It wasn't that the Goats' midfielder is now sporting a mustache. That's no big deal in this age of Movember and hipster irony.
No, it's the style. Gavin's 'stache is downright stylish. It's Salvador Dali-esque, with a twist of Rollie Fingers and a whisp of Errol Flynn. It should be honored by the American Mustache Institute.
Anyway, it got us thinking about some of the other mustaches in recent MLS history, such as David Horst's "Horstache" or Heath Pearce's homage to John Oates or even Sacha Kljestan's Inspector Clouseau look.
And of course, we then had to know: Which is the best?
Branden Steineckert plays drums for Rancid. That, by definition, rocks. That he is an avid soccer fan and a passionate Real Salt Lake supporter rocks even harder.
But the fact that he's such a geniune, cool, down-to-earth guy who wants to encourage people to express themselves, that's punk.
I met Branden when I was in Salt Lake City a few months ago. He was sitting in the back of a town-hall meeting between the supporter groups and RSL brass. At some point, the supporters brought up their dislike of the song played at Rio Tinto Stadium whenever the home side scores. "It's lame," one person said.
Naturally, everyone in the room eventually turned to the guy in the back who tours the world as a musician.
Steineckert didn't hesitate to give his opinion. But he didn't opine on the music. He didn't say the current goal song was bad or that another song would be better. No, instead, he challenged his fellow RSL supporters.
"Let's come up with something of our own," he said.
Just saw the news that Wales manager Chris Coleman -- the guy who first brought USMNT striker Clint Dempsey to Fulham, and now thinks he's ready for a bigger club -- called up Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale for the Welsh side's friendly against Mexico later this month in New York. The two sides will square off on May 27 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
Bale might just be my favorite player outside of MLS. (I'll keep my favorites in MLS to myself, thank you very much.) His mix of speed, power, magic, and doggedness consistently fill me with awe. It all seems so artistic, which is probably why I also love this short animated film about him, that was done by a Spurs fan named Richard Swarbrick.
Landon Donovan's goal versus Algeria in the 2010 World Cup lives on. For USMNT fans, it's going to live in the memory for a long time.
And now we can all re-live it via this video from a former MLSsoccer.com intern named Albert Lanzillo. Inspired by English artist Richard Swarbrick's gorgeous animated film about Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale, Albert made his animation for a school project.
Don't know about you, but we'll give him an A.
We haven't heard much about Bobby Burling in recent months, not since the onetime San Jose Earthquakes defender was selected by the Montreal Impact in last fall's expansion draft and declined to join the new club.
The 27-year-old obviously has plenty of playing years left, but for now he's been doing some traveling, including stopping in to visit his friend Sacha Kljestan.
— Sacha Kljestan (@SachaKljestan) May 8, 2012
So is Kljestan -- or should we call him Superman? -- going to help Burling get a gig somewhere in Belgium?
Feliz Cinco de Mayo a todos!
There haven't been too many Mexicans to grace the fields of MLS, but there have been some very good ones.
KickTV's Jimmy Conrad counts down the Top 5 Mexicans alltime in MLS.
On Wednesday, Seattle Sounders striker Fredy Montero smashed a 35-yard goal in the club's 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy. It was one of those "Wow!" moments that has people still talking.
But it sure seemed familiar, didn't it?
Of course, it did. Because Montero himself did nearly the exact same thing about three years ago.
Which one do you like more?
What are the chances that the MLS All-Star team will be facing the Champions League trophy winners come July?
The odds certainly improved when Chelsea beat Barcelona in the semifinals this week. They will next face Bayern Munich -- who beat Real Madrid on Wednesday -- in the Champions League final.
Once that's done, though, Chelsea will turn their attention to their US tour, which will, of course, include the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, July 25, at PPL Park outside of Philadelphia.
You want to be there, don't you? Well, tickets went on presale starting today.
CLICK HERE to get tickets via the VISA presale.
Let's play a game of "Name That Soccer Nation!"
- Yellow jerseys = ?
- Blue jerseys = ?
- Light-blue-and-white-striped jerseys = ?
You got them right, didn't you? Because Brazil, Italy, and Argentina have long-defined aesthetic identities. You turn on the TV and if one of them -- or Holland or Spain or Germany -- is playing, you can recognize them without even a second glance. In other words, you know what those jerseys stand for before you even hear who is wearing them.
Now think back over the past couple of decades of US jerseys. How many can you remember?
The denim kit, of course. Novelty is always easy. There was a sash or two, I think, but I'm not sure I remember the color of said sashes. Then there was that gun-metal gray thing that still makes me think the designer spilled mercury on his keyboard when he was typing in the CMYK code.
Anyway, on Monday, US Soccer revealed the latest new US national team jersey, as they do every two years or so. To be perfectly honest, I don't mind it. It's got decent colors, a little character, and with apologies to FC Dallas is relatively unique on the international stage.
But then again, I didn't mind any of the other ones.
And that's the point: None of them ever sticks around long enough for me to care one way or the other. Which seems to suggest that the US lacks a true identity. I guess that's part of what Jurgen Klinsmann talks about when he talks about "finding the American style" and all that other stuff. Maybe, just maybe, he'll convince the federaion that to truly ever define the American style of playing, it would be good once and for all to define the American style of dressing.