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12 July 1:14 pm


Courtesy of NBA.com

Steve Nash has all the skills needed to succeed at the professional level of his sport: vision, agility, an incredible feel for the game.

And oh yeah, he's pretty good at basketball, too.

In an interview with Lakers.com's Mike Trudell, the recetly-acquired point guard was quick to admit that the Beautiful Game has been vital to his basketball career.

"I didn't play basketball until I was 13," Nash said. "I wouldn't have been an NBA player if I didn't play soccer."

Nash joins an already soccer-crazed Laker squad that includes perennial All-Star and proud Barcelona fan Kobe Bryant, and actual Barcelona Basquet product Pau Gasol, who was in attendance to watch Spain win the Euros in Kiev on July 1.

Playing alongside offensive threats Bryant and Gasol, the NBA's fifth all-time assist leader will be poised to add to that total significantly. It's no coincidence that Nash is one of the best passers to ever play the game, and he credits his vision in large part to his soccer background.

"The ideas, the ability to see and anticipate, all of that is a part of my basketball game," Nash added. "It really was developed in soccer. It's been good to me in many ways."

12 July 12:56 pm

La finale de la Coupe des États-Unis, programmée de longue date à Kansas City, opposera le Sporting local à Seattle, triple tenant du titre. L’affiche rêvée !

Lors des demi-finales programmées ce mercredi, Kansas City s’est imposé 0-2 à Philadelphie, vengeant le cinglant 4-0 concédé en championnat il y a quelques semaines, alors que Seattle a confirmé son retour en forme en battant Chivas USA 4-1. Mais Sigi Schmid ne sera heureux qu’en cas de victoire lors de la finale, le 8 août. Rappelons que le vainqueur décrochera aussi un ticket pour la Ligue des champions 2013-2014.

La journée a également été très animée du côté nord de la frontière. On a commencé par des transferts : Davide Chiumiento quitte Vancouver pour le FC Zurich, Justin Braun rejoint Salt Lake et quitte Montréal qui s’est renforcé avec l’arrière gauche suisse Dennis Iapichino, alors que Toronto se sépare de Nick Soolsma et prête Joao Plata.

En soirée, le duel entre les Ontariens et leurs compatriotes du Pacifique a eu des allures de feu d’artifice (résumé vidéo complet). Le marquoir indiquait 2-1 à la fin du temps réglementaire, avant que Mattocks n’égalise de la tête suite à une détente digne de la NBA. Mais tard dans les arrêts de jeu, Dunfield a offert les trois points au TFC.

12 July 11:46 am

There's no other way to put it.

Darren Mattocks posterized Logan Emory on Wednesday night like we've rarely ever seen in a professional soccer match (WATCH IT HERE).

It evoked memories of some of the greatest moments where men serve as mere hurdles on the path to a catch, dunk or in yesterday's case -- a header. Which one did you like best?

(Photos courtesy: Reuters, Getty Images and AP)

MLS: Darren Mattocks over Logan Emory

OLYMPICS: Vince Carter over Frederic Weis

NFL: Jerome Simpson over Daryl Washington

NBA: LeBron James over John Lucas

AFL: Andrew Walker over Jake Carlisle

11 July 7:15 pm

This Pardo is a little faster and a lot younger.

Chicago Fire veteran Pável Pardo may be sharing his last name with a Colombian forward if reports from Colombia hold true.

This article states that soon-to-be 22-year-old forward Felipe Pardo has a standing offer from MLS after becoming surplus to requirements at Independiente Medellín in Colombia.

11 July 7:00 pm

Venezuelan international defender Oswaldo Vizcarrondo could be leaving América for America.

The US may be the destination for the current Club América player, who is ready to leave Mexico for MLS, although Uruguayan side Peñarol have also stepped up the chase, according to Venezuelan media.

Vizcarrondo's representative, José Luis Luraschi, says he's awaiting formal offers to come through this week in order to evaluate them with Club América, who will reportedly be expecting some sort of compensation.

11 July 6:57 pm

Yesterday, MLS stars and New York Red Bulls players Rafa Marquez and Kenny Cooper visited St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. During their visit, Rafa and Kenny spent time with several patients and even helped a few patients learn some new soccer tricks.

MLS W.O.R.K.S. helps share the mission of St. Jude through the Goals for St. Jude program. Rafa and Kenny join Logan Pause of the Chicago Fire, Shea Salinas of the San Jose Earthquakes and Dan Kennedy of Chivas USA as ambassadors for the program.

