How often can you call an All-Star Game historic? Ground-breaking? Or even revolutionary?
Well, the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game will classify as all of the above, no matter who wins the match or whether or not a goal is even scored.
Unless you've been under a rock these last few weeks, you've likely heard about the Smart Soccer revolution that's being pioneered by adidas through their miCoach technology.
It's science fiction meets soccer: The players are wearing devices that track details of their movements and their overall performance like it's never been seen before. All in real-time. Who's covering more ground? Who's the fastest player on the field? Who's working hardest?
Wednesday's match is the first-ever "Smart Soccer" match and fans at home will be able to experience it for themselves by following along on the adidas Facebook page (click here during the match).
Below is a sneak peek of what the data will look like. It's just a preview of what is to come next year when MLS becomes the world's first "smart league" with every game tracked this way.
When's the last time you've ever seen or heard Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich speak to the media?
So it comes as somewhat of a surprise to see the photo we stumbled on in this video, courtesy of Chelsea's New York Blues supporters club.
We'll see how loud these same fans are at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, when the European champs meet Paris Saint-Germain in the third of nine matches in the 2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge (7 p.m. ET).
Watch the video here:
There's no other way to put it.
Darren Mattocks posterized Logan Emory on Wednesday night like we've rarely ever seen in a professional soccer match (WATCH IT HERE).
It evoked memories of some of the greatest moments where men serve as mere hurdles on the path to a catch, dunk or in yesterday's case -- a header. Which one did you like best?
(Photos courtesy: Reuters, Getty Images and AP)
MLS: Darren Mattocks over Logan Emory
OLYMPICS: Vince Carter over Frederic Weis
NFL: Jerome Simpson over Daryl Washington
NBA: LeBron James over John Lucas
AFL: Andrew Walker over Jake Carlisle
This Pardo is a little faster and a lot younger.
Chicago Fire veteran Pável Pardo may be sharing his last name with a Colombian forward if reports from Colombia hold true.
This article states that soon-to-be 22-year-old forward Felipe Pardo has a standing offer from MLS after becoming surplus to requirements at Independiente Medellín in Colombia.
Venezuelan international defender Oswaldo Vizcarrondo could be leaving América for America.
The US may be the destination for the current Club América player, who is ready to leave Mexico for MLS, although Uruguayan side Peñarol have also stepped up the chase, according to Venezuelan media.
Vizcarrondo's representative, José Luis Luraschi, says he's awaiting formal offers to come through this week in order to evaluate them with Club América, who will reportedly be expecting some sort of compensation.
The irony will not be lost on D.C. United fans that without the help of their rivals, the LA Galaxy, there would probably have been no new investor announcement in DC.
New investor Jason Levien, one of the two additions to D.C.'s ownership group on Tuesday, talked about how it was a meeting with good friend and fellow Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Erick Thohir at a Galaxy match in Indonesia of all places, which led to the groundbreaking news for United fans.
Levien was in town for the 50th anniversary party thrown for Thohir's parents last November — "one for the ages," explained Levien — and it happened to be held the same week that the Galaxy made a stop on their Asian tour to face the Indonesian national team, a match set up by Thohir.
"We went to the game, the exhibition and that night we stayed up well into the night," Levien said. "And we really talked to each other and Erick had a strong conviction about soccer. And we shared a passion for it and a passion for MLS and having the opportunity through Major League Soccer to make a difference here in the United States.
"Through the late hours that night and the following days we sort of made a pact to do our best to try to invest in Major League Soccer," he continued. "Quickly our attention turned to Washington, D.C., and D.C. United."
The rest is history, as they say. And D.C. fans will always know they have the Galaxy to thank.
Joao Plata was at the "White House" on Friday afternoon and his former club in Toronto couldn't seem any farther away.
Although there has been no official word from Toronto FC, the Reds fan favorite was holding up a Liga de Quito jersey in a press conference held at the Ecuadorian club's Casa Blanca, where reports indicate he will remain through the end of the year.
Plata returned to Ecuador earlier this week unbeknownst to TFC, who were expecting him to show up to practice earlier this week although they admit they were investigating a potential loan deal with his former club.
The 20-year-old did not appear under new Toronto manager Paul Mariner, who took over for Aron Winter, and Plata told FutbolMLS.com earlier this week that he did not figure in the Englishman's plans.
But they were happy to have him in Ecuador, if this photo from Friday is any indication.
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Andriy Shevchenko has apparently made up his mind on where his future lies.
According to reports, the former AC Milan and Chelsea star will be returning to the English club to work for his good friend Roman Abramovich. This article cites the president of his most recent club Dynamo Kiev, who spilled the beans.
However, Shevchenko himself hasn't pronounced himself just yet. He's just undergone knee surgery after starring for Ukraine in Euro 2012 and he plans to rehab before going public on his final decision.
Three major titles in a span of five years.
Everyone is focused on what Spain has accomplished. But on the day after La Roja outclassed Italy in Kiev in the Euro 2012 final, there is also a distinct feeling that Spain could have done more.
No, 4-0 was plenty when it comes to the scoreline. But at 2-0 up, with the match well in hand, Spain really had a chance to transcend.
Italy had raised the white flag with 30 minutes to go. When midfielder Thiago Motta hobbled off the pitch, so too did any real Italian hopes of vanquishing the world champs. He was Italy's last sub and he was done. Italy were down to 10 men the rest of the way.
At that point the mighty Spaniards could have made the ultimate fair play gesture and voluntarily removed a player to even the field at 10-vs.-10.
Whether it was the recently introduced Pedro or even Cesc Fabregas, it wouldn't have mattered with a smattering of minutes left. They would still have won the game and they would have transcended like no team has since the 1970s Brazil side for a simple act of fair play.
They didn't. Instead they chose to keep pouring it on, bringing on two fresh subs who rounded out the score. It was akin to kicking at the cast of a person with a broken leg who just lost a crutch.
But there was one player in red who did opt for Fair Play this weekend.
In the first half of Toronto FC's 1-1 tie with the New York Red Bulls, Reggie Lambe could have easily hit the deck after he was tugged by New York defender Wilman Conde — it would have meant a red card ejection for Conde. Instead, the Bermudan international chose to stay on his feet. And people took notice. (Watch it here).
“[Lambe] is a young player and a very honest player,” TFC manager Paul Mariner said afterward. “Some players in the world would go down. If you want to be candid then we would have been playing 10 men then. In our position that would have been nice, but my hat goes off to him.”
Too bad we couldn't say the same for Spain.
Thanks to KickTV, this blog post is your one-stop shop for the salient highlights from the annual American soccer tradition that is the Steve Nash "Showdown in Chinatown."
When you're done watching all four videos, tell us which highlight you enjoyed most.
1. Steve Nash gets abused by ex-Crew midfielder Robbie Rogers:
2. Elton Brand with a stomach-turning whiff:
3. Jimmy Conrad shows them how it's done:
4. Mike Dunleavy, Jr. takes it like a man - in the face: