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05 February 4:26 pm

If you've got your finger on the pulse of the American soccer scene, you know the name Shawn Francis – former MLS Insider and curator of the fantastic blog The Offside Rules.

Once again, SF's shed some light on a clip that's got viral written all over it, and I just can't resist sharing since Alex Morgan + Katy Perry = the Internet breaking.

What are you waiting for? Hit play and enjoy US soccer's biggest star doing her best KP impression.

Oh yeah, let us know what you think in the comment section below. Just keep it civilized.

UPDATE: The final product can be seen here.

04 February 7:01 pm

I can't always make out what's being said in this video from the Impact – my French is a bit rusty ... and by rusty, I mean nonexistent – but this really is must-watch stuff.

It seems owner Joey Saputo and head coach Marco Schällibaum aren't opposed to some nontraditional team building, in this case a rag-tag, Quebec-style Amazing Race complete with snow-shoe races, paddle ball and insect consumption.

I'd try to describe it in more detail, but you just have to watch to understand. And yes, Saputo chomps down on his full share of creepy crawlies.

04 February 3:03 pm

If the trailer for American Football left you hungry for more, you're in luck.

Just in time to get Sounders fans revved up for their March 2nd season opener, Levy Films released a rough cut of their unfinished feature-length documentary on Seattle Sounders FC. The footage takes you even deeper into the world of Sigi Schmid and what it means to play on his team.

Even if the Sounders aren't your team, this video will leave you longing for the return of Major League Soccer, which is now only 26 days away. Enjoy!

WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE

04 February 2:34 pm

While we were busy debating whether the Fire or Crew got the better end of a deal that sent Dilly Duka and the right of first refusal to Robbie Rogers to Chicago and Dominic Oduro, Rogers was finding out the news on his own.

No phone call. No nothing.

The former Leeds United winger took to Twitter Monday morning to express surprise that his MLS rights had changed hands.

Bizarre? Sure, but perhaps par for the course in the often wacky world of MLS swaps.

28 January 10:16 am

Le départ de Lamar Neagle pour Seattle a permis à Montréal d’obtenir une place supplémentaire pour un joueur étranger, ce qui lui en confère onze pour cette saison. Huit joueurs ont actuellement ce statut, le calcul est donc vite fait, il reste trois places disponibles.

Si le club a effectué cette démarche, c’est évidemment qu’il a des intentions de se renforcer avec un joueur ni canadien, ni américain. Le président Joey Saputo l’a d’ailleurs confirmé sur Twitter.

Traduction littérale : « Le dernier échange ouvre désormais la porte à courtiser un étranger ; sera-t-il d’Europe ou d’Amérique du Sud ? Je parie sur l’Amérique du Sud. Restez branchés. » Difficile de miser en étant mieux informé...

Évidemment, les supputations vont déjà bon train : les Sud-Américains courent les rues et les stades. De quelle nationalité sera ce renfort (pour les nuls en géo : le Mexique est en Amérique du Nord, l’Amérique du Sud commence en Colombie) ? Aura-t-il l’aura d’un joueur désigné ou sera-t-il aussi inconnu que Felipe lors de son arrivée à Montréal ? Joue-t-il actuellement en Amérique du Sud, en Europe, au Mexique, en MLS ou ailleurs ? Les paris sont ouverts !

10 January 5:16 pm

 

Thierry Henry simply can't be stopped.   

Even though the quality isn’t great, this video of Henry in Brazil shows why he is truly one of the best in Major League Soccer. 

We're sure Red Bull fans hope Henry brings some of those quick tricks back to New York for the 2013 season.

10 January 12:11 pm

Stuart Holden is back on the field for Bolton, even if he still waiting to step onto the pitch with the first team.

Holden played 65 minutes for Bolton's reserves against Oldham Athletic on Tuesday, a huge step in his quest to return from a knee injury that's kept him out for more than a year. Check out the footage above and comments from Holden after the match below. Needless to say, he's itching to get back but also understands it's still too early to know exactly what the future will hold.

