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03 April 8:23 pm

Rivalry Week has come and gone, but if you take a look at this weekend's slate, you'll see we already get a rematch of the Rocky Mountain Cup. Sweet.

With that in mind, you have to give the Colorado Rapids credit for their video below. Timely, great casting, pretty edgy. I really like it. I want more. 

Seeing this, RSL upped the snark, sending over a swift response to their rivals. Nothing like a TLC-inspired scoreboard check to let little bro know who's boss. You don't call Kyle Beckerman "creepy" and get away with it. 

So who won the latest round of digital banter between these two? We'll let you decide.

03 April 1:24 pm

Consider it their very own Columbus Crew Stadium.

The Costa Rican soccer federation is set to decide on Wednesday whether to stage the Sept. 6 World Cup qualifier against the US national team at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, where the USMNT has never won, or at the newly constructed Estadio Nacional, which opened its doors in March 2011.

The artificial turf and the proximity of fans to the field and lockers have made the Estadio Saprissa a nightmare venue for the USMNT, living up to its nickname the "Monster's Cave." And the Costa Ricans know it.

PHOTOS & VIDEO: A look inside the Monster's Cave

The new Estadio Nacional, where Costa Rica have played their recent matches, was a gift by the Chinese government and features a pristine grass surface.

"I only want to confirm what I've been saying: Both stadiums are useful to the national team," said Costa Rica manager Jorge Luis Pinto in November 2012. "When we believe it's convenient, we'll use Saprissa or the National Stadium."

Especially in light of the SnowClasico victory by the USMNT — Costa Rica's protest of the match was struck down by FIFA — the Ticos want to do their best to exact some serious revenge on Jurgen Klinsmann & Co.

There's one hitch: Apparently the state of the artificial turf at Estadio Saprissa is such that it's not even clear that the Costa Rican national team players want to play on it.

Stay tuned.

USMNT at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa (last six matches)

Dec. 1, 1996 -- Costa Rica 2, USA 1
March 23, 1997 -- Costa Rica 3, USA 2
July 23, 2000 - Costa Rica 2, USA 1
Sept. 5, 2001 -- Costa Rica 2, USA 0
Oct. 8, 2005 -- Costa Rica 3, USA 0
June 3, 2009 -- Costa Rica 3, USA 1

03 April 12:14 pm

On Tuesday night Seattle fans were directing "Sounders Reject" chants at USMNT forward Herculez Gomez in the first half, only to get their comeuppance after he scored the game-winner for Mexican side Santos Laguna in their Champions League semifinal first leg.

Gomez was loaned out to the Sounders in their USL days while he was still an LA Galaxy player.

“I love it. Being called a Sounders’ reject – any kind of reject – digs deep. It fuels fire,” Gomez said after the match. “I didn’t have the easiest go at the beginning of my career, so any chance I can get to definitely redeem myself is a good chance.”

So now what happens when the USMNT comes to town to face Panama in a June 11 World Cup qualifier at the same stadium? Will those same Seattle fans taunting Gomez on Tuesday cheer him on vs. Panama?

How do you feel about Seattle fans mocking a USMNT player during a club match?

Share your thoughts below.

03 April 11:14 am

Le rêve d’une finale de la Ligue des champions 100% MLS s’est quelque peu éloigné hier soir avec la défaite 0-1 de Seattle lors de sa demi-finale aller contre Santos Laguna (résumé vidéo). Aujourd’hui, le LA Galaxy reçoit Monterrey.

Privé de Johnson et Martins, Sigi Schmid avait effectué plusieurs changements dans son équipe, mal classée en championnat. S’il a vu de signes de progrès, ce fut insuffisant pour éviter la défaite. Le bourreau : Herculez Gomez, un ancien de la maison, qui s’est nourri des quolibets de supporters comme source de motivation. Notons aussi la prestation cinq étoiles de Darwin Quintero. Le match retour à Torreón s’annonce on ne peut plus compliqué. Déjà que ce n’est pas simple d’y aller avec deux buts d’avance…

L’honneur de la MLS repose donc en grande partie sur les épaules du LA Galaxy, qui recevra le tenant du titre, Monterrey, ce mercredi à 22h00 (HE). Bonne surprise : Robbie Keane pourrait être titularisé. Un atout non négligeable contre les Rayados, où évoluent de nombreux internationaux et guidés par leur entraîneur à succès, Victor Manuel Vucetich. Les Californiens ont déjà établi leur plan de match : contrôler le rythme dans l’entrejeu, être efficace sur les phases arrêtées et museler Humberto Suazo.

03 April 10:46 am

Sin lugar a dudas ya era hora.

El martes en la tarde, la FIFA confirmó al proveedor que a partir de este verano en la Copa Confederaciones, será el encargado de implantar el sistema de detección automática de goles.

