Now that was a night of soccer. The Western Conference playoff picture was solved in four quick hours on Sunday evening, and MLSsoccer.com editor in chief Greg Lalas and managing editor Jonah Freedman break it down in this Google+ Hangout.
This is your chance to win a signed 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game jersey!
During the broadcast on ESPN2 - Wed. July 25, at 8:30PM ET - we'll be testing your TV tune-in skills. Follow @MLS on Twitter and answer #MLSAllStar trivia questions during the broadcast. Be one of the first 25 people to tweet an eligible reply and you'll be entered into a drawing to win.
Replies must include @MLS, the hashtag #MLSAllStar, and the correct answer. You must also follow @MLS on Twitter. One winner per question will be randomly selected and notified by direct message. He/she must respond with a valid email address within 30 minutes of being notified to win, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
Official Social Media Giveaway Rules apply: http://www.mlssoccer.com/fans/social-media-giveaway-rules.
Say what you'd like about the current AT&T MLS All-Star Game format, one thing is for sure: It certainly lends itself well to a little trash talk.
We don't mind a little banter now and again here at MLS Digital, so with the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game coming up on Wednesday, we thought we'd give you a chance to do just that with a new Facebook app that allows you to write your own special message to the Chelsea crowd. Just try and keep it clean.
Best thing about all this is MLS Gear has joined in on the fun. They're going to be giving AT&T MLS All-Star jerseys to the masterminds of the five most popular posters, so make sure you tell all your friends about what you've just told Chelsea.
What if you're not one of the winners? Well, there's still a whole heap of fresh All-Star swag that you can pick up to remember Wednesday's match.
And for all the Chelsea supporters reading this, you can get in on the fun, too. We guess.
Here are a couple of our favorites so far. But the voting isn't up to us so click on the ones you like and give them a thumbs up.
We're rolling out the red carpet this year, and you don't need a press pass to participate. Join Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson, Vancouver Whitecaps defender Jay DeMerit, KICK TV personality and ex-USMNT player Jimmy Conrad, and MLS Commissioner Don Garber for our exclusive 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game Social Chat Series.
Whether you're a casual observer, an armchair analyst, a Jimmy Conrad superfan (okay he made us put that in) or a seasoned reporter, this is your opportunity to go keyboard-to-keyboard with the MLS folks you know and love.
|Sun. July 22||9:00 PM - 9:30 PM ET||Eddie Johnson||F||Seattle Sounders|
|Mon. July 23||9:00 PM - 9:30 PM ET||Jay DeMerit||D||Vancouver Whitecaps|
|Wed. July 25||1:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET||Jimmy Conrad||D||KICKTV, ex-USMNT|
|Wed. July 25||4:30 PM - 5:00 PM||Don Garber||C||Major League Soccer|
Mark your schedules with the dates, times and locations above, and follow us on Twitter for reminders as the chats approach.
On Friday, July 20 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and MLS Commissioner Don Garber will officially launch MLS All-Star Week by kicking off the MLS All-Star Giant Ball Tour on the famous steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The ball will be paraded through the streets of Philadelphia, led by a MLS-wrapped double-decker bus. The giant soccer ball will make coordinated stops at local Philadelphia special events, as well as iconic Philadelphia locations such as LOVE Park, City Hall and Penn’s Landing, where fans will be encouraged to sign the giant soccer ball.
Follow the Tour and Win
You can win 4 VIP tickets to the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 25 at PPL Park in Chester, PA.
To enter, simply tweet a photo of yourself, your family or friends with the giant ball and include the hashtags #MLSAllStar and #GiantBall. Each day from July 20-23, visit MLSsoccer.com/GiantBall or follow @MLS on Twitter to see which Philly landmark the Giant Ball will be visiting next. On July 24, one luck winner will be selected and notified by Direct Message.
You love rocking your favorite club's gear whenever you get the chance. At home, in the stadium, at the post office, wherever.
We know it, you know it and so does XBOX. That's why they're giving you the chance to win some awesome stuff by doing just that. All you need to do is show your pride, take a picture and head over to the MLS Fan of the Month Photo Contest homepage to submit your entry.
If your photo is judged to be the best out of all the others submitted by all the other fans of your club, you'll win the following:
--Five tickets to see your favorite club in action.
--A 3-month XBOX LIVE Gold membership
--Kinect Sports Game: Season One
And if your photo is selected as the best around the League for July, you'll get an XBOX 360 fully-equipped with a Kinect Sensor and Kinect Adventures Game.
Sounds good to us. Rep on.
This week marks Canada Day (July 1) and American Independence Day (July 4), and you know what that means: barbeques, tailgates, parades, friends and family. It's also an opportunity to thank the men and women in the armed forces who work to maintain our many freedoms every day.
Are you, or is someone you know, in the military?
If so, from 10:30 am - 11:59 pm ET on Tuesday, July 3, tweet us a photo @MLS wearing your favorite Major League Soccer team gear with a description of your role in the U.S. or Canadian armed forces. Be sure to include the hashtag #CelebrateFreedom. One random person will be selected from the first 10 eligible photos received to win an AT&T MLS All-Star jersey.
(UPDATE: Congrats to Philadelphia Union supporter @dixonij on being selected as the winner.) Check out the Facebook Album to see the photo submissions.
On the Fourth of July, we’ll feature our favorite photo submissions in a gallery on the MLS Facebook page. Please read our Official Social Media Giveaway rules to make sure you're eligible.
7 pm ET Montreal Impact vs. Sporting KC
9 pm ET FC Dallas vs. Toronto FC
9:30 pm ET Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
10 pm ET Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders
10:30 pm ET LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia Union
Now get to tweeting, we can't wait to see your photos!
We picked out a few of our favorites, below. Like them? Hate them? Think you could do better? Get over to Facebook and prove it.
Tune in to the San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy game tonight, June 30, at 10:00 PM ET on ESPN2 and find out which fans got it right.
KICK TV seems to be everywhere these days, so it's no surprise that they managed to get Chelsea star Salomon Kalou in front of the camera talking about Steve Nash's recent Showdown in Chinatown and his future in game.
Check out the video to hear what he has to say about MLS.
@MLS recently passed 100,000 followers on twitter, and we celebrated the moment by thanking those who made it possible... YOU, the fans!
We had lots and lots (and lots) of re-tweets and new follows, but the lucky winner was @madison_mccord. Here was his winning re-tweet:
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 23, 2012
Any guesses which jersey he selected? Thanks to all for playing, and hey, give Madison a follow back for us. Follow @madison_mccord