NEW YORK (July 18, 2019) – Major League Soccer has announced the finalists for the 2019 MLS WORKS Community MVP Contest presented by Wells Fargo, which recognizes individuals using soccer to make a difference in their community.
The Grand Prize winner, voted on by fans, will be announced on-field during halftime of the 2019 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target at Exploria Stadium in Orlando on July 31, and will receive a $25,000 donation for their selected charity.
Representing the Chicago Fire is Cynthia Gonzalez, a P.L.A.Y.S. coach and 6th-8th grade teacher at the Marquette School of Excellence. Gonzalez has actively been coaching soccer for the past seven years, and utilizes her platform as a coach to create sanctuary spaces for students to access other sports and express their individuality. Along with having fun, her goal is to promote the essential needs for making healthy food choices and promoting physical activity as part of a daily routine.
Each Community MVP finalist will receive two tickets to a 2019 MLS regular season match in their local market, a trip to MLS All-Star week in Orlando and a $1,000 donation for their selected charity.
Fans are encouraged to learn more about Gonzalez's work and vote for her to win the Grand Prize winner by visiting MLSsoccer.com/CommunityMVP and using the vote and Tweet buttons to cast their vote.
The voting period for the 2019 Community MVP Contest presented by Wells Fargo will closes on July 31 at 1:00 p.m. CT. The winner will be announced on-field during halftime of the 2019 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target.