16 April 12:25 pm

Transfer rumors have always swirled around Seattle Sounders star Fredy Montero.

But the latest one is interesting based on the timing and the club names.

The Sounder At Heart blog unearthed a tweet by Henry "El Bocha" Jimenez, a high-profile Colombian reporter based in Bogota, who claimed that Montero is in the crosshairs of Dutch giants Ajax and English side Liverpool FC.

Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer has already gone on the record recently, telling last month: "I think it's impossible to say no [to a big offer]."

Although he's created plenty of havoc, the 24-year-old Colombian has not registered a goal or assist thus far in 2012.

16 April 12:04 pm

Les semaines se suivent et se ressemblent pour Kansas City, qui a encore gagné. Aurélien Collin a inscrit de la tête le but de la victoire contre Salt Lake, dans un sommet très défensif. Sur les neuf buts marqués par le leader, cinq l’ont été de la tête : 2012 vole haut pour le Sporting !

L’autre match très attendu de ce samedi a aussi tenu ses promesses, avec un 2-2 entre New York et San José. L’armada offensive locale a eu raison de la solide défense californienne mais Thierry Henry a reconnu qu’en deuxième mi-temps, les siens n’ont pas touché au ballon !

Seattle a retrouvé le chemin des filets et de la victoire : le but de Zach Scott contre Colorado, attendu depuis 306 minutes, permet aux hommes de Sigi Schmid de remonter au classement.

En queue de peloton, la solidité défensive retrouvée de Philadelphie combinée à un but de Gomez a permis à l’Union de remporter sa première victoire cette saison. Battu par Chivas USA, plus à l’aise loin de ses bases, Toronto reste calé avec zéro point.

Menant à Dallas grâce à Bernardo Corradi, qui a dédié son but à son ancien coéquipier Piermario Morosini, Montréal a raté le coche en s’inclinant en fin de match face à un adversaire peu convaincant. Le LA Galaxy a enfin renoué avec la victoire, battant Portland dans un duel des mal classés.

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

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14 April 6:31 pm

At halftime of Saturday's match between Philadelphia and Columbus on NBC Sports Network, the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game jersey was revealed.

This is what the MLSers will wear when they take on Chelsea on July 25.

What do you think? 

13 April 7:12 pm

When he wants to be, Bruce Arena is one of the best quotes in Major League Soccer. He’s seen it all and said it all by now, but he somehow continues to throw out one-liners with a snarl or a Cheshire Cat grin that are some of the best in the league, again and again.

But Arena might have missed some of his audience with his latest line, doled out on Friday ahead of the team’s matchup against the Portland Timbers at the Home Depot Center.

Of course the questions in Galaxy camp are in the “do-or-die” vein these days, with LA reeling a bit and stuck at the bottom of the Western Conference. So when reporters expectedly asked the requisite “panic button” question, Arena went the rarely taken “Bay of Pigs” route with his answer.

“It’s like the president who’s got the black bag close, if you’ve got to send off the missiles and stuff, we’ve got it ready in case we have to do it too,” Arena said. “It’s time for us to start winning, no question about it. Is it the panic button? No, but we’ve got to win games.”

Not a bad metaphor, right? Oh wait, you have no idea what the “black bag” is? You’re not alone.

Arena’s going a little bit old school on this one, calling out a somewhat dated reference to the “nuclear football” that’s been around since the Kennedy administration. That’s right: Arena just went all Cold War on you and you didn’t even know it.

The “black bag” is actually a 45-pound leather briefcase that follows the president around at all times, and it’s stocked with a classified nuclear war plan. It first appeared in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the government saw a need for the president to have nuclear decision-making tools at the ready, even when away from the White House.

The bag still follows the president around to this day (the instructions on how to use the football is still considered the ritual that symbolizes that change of power on a new president’s inauguration day), so Arena’s reference is a relevant one. But considering that the largest demographic of MLS fans is somewhere between 18 and 34 years old, there’s a huge chunk of folks who were born long after Kennedy stared down the Soviet Union, and most probably think the Cold War has something to do with Ivan Drago in Rocky IV.

So don’t blame Arena if you don’t know your history.  Just be glad he didn’t compare Landon Donovan to the 1973 oil crisis.

13 April 4:52 pm

This week, we see the antics of two Sporting Kansas City youngsters on the golf course, two ex-MLS stars share a curry in England and Timbers rookie Andrew Jean-Baptiste shares his favorite movie quote.

