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02 February 6:03 pm

We won't know Jurgen Klinsmann's full roster for the US national team's World Cup qualifier against Honduras until Monday, but a celebrity sighting appears to have revealed at least one name on the list.

That would be Sporting KC's Matt Besler, who scored a picture with Kim Kardashian on a flight to Miami (destination revealed thanks to Ms. Kardashian's personal account) and tweeted it to his followers with this message: "Yes, of course you can sit next to me on my flight this morning. Nothing to worry about, Kayne."

Smooth, Matt. Real smooth.

Just spell Kanye's name right next time, OK?

 

01 February 8:09 pm

Grands espoirs de la MLS, joueurs renommés, ils faisaient la une de l’actualité il y a plus ou moins longtemps. Leurs noms sont encore familiers pour certains, mais d’autres ne disent absolument rien à ceux qui suivent notre compétition depuis peu.

Alors que les vedettes d’aujourd’hui ont repris le collier depuis environ deux semaines, MLSsoccer.com nous rafraîchit la mémoire et nous permet de prendre des nouvelles de ces joueurs qui ont marqué leur époque dans nos contrées.

Marco Etcheverry, par exemple, vedette de l’équipe nationale de Bolivie qualifiée pour la World Cup 94 a ensuite disputé près de 200 rencontres pour DC United à l’époque où le club multipliait les succès. Moins connu, Nik Besagno avait été le premier choix du SuperDraft 2005, alors qu’il n’avait que 16 ans. Il en a 24 aujourd’hui et parle de sa carrière qui n’a jamais décollé.

Vous retrouverez bien d’autres histoires en parcourant la liste complète des textes rédigés par MLSsoccer.com, qui réalise cet exercice pour la troisième année consécutive. Parmi elles, celle de Youri Djorkaeff, champion du monde en 1998 qui est venu jouer à New York pour s’y établir définitivement, ou encore celle de l’équipe américaine des -17 ans de 1999, où l’on retrouvait Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, Bobby Convey, Oguchi Onyewu et Kyle Beckerman.

Bonne lecture !

01 February 6:26 pm

En los años 60s, Gerry Marsden, vocalista del grupo británico Gerry and the Pacemakers, se encontraba en Nueva York presentándose en el famoso programa de televisión Ed Sullivan Show. Al mismo tiempo, Liverpool Football Club estaba de gira por los Estados Unidos.

Por eso a Marsden, fanático del Liverpool, se le ocurrió la idea de invitar al programa al equipo de fútbol que visitaba la gran manzana. Ed Sullivan accedió a que el equipo de soccer visitara su programa y aprovechando la oportunidad, Marsden, los invitó al escenario para cantar “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.

Tan pronto cuando terminó la presentación, Bill Shankly, director técnico del club inglés le dijo a Marsden: “Hijo, yo te he dado un equipo de fútbol, pero tú nos has dado una canción”. En el video anterior (en inglés), la gente de Vice nos muestra una mirada más cercana acerca de esta historia.

A partir de entonces, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” se convirtió en el himno de Liverpool FC, y acompaña al equipo cada vez que sale a la cancha. Además, la frase hace parte del escudo del club y se encuentra en la puerta de entrada al estadio.

La canción, originalmente, hizo parte de un musical de Broadway de 1945, titulado Carousel; la versión de Gerry and the Pacemakers es una de tantas, pero la más popular a nivel mundial, alcanzando el número uno en el Reino Unido.

Liverpool Football Club, es además propiedad de Fenway Sports Group, un conglomerado de empresas estadounidense que adquirió al club en 2010.

01 February 4:57 pm

A crossbar challenge of a different variety from our friends at Manchester City. 

Something about this makes me giggle, but I can't put my finger on it. I think it has to do with James Milner's uber-casual kneedrop celebration at :57. Priceless. 

01 February 1:04 pm

Add yet another name to the list of Hondurans connected with a move to MLS.

Toronto FC, who have already been linked to midfielder Arnold Peralta, are now reportedly chasing forward Rommel Quioto (above), according to Honduran outlet Diez.

According to the article, the president of Honduran side Vida, Carla Dip, says she has received an offer from TFC for the 21-year-old, who has featured for the Honduras Under-20 and Under-23 sides but did not make it on the London Olympics squad. He has one cap with the senior team.

"This afternoon, I received an e-mail in which they're interested in the player and they submitted an offer," Dip told Diez. "They would like for him to join them as soon as possible and it would be on loan. I spoke to Quioto and we hope that he can go."

The report finishes by pointing out how Vida were on the verge of transferring Peralta to Toronto a few weeks ago but the player declined at the last minute when an agreement was already in place.

Toronto FC did not comment on the report, with a club spokesman stating that the club doesn't "comment on players not on our roster."

 

30 January 10:04 pm

North American soccer fans have heard it a thousand times from countless different voices, from FIFA boss Sepp Blatter on down: If you want to be a serious league on the world stage, move to a fall-spring schedule like everyone else (by which they actually mean Western Europe, of course).

This argument shrugs off a range of important factors behind MLS and other leagues’ choice of a spring-fall alignment, but perhaps the most important one is the simple fact that it can get awfully cold and snowy in places like Montreal, Chicago and New England every winter.

