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29 April 12:57 am

As if the San Jose Earthquakes' victory in Philadelphia on Saturday wasn't thrilling enough, Gus Johnson's call on Steven Lenhart's game-winning goal made it that much more memorable.

Take a listen below and feel the goosebumps for yourself.

It looks like the voice made famous by numerous March Madness moments is showing to be a natural fit for soccer.


GUS by bubbaprog

27 April 8:04 pm

The transfer window may be closed, but that doesn't apply to players who are out of contract.

One such player is someone most MLS fans will recognize. And he wants back in:

Know anyone with a need for midfield depth and an available international slot? Hello, New York?

 

27 April 5:21 pm

Otra semana pasa y nos alistamos para otra jornada de la MLS.

FC Dallas y Real Salt Lake ya comenzaron la Fecha 8 con un partido que terminó en un frustrante empate para ambos clubes.

Ahora viene el plato fuerte, y como hemos tomado de costumbre, ofrecemos nuestros pronósticos para esta fecha.

Aquí en Tiro Libre no somos adivinos, pero si muy competitivos. Así que veremos quien de estos panelistas tiene razón en su manera de ver el juego y analizar los equipos.

Como siempre, ustedes nos pueden acompañar en esta causa y dar sus propias predicciones por Twitter.

Aquí vamos:

Semana 8

Partido

Kristel Valencia
Editora

Edgar Acero
Editor Asociado

Simon Borg
Senior Editor

Carlos Rodriguez
Editor de Video

MTL v POR
(Sab, 2 ET)

EMPATE

EMPATE

NY v NE
(Sab, 3:30 ET)

PHI v SJ
(Sab, 7 ET)

EMPATE

EMPATE

DC v HOU
(Sab, 7:30 ET)

EMPATE

EMPATE

CLB v VAN
(Sab, 7:30 ET)

EMPATE

EMPATE

EMPATE

CHI v SEA
(Sab, 8:30 ET)

EMPATE

EMPATE

COL v CHV
(Sab, 9 ET)

EMPATE

RSL v TOR
(Sab, 9 ET)

EMPATE

EMPATE

LA v DAL
(Sab, 10:30 ET)

Correcto/Total

 

4/9

 

 

4/9

 

 

3/9

 

 

4/9

 

27 April 3:50 pm

Back on Tuesday, we blogged about Washington Wizards star point guard John Wall showing up at a club in Miami wearing not a D.C. United jersey, but that of rival New York Red Bulls.

Well clearly the front-office brass of D.C. United wanted to rectify the situation as United striker Chris Pontius (@chrispontius13) tweeted this today:

Perhaps Wall caught the highlights of the recent D.C. United vs. Red Bulls game and decided to ditch NY in favor of his city’s kit or perhaps Wall just prefers the black and red D.C.’s jersey offers if, after all, MLS gear is his clubbing gear of choice.

27 April 12:24 pm

Des matchs faciles en théorie mais pièges par excellence attendent plusieurs poursuivants de Kansas City, au repos lors d’une journée où toutes les rencontres auront lieu samedi.

Après avoir fait tomber le leader, Portland voudra confirmer ce succès à Montréal où l’on craint comme la peste les coups de pied arrêtés des pensionnaires de l’Oregon, qui n’ont pourtant plus marqué ainsi depuis leur premier match de la saison, contre Philadelphie.

Un peu plus tard en après-midi, NBC Sports Network nous offrira un duel a priori disproportionné entre New York et New England, où le duo Henry – Cooper attirera une nouvelle fois tous les regards. Autre rencontre déséquilibrée sur le papier : Salt Lake reçoit Toronto toujours en quête de son premier point.

Le deuxième du classement général, San José, devra encore remodeler sa défense pour se déplacer à Philadelphie, dont le gardien ne s’est plus retourné depuis le 24 mars. À surveiller également, le déplacement de Seattle, en embuscade malgré ses nombreux matchs de retard, à Chicago, la confirmation probable du retour en forme du LA Galaxy contre Dallas, et la visite de Chivas, auteur d’un 9/9 en déplacement, à Colorado où l’on parle autant du retour de Conor Casey que de la barrière de la langue.

LE PROGRAMME COMPLET
Samedi 28 avril
14h00 : Montréal - Portland
15h30 : New York - New England
19h00 : Philadelphie - San José
19h30 : DC United - Houston
19h30 : Columbus - Vancouver
20h30 : Chicago - Seattle
21h00 : Salt Lake - Toronto
21h00 : Colorado - Chivas
22h30 : LA Galaxy - Dallas

Toutes les heures HE (heure de New York et Montréal)
Rendez-vous ici pour la disponibilité des matchs sur MLS Live et les diffuseurs locaux
Hors États-Unis et Canada, vous pouvez voir des matchs de MLS via ces diffuseurs ou LiveSport.tv

26 April 3:57 pm

Look who it is, that’s right, it’s the expected No. 1 pick at this year's NFL Draft, Andrew Luck.

With the Indianapolis Colts stating on Tuesday that they will pick Luck to plug the mammoth gap left by Peyton Manning at quarterback, you can excuse Luck for being a little overwhelmed.

If he is, he’s not showing it. He spoke with Jimmy Conrad from Kick TV about the upcoming draft, Clint Dempsey, the Houston Dynamo and his general love for soccer. What a gentleman.

