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02 August 5:30 pm

In just his second appearance, Kyle Miller scored quite the golazo for Sporting Kansas City against Stoke City Tuesday night. The kind of goal nobody is likely to see again anytime soon, if ever.

Stoke City opened up the scoring in the 84th minute in KC despite being put under pressure by the home team for much of th match. And while some thought the game was over, Miller, well, who knows what he was thinking? In stoppage time, he found himself in the right place at the right time, as Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic's clearance made a beeline for his noggin and the resulting header looped into an empty net from 40-yards out.

Check out the highlight from KickTV above and let us know what you think. Luck? Skill? Likelihood of being repeated anytime soon?

01 August 5:49 pm

Chris Wondolowski is once again the leading goalscorer in MLS, topping the 2012 scoring charts with 17 strikes thus far, a four-goal lead over second-place Álvaro Saborío.

But some people are wondering why they haven’t seen any Wondo goals in the last three matches, since July 18. Luckily for the Quakes, the forward's dry spells tend to be short and come during certain times of the year. The last came May 13-19, lasting only two games.

His longest dry spell since his explosion onto the scene was early on, in 2010 between June 5 and August 7, when he failed to score for seven games. There is a pattern for the player that reassures us his current drought won’t last for too long. Most noticeably, he often goes cold in July and, whether it's the heat or just the midseason slog, he always seems to pick up his scoring form as the stretch run gets underway.

So even if Wondo may have dropped off after his impressive hat trick against Real Salt Lake, don't expect to wait too long until he picks up his push for Roy Lassiter's single-season scoring record, his first opportunity coming on Aug. 11 against the Seattle Sounders.

Seven Game Dry Spell
June 5 – Aug. 7, 2010

Five Game Dry Spell
July 23 – Aug. 20, 2011

Four Game Dry Spell
July 2 – July 16, 2011

Three Game Dry Spell
Aug. 28 – Sept. 11, 2010; April 2 – April 16, 2011; July 2 – July 16, 2011; July 18 – July 28, 2012

Two Game Dry Spell
Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2010; Sept. 17 – Sept. 21, 2011; May 13 – May 19, 2012

 

01 August 1:54 pm

Last week it was Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal that were rumored to have interest in D.C. midfielder Andy Najar, this week it's Wigan Athletic, Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion.

That list might grow even larger now that Honduras are into the quarterfinals with a date against Brazil and Neymar, a group that's sure to have a few interested eyes monitoring their progress in London.

Najar may not be having his best season in black and red in 2012 – contributing two assists in 13 games, 10 of which were starts – but he's still just 19 years old and one of the most promising prospects in Major League Soccer. And, of course, success on an international stage certainly can't hurt his stock.

Is he ready for an overseas move? If so, what would the best fit? Let us know in the comments section below.

01 August 1:16 pm

How often do you see a soccer player stick with one team for a decade? Anywhere?

New England's Shalrie Joseph is one of the few standard-bearers left in the league. You think Revs, you think Shalrie and the dreads.

So should the Revs retire his number? Should they retire it while he's still active? Should they give it to other players to wear?

Vote here.

01 August 11:07 am

Qui succédera à Monterrey, double tenant du titre ? Le coup d’envoi de la Ligue des champions 2012-2013 a été donné ce mardi. L’ancienne formule, qui a duré quatre saisons, a été remplacée. Désormais, plus de tour préliminaire : les 24 participants sont directement plongés dans huit groupes de trois équipes, dont seul le vainqueur passe au tour suivant.

C’est dire si tout droit à l’erreur est interdit ! C’est donc assez mal parti pour Salt Lake, qui s’est incliné 1-0 à Herediano (Costa Rica), alors que l’équipe pouvait pourtant aligner son onze de base pour la première fois depuis longtemps (résumé vidéo).

Vainqueur de sa coupe nationale, Toronto représentera le Canada et entrera en lice ce soir à 20h00 contre les Salvadoriens d’Aguila. La victoire est obligatoire, surtout quand on sait que le troisième membre du groupe est Santos Laguna, tombeur du TFC en demi-finale la saison dernière.

