You can't help but respect Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch for immersing himself in the local culture of Quebec, an effort that centers on the French lessons the former US national team assistant is currently taking.
Montreal’s man in charge is keen to speak the natives; language and the Impact’s video staff followed him along to his latest French lesson to spy on his progress.
The title of the video roughly translates to “Jesse Marsch’s French is getting better, week by week.” So just like his team then, which is coming off impressive back-to-back victories against Portland and Sporting Kansas City.
Marsch also had this to say about the great job his squad is doing with settling down in French-Canadian surroundings:
“As a group, we have a lot of people who have come up here to Montreal and now they understand that being here is different and that it’s unique. They are attaching themselves to everything that this club is, that this city is. There are a bunch of guys here who are committed to doing this thing wholly.”
We haven't heard much about Bobby Burling in recent months, not since the onetime San Jose Earthquakes defender was selected by the Montreal Impact in last fall's expansion draft and declined to join the new club.
The 27-year-old obviously has plenty of playing years left, but for now he's been doing some traveling, including stopping in to visit his friend Sacha Kljestan.
— Sacha Kljestan (@SachaKljestan) May 8, 2012
So is Kljestan -- or should we call him Superman? -- going to help Burling get a gig somewhere in Belgium?
Dans les semaines à venir, la Major League Soccer sera riche de deux nouveaux stades, à Houston et Montréal.
Au Texas, le BBVA Compass Stadium accueillera son premier match officiel ce samedi 12 mai : Houston – DC United. L’inauguration officielle de la nouvelle enceinte a eu lieu, les joueurs ont déjà pu s’y entraîner, et tout le monde attend la grande fête lors de laquelle les 22 000 places du stade devraient être occupées.
À Montréal, les travaux vont bon train au stade Saputo, déjà utilisé par le club les saisons précédentes, mais auquel on ajoute une tribune, des coins, un toit, pour arriver à une capacité dépassant les 20 000 places. Ceux qui suivent le chantier via webcam remarquent des changements notables jour après jour : et pour cause, tout doit être prêt pour la venue de Seattle le 16 juin.
On Cinco De Mayo, there was plenty of great MLS action to be seen, so MLSsoccer.com rewarded fans for tuning into two nationally televised games (NBC Sports, ESPN) and watching with an attentive eye. By following @MLS and answering #CincoDeMayoTrivia questions, five lucky fans won the MLS jersey of their choice!
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— Kevin Lopez-Mohedano (@kevinlopezWA) May 5, 2012
— Chris Bell (@CBelluncw) May 5, 2012
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New York earned their second clean sheet of the season in as many weeks on Saturday with a rookie keeper and a makeshift backline. After grabbing a 1-0 lead just 19 minutes into the game, the Red Bulls had to fight off a barrage of attacks in order to escape with a huge road win. Ironically, it’s the NY defenders that have now become a hot item in Fantasy Soccer: Manager.
Points Breakdown (Week 9)
GK Ryan Meara – 9 points
D Jan Gunnar Solli – 10 points
D Connor Lade – 8 points
D Markus Holgersson – 7 points
D Tyler Ruthven – 7 points
M Brandon Barklage – 6 points
It looks as if New York’s early-season defensive woes could be a thing of the past – at least for now – because if you had any of the guys above in Week 9, your investment paid off. Ryan Meara was tied for third among 'keepers in points scored this past weekend and the rest of the guys didn’t do too shabby either. Brandon Barklage could’ve had nine points, but he’s listed as a midfielder. This only gave him one point for the clean sheet, while Solli (playing midfield) grabbed the full four points. With two games coming up this week most of these guys could be solid pickups, with Meara ($5.0m) and Lade ($4.3m) being exceptional options at a very low price, unless of course, Roy Miller returns.
Let’s take a closer look at the stats and the chalkboards to see how the RBNY defense shut down the MLS Cup 2011 champs.
Possession: LA Galaxy 63% - NY Red Bulls 37%
The Galaxy controlled possession for the entire game, but it wasn’t just meaningless passing in its own half. LA attempted 274 passes in the opposition's half while NY attempted less than half of that (130), with the Galaxy completing 72 percent and the Red Bulls completing 77 percent. In the image below you can see that LA (right) not only flooded the entire half with passes, but they drove the ball into the box repeatedly. New York's possessions are on the left.
Open Play Crosses
LA continuously served the ball into the box hoping that something would come of it. New York only managed four crosses from open play all game, but the Galaxy drove it in eight times that amount (32 crosses). New York (left) connected on just one of their four crosses (25 percent), while LA (right) connected on eight of 24 (33 percent).
