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22 April 8:36 pm

MLS WORKS, Continental Tire and the Portland Timbers hosted an Earth Day Service Project at Hosford Middle School today.

Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe assisted a few Hosford students for a tree planting.  In total, 13 new trees were planted around Hosford in honor of Earth Day 2013. Other Timbers players on site assiting in the Hosford Environmental Beautification unveiling included: Jack Jewsbury, Jake Gleeson, Ryan Kawulok, Brent Richards, Sal Zizzo and Sebastian Rincon.  Timbers owner and president, Merritt Paulson, was also in attendance as was a representative from MLS corporate partner Continental Tire. Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith also attended the event and kicked off the all school assembly led by Timber Joey.

In advance of the project, Timbers Creative Designer, Matti Jonsson, asked Hosford students, "What Does Green Mean to You?" and out of the students' responses created a sustainable mural at Hosford.

To showcase all of the environmental projects conducted at Hosford as part of the Hosford Environmental Beautification (which was presented by MLS WORKS, Continental Tire and the Portland Timbers) Timber Joey took Hosford students and faculty on a walking tour around the school grounds.

The Earth Day Service Project from MLS WORKS, Continental Tire and the Portland Timbers included more than $10,000 in added donations from the Portland community and Portland-area businesses, which helped in making the following projects possible at Hosford:

  • BEF solar panel installation and subsequent Solar4Schools learning materials
  • Student-designed, green-themed mural
  • Custom bike racks, including an art bike rack created by Oregon-based designer Matt Cartwright
  • Helmet and bike lock giveaways to Hosford students and faculty who ride a bike to work
  • Reusable water bottles for every student at Hosford
  • New Elkay drinking fountain, which will reduce the amount of plastic water bottles used at the school and track the number of plastic bottles saved from landfills
  • Tree-planting and beautification of the entrance to the school
  • Permanent directional signage to display the environmental benefits of the project to the Portland community
  • Creation of communal gathering places on the school campus

Thank you to the following organizations that donated their services to the project at Hosford: Kelly Fitzpatrick with Benchmark, Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, Grey to Green Tree Program, City of Portland Environmental Services, Portland Public Schools Project Facilities and Communications staff, CAL Portland, Portland Nursery, and City of Portland Transportation and Safe Routes to School.

MLS WORKS Greener Goals identifies ways to reduce our carbon footprint and helps raise awareness for environmental issues throughout the soccer community. The greening of our game will encourage MLS clubs, players, corporate partners and fans to create a cleaner, healthier environment.

 

 

22 April 11:30 am

Regardez là-haut dans le ciel, un avion rayé rouge et blanc : Dallas, victorieux ce week-end de Vancouver, continue de prendre de l'altitude en tête du classement. Le pilote Schellas Hydman reçoit sa part d’éloges pour avoir mené son club au meilleur départ de son histoire.

Avec Landon Donovan aux commandes (un but et une passe décisive), le LA Galaxy a réussi à enrayer la machine Ciel et Marine de Kansas City en panne d’énergie après l’ouverture du score locale. Moteur gelé, capitaine blessé, carton rouge : Houston a frisé le crash a Toronto mais a pu sauver un point de justesse, immérité selon Ryan Nelsen.

En bas de classement, Seattle quitte enfin le tarmac en remportant sa première victoire, à Colorado, fruit du premier but d’Obafemi Martins en MLS. DC United pique du nez en concédant sa quatrième défaite consécutive, chez lui contre Philadelphie et un Jack McInerney qui a pris la tête du classement des buteurs.

Agréable à voir manœuvrer mais encore trop peu efficace, le vaisseau de Portland n’a pu sortir indemne du « mosh pit » de San José, selon les termes de Caleb Porter, en concédant le nul dans les arrêts de jeu. L’équipage de New York semble enfin aux commandes de son appareil comme en témoignent les quatre buts inscrits contre une défense qui n’en avait concédé que deux jusque-là. Celui de Chicago commence à maîtriser son sujet, en se créant plus d’occasions, mais connaît encore de nombreux ratés – sans conséquences contre Columbus.

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

 
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22 April 11:28 am

MLS WORKS and the Portland Timbers today will unveil a solar panel installation and environmental beautification to Hosford Middle School in Southeast Portland as part of the MLS WORKS/Continental Tire “How Green Are Your Goals?” contest.

