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04 February 1:34 pm

While we were busy debating whether the Fire or Crew got the better end of a deal that sent Dilly Duka and the right of first refusal to Robbie Rogers to Chicago and Dominic Oduro, Rogers was finding out the news on his own.

No phone call. No nothing.

The former Leeds United winger took to Twitter Monday morning to express surprise that his MLS rights had changed hands.

Bizarre? Sure, but perhaps par for the course in the often wacky world of MLS swaps.

02 February 11:39 pm

Not like you needed any reminders, but we're officially a month away from the start of 2013 MLS season. 

That got us thinking: Obviously you're excited (Or nervous. Or worse.) to kick this party off, but what is that one thing you're looking forward to the most?

Rolling into the parking lot for that first tailgate?

Diego Valeri, if you're a Timbers fan?

The Chelís era?

Whatever it is, it's all good. There's no wrong answer, but we'd love for you to share. We'd make a list of our own, but it'd be pretty long. 

One month. 

02 February 5:03 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 7:09 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 5:26 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 3:57 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 12:04 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 9:04 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 4:43 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 ».