Week of Service from April 11 to Earth Day on April 22. MLS Club and League office staff volunteer their time and give back to the community in partnership with local charitable organizations.
In celebration of D.C. United’s first full season as the Anacostia River’s neighbor at Audi Field, the team worked with Earth Conservation Corps to beautify the land near the river. Earth Conservation Corps engages disadvantaged youth to help restore the neglected river and its watershed back to the graceful waterway it once was.
Homegrown players Chris Durkin and Donovan Pines, along with team staff, collected 103 pounds of trash and planted more than 100 wildflowers. They also took an educational boat tour to learn more about the river.
Additionally, all MLS clubs wore special adidas x Parley eco-friendly kits during Earth Day weekend. As part of the global adidas x Parley initiative, plastic waste collected on beaches and in coastal communities is transformed into high-performance sportswear. United wore the jerseys in their match against New York City FC on April 21 at Audi Field.