15 March 10:14 am


MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, today unveiled a new public service announcement as part of the League’s ongoing anti-discrimination campaign, ‘Don’t Cross The Line.’ Elements of the campaign, which promotes unity, respect, fair play, equality and acceptance, will be revealed throughout the 2013 MLS season. Major League Soccer is committed to providing an environment in which clubs, coaches, players, fans and partners are treated with dignity and respect.

Major League Soccer is asking fans to "Take a Stand for Soccer" and Take the Pledge to not tolerate discrimination of any kind.

MLS players featured in the new public service announcement include Real Salt Lake MF Kyle Beckerman, Houston Dynamo MF Brad Davis, Vancouver Whitecaps FC D Jay DeMerit, D.C. United MF Dwayne De Rosario, New York Red Bulls F Thierry Henry, Seattle Sounders FC F Eddie Johnson, LA Galaxy F Robbie Keane, Chivas USA GK Dan Kennedy, San Jose Earthquakes F Chris Wondolowski and Sporting Kansas City MF Graham Zusi.

To learn more about MLS WORKS, click here.




14 March 7:06 pm

MLS Saturday took on a whole different look during #RivalryWeek, with a full day of programming on NBC and the NBC Sports Network that included, “The Breakaway,” a Red Zone style production that focused on every match played on #RivalryDay. All the action kicked at 12:30pm ET and ran until about 10:30pm ET.

To top it all off, we partnered with NBC to put together a Watch and Win contest, where fans had the opportunity to win a 2013 MLS Club scarf of his/her choice.

Here’s how it worked.  On Saturday, @MLS tweeted a trivia question about each game.  Fans who answered the questions using the appropriate hashtag were entered into a random drawing to select a winner.

UPDATE: Below are the the winners of the NBC Watch and Win contest:

•The first 20 eligible replies were entered in a random drawing to win.

Winners were selected during each match and notified immediately via DM. If you were selected, you had to confirm your eligibility via email before an official announcement was made.

Note: You did NOT need to tag @MLS or @NBCSportsSoccer in your tweets to be eligible, you just had make sure you followed both accounts.

Official MLS Social Media Giveaway Rules


Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of any Major League Soccer LLC, its member teams, Soccer United Marketing, L.L.C. and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries & affiliated companies and their immediate families and those living in their same household, whether or not related, are not eligible for any @MLS giveaway. MLS will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion.

If you have received an @MLS giveaway in the last 30 days, you’re not eligible. If a giveaway recipient is determined to be ineligible, MLS may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible follower.

You will be required to privately (through Twitter direct message or email) provide your name and address if you are selected as a giveaway recipient.

Contests, trivia and giveaways are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules or regulations.  See applicable giveaway description for exact details of when and how to enter.

MLS reserves all rights.

14 March 1:06 pm

"This is a joke. This is an absolute joke." 

Robbie Keane isn't just a deadly finisher, guy knows how to talk some trash on the sticks, too. Dan Kennedy found that out the hard way, and thanks to KICKTV, you get to watch the carnage for yourself. 

As Jimmy Conrad notes, the result was strikingly similar to what played out on the field last year. We'll find out Sunday who really gets the last laugh. 

14 March 12:00 pm

UPDATE: Big thanks to reddit for another great opportunity today. If you missed Howard Handler's AMA, you can check it out here.
Get your questions ready, MLS fans.

From 5-6pm ET tonight, Howard Handler, Major League Soccer’s Chief Marketing Officer, will host a unique AMA on reddit. Users are offered access to an executive privy to the League’s marketing and communications strategy, digital platforms, events, and club services.  Click here to join in.
Unlike most AMAs, Howard’s thread will be posted before the AMA officially begins – at around 4:30pm ET – to give everyone a chance to input their questions early.
Handler was recently profiled in SportsBusiness Journal and featured in article by Roger Bennett in the summer of 2012 for
Before joining MLS in January 2012, Handler worked for companies like MSG Entertainment, the NFL and MTV.