Representatives from Major League Soccer, the Portland Timbers, Portland Public Schools and Continental Tire will unveil the many sustainable additions provided by MLS WORKS and Continental Tire during a special Earth Day event at Hosford Middle School today.

The “How Green Are Your Goals?” contest engaged MLS fans to participate and support environmentally friendly efforts leading up to Earth Day 2012. Portland was the MLS city selected as having the greenest fans with its many submissions detailing the city’s everyday approach to incorporating green efforts. Reflecting this, the Hosford Middle School Environmental Beautification project included a holistic approach, with touch points and significant improvements in the following areas: energy/solar, storm water/garden and sustainable mural, transportation, recycling and CO2 reduction.

In addition to the award from MLS WORKS and Continental Tire, more than $10,000 in added donations from the Portland community and Portland-area businesses helped in making the following projects possible at Hosford:

  • BEF solar panel installation and subsequent Solar4Schools learning materials
  • Student-designed, green-themed mural
  • Custom bike racks, including an art bike rack created by Oregon-based designer Matt Cartwright
  • Helmet and bike lock giveaways to Hosford students and faculty who ride a bike to work
  • Reusable water bottles for every student at Hosford
  • New Elkay drinking fountain, which will reduce the amount of plastic water bottles used at the school and track the number of plastic bottles saved from landfills
  • Tree-planting and beautification of the entrance to the school
  • Permanent directional signage to display the environmental benefits of the project to the Portland community
  • Creation of communal gathering places on the school campus

Follow @MLSWORKS and #GreenerGoals today for all the details on the Hosford Middle School Environmental Beautification.

MLS WORKS Greener Goals identifies ways to reduce our carbon footprint and helps raise awareness for environmental issues throughout the soccer community. The greening of our game will encourage MLS clubs, players, corporate partners and fans to create a cleaner, healthier environment.

MLS is a proud member of the Green Sports Alliance, a non-profit organization with a mission to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance. Alliance members represent over 170 professional and collegiate sports teams and venues from across 15 different sports leagues.  MLS club members include the Seattle Sounders FC, Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes, and AEG teams the Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy. 

Learn more about the Green Sports Alliance and the green sports movement by visiting www.greensportsalliance.org and following @SportsAlliance and #GreenSports on Twitter.

19 April 2:25 pm

Believe it or not, just like you and me, professional soccer players do get bored from time-to-time. Even those who call Chelís their boss. 

Latest piece of evidence: An epic, three-round thumb war between Carlos Borja and Marvin Iraheta. Good times at Chivas USA. 

19 April 1:25 pm
19 April 11:56 am

La défense de Kansas City va-t-elle encore tenir le coup ? Invaincue depuis 519 minutes, elle pourrait entrer samedi soir dans le top 3 du nombre de minutes consécutives sans encaisser de l’histoire de la MLS. Pour cela, trois jours après avoir joué à l’autre bout du pays, elle devra tenir le coup sur le terrain du LA Galaxy (direct TSN2 et NBCSN), un adversaire certes fort offensivement mais bien conscient du défi qui l’attend.

Pendant ce temps, Dallas, qui compte renforcer son entrejeu avec un joueur important cet été, voudra conforter sa place de leader face à Vancouver. Autre équipe en bonne forme, Houston, où Boniek Garcia a repris les entraînements, tentera de profiter de la défense affaiblie de Toronto pour ramener trois points du Canada devant les caméras de TSN.

En bas de classement, on suivra le déplacement à Colorado de Seattle, en quête de sa première victoire mais plein d'optimisme malgré tout. New York, qui espère retrouver Jamison Olave, recevra New England dont les déboires extra-sportifs ont pris le dessus sur les préoccupations du terrain. Contre Columbus, Chicago réservera probablement un accueil tumultueux à son ancien attaquant Dominic Oduro.

Dimanche, avant la revanche entre San José et Portland (direct Unimas) qui s’étaient affrontés la semaine dernière dans l’Oregon, ESPN2 retransmettra le duel entre DC United, dont la victoire est devenue la seule préoccupation, et Philadelphie, qui se méfiera particulièrement de ses anciens joueurs passés à l’ennemi.

