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29 March 6:28 pm

It wasn't MLSsoccer.com interviewing him after a league loss, so NYRB's Thierry Henry was in a good mood for this Fox Business talk in which he revealed an interesting tidbit.

"It wasn't a business decision [his arrival to MLS]," he said. "Since I was 17 or 18 I said to myself one day I'll come play in MLS and I want to play for a team in New York. I love New York."

He's not lying. We worked out the math to see if this statement was true: He was born on August 17, 1977 which would have made him 18 when MLS celebrated its first kickoff in April 1996.

But since this was a business interview, he contributed an opinion as to why European soccer telecasts enjoy relatively solid ratings in the USA: no competition from other US sports on Saturday mornings.

It's worth sticking around until the very end of this video clip. The co-anchor does her best David Beckham impersonation. Really?

29 March 5:47 pm

It's official.

The Portland Timbers' third kit that won rave reviews over the offseason will make its official debut against Real Salt Lake this weekend (Saturday, 10 p.m. ET, MLS LIVE).

As if the match-up between the two teams wasn't attractive enough.

What's your favorite Timbers jersey? Vote in the poll below.

20 March 4:30 pm

Yes, Toronto FC defender Ty Harden was embarrassed on the first goal by the Seattle Sounders last Saturday. But Sounders boss Sigi Schmid was just injecting salt in the wound with this comment that was picked up by Seattle Times beat writer Joshua Mayers:

No doubt it was a sick move. Watch it again here:

18 March 2:18 am

You'll find yourself playing this video a few times. It's that rare and good.

During a regularly scheduled live in-game interview, Portland Timbers play-by-play man John Strong asks manager John Spencer about his decision to bring on halftime sub Darlington Nagbe. You couldn't script his answer any better:

16 March 9:43 am

Set your DVRs for this Sunday night's edition of ESPN Deportes Sportscenter (10 p.m. ET) for a look into the Chicago Fire like you've never seen before.

Get a sneak preview of this "All-Access" feature that has Pavel Pardo as its primary subject but gives more than a few looks at the rest of the squad.

14 March 12:02 pm

Even Portland Timbers supporters will find the humor in this video clip that the New England Revolution produced to promote their home opener.

The only question we have: It took Slyde 20 minutes to handle that guy in the Timbers scarf?

14 March 11:47 am

The Montreal Impact may be a brand new expansion club, but they have a leg up on most of the other MLS teams in one department: documentaries.

A new soccer documentary -- "L'Impact vers la MLS" -- is set to launch on Thursday night March 15 and it gives the exclusive, inside scoop leading up to the Impact's MLS debut.The film crew followed the team's every step from California, Florida and Montreal.

This week's broadcast will be the first of five 30-minute episodes that will run on Thursdays from March 15 through April 12 on TVA sports. Here's a teaser:

L’Impact vers la MLS | TOXA from TOXA on Vimeo.

27 February 11:03 pm

One of the hot topics around the soccersphere today was news of sanctions levied against supporters of the Houston Dynamo. Below is the letter sent from MLS to leaders of the Houston Dynamo supporters groups on Monday. According to MLS spokesperson Will Kuhns, this is not the first time that an MLS supporters group’s privileges have been suspended for behavior issues. In the letter, you will see that the incidents at issue occurred during road games, and that the sanctions apply only to road games.
 

Major League Soccer and its Clubs are committed to the growth of a vibrant and healthy environment in our stadiums.  We are focused on fostering a League-wide culture that embraces the passion of our core fans. That passion however, must be displayed in a responsible manner that is in accordance with the MLS Fan Code of Conduct.
 