Seattle sera la troisième équipe de MLS à commencer son tournoi cette semaine, ce jeudi contre les Trinidadiens de Caledonia. La régularité, surtout en défense, sera la clef d’un bon parcours international pour le triple vainqueur de la Coupe des États-Unis.

Les deux autres représentants américains en Ligue des champions, Houston et le LA Galaxy, y joueront leur premier match lors de la prochaine journée de compétition, dans trois semaines.

Pour le calendrier et les résultats complets, rendez-vous sur le site officiel de la Ligue des champions.

31 July 1:25 pm

Ever wonder what the days are like in the life of MLSers leading up to matches?

Well, now you can find out. Major League Soccer and NBC have announced a new, day-in-the-life series, MLS 36. The program – which follows in the footsteps of fellow NBC Sports Network series Fight Night 36, IndyCar 36 and NHL 36 – takes viewers behind the scenes for a player's 36 hours prior to kickoff.

San Jose Earthquakes star and golden-boot leading Chris Wondolowski wil be the first league player highlighted, when his preparation for the 2012 MLS All-Star Game will air on Sunday, August 5 at 9:30 pm ET on the NBC Sports Network. The second installment is set to air the following Friday, August 10 when Seattle's Fredy Montero's preparations are recorded ahead of the Sounders' World Football Challenge match vs. Chelsea on July 18.

Additional episodes and players of MLS 36 will be announced at a later date. Which player to the right would you want to see featured? Or, let us know who else you would want in the comments below.

31 July 11:45 am

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).

30 July 12:32 pm

A lot went into Tim Cahill's move to New York. And now that the former Everton midfielder is stateside, the journey is only just beginning.

In exclusive one-on-one interviews with NewYorkRedBulls.com, Cahill discusses his motives for joining Major League Soccer, how US internationals and Everton teammates Tim Howard and Landon Donovan influenced his decision, and what he's looking forward to the most in New York.

Check out each piece below. Does signing Cahill make the Red Bulls MLS Cup favorites?

Part I: Cahill's decision
Part II: Cahill's teammates
Part III: Cahill's drive
Part IV: Cahill's introduction 

30 July 11:22 am

Houston devant le LA Galaxy, Philadelphie, Chivas USA et Toronto : voilà l’étonnant classement si on prend en compte les 6 dernières rencontres disputées par chacune des équipes. C’est dire si les meneurs avancent au ralenti, et la dernière journée a confirmé la tendance.

San José a beau s’égosiller devant le « conte de fées » de Lehnart, le leader a perdu deux points chez lui contre Chicago et a encore dû courir derrière le score. Il sent derrière lui le souffle de Salt Lake, vainqueur de Vancouver et dont la défense de fortune s’est rassurée à quelques jours de son entrée en lice en Ligue des champions.

Multipliant les erreurs individuelles, New York a perdu à Montréal qui a fêté à la fois le premier but de Di Vaio et les débuts officiels de Nesta. Rien ne va plus à Kansas City, qui ne parvient pas à concrétiser sa domination et s’est incliné chez lui contre Columbus.

Intraitable depuis l’arrivée de Garcia, Houston a remporté à Toronto sa première victoire en déplacement depuis le 17 mars et intègre le peloton de tête. En bas de classement, Philadelphie a battu New England et poursuit son incroyable remontée.

LES RÉSULTATS
Salt Lake - Vancouver
Toronto - Houston
Montréal - New York
Dallas - LA Galaxy
Kansas City - Columbus
Colorado - Seattle
San José - Chicago
Portland - Chivas USA
Philadelphie - New England

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Classement général
Cliquez sur un résultat pour voir le résumé vidéo

 

30 July 8:53 am

New York's acquisition of Australian attacking midfielder Tim Cahill was expected to have some knock-on effects. Looks like the first victim in the game of dominoes could be Mehdi Ballouchy.

According to this report on BigAppleSoccer.com, the Red Bulls are set to ship the Moroccan midfielder -- who was acquired from Colorado in 2010 -- to the San Jose Earthquakes. Nothing is confirmed by either club, and no word yet on what the Quakes are giving in return.

Ballouchy has made 16 appearances for NY this year, scored one goal, and posted two assists. In his two and a half seasons at Red Bull Arena, he has made a total of 51 regular-season appearances and five playoff appearances. He has scored four goals and added four assists.