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31 July 12:45 pm

La période des transferts internationaux estivale est terminée et de nombreux clubs en ont profité pour se renforcer. C’est le thème de notre émission Coup Franc cette semaine (à écouter ici), avec le menu suivant :
- Notre invité Eric Hassli parle de son transfert et de son rôle à Toronto, de son état de forme, de son style de jeu par rapport à celui de Danny Koevermans, évoque Vancouver à qui il est encore très attaché ainsi que de son amour de la liberté sur le terrain et en dehors.
- Les principaux transferts du mercato : quel est le meilleur coup ? Gros plan sur les arrivées les plus récentes : Tim Cahill (New York), Jerry Bengtson (New England), Frederico Higuain (Columbus), Christian Tiffert (Seattle), Sherjill MacDonald et Alvaro Fernandez (Chicago). Nous sommes curieux de connaître votre opinion à ce sujet !
- L’apport des joueurs du Honduras à la MLS : Najar, Espinoza et Bengtson éliminent l’Espagne aux jeux Olympiques, Bernardez et Chavez ont un rôle important dans la première place de San José, Houston est intouchable depuis l’arrivée de Garcia.
- La remontée de Philadelphie, contre New England (résumé vidéo) et au classement

L'émission Coup Franc est aussi disponible sur iTunes. Vous pouvez nous joindre par courriel (coup.franc@MLSsoccer.com) ou sur Twitter (@CoupFrancMLS).

19 July 1:49 pm

Una de las cosas que definitivamente tenía que ver en Seattle era la ya muy reconocida Marcha al Estadio o “March to the Match”, donde – con una banda de guerra al frente – los aficionados de Seattle Sounders hacen una ruidosa llegada al CenturyLink Field.

Para el partido ante Chelsea FC la fiesta no fue diferente. Los dejó con este video que es una pequeñísima prueba de la rumba que se arma antes del inicio de los partidos.

Un agradecimiento especial a la Barra Fuerza Verde por guiar a este extranjero de sus tradiciones y un detalle a resaltar: noten la seriedad de los hombres del Chelsea al segundo 11 de este video… no sé a ustedes, pero a mí se me hace que no esperaban que todo ese revuelo no fuera para ellos sino para los locales. Me gusta.

05 July 6:23 pm

EA SPORTS is running the Imagine Yourself Here sweepstakes on MLSsoccer.com that could win some lucky fan two seats in the Sideline FIFA Soccer Lounge at the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, taking place July 25 at PPL Park.

Sounds pretty cool. And it got us thinking about what the sensual experience of sitting sideline might actually be like.

So we asked New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty

If someone has a sideline seat, what can he or she expect you hear?

McCarty: Honestly, it’s a mix of Al Pacino in Scarface and Tupac. It can get a little intense with the heat of the competition. Things get said that you wouldn’t say to your Mom. But there’s also lots of communication. It’s like you have 11 guys all playing quarterback, barking out instructions, encouraging other guys.

What will they see?

McCarty: The subtle connections players have, like the movement of, say, the right back and right midfielder. You’ll see the playmaker’s subtle movements and the runs off the ball. For example, if the center back has the ball, you’ll notice a guy like Thierry Henry breaking off to run onto a long ball. You see the play before it happens.

What will they smell?

McCarty: Ha! Dirty laundry. Or a locker room. Definitely odors you don’t experience in the second deck with the hot dogs and nachos. It’s musky. You also can sometimes smell freshly cut grass. And dirt when the turf comes up on a slide tackle near the sidelines. But the muskiness outweighs the grass.

What will they taste?

McCarty: The moisture and the sweat of 22 guys running around. But it’s also metaphorical. You can taste the effort.

What will they feel?

McCarty: You might feel the grass under your feet. You feel how hard the field is or how soft it is. But mostly, you feel the emotion. You feel how much everyone wants to win. 

18 June 5:20 pm

México derrotó convincentemente a Brasil el pasado 3 de julio con un 2-0 gracias a goles de Giovani dos Santos y Javier “Chicharito” Hernández en el lujoso Cowboys Stadium en Arlington, Texas. Sin embargo, fue el público el que hizo historia ese día al romper el récord mundial de la ola de mayor duración.

A mitad de tiempo, el presentador de Republica Deportiva de Univisión, Fernando Fiore, orquestó lo que sería una ola de siete minutos de duración, auspiciada por Degree Men. Los casi 85.000 espectadores no defraudaron. Bien hecho por la afición mexicana y brasileña que fue al partido.  

14 June 12:55 pm

Glasgow Rangers formally announced on Thursday that the original club no longer exists — they are now known the world over as “The Rangers Football Club.” The question now for MLS fans is what's in store for the club's US contingent made up of Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya?

In the next week or so, the other 11 Scottish Premier League teams will meet to vote on whether Rangers can enter the SPL next season. The newly formed team, which is replacing the side which was formed in 1872, will have to win the vote by a majority of 8-4 in order to compete in Scotland’s top division. If not, they will likely be demoted to the bottom tier of Scottish professional soccer, the third division.