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So this is what Sporting's young strikers Soony Saad and Dominic Dwyer get up to in their spare time!? Will Tiger Woods start doing this soon?

US International Stuart Holden enjoys a "rubby murray" (slang for Indian food in England), with fellow US International Robbie Rogers and brother Euan Holden - who also plays professionally for Stockport County in England.

Many people complain about the view from their office window - too many pigeons, construction work, etc. But Real Salt Lake's captain Kyle Beckerman can have no such complaints about the view from his "office." Wow.

Portland Timbers rookie Andrew Jean-Baptiste was drafted with the 8th overall pick this year. The former UCONN standout spends most of his time on Twitter. Here he shares a classic movie quote....well, sort of.

Liverpool striker and Welsh legend Craig Bellamy has always been a colorful character. Leander Schaerlaecken is eagerly anticipating a possible move to MLS.

If you see a soccer tweet that should be included in our top five, be sure to send it to the @MLS_Insider!

13 April 1:33 pm

Chicago Fire front office extraordinaires Brendan Hannan and Jeff Crandall dared Chicago Fire forward Dominic Oduro to a race.

The fastest man in MLS was so confident he'd win the 40-yard dash, he put his salary on the line. See how it ended up below:

13 April 1:18 pm

KickTV's Jimmy Conrad gives us his list of the Top 5 most underrated soccer players of all-time (watch the video below), which by the way also includes an MLS player.

It got us thinking: Most underrated MLS player today is ...?

Everyone is going to have an opinion, but we submit to you 10 names from the current league season. Your votes will decide who's most underrated.

13 April 12:37 pm

In honor of Friday the 13th, the players of Montreal Impact were asked what superstitions they have before game time.

Superstitions in the world of sports generally are a result of pre-game rituals which have turned into habit.

Some say athletes are creatures of habit, and if that’s true, these creatures’ habits include: 90’s hip-hop, a propensity to their lower left limbs, and gorging on Gummi Bears.

See for yourself:

13 April 12:22 pm

It doesn't get much better than this for soccer fans in Houston -- well, until BBVA Compass Stadium actually opens its doors that is.

Just a month remains until the Dynamo become the latest MLS side to play in their own venue, which is looking better and better by the day.

Check out this local news report to get a glimpse of the club's new locker room and a handful of the views that Houston fans can look forward to on May 12 against D.C. United. Safe to say there is going to be a lot of envious fans out there.

13 April 12:03 pm

Sans manque de considération pour les autres, deux rencontres attireront toute l’attention ce week-end : Kansas City – Salt Lake et New York – San José.

L’autoritaire leader va recevoir un de ses dauphins actuels qui compte lui ravir ses premiers points pour un duel entre formations qui aiment jouer haut et faire le jeu. Salt Lake a tout intérêt à se méfier car il a encaissé ses quatre buts cette saison sur attaque posée. Jason Kreis a d’ailleurs décidé de revoir ses plans tactiques avant ce déplacement périlleux. Pour son homologue Peter Vermes, la clef d’une sixième victoire consécutive sera d’avoir le dessus sur les deuxièmes ballons.

Pour vous mettre dans le bain, lisez le comparatif secteur par secteur (en anglais) effectué par Simon Borg.

Le choc de la Red Bull Arena sera celui des buteurs. Chris Wondolowski, qui porte à lui seul l’attaque californienne, se sent prêt à concurrencer le duo Henry – Cooper. Il voudra aussi profiter d’une défense new yorkaise affaiblie par la blessure de Conde.

Pour vous mettre en appétit, vous pourrez regarder Philadelphie en quête de sa première victoire, contre Columbus samedi en début d’après-midi sur NBC Sports Network. Et pour digérer le tout, il y aura dimanche sur Galavision le duel entre les deux équipes qui ont le moins joué cette saison, Chicago et Houston.

Samedi 14 avril
15h30 : Philadelphie - Columbus
16h00 : New England - DC United
16h00 : Seattle - Colorado
16h30 : Toronto - Chivas USA
19h00 : New York - San José
20h30 : Dallas - Montréal
20h30 : Kansas City - Salt Lake
22h30 : LA Galaxy - Portland
Dimanche 15 avril
19h00 : Chicago - Houston

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