25 October 5:59 pm

Here at, we're always looking for new ways to cover the North American soccer scene. On Friday, we'll give a few fans the chance to help us out, when we send five "fan reporters" to New York Red Bulls training ahead of the club's important match on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park (1:30 pm ET, NBC).

They'll spend the day covering the club, interviewing the players, doing some video reports, and tweeting out everything they're doing. Training starts at 10 am ET.  

We want you to follow along and give them feedback. Suggest questions they should ask. Let them know what you want to find out.

Here are their Twitter handles:


And use the dedicated hashtag:


We'll see how they all do. 


25 October 1:44 pm

It's a good time to be Luis Robles. The 28-year-old goalkeeper is starting for a team about to begin a playoff run, after all. 

Perhaps more importantly, though, Robles is back to earning a steady paycheck. 

In a phenomenally-candid interview on the Seeing Red! podcast over at Empire of Soccer, Robles reveals that the whole "steady paycheck" thing wasn't looking too good a few months ago. At least not as a soccer player. 

Forget the Red Bulls, Robles was in the real estate game for a little bit. Seriously. 

Listen to the full interview here, fascinating story. 

25 October 12:11 pm

Première équipe à avoir bouclé ses 34 rencontres de la première phase de la saison, Kansas City a fini sur une victoire 2-1 contre Philadelphie et assuré sa première place dans la Conférence Est pour une seconde saison consécutive. De quoi confirmer que le Sporting est bel et bien « l’équipe de la ville », tous sports confondus, à Kansas City.

En Ligue des champions, l’issue est moins rose pour Toronto, éliminé après sa défaite 1-0 à Santos Laguna. Si Paul Mariner pense que les siens auraient pu avoir quatre buts d’avance au quart d’heure, le seul à avoir trouvé le fond des filets est l’international américain Herculez Gomez, qui rêve de participer à nouveau à la Coupe du monde des clubs. En battant Marathon 3-1, Seattle s’est assuré d’un sans-faute.

Mais la grande nouvelle de la semaine dans la Concacaf, c’est l’officialisation d'une Copa America 2016 qui ne concernera pas uniquement l’Amérique du Sud mais bien toutes les Amériques, et se jouera aux États-Unis. Outre les 10 pays habituels, on retrouvera le Mexique, les États-Unis et quatre nations qui obtiendront leur place via la Gold Cup 2015. Est-ce un prélude à une fusion Conmebol - Concacaf ? Selon vous, serait-ce une bonne idée ?

Cliquez sur un résultat pour voir le résumé vidéo

25 October 11:39 am

Major League Soccer has partnered with Movember to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer and we are only one week away from the official launch!

Interested in joining the MLS Network? Click here to join Major League Soccer players, supporters, staff and partners around the League.

Just to get you thinking about which 'Mo you might grow, check out some of these all time favorites...

Stay tuned! MLS team signed jerseys from all 19 clubs will be available on our online auction starting November 16 and will benefit Movember.

Learn how you can get involved and help kick cancer.

Be sure to join the conversation by using #SoccerKicksCancer and #Movember.

24 October 6:30 pm

This time, it's official.

Back in January, we first heard about the plans for a special edition of the Copa América to be held in the United States to celebrate the 100th anniversary of CONMEBOL. But on Wednesday, the South American governing body made it official with the backing of all its highest-ranking executives.

CONMEBOL held a five-hour meeting on Wednesday in Buenos Aires where the presidents of the 10 national soccer federations joined CONMEBOL's five-man executive committee to lay down the framework of what they call a "mega-tournament" named the Copa América Centenario.

The notes of Wednesday's meeting were published by CONMEBOL's official site and they reiterate some of the details that were previously rumored:

1) The tournament will be held in July of 2016;
2) A total of 16 countries will participate, including all 10 from CONMEBOL and six from CONCACAF;
3) The USA and Mexico are automatic entries into the tournament;
4) The remaining four CONCACAF countries will be determined based on their finish in the CONCACAF Gold Cup;
5) Colombian federation president Luis Bedoya and his Paraguayan counterpart Juan Ángel Napout were charged with setting up the commercial plans for the event;
6) Full Play, a soccer promoter which has been involved in organizing matches stateside in the past, will be involved in the organization;
7) Fox Sports and Rede Globo are contemplated to take the lead in the broadcasting of the tournament.

No other details were released about proposed sites or format. And no word yet from the US Soccer Federation or CONCACAF on the news released by CONMEBOL.

And finally, here is one other detail that emerged from the CONMEBOL summit that US fans will be interested in: Mexico and Japan will be invited to participated in the 44th edition of the Copa América that will be held in 2015 in Chile. No USMNT for that one.

24 October 4:40 pm

That moment in 2005 may never feel the same for LA Galaxy fans again.

Guillermo "El Pando" Ramírez was the Galaxy's hero in MLS Cup 2005, coming off the bench to score a dramatic golden-goal game-winner against the New England Revolution when he was the player least likely to find the back of the net at the time. (Relive the goal which ranked at No. 6 in the MLS Cup Top 50 moments.)

But six years after being smothered by his LA teammates after winning the cup, Pando is now covered in shame after FIFA on Wednesday banned him for life from the sport.

