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16 May 1:06 pm

So MSNBC host Chuck Todd may not be the biggest fan of MLS, or soccer in general. But is that really a reason to make snide comments about the LA Galaxy’s trip to see President Obama at the White House to be congratulated for their 2011 MLS Cup triumph on Tuesday?

As Todd read out the President’s daily schedule during The Daily Rundown, he quipped in a slightly bemused tone:

“As you can see, he… welcomes the Major League Soccer champions? All you LA Galaxy fans out there– does this mean Beckham shows up? I’m not sure. Is he really a member of the Galaxy or not?” 

Todd went on to say, “No more soccer references. I promise.”

Fernando Fiore, host of the most popular sports show on Univisión (República Deportiva), took Todd’s comments to heart and reached out to Twitter to air his distain at the comments.

Fiore also tweeted in Spanish, “I am watching MSNBC and the commentary from a Mr. Chuck Todd over the LA Galaxy White House visit is deprecating. Why? Ignorance.”

You be the judge regarding Todd’s comments. For now it seems the beef is brewing between Mr. Todd and Señor Fiore.

Stay tuned, this could get meaty.

(Video courtesy of Mediaite.com)

15 May 4:57 pm

Dan Gargan usually paints to find an escape from his day job, but the Chicago Fire defender mixed his two passions in a piece he painted for Wednesday’s “Art of Futbol” Gallery showing in Chicago, which takes place on Wednesday and benefits the Chicago Fire Foundation.

Gargan’s piece is called “The Beautiful Game,” and is an abstract vision of what Gargan believes soccer embodies.

“It’s pretty simple,” Gargan told MLSsoccer.com. “It’s got a bunch of flowers in it. When I think of the game, there’s just a bunch of different ways you can express yourself through the game.

"I feel like no one person’s expression or interpretation of the game is the same, and that’s reminiscent of how flowers are. They’re all unique, and they’re all beautiful in their own way.”

Gargan has loved painting since he was a kid, and he minored in studio art at Georgetown University.

Most of his painting nowadays comes in the offseason. His paintings usually end up somewhere in his apartment or in a family member’s home, but a few players around MLS have asked him to paint for them.

This offseason, Colorado forward Conor Casey, Gargan’s former teammate, gave him a wall in his home to use as his canvas.

“He’s always been a big fan of my art,” Gargan said. “He gave me a wall and said, ‘Go for it.’”

Gargan is working on a web site to promote his art work, which he said should be up in the next few weeks.

The Fire defender is hoping people will be interested in his work, and is excited about Wednesday’s showing, which takes place from 7 to 9 pm CT at Society Art Gallery in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.

But he’s perfectly fine if painting remains just a hobby.

“What I’m getting out of it right now is exactly what I’m looking for,” Gargan said. “That’s the ability to step away from soccer and just have fun with it. It gives me a lot of joy and a lot of happiness to me and my friends and my family. If it was to get bigger, or people were interested in it, that’s great. But it’s more of just an outlet for me.”

15 May 3:42 pm

Lately, Osvaldo Alonso has been the most-talked-about defensive midfielder in MLS, praised for his outstanding development on both the defensive and offensive side of the ball. This past weekend however, Alonso struggled to get anything going offensively.

When looking at his passes – successful and unsuccessful (image below) – you can see that nearly every attempt to contribute offensively was immediately shutdown by the RSL defense.

Alonso is great at starting the attack, but isn’t the ideal player you want on the ball in the final third. Out of 51 completed passes, he connected with Mauro Rosales the most – 12 times. This is something opposing teams should look to limit going forward.

Because Alonso plays so deep he rarely gets involved in the attack. This is the main reason why he hasn’t scored more than 6 points in Fantasy Soccer: Manager this season. He’s very consistent, but he probably won’t get you that 8-10 point game anytime soon.

One thing we have to credit Alonso for is his ability to keep the game moving. He doesn’t slow down play with meaningless “back passes” – something several other holding midfielders are known for. His defending skills and counter-attacking ability make him exceptionally unique when comparing players at this position. If he can add some offensive qualities to his game, he’ll add even more value to an already potent attacking core.