So will Bocanegra & Co. be lining up against the likes of Montrose, Elgin City and Peterhead next season? Or enjoying the Old Firm derby against archrivals Celtic FC at a packed Ibrox Stadium? Only time will tell, as the wait to find out their fate will be an anxious one for the US trio.

One report Thursday suggests that with the original Rangers Football Club ceasing to exist, no player is contractually obligated to play for the newly formed club. Hence, all three US players could end up as free agents and able to speak to whichever clubs they want.

Watch this space, this saga will rumble on long into the summer months. Let us know what you would like Rangers' American trio to do in the comments section below.

12 June 4:16 pm

2012 hasn't been particularly kind of FC Dallas on the field, but it seems the return of El Capitán, the cannon awarded to the winner of the Dallas-Houston rivalry, could go a long way toward increasing morale.

At least that's the message I'm getting from the club's most recent video offering, an immensely enjoyable dub over featuring many of the squad ahead of Saturday's match on ESPN2.

Although there is some debate around MLS Digital HQ about FC Dallas' dance moves – the feelings range from envy to embarrassment – I've got to give Schellas Hyndman's side credit ... they really embraced the concept.

My favorite moment from FC Dallas' ode to El Capitán? The scene from 1:35 until 1:59 with David Ferreira waltzing in from left to right to start things off and Jair Benítez flashing a megawatt smile throughout.

12 June 2:00 pm

Quien sabe si el equipo Salvadoreño esté listo para el partido de hoy contra México, pero sus aficionados si lo están. 

Desde las ocho de la noche del día antes del juego, llegaron fanáticos salvadoreños masivamente al hotel donde se encontraba la selección mexicana. ¿Pero a que fueron los salvadoreños al hotel? ¿Echarle porra a México? ¿Recibirlos con brazos abiertos? ¡Si y si! Bueno, depende de que lado lo veas. ¿Dedicarle a un país una serenata es como echarle porra y recibirlo con brazos abiertos, o no?

Según el sitio web Mediotiempo.com llegaron más o menos 1,500 salvadoreños intentando hacer el mayor escándalo posible para impedir el descanso de El Tri la noche previa al duelo de este martes por la eliminatoria de la CONCACAF. Aun con tambores, cohetes, y gritos los salvadoreños no lograron nada. Las habitaciones de los jugadores estaban en una ubicación muy lejana a donde ocurrieron de los hechos además de que las mismas tienen vidrios anti-ruido.

Hoy también se encuentra Estados Unidos jugando en casa ajena contra Guatemala. Con el recuerdo de su última derrota ante el combinado de las Barras y las Estrellas en 2008, se espera un ambiente hostil donde Guatemala jugará con un sentido de revancha para defender su estadio.

El Estadio Mateo Flores ya tiene alambrado a su alrededor por si llega suceder algo y los estadounidenses están preparados para salir del país en cuando se acabe el juego.

12 June 12:25 pm

 

*A previous version of this story claimed 500,000 Salvadorans welcomed Mexico at their hotel. After further review, the original article states around 1,500 were in attendance. Use online translation services with extreme caution.

You probably thought the US would have it bad in Guatemala City, what with the normal torments experienced by American sides venturing down to Central America.

But that appears to be strictly child's play when compared to the reception Mexico is getting in El Salvador. According to MedioTiempo.com, somewhere around 1,500 Salvadorans* gathered at El Tri's hotel on Monday night in San Salvador to make sure the team that arrives at Estadio Cuscatlán on Tuesday is running on as little sleep as possible. Google Translate tells me that the crowd banged drums, sang songs inapproriate for this space and set off rockets throughout the night, while also killing time by "jiggling" the cars that had the unfortune to turn up the wrong street.

You know, a normal Monday night with Mexico in town.

Now, I'm not entirely sure I buy the claim that the gathering drew 500,000 people essentially a fifth of the city's metro population but The video and photos paint a pretty clear picture. The Salvadoran fans mean business, and Mexico haven't even walked out of the tunnel yet.

05 June 6:00 pm

So first Jimmy Conrad won an MLS Cup. Then he won the Gold Cup. Then he played in the World Cup. Then he challenged professional bad-ass Dana White to a mano-a-mano cage match of sorts.

Okay, so that last one isn't so enviable. But whatever. He got a bunch of press out of it, and probably a bunch of MMA-loving Twitter followers

But now he gets to go to Poland and Ukraine for EURO2012?

Now, I've been to a World Cup, a Confederations Cup, a Gold Cup, and an Africa Cup of Nations. But I've never been to a Euro tournament. They say it's the best of them all, at least on the field. All those great, highly paid Europeans doing what they do best.

But come on, Jimmy. Do you need to go over there and drive around and watch soccer and hang out with fans in Warsaw and Kiev and Gdansk? And someone else is footing the bill? Really?

Yes, Jimmy, I am jealous. Very jealous.

At least bring back some real kielbasa. That's the least you could do.

19 May 9:05 pm

The UEFA Champions League final will never be forgotten by Chelsea fans around the world, including in New York City.

And, courtesy of Kick TV, you'll see many of them in the video below as they react to Chelsea's PK shootout victory over Bayern Munich in Saturday's final outside of Legends, a Chelsea fan bar in New York.

We'll let the pictures speak for themselves.