La licitación la ganó la compañía alemana GoalControl, la cual superó las expectativas del organismo rector del fútbol mundial por encima de otros tres proveedores. A través de 14 cámaras de alta velocidad alrededor de la cancha, la compañía se instalará en Brasil semanas antes del inicio de la Copa Confederaciones. Será la segunda que la FIFA utilice en uno de sus eventos la tecnología, luego de la Copa Mundial de Clubes en diciembre, aunque ningún incidente se presentó.

El sistema tecnológico de GoalControl también será el utilizado en la Copa Mundial de la FIFA Brasil 2014.

En cuanto a la Major League Soccer, ejecutivos de la Liga han expresado su interés por el uso de la tecnología, a través de las licencias provistas por FIFA, pero aun no se define una fecha para su implementación.

¿Creen que es necesario implementarlo en la MLS? Déjennos saber en los comentarios a continuación.

02 April 5:40 pm

Put this one in the "It's about time" file: FIFA finally approved goal-line technology last summer, and now they've picked out a provider for this summer's Confederations Cup and next summer's World Cup, both of which will be held in Brazil.

The lucky winners are GoalControl of Germany, who were chosen ahead of three other competitors from around the world, according to a FIFA press release.

Goal-line tech has already been used at last December's Club World Cup, so the Confederations Cup will mark the second FIFA tourney to use it should the final tests go to plan. The Club World Cup went off without incident.

The move for goal-line tech gained momentum after the 2010 World Cup, in which Frank Lampard had what appeared to be a good goal ruled out against Germany in an eventual 4-1 England loss. Some, however, still argue that the shot didn't cross the line.

MLS executives have previously expressed interest in using goal-line technology, though FIFA licensing requirements make the timeframe a bit of a moving target.

Think it's time to make goal-line technology standard? Let us know in the comments section below.

02 April 5:09 pm

What does the date April 2 mean to you? If you're a Houston Dynamo fan, it should mean quite a lot. 

Seven years ago today, Brian Ching scored a bunch of goals (Four, to be exact) and the Dynamo officially became a thing, dismantling Colorado by a 5-2 scoreline at Robertson Stadium in the club's inaugural match.

Houston were awesome enough to dig up the highlights for your viewing pleasure, check them out above and be sure to note Wade Barrett's epic sideburn game. 

02 April 1:38 pm

Herculez Gomez has Twitter figured out. So much so that he's raking in swag one tweet at a time.

Rather than providing the play-by-play rundown behind the process that landed the Santos Laguna forward a free pillow from Seattle Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer ahead of Tuesday night's CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, here's Gomez explaining the situation followed by the tweets that made it happen:

“I thought it would funny to go on [Twitter] and say, ‘I’ll stop with the banter if you can deliver this pillow.’ I even gave him the product number. A few days ago, before our game against Querétaro, I literally get a box and it’s a pillow from Adrian Hanauer. It was like, ‘Touche. Well played.”

02 April 12:05 pm

L’émission Coup Franc de cette semaine (à écouter ici) est consacrée dans sa quasi-intégralité au Sporting Kansas City. Olivier Tremblay était au Sporting Park le week-end dernier et nous recevons Christian Schaekels, de Vision du Jeu, pour peaufiner l’analyse.

  • Cette équipe est-elle encore une puissance de la MLS cette année ?
  • Faut-il plus se fier à sa victoire contre Montréal ou à son début de saison difficile ?
  • Le départ de Kei Kamara et son influence sur son jeu offensif
  • Sa défense, toujours parmi les meilleures de la compétition
  • L’évolution de son système suite aux transferts hivernaux
  • Son modèle de jeu : le même saison après saison. Le Sporting est-il prévisible ?
  • Les meilleurs moyens de lui poser des problèmes

On profite également de l’occasion pour parler du match de Montréal, qui a chuté pour la première fois de la saison à Kansas City. Pourquoi le leader n’est pas arrivé à déployer son jeu cette fois-ci ? L’explication du résultat à travers le plan de match des deux équipes.

Pour finir, on revient sur le premier mois de la compétition et les principales surprises. Agréables, comme Chivas USA, Dallas ou Montréal, mais aussi mauvaises, à l’image de Seattle et Chicago.

Ne manquez pas non plus ce soir la demi-finale aller de la Ligue des champions entre Seattle et Santos Laguna.

L'émission Coup Franc est disponible sur Stitcher et iTunes. Vous pouvez nous joindre par courriel (coup.franc@MLSsoccer.com), sur Facebook ou sur Twitter (@CoupFrancMLS).

02 April 11:45 am

We're one month into the 2013 MLS Fantasy Soccer: Manager season. But have you been able to break the 60-point mark yet? Are you successfully planning ahead for bye weeks? Is your captain failing to produce for you?

If your team is letting you down and you're looking for solutions, Jason Saghini and Andrew Wiebe will be back again this Thursday with another episode of “Starting Lineup,” your ultimate FS:M resource. There's plenty to talk about this week, so get your questions in early.

Post them in the comments section below or tweet them to @MLSFantasy, the official MLS twitter account for all things FS:M related. And if for some reason you missed last week's episode of the Starting Lineup, check it out below.