Clearances & Interceptions
The defensive statistics were even more staggering. In 90 minutes, the Red Bulls (left) tallied 66 combined clearances and interceptions (28 interceptions and 38 clearances) in the defensive half, while the Galaxy (right) managed just 13 (three interceptions and 10 clearances).
New York were extremely fortunate to have not conceded a goal, but regardless, their confidence has to be growing. Coming up in Week 10, they play the Houston Dynamo at home and the Philadelphia Union away. With both teams struggling, a shutout looks like another possible feat in at least one of the two games, making New York defenders more enticing than they ever have been before.
As you can see above, Clint Dempsey is a company man, even if there is significant doubt as to his long-term future with Fulham.
Dempsey scored his 17th goal of the EPL campaign on Sunday – a total that trails only Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Agüero – by curling a free kick into the top corner in the London club's 2-1 victory against Sunderland.
And with the silly season rapidly approaching, media on the other side of the pond are already rounding into mid-summer form, linking the American striker with a move to Arsenal – potentially as a replacement for van Persie should the lure of Manchester City or another big-money suitor draw the Dutchman away.
Should that come off, it's safe to say the Gunners are going to have a serious uptick in interest in the US. Then again, Arsenal's Champions League credentials aren't yet secured either, leaving some doubt about their summer strategy and their ability to attract the big names needed to return to the highest rung on the European ladder.
Personally, I'd love to see an American ply their trade in La Liga, and this article makes a pretty convincing argument that Malaga wouldn't be a bad destination for Deuce.
Where would you do if you were Dempsey? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
Les revers conjugués de Kansas City et San José ont fait le bonheur de Salt Lake et Seattle, provoquant un regroupement général en tête du classement.
Largement favori à domicile contre Montréal, Kansas City a subi sa seconde défaite consécutive de la saison. Il a été « battu à son propre jeu » par un adversaire efficace en contre qui alignait plusieurs joueurs ayant peu voire pas joué cette saison.
Après avoir retrouvé le chemin des filets mercredi à Edmonton, Eric Hassli a confirmé son retour en forme en MLS, permettant à Vancouver de s’imposer dans les arrêts de jeu contre une équipe de San José qui a déjà fait preuve de plus de concentration.
Des résultats qui font le bonheur de Seattle, qui prendrait la tête s’il remporte ses matchs de retard, et a battu Philadelphie en alignant une défense jeune et remaniée. Match après match, Salt Lake peine mais gagne, ce qui lui permet de se retrouver en tête à égalité de points avec San José (mais en ayant joué davantage que tous ses poursuivants).
Vainqueur au LA Galaxy, qui fait dans l’autocritique, New York a enfin offert une belle prestation défensive et effectue une belle remontée.
Enfin, Toronto a aligné sa huitième défaite de suite et la frustration règne à BMO Field…
Chivas USA - Chicago
Toronto - DC United
Seattle - Philadelphie
Vancouver - San José
LA Galaxy - New York
Kansas City - Montréal
Salt Lake - New England
Portland - Columbus
Dallas - Colorado
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On Saturday evening chanting and beating drums could be heard through the streets of midtown Manhattan. New York Red Bulls fans took over.
33rd street from Greeley Square to Fifth avenue was shut down to accommodate a large gathering of fans from supporters groups —including the Empire Supporters Club, Garden State Ultras, and Viking Army— who showed their support for the Red Bulls, ahead of their nationally televised (ESPN, 8pm ET) clash with rivals LA Galaxy.
The scenes were colorful, lively and loud as fans marched down the street before entering Legends Bar, to watch New York's trip to the Home Depot Center.
Eric Rios, a board member of the Empire Supporters Club, was pleased with the turnout at the first event of its kind this season. "We got a lot of people, we made some noise. That's what's it's all about."
INTERVIEW WITH ERIC RIOS
Feliz Cinco de Mayo a todos!
There haven't been too many Mexicans to grace the fields of MLS, but there have been some very good ones.
KickTV's Jimmy Conrad counts down the Top 5 Mexicans alltime in MLS.
On Wednesday, Seattle Sounders striker Fredy Montero smashed a 35-yard goal in the club's 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy. It was one of those "Wow!" moments that has people still talking.
But it sure seemed familiar, didn't it?
Of course, it did. Because Montero himself did nearly the exact same thing about three years ago.
Which one do you like more?