2022 Unified Team

Leveraging the power of sport, MLS WORKS, ESPN and Special Olympics have teamed up to promote an environment of social inclusion, which is aligned with the League's Soccer For All platform. Cornerstone to the collaboration is the Special Olympics Unified Sports® Soccer Exchange Program, uniting individuals with intellectual disabilities (Special Olympics athletes) and individuals without intellectual disabilities (Unified partners) as members of one team.

MLS Unified soccer teams travel for exhibition matches, scheduled in conjunction with MLS first-team matches, to reinforce inclusivity and showcase the talents and abilities to MLS fans. MLS clubs provide authentic MLS first-team experiences such as signing days, jersey unveils, practices and scrimmages with MLS front office staff and first-team players, and game day recognition. Unified teams are outfitted in authentic uniforms provided by adidas.

A highlight of each season is the Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Game, presented by MLS WORKS and ESPN. One Special Olympics athlete and one Unified partner are selected to represent their MLS club during MLS All-Star Week. The experience culminates in a competitive East versus West, 11 versus 11, Special Olympics Unified Sports Soccer Game.

2022 Unified Team Results
June 25, 2022
Houston Dynamo FC Unified vs Chicago Fire Unified
1-3
July 9, 2022
Houston Dynamo FC Unified vs FC Dallas Unified
1-0
Hannah Levi

Hannah Levi

Hannah Levi is a 20-year-old from Pasadena, Texas. She like playing for the team because she gets to play against other teams from around the country. A fun fact about Hannah is that she loves to Doodle!

Robert Levi

Robert Levi

Robert Levi is an 18-year-old from Pasadena, Texas. He likes playing for the team because he gets to hang out with his two best friends, Onelle and Tristan. A fun fact about Robert is that he is more computer-savvy that most people!

Ivan Ortiz

Ivan Ortiz

Ivan Ortiz is a 17-year-old from Pasadena, Texas. His favorite soccer position is left back or left wing. He likes playing for the team because he gets to learn new skills and play with new people. A fun fact about Ivan is that he enjoys the bonds he makes with others.

Ivan Soto

Ivan Soto

Ivan Soto is a 22-year-old from Katy, Texas. His favorite soccer positions are left wing, right wing, and striker. He likes playing for the team because everyone is friendly. Ivan’s favorite Dynamo player is Boniek García. A fun fact about Ivan is that he likes dogs.

Jesus Nones

Jesus Nones

Jesus Nones a 24-year-old from Katy, Texas. His favorite soccer position is winger. He likes playing for the team because he always wanted to play for a MLS team and the Houston Dynamo FC are one of his favorites. A fun fact about Jesus is that he really likes the Houston Dynamo FC jersey.

Julio Vargas

Julio Vargas

Julio Vargas is a 19-year-old from Mexico. His favorite soccer position is forward. He likes playing for the team because it is his favorite team to play for. Julio’s favorite Dynamo player is Memo Rodriguez. A fun fact about Julio is that he likes to play soccer.

Kayleigh Dayson

Kayleigh Dayson

Kayleigh Dyson is a 16-year-old from Deer Park, Texas. Her favorite soccer position is wing. She likes playing for the team because she likes meeting new people and making new friends. A fun fact about Kayleigh is that she has 20 pets.

Mark Anton

Mark Anton

Mark Anton is a 16-year-old from Deer Park, Texas. His favorite soccer position is center back. He likes playing for the team because he enjoys helping out and having fun! A fun fact about Mark is that his is in orchestra and plays football.

Onelle Copeland

Onelle Copeland

Onelle Copeland is a 24-year-old from Houston, Texas. His favorite soccer position is defender. He likes playing for the team because he likes running. Onelle’s favorite Dynamo player is Joe Willis. A fun fact about Onelle is that he likes to eat Mexican food.

Paulo Alvarez

Paulo Alvarez

Paulo Alvarez is a 22-year-old from Houston, Texas. His favorite soccer position is goalkeeper. He likes playing for the team because of the opportunity to play and meet new people. Paulo’s favorite Dynamo player is Joe Willis. A fun fact about Paulo is that he loves scary movies and his favorite one is the new Conjuring movie.

Ray Olsen

Ray Olsen

Ray Olsen is an 18-year-old from Houston, Texas. He likes playing for the team because he gets to spend time with his friends. A fun fact about Ray is that he loves to watch trains with his dad.

Tristan Spencer

Tristan Spencer

Tristan Spencer is a 19-year-old from Houston, Texas. His favorite soccer position is guard. He likes playing for the team because he gets to meet so many people. Some fun facts about Tristan Is that he likes to read about mythology, tell jokes, collect pens, and he got his first name from the movie, Legends of the Fall.

Zachary Allen

Zachary Allen

Zachary Allen is a 24-year-old from Humble, Texas. His favorites soccer position is defense. He likes playing for the team because it is fun! A fun fact about Zachary is that he likes basketball.

Markus Kelly

Markus Kelly is a 27-year-old from Houston, Texas. His favorite position to play is striker. He likes playing for the team because he loves the feeling when he scores goals. Markus’ fun fact is that he loves to meet new people.