Check out past MLS AMAs here, and don't forget to join in later on today:


14 March 10:48 am

Round 2 of the 2013 MLS Fantasy Soccer: Manager season brought most of the teams feeling somewhat invincible after Week 1 back down to reality. Six games were decided by two points or less in the ExtraTime Experts League this round and the No. 1 spot now belongs to someone else; a guy who knows a thing or two about scoring in MLS.'s Ashleigh Ignelzi (Iggy FC) was the top scorer after Round 1, but was on upset alert in Round 2 when she matched up against beIN Sport’s Ian Joy (Optajoy). The match came down to the final game of the week, with Chris Wondolowski (captain) temporarily sealing the deal for Joy by the narrowest of margins 41-40. Ignelzi would’ve dropped further but a stat correction earned her a draw; 40-40. Either way, Roy Miller is partially at fault for this.

Nine of the 24 teams are still undefeated with six teams sitting at a perfect 2-0-0. Grant Wahl (Mass Confrontation), formerly known as Danny Szetela's Afro, and ESPN's Marc Connolly (Bad Idea Jeans) each won their key matchups and remain undefeated at 2-0-0 heading into Round 3.

Taylor Twellman (ThinkTaylor) and Jason Saghini (Newborn FC) won their matches and improve to 2-0-0 as well. Twellman’s 139 total points makes him the overall leader going into his Round 3 matchup against's Jon Godfrey. But when asked for a comment regarding his performance so far, the former MLS striker had very little to say;

"No Comment…I don’t want to ruin my fantasy mojo with words."’s Kyle McCarthy (Undisclosed Terms) almost got his first win but The Shinguardian, Matthew Tomaszewicz (FC Fuzzy Bunny) left him with yet another loss; 43-42. MLS pundit Jonathan Yardley (Fort Nonsense SC) got a one-point win over ESPN's Max Bretos (COLOTERORITA) 53-52. Unfortunately for's Greg Lalas (Tesla’s Revenge) and Simon Borg (Borgussia Borgmund), as well as Soccer By Ives' Ives Galarcep (SBI United), they all fell to 0-2-0, along with my opponent,’s Dan Haiek (DanBROse Earthquakes). Simon Borg commented on the current situation of his team;

"After a really productive Week 1 (71 points), I decided to bite the bullet in Week 2 with both the LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo having Champions League byes. Although I have five players from those two clubs, I refused to use the Wild Card this early and suffered the consequences (34 points). But no one's running away with anything after Week 2, so Borgussia Borgmund is still feeling good.”

For all the latest news and advice regarding MLS Fantasy Soccer: Manager follow @MLSFantasy.

Key Matchups in Round 3

Upset Alert in Round 3

14 March 10:06 am

Il n’y a pas eu de miracle pour Houston qui, comme ses prédécesseurs, a vu ses rêves s’envoler sur le terrain de Santos Laguna, s’y inclinant 3-0. Le LA Galaxy, en revanche, a battu Herediano 4-1 et s’est qualifié pour les demi-finales de la Ligue des champions.

Fort de son avance d’un but à l’aller, Houston comptait sur son expérience défensive, mais c’est là que l’équipe a péché à Torréon. En milieu de première mi-temps, Creavalle a confondu soccer et judo dans le rectangle, offrant à l’équipe locale un penalty converti par Rodriguez. Une mésentente entre Hall, sorti loin de son but, et Boswell, a ensuite permis à Herculez Gomez de faire 2-0. Un but aurait suffi aux Texans pour passer, mais c’est Crosas, oublié au petit rectangle, qui a trouvé le fond des filets pour porter la marque à 3-0 (résumé vidéo).

Dans l’autre match, il a fallu à peine plus d’un quart d’heure pour voir les Californiens prendre l’avance lorsque Gonzalez a repris un corner victorieusement de la tête. Dès lors, les Costariciens devaient courir après le score : ils se sont créé des occasions, sans les concrétiser, mais ont aussi laissé des espaces. Villareal, couvert d’éloges à la fin de la soirée, en a profité pour doubler la marque d’un beau tir à distance placé, avant que Keane ne creuse encore plus l’écart. Aguilar a réduit la marque avant que McBean ne fixe les chiffres à 4-1 (résumé vidéo).

