Hector Solorio
Photo by Pete Romano

Major League Soccer today announced the MLS WORKS Community MVPs recognized for making a positive impact in MLS markets across the country, including local Sporting Kansas City supporter Hector Solorio.

The MLS WORKS Community MVPs Program presented by Wells Fargo provides a platform for MLS clubs and their fans to nominate individuals for going above and beyond to serve their communities. A total of 27 Community MVPs have been selected, one representing each MLS club, and each Community MVP receives a prize package that includes a donation to a charity of their choice and MLS merchandise.

Solorio, a longtime KC Cauldron member and founder of the supporters group La Barra KC, is a small business owner in historic northeast Kansas City and an active leader within the region’s Latino community as a Mexican-American immigrant. A father of six, he established 816 SFC Futbol Club and volunteers his time at the local youth soccer organization to create a safe, inclusive environment for players to grow and develop into the best version of themselves on and off the field. For kids without the financial resources to participate, Solorio personally sponsors underprivileged youth to provide equitable opportunities.

Solorio has selected Ryogoku Soccer Academy to receive a $5,000 donation with $2,500 contributed by Major League Soccer and Wells Fargo in addition to $2,500 in matching funds from The Victory Project. Ryōgoku Soccer Academy is a local non-profit that provides an all-encompassing educational experience that serves to enhance the community.

“Hector is the life of the party in the Supporters’ Stand at Children's Mercy Park. His enthusiasm for the game and how he brings people together in his community is admirable,” said Sporting Kansas City Manager of Community Programs Chioma Atanmo. “He’s an advocate for marginalized communities and is invested in doing all he can to help advance kids forward.”

Visit MLSsoccer.com/CommunityMVP for information on all 27 recipients of this year’s Community MVP recognition.

Sporting KC Community MVPs
2021: Hector Solorio
2020: Brooke Wiens
2019: Wendy Louque
2018: Ann Murphy
2017: Mariya Dostzadah
2016: Julio Gutierrez
2015: Renee Terrill
2014: Brandi Leggett
2013: Rob Million
2012: David Belpedio
2011: Nancy Simons

Major League Soccer is dedicated to addressing important social issues and improving communities where we live and play our games. Through MLS WORKS, the League’s social responsibility platform, Major League Soccer and its clubs seek to enrich the lives of those in need across the United States and Canada. To learn more visit MLSsoccer.com/MLSWORKSand follow @MLSWORKS on Twitter and Instagram.