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04 December 4:22 pm

Miguel Calero ha sido uno de los arqueros emblemáticos del fútbol colombiano y mexicano. Sus casi dos metros de estatura hicieron que “El Cóndor” fuera uno de los hombres más temidos por los delanteros en América.

Defendió los colores del Deportivo Cali, Atlético Nacional y Pachuca, convirtiéndose en un ídolo sin precedentes en cada equipo.

Resguardó también el arco de la selección colombiana, siendo parte de una de las generaciones más valiosas de porteros de ese país, junto a Oscar Córdoba y el exguardameta del Philadelphia Union, Faryd Mondragón.

Hoy, en Tiro Libre, queremos hacerle un homenaje a una de las leyendas del arco latinoamericano, quien vino a los Estados Unidos a participar de la extinta SuperLiga. La competición reunió a clubes de la MLS y la liga mexicana. En su primera edición en 2007, Calero salió campeón con Pachuca tras vencer al emblemático LA Galaxy – con David Beckham, Cobi Jones y Landon Donovan en cancha.

El portero colombiano, como en muchas ocasiones, se convirtió en figura en esa final, donde los tuzos vencieron a los galácticos en penales. Calero detuvo dos de los cobros, entre ellos uno definitivo a Donovan, que de anotar le habría dado el título al Galaxy.

¡Hasta siempre, Miguel!

04 December 4:07 pm

Il n’aura pas fallu attendre longtemps après la finale de la Coupe MLS pour voir le marché des transferts s’animer. Trois clubs ont déjà été particulièrement actifs : Salt Lake, New York et Portland.

La grande lessive était annoncée dans l’Utah après l’élimination en demi-finale de conférence contre Seattle. Les premiers bouleversements dans un noyau stable depuis plusieurs années se concrétisent avec les départs des valeurs sûres que sont Olave, Espindola et Johnson, prélude à la quête d’une nouvelle vedette offensive. Notons aussi le transfert de Justin Braun à Toronto en échange d’Aaron Maund. Ces changements n’annoncent toutefois pas un départ à zéro, puisque Salt Lake conserve d’autres joueurs clefs comme Beckerman, Saborio ou Morales.

Olave et Espindola ont pris la direction de New York qui a aussi attiré Kimura, défenseur de Portland. Selon plusieurs analystes, l’équipe sera remodelée pour la saison prochaine, avec un nouveau joueur désigné (la rumeur annonce l’ancien Lyonnais Juninho) mais probablement sans Sébastien Le Toux ni Kenny Cooper, pourtant son meilleur buteur cette saison.

Outre Johnson, Portland est allé chercher Harrington, arrière latéral barré à Kansas City, et ce n’est qu’un début selon le directeur général Gavin Wilkinson, qui annonce un nouveau visage pour son club en 2013. Le défenseur central Eric Brunner n’en sera pas : il a signé à Houston, ce qui laisse présager un départ du Québécois André Hainault.

Dans le même temps, la liste des joueurs admissibles au Processus de repêchage a été dévoilée : avec un contrat qui n’a pas été renouvelé ou dont l’option n’a pas été levée, ils peuvent toujours négocier avec leur club actuel mais pourront être recrutés par une autre formation ce vendredi. Parmi eux, quelques noms ronflants comme Segares ou De Guzman. Eh oui, encore beaucoup d’animation en vue cette semaine sur le marché !

04 December 3:50 pm

Omar Gonzalez clearly isn't a shy guy. And that's not some baseless assumption.

David Beckham already alluded to MLS Cup MVP Gonzalez's in-the-buff celebrations on Saturday after the Galaxy won their second straight championship at the Home Depot Center, but a tweet from Omar himself sealed the deal on Tuesday, one of those classic social media moments that spreads like wildfire.

The tweet was simple ("Caption this," which you should definitely do in the comment section below), but perhaps the best thing about the photo are the faces of his teammates and LA's staff. My top three: Michael Stephens (a combination of shock and delight), Edson Buddle (pure disgust) and Juninho (a mixture of the two). Landon Donovan and Beckham round out the top five.

Let us know what you think below. Hilarious? Over the top?

04 December 3:41 pm

En el día de ayer, LA Galaxy ofreció una fiesta a sus fanáticos para celebrar el bicampeonato obtenido el sábado pasado.

Pero la verdadera fiesta se vivió en el camerino, el mismo día del partido. Omar González, defensa central del equipo fue nombrado jugador más valioso del partido luego de conseguir el gol del empate (una sinfonía que significó el vuelco en el partido [VIDEO]), y como no era de esperarse, celebró en grande.

Tanto, que hoy puso esta foto en su Instagram, y luego la replicó por Twitter:

Instagram.com/ogonzal1

Tal como lo señala el mismo Omar, le estamos buscando un título a la imagen… ¿Se atreven? ¡Dennos su título en los comentarios!

03 December 8:23 pm

By now you've probably seen "the list," the group of guys available for the third-ever MLS Re-Entry process, which includes Stage One and Stage Two Re-Entry Drafts on Dec. 7 and 14.

