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andrew wiebe

12 June 12:25 pm

 

*A previous version of this story claimed 500,000 Salvadorans welcomed Mexico at their hotel. After further review, the original article states around 1,500 were in attendance. Use online translation services with extreme caution.

You probably thought the US would have it bad in Guatemala City, what with the normal torments experienced by American sides venturing down to Central America.

But that appears to be strictly child's play when compared to the reception Mexico is getting in El Salvador. According to MedioTiempo.com, somewhere around 1,500 Salvadorans* gathered at El Tri's hotel on Monday night in San Salvador to make sure the team that arrives at Estadio Cuscatlán on Tuesday is running on as little sleep as possible. Google Translate tells me that the crowd banged drums, sang songs inapproriate for this space and set off rockets throughout the night, while also killing time by "jiggling" the cars that had the unfortune to turn up the wrong street.

You know, a normal Monday night with Mexico in town.

Now, I'm not entirely sure I buy the claim that the gathering drew 500,000 people essentially a fifth of the city's metro population but The video and photos paint a pretty clear picture. The Salvadoran fans mean business, and Mexico haven't even walked out of the tunnel yet.

11 June 1:15 pm

It may have gotten lost outside Philadelphia with Euro 2012 hogging the headlines, but rumors swirled this weekend that Union head coach Peter Nowak had put his name in the hat for the managerial opening at Scottish Premier League side Hearts.

Nowak was quick to deny the claims, but that doesn't mean the Edinburgh Evening News' Barry Anderson is backing off his report, coming out on Twitter to make his position clear.

So who to believe? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

11 June 12:05 pm

Jimmy Conrad is a lucky man.

Somehow he convinced the powers that be to send him to Euro 2012 accompanied by a couple video cameras, leading to widespread envy around the MLS digital offices.

Then, during the mayhem before Sunday's Spain-Italy match in Gdansk, he miraculously managed to purchase an elusive ticket to one of the biggest matches of the group stages – a tactical masterclass between the tiki-taka Spaniards and doggedly pragmatic Italians. In the process, he scammed a bunch of unsuspecting fans into handing out hugs and generally cavorted around the city doing his best to share the experience with the rest of us.

It's just not fair, but at least Conrad is sending footage of his adventures back for all of us to enjoy. Even if it feels like he's just rubbing it in sometimes.

Part 1 - Spain vs. Italy: Hugs, Kisses & Craziness

Part 2 - Spain vs. Italy: Spain Supporters Section

04 June 1:50 pm

Buriram United

Anthony Ampaipitakwong's new home is Thunder Castle.

More accurately, San Jose are in negotiations with Thai Premier League side Buriram United over the transfer of Ampaipitakwong to the reigning league champions, which are also known as Thunder Castle and have a stadium to cement that impressive moniker (see above).

All in all, it looks like a solid move for Ampaipitakwong, who was on the outside looking in during his time with the Quakes. He heads to a team with Asian Champions League ambitions, a sweet nickname and a 24,000-seat stadium worthy of the Thunder Castle brand. Buriram United even have an English-language website, meaning Ampai's fans in the United States can follow his every move.

01 June 4:56 pm

They aren't even top half of their own league – ninth of 12 teams in the Gran Liga de Oxnard to be exact – but Cal FC are playing on the big stage.

Fox Soccer announced Friday that they would be televising the US Open Cup fourth round match between Cal FC, which is coached by Eric Wynalda, and the Seattle Sounders at Starfire Stadium (correction: The story previously stated incorrectly that the game would be played at CenturyLink Field) live on Tuesday (10 pm ET). In other words, Cinderella is going to the ball and a camera crew will be following her around to document the whole thing.

That's good news for US Open Cup aficionados, of which there seem to be many in the early stages of the 2012 competition. Don't go betting the farm on Cal FC just yet though. They may have knocked off a Portland side that couldn't hit the broad side of a barn, but the three-time defending champions are up next and aren't likely to be so wasteful.

Still, they'll get their moment in the spotlight with plenty of reason to believe they can compete at the very least.

29 May 5:03 pm

Schellas Hyndman is not a man worth messing with. Fortunately for MLS fans, comprehensive video backing that assertion up pops up from time to time.

The latest proof that pushing Hyndman too far is a terrible, no good, very bad idea comes from this video of the FC Dallas manager dropping a grown man to his knees with barely a touch. Hyndman was taking part in a radio interview that turned from soccer to, apparently, submission moves, prompting the black belt to demonstrate on one of his interviewers.

In case you were unaware of the former SMU head coach’s martial arts prowess, read this story from 2008 detailing Hyndman’s upbringing and eventual status as a master of self-defense. It’s fascinating stuff.

And in case you need further proof, here is a well-worn video that cements Hyndman as MLS’ toughest head coach (you can skip ahead to the 16-second mark).

07 May 3:24 pm

As you can see above, Clint Dempsey is a company man, even if there is significant doubt as to his long-term future with Fulham.

Dempsey scored his 17th goal of the EPL campaign on Sunday – a total that trails only Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Agüero – by curling a free kick into the top corner in the London club's 2-1 victory against Sunderland.

And with the silly season rapidly approaching, media on the other side of the pond are already rounding into mid-summer form, linking the American striker with a move to Arsenal – potentially as a replacement for van Persie should the lure of Manchester City or another big-money suitor draw the Dutchman away.

Should that come off, it's safe to say the Gunners are going to have a serious uptick in interest in the US. Then again, Arsenal's Champions League credentials aren't yet secured either, leaving some doubt about their summer strategy and their ability to attract the big names needed to return to the highest rung on the European ladder.

Personally, I'd love to see an American ply their trade in La Liga, and this article makes a pretty convincing argument that Malaga wouldn't be a bad destination for Deuce.

Where would you do if you were Dempsey? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

04 May 1:01 pm

Sporting Kansas City's Bobby Convey is neck deep in bath water and surrounded by quite the ambiance (lit candles included) for another edition of #FollowFriday.

How on earth the fine folks at Sporting KC managed to convince the club's new winger to push the envelope even further from a few weeks ago is beyond me. That said, the results are incredible.

Convey clearly doesn't care about Twitter, which obviously makes him a minority in the KC locker room. It seems lap dogs, bathrobes and bubble baths are more his style. I can't begrudge that, even if I can't remember the last time I took an honest-to-goodness bath.

Showers for the win. As Chance Myers would say, #raaaaaaa.

19 April 3:15 pm

Harry Redknapp may yet get his wish for goal-line technology, and if he does, Major League Soccer is likely to be at the forefront of the effort to develop it.

Speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday, Commissioner Don Garber said MLS would like the be a test league for goal-line technology once it is approved by the International Football Association Board, which could come as soon as July.

“We’re interested in being a test league and we hope that we could achieve that,” Garber told the APSE. “I would be open to whatever it is that could be done to ensure that we have goal-line technology.”

The English Premier League is expected to use the technology during the 2012-13 season.

Garber also discussed MLS’ interest in Spanish forward Raul Gonzalez, and the league’s continued focus on placing a team in the New York area as well as the “auction-like” process to choose an owner.

Check out the full story here. In the meantime, tell us what you think in the poll.

WATCH: MLS goal-line decisions in real time

13 April 12:22 pm

It doesn't get much better than this for soccer fans in Houston -- well, until BBVA Compass Stadium actually opens its doors that is.

Just a month remains until the Dynamo become the latest MLS side to play in their own venue, which is looking better and better by the day.

Check out this local news report to get a glimpse of the club's new locker room and a handful of the views that Houston fans can look forward to on May 12 against D.C. United. Safe to say there is going to be a lot of envious fans out there.