They are the type of things you find out after a player retires.
RSL head scout Andy Williams and team broadcaster Brian Dunseth went to their local Salt Lake CW studios to participate in a discussion about the sexes. In the process, they revealed personal details about relationships that not even their former teammates probably know.
First Dunseth: He's a cuddler, his wife delivered a child without pain medication and he thinks it's excessive to see certain intimacy in public like people "draped around their loved ones like a backpack."
Meanwhile, Williams is not scared of kissing in public. Find out more below:
In case you missed it, filmmaker Spike Lee made a recent visit to Red Bull Arena to visit his good friend and New York Knicks sideline seat buddy Thierry Henry (see the video below).
But Mr. New York himself decides to show up in his Arsenal jersey. Here's hoping that Henry has it in his heart to gift him a signed Red Bulls jersey or two.
Add Thomas Delaney to the US national team watch list.
He's 20 years old and already has the UEFA Champions League experience, which USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann has issued as a priority for American players.
More importantly, the FC Copenhagen midfielder is eligible for a US national team switch and had a conversation with US Olympic Team coach Caleb Porter. He says that he could entertain it if things don't work out with the national team of Denmark.
US men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann may not have delved too deeply into the Olympic team's issues during CONCACAF qualifying, but one former US World Cup player did not shy away from the topic.
Former Chivas USA and USMNT midfielder John O'Brien, who played in a 4-3-3 formation during his time in the Netherlands, noticed problems with the tactics that Caleb Porter's Olympic team employed against El Salvador in the match in which they suffered humiliating elimination.
“You know in a 4-3-3 you’ll have a lot of players in front of the ball, and I noticed that they lost the ball easy and didn’t have guys in the right spaces,” O’Brien told Soccer America. “When they scored the equalizer, for a team that needs a result at that moment, we were very exposed. There weren’t many people behind the ball.”
O'Brien makes interesting points in the article, which continue to fuel the debate as to whether the 4-3-3 was to blame for the ouster.
The latest list released by fashion magazine Cosmpolitan is sure to cause banter, discussion and laughs in MLS locker rooms across the country.
“Hottest Major League Soccer Players,” is a photo gallery Cosmo has put together, showcasing the 19 sexiest players to grace MLS.
There are sure to be a few MLSers flicking through this gallery hoping to see themselves, but they are sure to be sorely disappointed as only one player from each club was selected.
Household name David Beckham makes the list, (I can already hear the ladies sighing and saying, “Obviously”) but other players looking suave and seductive include the chiseled Chris Wondolowski, Stephen Keel with his endless golden locks, and Montreal rookie Andrew Wenger sporting a textbook smile with a slicked-back hair style.
The photo captions alone are worth checking out. This gem about David Estrada may be the pick of the bunch:
“If recent games are any indication, this Seattle Sounders forward really knows how to score.”
Si vous souhaitez voir toutes les vedettes de MLS réunies sur le même terrain, vous en aurez l’occasion le 25 juillet prochain à Philadelphie, à l’occasion du « All-Star game » de la MLS (appelé « Match des étoiles » au Québec).
Les meilleurs joueurs de la compétition seront réunis dans une équipe dirigée par Peter Nowak, l’entraîneur de Philadelphie, et affronteront Chelsea. C’est la deuxième fois que les Londoniens participent à cet événement. La première fois, en 2006, ils avaient été battus 1-0 sur un but de Dwayne De Rosario. Fait amusant, cette année-là Peter Nowak (alors entraîneur de DC United) dirigeait aussi la formation représentant la MLS.
Bien entendu, il n’y aura pas de place pour tout le monde dans l’équipe. Quels sont les joueurs que vous souhaiteriez voir sélectionnés par Peter Nowak ? Ceux de votre club préféré ? Ceux que vous n’avez jamais l’occasion de voir au stade ?
Et si un joueur de Chelsea ne prenait pas l’avion du retour pour se joindre à votre équipe favorite en tant que joueur désigné, qui voudriez-vous que ce soit ?
These days, 5-3-2 is usually seen as a sign of respect when facing an opponent far superior in strength (e.g., anyone vs. Barcelona).