This letter serves to address several violations of the MLS Fan Code of Conduct committed by Dynamo supporters at the following events:
1.     MLS Cup, Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center (November 20, 2011): Violations of the MLS Fan Code of Conduct included
a.     multiple illegal smoke bombs were brought into the stadium, ignited and thrown onto the field
b.    various objects that presented a safety risk thrown onto the field in the direction of players and stadium personnel
c.     obscene language and gestures by multiple supporters
2.     Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City at LIVESTRONG Park (November 6th, 2011): Violation of the MLS Fan Code of Conduct included
a.     a prohibited smoke bomb that was brought into the stadium and ignited
3.     Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park (September 24, 2011): Violations of the MLS Fan Code of Conduct included
a.     a prohibited smoke bomb that was brought into the stadium and ignited
 
As of March 1, Dynamo traveling supporters will not be permitted to utilize items listed as Supporter Group Exemptions in the MLS Prohibited Items policy (e.g. flags, banners, confetti, drums). This sanction shall continue to be in effect until otherwise notified by MLS; provided, however, that at a minimum it shall apply to the following games:
1.     Houston Dynamo vs. Chivas at the Home Depot Center (March 11, 2012)
2.     Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City at LIVESTRONG Park (July 7, 2012)
 
The decision to impose this sanction is based on the League-wide position that misconduct at any MLS event can affect a fan’s standing at other MLS facilities. MLS will not tolerate behavior which threatens the safety of any fan, stadium employee or match participant. The actions of just a few individuals can influence the perception of all of our supporters, clubs and League.
 
After the opening of BBVA Compass Stadium on May 12, 2012, the League will evaluate whether to lift the ban on the previously stated privileges. The following factors will be considered in determining the ultimate length of this restriction:
 
1.     Supporter conduct at 2012 MLS away games
2.     Supporter conduct at BBVA Compass Stadium
3.     Implementation of a supporter charter
4.     Formation of an effective leadership system for all Dynamo supporters that is recognized by the club
 
The League is encouraged by the ongoing discussion between the Dynamo supporters and the front office to learn from past events and prevent them in the future. While regrettable that these incidents took place, it is our hope that 2012 marks the year that such misconduct is a thing of the past so that we can return to our focus of supporting the Texian Army, El Battallon, Brickwall Firm, La Bateria and any other legitimate group supporting the Dynamo.
 
 

21 February 11:09 am

There aren't many jobs in MLS, or for that matter in the professional soccer world in the United States and Canada. So, if you want one, you might as well give yourself the best chance possible by getting the training you need.

For salespeople, that means heading up to Blaine, Minnesota, to the MLS National Sales Center. Founded in 2011 to train salespeople specifically to succeed in the soccer industry, the NSC is like a front-office equivalent to the development academies each MLS club has established.

"We give a 'selling foundation' to aspiring salespeople that will effectively prepare them to sell for MLS clubs," says NSC founder Bryant Pfeiffer. "This is a big contributor to our desire to sell out every MLS stadium."

The NSC is currently looking for applicants for its next session, which begins in March. Trainees accepted into the program, which lasts up to four months, receive a stipend to help offset the coasts of room and board in Minnesota. There are also opportunities to earn commission while attending the program.

But it is the training and the door-opening opportunity that is most valuable. In addition to the real-life sales experience of selling for MLS clubs, trainees benefit from instructional feedback from audio and video analysis and innovative coaching from local improv theatre instructors. After each month, those who qualify are given the opportunity to apply their training through the selling of season, group and mini-plan ticket packages and are offered a job interview with participating MLS clubs.

Already, 60 NSC graduates have gone on to get jobs at MLS clubs.

"Our belief is that the graduates of the program can not only make a fast impact in growing the game," Pfeiffer says, "but also become dominant salespeople at the same time."

For more information or to apply go to www.mlsnationalsalescenter.com.

14 February 11:12 am

It looks like there could be the new road kit for the USMNT in 2012-13.

Eurosport last night leaked an image of what looks like the future of the US kits, with plenty of turn-back-the-clock feeling.

Could this possibly be a throw-back of sorts to the old-school denim kit from the 1994 World Cup (right)? Take a look (The Denim Kit).