And don’t forget Luck’s father, Oliver, was president of the Dynamo from 2005 until 2007.

MLS is in his blood and it's obviously there to stay.

26 April 12:51 pm

Liverpool FC are going to open their doors to the public, Hard Knocks style, during their preseason tour of the US and Canada this summer.

Cameras will be following the players and coaching staff’s every move in the up close and personal documentary, which will be aired on FOX Soccer in a six-episode series entitled, "Our Liverpool: Never Walk Alone."

The Reds are taking on Toronto FC as part of the World Football Challenge on July 21 at the Rogers Centre.

Emmy award-winning producer Scott Boggin — mastermind behind the 24/7 HBO series, which has showcased the lead-up to the Ricky Hatton vs. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz  boxing matches as well as the NHL's Winter Classis between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals — will follow Liverpool on their North American tour as they prepare for the 2012-13 Premier League season.

FOX Soccer had this to say about the award winning producer:

"Scott's body of work is remarkable, giving fans a true peek behind the curtain into the lives of sport's biggest teams, athletes and coaches. Scott has proven his ability to capture these inner workings in a truly organic manner, and now he has the opportunity to tell Liverpool FC's rich story to a global audience."

The big question is, will the crew be able to understand conversations between Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher in their heavy Scouse accents? Let alone pick up manager Kenny Daglish’s Scottish brogue when he’s off-duty?

Only time will tell, but the show is sure to raise the Reds profile in North America and beyond.

26 April 9:59 am

Après Cruz Azul (1969 à 1971 ; 1996-1997) et Pachuca (2007-2008), Monterrey est devenu le troisième club de l’histoire à conserver son titre de champion de la Concacaf.

Vainqueurs 2-0 à l’aller, les Rayados ont soupiré de soulagement tôt dans la rencontre quand leur gardien Orozco s'en tira avec un carton jaune pour une faute de main en dehors de son rectangle. Orozco fut le héros de la première mi-temps, animée par un duo Quintero – Peralta très en verve. Il ne put toutefois rien sur une puissante frappe de Ludueña juste avant le repos. La seconde période reprit au même rythme, jusqu’à ce qu’un but de Peralta ne rétablisse l’égalité parfaite.

Les pensionnaires de Torréon ont alors levé le pied, laissant leur adversaire revenir dans le match. À moins de 10 minutes de la fin, Cardozo s’infiltra dans la défense pour marquer le but scellant le destin de cette finale (2-1 - résumé vidéo).

Il y avait aussi de l’action hier soir en MLS, où l’opposition de styles prévue s’est confirmée : Dallas a ouvert la marque sur un coup de pied arrêté (penalty converti par Shea) face à Salt Lake qui a égalisé sur une action longuement construite parachevée par le débutant Bonfigli (1-1 - résumé vidéo).

25 April 6:15 pm

We're seeing lots of this lately:

"I think we were the better team, we had more chances, but they did well holding on for the win.” -- FC Dallas' Brek Shea after his team's 1-0 loss to Vancouver on Saturday.

"We didn’t give up many chances. We played well but came up short even though I thought we created more chances. Sometimes, that’s the way it happens, but we kept pressing it. All in all, I was happy with the performance.” -- Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes after his team's 1-0 loss to Portland on Saturday.

“If you look at the game and the number of chances we played, and potential opportunities, possible ... questionable calls that could have led to different results ... We did quite a bit tonight and could have been rewarded a bit more for what we did.” -- Chivas USA manager Robin Fraser after his team's 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

"We should have won the game on the scoreboard. When you create so many chances and play so well, it's just so frustrating. But you have to take a positive from this game. We were by far the better team ... We did everything possible to win the game." -- Colorado Rapids defender Drew Moor after his team's 2-1 loss to the LA Galaxy on Saturday.

“I’m disappointed with the result. We had a couple more chances and could’ve won this game, but we just got a point.” -- Columbus Crew manager Robert Warzycha after a 2-2 draw against Houston on Saturday.

That's five MLS teams who feel they didn't deserve the verdict adjudged by the field. All on the same DAY.

You get the picture here. Barcelona fans get it loud and clear these days.

But don't blame the coaches, who see the payoffs that result from betting on defensive "anti-soccer" tactics. Blame the format of competition.

Fans don't want to see teams bunker in? Create a competition format that draws them out. Reward goals scored handsomely. Lavish the team that scores more of them with a bountiful bonus package. The greater the goal differential in your match? The more points you take away in league play.

But fans and soccer officials around the world would rather huff and puff about goal-line technology, which would only have a marginal effect on the game.

There is a much more meaningful discussion that could be taking place. That it's not is perhaps the most revealing sign that soccer fans actually enjoy the status quo but are too hypocritical to admit it.

That's because the status quo allows for cinderella stories. It creates "villains" and even allows them to win now and then. If the good guy won every time, that'd be a lot less compelling, wouldn't it?

25 April 5:14 pm

What are the chances that the MLS All-Star team will be facing the Champions League trophy winners come July?

The odds certainly improved when Chelsea beat Barcelona in the semifinals this week. They will next face Bayern Munich -- who beat Real Madrid on Wednesday -- in the Champions League final.

Once that's done, though, Chelsea will turn their attention to their US tour, which will, of course, include the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, July 25, at PPL Park outside of Philadelphia.

You want to be there, don't you? Well, tickets went on presale starting today.

CLICK HERE to get tickets via the VISA presale.