Things could certainly change between now and then – guys could opt out of the process, come to new terms with their clubs, be traded to another MLS team or head overseas – but I thought it would be interesting to see what kind of lineup you could pluck from those made available by their clubs.

Without too much in-depth research, below is my Re-Entry XI. Feel free to discuss and share yours in the comment section below.

Goalkeeper: Kevin Hartman

Defense (left to right): Gonzalo Segares, Marvell Wynne, Ike Opara, Jeremy Hall 

Midfield (left to right): Justin Mapp, Julian de Guzman, Tony Tchani, Eric Avila

Forwards: Juan Pablo Ángel, Maicon Santos

03 December 3:44 pm

Life in Europe hasn't always been hunky-dory for Oguchi Onyewu – see ill-fated spells at Newcastle and AC Milan – but things certainly seem to be looking up for the big man these days.

Surplus to requirements at Sporting Lisbon? No problem. Gooch has happily accepted a slot in the Champions League with La Liga side Málaga, who have already sealed a spot in the final 16 and where he also plays in what he considers the best league in the world.

However, that doesn't mean Onyewu has forgotten his Portuguese slight. Far from it. The US national team veteran discusses the career that's taken him to seven countries in this BBC feature, dropping profound nuggets like the following:

"A lot of times in my career, I have been frustrated, annoyed and upset about how it was going, but at the end, it always worked out for me," Onyewu told the BBC. "That's how I am right now. As angry as I was to have to leave Portugal, I have found myself in an even better situation here in Spain. Life is a journey and, if you are brave enough to ride it, it is going to take you where you need to be."

If you want to check out Onyewu in Champions League action, Málaga take on Sasha Kljestan and Anderlecht on Wednesday in both team's Group C finales (2:35 pm ET on Fox Soccer 2Go).

03 December 3:19 pm

Somehow this little bit of news slipped through the cracks last week.

While most eyes around here were focused on the MLS Cup final, Portland Timbers forward Kris Boyd and Vancouver Whitecaps forward Kenny Miller hit the training pitch with their former club, Rangers, over in Scotland.

They trained with the first team, giving the younger players in the side "a wee education," as manager Ally McCoist put it.

"I’ve always said that if you play for this club it never leaves you," McCoist told Rangers.co.uk about Boyd's return. "There’s no doubt about that.

From 2006-2010, Boyd scored 127 goals for the 'Gers, winning the Scottish Premier League Golden Boot four times during that period. Rangers were banished this year to the country's fourth tier due to financial insolvency, but they won two Premier League titles during Boyd's time there.

Miller saw similar success for the Light Blues, notching 146 goals in all competitions in two separate stints at Ibrox. He won the Golden Boot in 2011, capping a three-year run that saw the 'Gers three-peat as SPL champions.

Should we read into their appearance at Rangers' training facility, Auchenhowie? Probably not. In fact, considering that both players failed to live up to expectations in 2012, the extra work can only help.

PHOTO GALLERY: Boyd & Miller back at Rangers

03 December 1:37 pm

Les effluves de la victoire du LA Galaxy en finale samedi se font encore ressentir. Les vainqueurs de la Coupe MLS 2012 célébreront leur titre ce soir avec leurs supporters. Cette grande fête leur permettra de dire au revoir à David Beckham mais peut-être aussi de tourner la page Landon Donovan, toujours aussi incertain quant à son avenir.

À Houston, on panse encore les plaies de la défaite. Quel fut le tournant du match ? La terrible blessure de Carr ? Ou certaines décisions arbitrales qui, selon les finalistes malheureux, n’ont pas décidé de l’issue de la rencontre mais en ont changé l’allure ? Il y a une chose dont les Texans sont convaincus : ils ont largement dominé leur adversaire, mais ce n’était pas suffisant pour s’imposer.

Les autres équipes ont déjà la tête à 2013 depuis plus ou moins longtemps. Salt Lake se prépare à un grand ménage, prélude à une période des transferts qui s’annonce animée pour la plupart des 19 clubs. Suivez-la au quotidien sur MLSsoccer.com : la colonne des arrivées de votre club favori va commencer à se remplir bientôt.

02 December 1:31 am

David Beckham played his last match in Major League Soccer today, and while that's a bummer, you can't say the guy doesn't know how to make an exit.

We grabbed the shot below after the trophy ceremony, and after Becks had finished the initial wave of interviews that confronted him after final whistle.

It's the classic Beckham image. No matter how you slice it, at the end of the day, the guy is a straight up champ.

He will be missed.

01 December 10:22 pm

This one comes courtesy of our good friends over at Sounder At Heart, a site you should already have bookmarked.

"Sounder at Heart has learned through two secondary sources that Yossi Benayoun has interest in playing in Major League Soccer and that the Seattle Sounders were told of that interest. Benayoun is in the final few months of his loan to West Ham United and full contract with Chelsea."

Benayoun is also 32 and has been through a series of leg injuries over the past couple of years. So while he may want to play in MLS, he may have to face the simple reality that he's not really a DP-type of player at this point.