14 May 11:40 am

Vainqueur à Seattle, Salt Lake réalise en compagnie de New York la bonne opération d’une journée lors de laquelle San José et Kansas City ont aussi perdu des plumes.

Disputant son cinquième match en 15 jours (et après avoir gagné les quatre premiers), Seattle s’est incliné par le plus petit écart contre Salt Lake, suite à un but d’Espindola qui attribue sa forme actuelle aux joies de la paternité. La formation de l’Utah prend ses distances en tête du classement.

En effet, Kansas City a subi à Chicago sa troisième défaite consécutive, suite à des décisions arbitrales qui ont provoqué la colère de Peter Vermes. Pour sa part, San José a perdu deux points chez lui contre Chivas USA, et aurait concédé la défaite si Gordon n’avait pas sauvé les meubles dans les derniers instants.

Du coup, New York rejoint le peloton de tête, grâce à sa victoire à Philadelphie marquée par le retour réussi de Rafa Marquez et l’exclusion de Freddy Adu.

À Houston, la fête ne fut pas seulement sportive : l’inauguration du nouveau stade a dépassé toutes les attentes, et Brad Davis a encore confirmé son importance dans l’équipe en marquant le but de la victoire contre DC United.

Événement aussi à Montréal, où plus de 60 000 personnes ont assisté au nul de l’Impact contre le LA Galaxy.

LES RÉSULTATS
Montréal - LA Galaxy
Houston - DC United
New England - Vancouver
Columbus - Dallas
Chicago - Kansas City
Seattle - Salt Lake
Philadelphie - New York
San José - Chivas USA

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4-1
2-1
2-1
0-1
2-3
1-1
Cliquez sur un résultat pour voir le résumé vidéo

 

11 May 1:29 pm

En la edición de esta semana del podcast Tiro Libre tuvimos como invitados a dos jugadores colombianos de experiencia que tienen algo en común: ambos han vestido los colores de su selección nacional… pero hace tiempo.

Tressor Moreno y Nelson Rivas ahora le ofrecen su talento a la MLS y ambos jugadores no pierden la esperanza de que el seleccionador de Colombia José Pekerman le de una miradita a lo que pasa en la MLS.

ESCUCHA: MORENO Y RIVAS EN TIRO LIBRE

Moreno es una de las razones por las cuales su equipo está en los primeros lugares de la liga, por encima del Galaxy de Beckham, Donovan y Keane, entre otros. Por su parte, Rivas jugó su primer partido para Montreal el fin de semana anterior, en un juego donde el club de expansión sorprendió a los líderes del Este, Sporting Kansas City, con un contundente 2-0 como visitantes. El defensa colombiano fue señalado por la prensa como uno de los mejores de su equipo.

Aun así, si ambos colombianos llegarán a mantener su ritmo y a ser los mejores en la MLS, ¿les llegaría el llamado?

Colombia es un país particularmente conocido por no reconocer el nivel de la MLS, lo cual es gracioso cuando se toma en cuenta que es el país que más ofrece jugadores internacionales a esta liga. Países como Honduras, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Irlanda y por supuesto Estados Unidos, entre otros, miran al talento de sus países en la MLS y lo convocan. ¿Por qué no Colombia?

Este tema se puede ir para largo, entonces paro ahí, pero los dejo con la encuesta: ¿Crees que Tressor Moreno y Nelson Rivas tengan chances de regresar a su selección?

11 May 12:55 pm

This week, US internationals pose all over Europe for photos, a soccer journalist examines a bizzarre photo of Arshavin, and Charlie Davies takes FIFA 12 to a whole new level.

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US International Kljestan won his first trophy, as Anderlecht clinched the Belgian League title. This photo is very, well, euro. We like it. Congrats Sacha.

Former D.C. United striker Davies is back in France with Sochaux. He is causing all kinds of damage with his brother, over a video game.

Soccer journalist and presenter of the Best Soccer show, Davis gave three alternatives for photo captions which should have been used in this photo of Arshavin celebrating. Hilarious!

Gooch is looking suave in this magazine shoot for the latest edition of Men's Health in Portugal. Usually that kind of glance strikes fear into the opposition, but don't worry he's not angry, the US center back is in the zone for his close-up.