But to win in Fantasy Soccer: Manager, perhaps it's best to think that you are playing Messi & Co. each week. The FS:M Dream Team has lined up with five defenders four out of five weeks thus far. Ironically, this formation is producing more points for teams than the 4-3-3 and 3-4-3. I myself have been lined up mostly in a 3-4-3 thinking that midfielders and forwards would get me the most points. Fail.
Player HAWAIIFAN13 proved the benefits of the 5-3-2. In Week 5, he rode the formation to 106 points, the second highest score recorded by a team this year.
So what does this mean for the rest of the 2012? Do the stats suggest taking a completely different approach and start dumping midfielders (and even forwards) for defenders? You be the judge.
Players averaging 5.0 points or more per game (by position)
Defenders – 27
Goalkeepers – 12
Midfielders – 10
Forwards – 8
The numbers above should make your decision a little easier. At this point in the season, there is more security in starting defenders than there is at any other position. Honestly, it’s not even close. Forwards and midfielders can be a huge investment, and so far, most of them aren’t living up to the asking price.
Need help with your squad? Tweet your MLS Fantasy Soccer questions to @Ben_Jata
As mentioned on an ExtraTime Radio mailbag a week back, Egypt could be one of the new hotbeds of MLS talent since the league is in crisis right now.
And it turns out that Erik Solér may have been listening. Reports out of Egypt are saying that the Red Bulls have signed goalkeeper El-Hany Soliman.
Breaking: El-Hany Soliman's brother Amr has confirmed that Hany has signed with the #NYRB on a 3 year-deal. #Egypt #Ittihad #MLS
— Egyptian Footy (@egyFT) April 10, 2012
But, well, not so fast. RBNY beat writer extraordinaire Brian Lewis of the New York Post says let's hold our horses a bit.
I'm told the Red Bulls haven't signed anyone, including Soliman. They're working on a few attacking options before the window closes. #RBNY
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) April 10, 2012
The 27-year-old Soliman has manned the nets 24 times for the Egyptian national team (currently managed by former New York coach Bob Bradley) and has spent his entire eight-year pro career with Union Alexandria. He'd be brought in presumably to wear the No. 1 shirt ahead of Ryan Meara, who's impressed five games into his rookie season.
Il a fallu attendre le cinquième match pour voir Vancouver encaisser ses premiers buts de la saison. San José s’en est chargé en trompant Joe Cannon trois fois en 10 minutes.
La saison dernière, Vancouver avait un côté faible : le droit, d’où il avait encaissé 35% de ses buts. L’arrivée de Lee Young-Pyo remédie au problème, mais la brèche s’est rouverte en Californie, puisque c’est de là que sont venues les trois réalisations locales.
Sur les deux premières, l’arrière gauche de San José, Ramiro Corrales, a un rôle prépondérant : il offre l’égalisation à Chris Wondolwoski sur une lumineuse rentrée de touche avant de centrer au premier poteau où Gordon, d’une tête croisée, donne l’avantage à ses couleurs.
Enfin, Wondolowski a continué d’alimenter son compteur-buts en reprenant d’une belle volée un coup franc, toujours venu de la gauche, tiré par Tressor Moreno. Et dire que le côté gauche n’est pas le plus fort de San José et que Shea Salinas, milieu gauche transféré cet hiver de Vancouver, n’était impliqué dans aucun des buts…
Autre fait notable de cette rencontre : Sébastien Le Toux a ouvert la marque pour Vancouver en marquant le premier but de la saison ayant pour origine une rentrée de touche.
Well, at least it’s something to take back from Mexico. The US U-17s topped El Tri 1-0 in the fifth-place match on Monday at the Mondial Minimes tournament in Montaigu, France.
New York Red Bulls Academy product Wesley Wade scored in the 59th minute for the decider, the forward’s second strike of the tournament for Richie Williams’ side.
The US U-17s finished 1-1-1 in Group B of the prestigious youth tournament, with a dominant 4-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates, a 1-0 loss to Portugal and a 1-1 draw with Japan (a 4-3 penalty-kick victory in the finale saw them advance to Monday’s fifth-place match).
Williams named seven MLS Academy products to the 18-man squad for his first tournament in charge of the team. Wade was one of three RBNY youngsters, and Chivas USA Academy forward Bradford Jamieson also scored a pair of goals in France.
Portugal won the 12-team tournament with a penalty-kick shootout victory over Russia in the final. England placed third while Japan came in fourth.