As it turns out, some people across the pond have taken note of this obvious fact, too, including one of the most powerful men in German soccer.

Namely Karl-Heinze Rummenigge, the chairman at Bayern Munich as well as the chair of the European Club Association, a lobbying group for more than 200 of Europe’s biggest clubs.

"Everywhere, be it Germany, France or England, summer is the best period of the year. And that is the season we don't play,'' Rummenigge told France Football magazine for its latest issue. "In deepest winter, when it is very cold and snowing, we play nearly all the time in conditions that are disagreeable for both players and spectators. It is not logical.

"My sense is that we are heading straight in this direction,” he added. “It's completely possible, even if this idea does not thrill our friends in South America.”

Laying out a future in which European leagues open in January and run until the fall, he predicted that the change would make for more pleasant conditions for both players and supporters and even help reduce the conflict between club and international soccer by leaving a month-long window for national-team play.

"In future, there could be two phases: one for club competitions, the other for qualifying matches or finals of the World Cup or the Euros,'' Rummenigge said. "For one month, national teams would be completely free to call up their players.''

That would also help resolve the looming problem caused by FIFA’s selection of Qatar as the host of the 2022 World Cup, allowing the desert nation to host the world’s biggest sporting event during the mild Middle Eastern winter.

Skeptical reactions from ECA and FIFA officials underlined the difficulties of making this sweeping change to the current status quo. But Stateside soccer folks can take heart from the news that Europe’s elite might actually be coming around to our way of doing things this time.

"It is clear that there will soon be negotiations to examine what can be done. My point of view is that an eventual change to the calendar shouldn't be viewed critically but more as an innovation that could improve the general context,'' Rummenigge said. "Changing the calendar carries risks but it is also an opportunity. The issue of the calendar will become more important the closer 2022 gets.''

30 January 5:43 pm

Citoyens de Cleveland, réjouissez-vous. L’équipe nationale américaine jouera un match amical face à son homologue belge dans votre ville le 29 mai prochain. Les deux équipes s’en serviront pour préparer d’importants duels des éliminatoires de la Coupe du monde. Les médias belges annoncent que Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois et consorts seront en stage aux États-Unis du 23 au 30 mai.

Par ailleurs, la saga Najar a pris fin. En effet, DC United a officialisé le transfert du joueur à Anderlecht. Le milieu droit était arrivé en Belgique il y a déjà plus d’un mois et avait laissé de bonnes impressions lors des matchs amicaux disputés avec les mauve et blanc. Il s’agit du premier transfert de l’histoire de la MLS d’un élément ayant le statut de « joueur formé au club ».

30 January 5:17 pm

From the people who brought you "C.J. Sapong to Arsenal" a few weeks ago, here's a rumor that for some might prove slightly more credible.

The Football Magazine is reporting that English side "Blackburn Rovers are close to completing a deal for the one-time great hope of United States Soccer, Freddy Adu."

HACKWORTH: Adu won't be in training camp with the Union

The article says that "Rovers are currently discussing terms with the Philadelphia Union player and are hopeful of completing a deal before the end of the transfer window."

Rovers currently sit in 15th place in the English second tier, 10 points out of the promotion tussle. The club has been challenged in the attacking half of the field with just 38 goals scored, a total only better than six other clubs in the league. Earlier Wednesday, Blackburn sealed the signing of forward Anton Forrester to aid their offensive fortunes.

The Union had "no comment" on the report when contacted by MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday and Union manager John Hackworth indicated that nothing has changed when asked about the Adu situation on Tuesday.

Hackworth explained the falling out with Adu at the start of Union preseason training, indicating at the time that it had to do with salary-cap issues and a difference of opinion.

As for Freddy Adu, no word from his camp just yet. In fact, he hasn't made any public declarations or tweeted from his Twitter account since November 15.

30 January 12:02 pm

Les États-Unis et le Canada se sont quittés dos-à-dos, sur un partage 0-0, seul score possible à l’issue d’une rencontre guère enthousiasmante que des joueurs hors-saison n’ont jamais été capables d’emballer.

Avec onze titulaires faisant partie des cadres de la MLS, l’équipe américaine a contrôlé le ballon pendant presque tout le match sans parvenir à en faire bon usage. Des qualités individuelles manifestes n’ont jamais été exploitées de manière collective. Le fait que ces joueurs n’étaient pas habitués à jouer ensemble sautait aux yeux et les imprécisions se sont multipliées au moment de donner le coup d’accélérateur qui pouvait faire la différence.

Les Canadiens, eux, ont regardé cela plutôt passivement mais toujours avec la ferme volonté de garder le zéro, ce qu’ils sont parvenus à faire. On peut en attribuer une grande part du mérite à Dejan Jakovic, le meilleur des siens sur le terrain. Kyle Bekker s’est aussi mis en évidence alors que Dwayne De Rosario s’est montré le plus menaçant pour Johnson.

Jürgen Klinsmann soulignait surtout l’effort des siens durant les trois semaines de stage qui ont précédé le match, qui ne lui a réservé aucune bonne surprise. Son alter ego Collin Miller était tout heureux de son premier point pris avec le Canada, et encensait le cœur et l’engagement de ses joueurs.