Martino is a thoughtful husband and a wonderful color commentator on NBC Sports Network. (P.S. check out his Twitter avatar, was this the result of his shaving mishap?!)

If you see a soccer tweet that should be included in our top five, be sure to send it to the @MLS_Insider!

11 May 12:04 pm

Un sommet sportif à Seattle, l’inauguration du nouveau stade de Houston et un possible record à Montréal : la journée à venir ne manque pas de centres d’intérêt.

Pour la venue du champion en titre, on pourrait voir plus de 60 000 spectateurs au Stade olympique de Montréal, soit davantage qu’au premier match. Devant les caméras de RDS et TSN, l’Impact doit faire oublier sa débâcle à Toronto. Le LA Galaxy aura peut-être déjà la tête à la Maison-Blanche, où il sera reçu par Barack Obama mardi.

Sur NBC Sports Network, Houston inaugurera le flambant neuf BBVA Compass Stadium face à DC United. Pour leur premier match à domicile de la saison, les Texans veulent offrir une victoire à leurs supporters pour les récompenser de leur patience.

Le sommet sportif aura lieu à Seattle où l’équipe qui a perdu le moins de points accueillera Salt Lake, celle qui en compte le plus. Les joueurs de l’Utah voudront confirmer leur bon match défensif à Chicago et se méfient de Fredy Montero, généralement inspiré devant son public. À Chicago, Kansas City tentera d’éviter une troisième défaite consécutive.

À ne pas manquer dimanche : la visite de New York à Philadelphie (direct ESPN2, TSN2 et ESPN Deportes) ainsi que San José, et son attaque percutante, contre Chivas USA à l’antenne de Galavision.

LE PROGRAMME COMPLET
Samedi 12 mai
16h00 : Montréal - LA Galaxy
16h30 : Houston - DC United
19h30 : New England - Vancouver
19h30 : Columbus - Dallas
20h30 : Chicago - Kansas City
22h00 : Seattle - Salt Lake
Dimanche 13 mai
12h15 : Philadelphie - New York
19h00 : San José - Chivas USA

Toutes les heures HE (heure de New York et Montréal)
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10 May 5:50 pm

Ok, so I don't actually know where to start with this. Other than to say, this is amazingly awkward and I loved every single second of it.

Hermes, a former capo for the Portland Timbers, will have you in tears with his deadpan wit in this great new series “Off Pitch with Hermes.”

Above is Episode 3, but you can watch all the episodes on the Timbers website by clicking here.

I think Hermes says it best, when he states “do not be afraid of your own greatness!” Well, Hermes, we think your pretty great, so ummm....don’t be afraid.

09 May 1:43 pm

Take a few minutes of your time to watch New York Red Bulls and US national team star Juan Agudelo talk about his childhood memories playing the game he loves – badminton.

Just kidding.

No offense to badminton, but Agudelo has grown up with soccer on the brain since, apparently, birth. 

His first word was one you'd expect from a soccer obsessed child, instead of uttering "Mom" or "Dad" Agudelo screamed "Goooooaaal!"

As a youngster, the lightning-quick winger also scribbled a note on the back wall of his closet, a reminder to help make his dream become a reality:

"John pro soccer player. If God lets me or if he wants me to. Or maybe a pro basketball player. It's all up to me and God."

The video is part of Team Kellogg's new series "Start Stories," which looks at how young US athletes got started in the sport they now get paid to play.

08 May 4:22 pm

You can't help but respect Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch for immersing himself in the local culture of Quebec, an effort that centers on the French lessons the former US national team assistant is currently taking.

Montreal’s man in charge is keen to speak the natives; language and the Impact’s video staff followed him along to his latest French lesson to spy on his progress.

The title of the video roughly translates to “Jesse Marsch’s French is getting better, week by week.” So just like his team then, which is coming off impressive back-to-back victories against Portland and Sporting Kansas City.

Marsch also had this to say about the great job his squad is doing with settling down in French-Canadian surroundings:

“As a group, we have a lot of people who have come up here to Montreal and now they understand that being here is different and that it’s unique. They are attaching themselves to everything that this club is, that this city is. There are a bunch of guys here who are committed to doing this thing wholly.”