LE PROGRAMME COMPLET
Samedi 20 avril
16h00 : Toronto - Houston
18h00 : Colorado - Seattle
19h00 : New York - New England
20h30 : Chicago - Columbus
20h30 : Dallas - Vancouver
21h00 : Salt Lake - Chivas USA
22h30 : LA Galaxy - Kansas City
Dimanche 21 avril
17h00 : DC United - Philadelphie
23h00 : San José - Portland

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18 April 3:34 pm

Michael Bradley is just in the groove right now. 

Living the life with his family in Rome, jamming to Springsteen, doing yoga and just killing it in general whenever he steps on the pitch for club and country. 

Check out MB90 in the latest edition of the Forza Roma series from KICKTV, and tell me you can't hear Bob in a few of those answers. 

18 April 11:18 am

Kansas City a confirmé sa bonne forme actuelle en s’imposant 0-1 à New York, déjà battu pour la quatrième fois cette saison.

Les Ciel et Marine ont retrouvé leurs meilleures sensations de la saison dernière : la défense est imperméable depuis cinq rencontres consécutives, et le but a été inscrit sur un corner de Zusi repris par Collin, après moins d’un quart d’heure. Son arrière-garde solide a tenu le coup par la suite, et Nielsen s’est bien interposé les rares fois où elle a été dépassée.

La frustration New Yorkaise était palpable et augmentait au fil des minutes, jusqu’à ce que Juninho ne se fasse exclure pour avoir envoyé le ballon dans le visage de Nielsen qui prenait trop son temps. Mécontents après la rencontre, les locaux reconnaissaient toutefois leurs torts et la juste victoire de leur adversaire qui, de leur côté, savouraient trois points très importants.

Pendant ce temps, à Chicago, les nouvelles d’Arne Friedrich sont mauvaises et aucune échéance n’est prévue pour son retour au jeu. Du coup, le club s’est mis à la recherche d’un défenseur central expérimenté capable d’être opérationnel rapidement pour solidifier une arrière-garde jeune et vulnérable.

17 April 4:00 pm

Many MLS fans associate D.C. United's Carlos Ruiz with the game's so-called “dark arts,” thanks to his reputation for diving, gamesmanship and a general “anything goes” approach when it comes to scoring goals.

The veteran striker's true character off the field is something different, however, and is being hailed by CONCACAF with a rare honor this week. “El Pescadito” will receive the confederation's first-ever President’s Award for his role in uncovering match-fixing in his homeland of Guatemala.

“Mr. Ruiz’s courage and integrity led him to denounce match-fixing within the Guatemalan national team,” explained a CONCACAF press release on Wednesday. “His actions led to a full-scale investigation, as well as unprecedented measures taken in the fight against match-fixing in the region.”

In addition to being one of the most successful goalscorers in MLS history, Ruiz also carved out a distinguished career in his country's colors, scoring a record 55 goals in 104 appearances for Guatemala over more than a decade of service to Los Chapines.

Though the release did not state so explicitly, Ruiz's award may be related to the lifetime FIFA bans handed down to Guatemalan players Gustavo Cabrera, Yoni Flores and Guillermo Ramírez last year for their roles in three suspicious matches from 2010-12. Two of the games were Guatemala national team friendlies and one a CONCACAF Champions League match between CSD Municipal (the club where Ruiz began his pro career) and Mexico's Santos Laguna. 

“The success of football within our region is constantly being shaped by individual actions of players, coaches, administrators and executives,” said CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb in the press release. “We want to recognize Carlos for his incredible courage to stand up for the integrity of our game and denounce match manipulation activities. His long legacy to football has now a deep footprint both inside and outside the pitch.”

Ruiz's actions will be celebrated in a ceremony at Palacio Bolivar in the Cancillería General de la República in Panama City, Panama, on Thursday. 

17 April 2:19 pm

We gotta hand it to Juan Agudelo. Kid knows how to make an entrance.

In his first career regular-season start as a professional, at the tender age of 18, he notched a game-winning strike for New York Red Bulls.

24 minutes into his USMNT debut, he scored the goal to beat South Africa.

And now, in just his second-ever effort as a Vine user, Agudelo provides us this gem from the Chivas USA training room (do yourself a favor and turn on the audio):

Not bad at all for a second effort. Here was his first:

As you can see, loads of promise in this young man's Vine game. We'll look forward to seeing how he develops.