Be on the lookout for Goals for St. Jude week in September to see how you can get involved in the life-saving mission of helping St. Jude find a cure for childhood cancer. Help us kick cancer!

Learn more about the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Soccer Kicks Cancer program.

11 July 1:51 pm

Ask Joe Bendik about his eight-year-old nephew Gavin, and his eyes instantly light up.

You see, Gavin has cystic fibrosis and Bendik, the Portland Timbers backup goalkeeper, has used his notoriety as a professional soccer player to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  It's a passion that has led Bendik to raise close to $3,000 through the Portland chapter of Team Gavin as part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Great Strides National Walk Event.

Those efforts have earned him the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Month award for July.

Bendik and a handful of teammates participated in the May 19 Great Strides event at Oaks Park Amusement Park or donated gear to show their support. Along with the money generated at the local event, Team Gavin raised more than $30,000 nationwide.

Bendik is hoping to draw on the excitement displayed during the Great Strides walk to plan a charity golf tournament in August. He's also working with a local high school in the area on an alumni football game fundraiser.  All of it with Gavin in mind.

Article by Dan Itel. Read more.

11 July 12:43 pm

Le magazine Coup Franc (que vous pouvez écouter ici), c’est avant tout votre émission. Nous vous proposons d’y prendre une part encore plus importante en créant notre nouveau générique.

La donne est assez simple : si vous êtes musicien ou faites partie d’un groupe, envoyez-nous une (ou plusieurs) de vos compositions. Cela peut être n’importe quel style de musique, surprenez-nous !

Le morceau ne doit pas forcément être long (une trentaine de secondes suffisent amplement) et doit idéalement être uniquement instrumental (mais s’il y a des voix et que c’est relié au soccer, ça pourrait être sympa aussi).

Ce qu’on cherche, c’est une musique dynamique et enthousiasmante (évitez les tempos de berceuses) dans l’esprit des podcasts de la MLS. Écoutez les intros de March to the Match ou d’ExtraTime Radio, ça vous donnera peut-être des idées.

Si vous êtes nombreux à nous envoyer des créations géniales, on pourra en utiliser une en début d’émission, une autre comme générique de fin et même certaines durant les très brèfs intermèdes musicaux. Bien entendu, nous ne manquerons pas de faire connaître les heureux élus et de les aider à obtenir de la visibilité.

Faites-nous parvenir vos compositions à coup.franc@MLSsoccer.com et dès que quelque chose nous plaira, nous l’utiliserons.

10 July 9:28 pm

The irony will not be lost on D.C. United fans that without the help of their rivals, the LA Galaxy, there would probably have been no new investor announcement in DC.

New investor Jason Levien, one of the two additions to D.C.'s ownership group on Tuesday, talked about how it was a meeting with good friend and fellow Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Erick Thohir at a Galaxy match in Indonesia of all places, which led to the groundbreaking news for United fans.

Levien was in town for the 50th anniversary party thrown for Thohir's parents last November — "one for the ages," explained Levien — and it happened to be held the same week that the Galaxy made a stop on their Asian tour to face the Indonesian national team, a match set up by Thohir.

"We went to the game, the exhibition and that night we stayed up well into the night," Levien said. "And we really talked to each other and Erick had a strong conviction about soccer. And we shared a passion for it and a passion for MLS and having the opportunity through Major League Soccer to make a difference here in the United States.

"Through the late hours that night and the following days we sort of made a pact to do our best to try to invest in Major League Soccer," he continued. "Quickly our attention turned to Washington, D.C., and D.C. United."

The rest is history, as they say. And D.C. fans will always know they have the Galaxy to thank.

10 July 5:15 pm

Remember that age-old mantra reminding you to be comfortable in your own skin? Well, a couple of US national teamers went a step further.

Men's captain Carlos Bocanegra and women's superstar Abby Wambach were not camera-shy when ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue came calling. Both Bocanegra and Wambach shed some skin – and some visual insight – into what the soccer bodies look like from two of America's best.

The body of a soccer player, like any athlete, is defined as much by its impressive and imposing physicality as it is its ability to withstand the daily beating it takes.

"When you play soccer, you are going to get cut, you are going to get bruised," explains Wambach. "If sitiches have to happen, if staples have to come, that's just part of the game – just take it."

Also included in the fourth annual publication are the NFL's Rob Gronkowski, the WNBA's Candace Parker and the NBA's Tyson Chandler, among others.