Pando is one of three Guatemalan national team players who saw their domestic ban in Guatemala extended worldwide after investigations into match-fixing surrounding three games in particular: a CONCACAF Champions League match with Municipal in 2010 and two Guatemalan national team matches (June 2011 and May 2012).

Well, he'll always have 2005.

MLS Cup Top 50: #6 Kung-Fu "Pando"

24 October 11:19 am

Même résultat, fortunes diverses : Houston et Salt Lake ont tous deux partagé l’enjeu ce mardi en Ligue des champions, ce qui provoque la qualification des uns, l’élimination des autres.

Pouvant se contenter d’un partage contre Olimpia, les Texans se sont fait peur : menés à la marque, frustrés par l’arbitrage et l’exclusion de leur entraîneur Dominic Kinnear, ils ont égalisé après l’heure de jeu grâce à André Hainault et ont ensuite pu conserver ce point synonyme de quart de finale (1-1- résumé vidéo).

Pour Salt Lake, la frustration a continué après le coup de sifflet final : obligé de battre les Costariciens d’Herediano, le finaliste de l’édition 2011 a pressé tout le match, sans succès (0-0 - résumé vidéo). Fabián Espíndola résume parfaitement la soirée en expliquant que la défense a très bien joué mais que les attaquants n’ont pas su marquer.

Ce soir (20h00), Toronto doit gagner à Santos Laguna pour passer au tour suivant : même Terry Dunfield le reconnaît, il faudrait un miracle pour que ça se produise. Deux autres clubs mexicains risquent l’élimination : Tigres et Guadalajara, qui accueillent respectivement Alajualense et Xelajú. À suivre !

Déjà qualifiés, Seattle (contre Marathon) et le LA Galaxy (à Metapan) viseront la victoire pour éviter un quart de finale contre un ténor.

Notons aussi que ce soir, à 20h30 (HE), Kansas City retrouvera Aurélien Collin pour boucler sa saison régulière contre Philadelphie. Par ailleurs, Chivas USA a annoncé une importante réorganisation à la tête du club.

24 October 10:10 am

Halloween is just around the corner. is holding an MLS Pumpkin Carving Contest that will run from Wednesday, Oct. 24 through Tuesday, Oct. 30.

To participate, submit an image of your best MLS or Club-themed pumpkins via Twitter. 

One winner will receive the MLS jersey of his/her choice courtesy of, and the photos of their pumpkin will be featured on on Halloween.

To submit your MLS Pumpkin on Twitter:

Send a tweet that includes the following four elements:

  1. The link to an original photo of your carved pumpkin, available on public domain. (ex: Instagram, Twitpic, Yfrog, Photobucket, Flickr, etc.)
  2. A brief description of  how the carved pumpkin is connected to MLS or an MLS club.
  3. The hashtag: #MLSPumpkin.
  4. Lastly, make sure your account is following @MLS.

The winner will be notified on Twitter by direct message from @MLS on Tuesday, Oct. 30 and announced on Halloween – Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Click here for full contest rules, and then submit your #MLSPumpkin today!

24 October 10:00 am

Chris Seitz is an amazing goalkeeper. The FC Dallas goalkeeper has represented the United States internationally at youth levels, and has the potential to be a starting goalkeeper in MLS for many years.

But regardless of how the 25-year-old's career turns out, he will live in the memories of one family forever — because he recently chose to put his career on hold to donate bone marrow to a Leukemia patient.

It's an incredible story. And all of us at Major League Soccer and MLS W.O.R.K.S. we are incredibly proud of Chris. We hope you enjoy his story as much as we did.

READ Chris's complete story on Goalkeeper Chris Seitz's biggest save: FC Dallas goalkeeper interrupted season to donate bone marrow



23 October 1:07 pm

MLS, équipe nationale canadienne, Ligue des champions et sociologie : le menu de la semaine de l’émission Coup Franc (à écouter ici) est on ne peut plus éclectique.

- On connaît les 10 qualifiés pour la phase finale de la saison : qui en sont les invités inattendus et les absents marquants ? Les pronostics d’avant-saison de Frédéric Lord, qui avait visé assez juste.
- Notre invité Laurent Dubois (professeur à l’université Duke), parle soccer et société. Son livre Soccer Empire tisse le lien entre l’équipe de France et la société : pour Coup Franc, il tente de transposer ce lien aux États-Unis et au Canada, nous dit ce que le soccer nous apprend sur ces pays, nous parle de la haine des « anti-soccer », etc. Si le sujet vous intéresse, lisez le blog Soccer Politics, auquel collabore aussi Andrew Wenger.
- Réflexion sur le futur de l’équipe nationale canadienne. Pour Matthias Van Halst, la qualification pour la Coupe du monde 2018 passe par la génération qui devra aller aux Jeux olympiques 2016. Lisez sa proposition détaillée ici. Qui pour succéder à Stephen Hart au poste de sélectionneur ?
- Beckham ou Henry, Wenger ou Mattocks et autres choix cornéliens : Frédéric Lord met ses collaborateurs sur le gril lors d’une nouvelle rubrique. Envoyez-nous vos suggestions !
- Les missions des clubs de MLS lors de la dernière journée de la phase de groupes en Ligue des champions.
- Qui jouera pour Montréal lors de son dernier match de championnat contre New England ?

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