“If all goes well from this then I don’t anticipate any reaction and I can now take the next step," Holden told Bolton's official website. "That will be playing a bit longer and then I think I will be ready to roll with the full 90 minutes. I am very close now. I have worked so hard to get to this stage and I don’t want to do anything now to mess that up."
09 January 7:06 pm

The National Women’s Soccer League has released the list of 55 American, Canadian and Mexican players that will be allocated to the eight clubs in the newly formed league. Club assignments will be announced on Friday, January 11.

“The allocation will provide each club with a foundation of talent to build a competitive roster," said NWSL executive director Cheryl Bailey. "Ultimately, the goal is to pair the teams and players in such a way that we achieve a fair distribution of talent across all eight teams.”

To ensure the teams are as balanced as possible, each club will be assigned two Canadian national team players, two Mexican national team players, and all clubs but one will receive three US women’s national team players.  The inaugural season is set to kickoff this spring. 

Here’s the list of available players:

USA PLAYERS
Pos., Player Name
GK, Nicole Barnhart
M, Shannon Boxx
D, Rachel Buehler
M, Lauren Cheney
GK, Ashlyn Harris
M, Tobin Heath
D, Ali Krieger
D, Amy LePeilbet
F, Sydney Leroux
M, Lori Lindsey
M, Carli Lloyd
GK, Jill Loyden
D, Heather Mitts
F, Alex Morgan
D, Kelley O'Hara
M, Heather O'Reilly
D, Christie Rampone
M, Megan Rapinoe
F, Amy Rodriguez
D, Becky Sauerbrunn
GK, Hope Solo
F, Abby Wambach
M, Keelin Winters

MEXICO PLAYERS
Pos., Player Name

D, Alina Lisi Garciamendez Rowold
M, Veronica Raquel Perez Murillo
M, Teresa Noyola Bayardo
F, Maribel Dominguez Castelan
F, Monica Ocampo Medina
GK, Aurora Cecilia Santiago Cisneros
M, Lydia Nayeli Rangel Hernandez
F, Renae Nicole Cuellar Cuellar
M, Teresa Guadalupe Worbis Aguilar
F, Anisa Raquel Guajardo Braff
M, Dinora Lizeth Garza Rodriguez
D, Jennifer Marie Ruiz Brown
D, Luz del Rosario Saucedo Soto
D, Rubi Marlene Sandoval Nungaray
GK, Pamela Tajonar Alonso
D, Marylin Viridiana Diaz Ramirez

CANADA PLAYERS
Pos., Player Name
D, Melanie Booth
D, Robyn Gayle
M, Kaylyn Kyle
GK, Karina LeBlanc
M/F, Adriana Leon
M, Diana Matheson
D/M, Bryana McCarthy
GK, Erin McLeod
D, Carmelina Moscato
M/F, Jodi-Ann Robinson
M, Sophie Schmidt
M, Desiree Scott
D, Lauren Sesselmann
F, Christine Sinclair
D, Rhian Wilkinson
D, Emily Zurrer

08 January 7:03 pm

If you didn’t catch the trailer for American Football after it was accidentally posted in November, it's time to fire up that internet connection and block out six-and-a-half minutes.

The trailer is for an unfinished feature documentary on the Seattle Sounders FC, produced by Levy Films. And, well, the footage is incredible, truly capturing the beauty of the sport. It was shot in a way that makes you feel like you're part of the team – you hear personal struggles from some of the Sounders squad and are even witness to a post-game schooling from head coach Sigi Schmid. 

It’s an intimate look at the Seattle Sounders and will surely leave you wanting more. That is, unless you're a diehard Timbers or 'Caps fan.

Hopefully, Levy Films will finish the full doc soon, but it looks like the 2013 MLS season might kickoff before the film. But it seems it will be well worth the wait.


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02 January 10:43 am

You may have seen this video already. If so, go ahead and watch it again. It really is that incredible.

Most people won't ever pull off something this perfect on a soccer field in their lifetime. Then again, most people aren't this cameraman, who somehow backheeled a long clearance out of bounds directly to the player tasked with taking the ensuing throw in. Oh yeah, he also did it on the fly and without taking his hands off the camera. Talk about foot-eye coordination.

Ho hum! Back to work.