NEW YORK – MLS NEXT and DoorDash today announced the six recipients of MLS NEXT Delivering Access presented by DoorDash, a program benefitting MLS NEXT clubs by providing financial resources that advance soccer communities throughout the MLS NEXT system. DoorDash will provide $25,000 to each of the following six clubs – Chula Vista FC, KSA, L.A. United Futbol Academy, Queen City Mutiny, San Francisco Seals, and Tormenta FC.
After uncovering stories of exceptional self-sacrifice by members of the soccer community, MLS NEXT Delivering Access presented by DoorDash contributes annual funding to soccer communities across the MLS NEXT ecosystem. Clubs submitted their stories demonstrating the grassroots efforts made by players, staff, families, and local communities, with the six recipients selected by a four-person review panel. MLS club academies were not eligible to receive the funds that are provided to enhance and support non-MLS affiliated clubs.
MLS NEXT Delivering Access presented by DoorDash Recipients:
Chula Vista FC (Chula Vista, Calif.)
Located on the border of the United States and Mexico, many Chula Vista FC coaches and players live in Tijuana, Mexico, due to the high cost of living in San Diego County. The club offers financial aid to a third of its families and Delivering Access funds will be used to continue that aid.
“The MLS NEXT Delivering Access presented by DoorDash funds will allow our club to continue delivering a professional training environment in a community with many needs. This award will allow us to keep up with costs to maintain top fields, coaches, and equipment to compete at the highest level in MLS NEXT. Thank you to DoorDash and MLS NEXT for creating this program, which will help our club immensely. – Academy Director, J Hector Diaz.
KSA (Lilburn, Ga.)
KSA supports the Black and refugee communities in Georgia’s DeKalb County by providing referee certifications, opportunities to work and a safe space to grow and develop. KSA aims to prevent youth from getting into trouble while creating a pathway for players to earn college scholarships and professional contracts. Delivering Access funds will help with travel and transportation costs associated with attending MLS NEXT showcases across the country.
“We’re really excited and grateful for this. We serve many underprivileged kids and help them travel to so many great MLS NEXT events, but it can be difficult at times. With…