Les demi-finales opposeront le LA Galaxy à Monterrey et Seattle à Santos Laguna. Les deux équipes américaines joueront le match aller à domicile, la première semaine d’avril. Peuvent-elles nous offrir une finale 100% MLS ?

13 March 11:38 am

Seattle - Tigres UANL a été un match d’anthologie. Battus 1-0 au match aller et menés 0-1 à la mi-temps, les hommes de Sigi Schmid ont renversé la vapeur pour s’imposer 3-1 et se qualifier pour les demi-finales de la Ligue des champions.

Comme à l’aller, Gspurning a multiplié les arrêts de grande classe en début de rencontre, mais ne put rien quand Hernandez s’est présenté seul face à lui (0-1). On avait à peine passé la demi-heure que certains Mexicains commençaient déjà à jouer la montre. Mal en prit à Viniegra, qui reçut son second carton jaune juste avant la mi-temps.

À onze contre dix, Seattle y a cru tant et plus et a tout tenté après la pause. Difficile de s’approcher du but adverse ? Alors, il faut tirer de loin : Yedlin et Traoré n’ont pas hésité et ont décoché deux superbes frappes (regardez le résumé ci-dessus, elles en valent vraiment la peine) pour porter la marque à 2-1. Il manquait encore un but aux Américains pour se qualifier, Johnson l’a inscrit à un quart d’heure de la fin.

Pour la deuxième fois depuis que la compétition porte le nom de Ligue des champions, un club mexicain est éliminé par une formation étrangère (la première, c’était dans la phase de groupes cette saison). Après le match, le vestiaire local transpirait de joie et de fierté.

Au tour suivant, Seattle affrontera le vainqueur du duel Santos Laguna - Houston. Battus 1-0 à l’aller, les Mexicains tenteront de renverser la vapeur ce soir (20h00 HE) dans leur antre redoutable de Torréon contre des Texans qui comptent sur leur expérience en défense.

Dans l’autre match d’hier, le tenant du titre Monterrey a concédé le nul 1-1 contre les Guatémaltèques de Xelajú (résumé vidéo) mais, fort de sa victoire 1-3 à l’aller, s’est facilement qualifié pour les demi-finales. Il s’y mesurera au vainqueur de LA Galaxy - Herediano (ce soir 22h00 HE). Après le 0-0 de l’aller, les Californiens devront marquer devant leur public mais veilleront surtout à ne pas encaisser.

12 March 3:37 pm

L’accord entre la Major League Soccer et la Fédération Française de Football se matérialise concrètement puisque les formateurs de MLS ont déjà suivi leur première session de cours à Clairefontaine. L’émission Coup Franc de la semaine (à écouter ici) s’y intéresse de près :
- Fred Lipka, qui fait le lien entre les deux entités, nous explique son rôle, la genèse de cet accord, la manière dont la MLS a évalué ses besoins, les demandes spécifiques qu’elle a formulées et les caractéristiques du programme développées exprès pour elle.
- Le représentant de l’Impact de Montréal qui suit cette formation, Wilfried Nancy, nous parle de sa première session de cours en France, de l’approche pédagogique auprès des jeunes joueurs ou encore du décalage entre l’Europe et la MLS.

On parle évidemment aussi de l’actualité, et notamment des faits suivants :
- Le but de Kobayashi ou celui de Camara : lequel est le plus beau ?
- La faute de main de Roy Miller qui a mené au penalty pour San José
- Les déclarations de Thierry Henry sur « le besoin d’enseigner à ses coéquipiers »
- Faut-il déjà remettre en question le rendement de Marco Di Vaio ?
- L’arrivée d’Obafemi Martins à Seattle
- La Semaine des rivalités

N’oubliez pas non plus ce soir (22h00 HE) le match Seattle - Tigres UANL, quart de finale retour de Ligue des champions (victoire 1-0 des Mexicains à l’aller).

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

12 March 2:55 pm

Last Thursday our new weekly MLS Fantasy Soccer: Manager show "Starting Lineup" kicked off. We'll be back again to give you another episode this week and every week from here on out. MLS Experts Jason Saghini and Andrew Wiebe will be answering some of your questions, so if you're having trouble figuring out who to start, who to pick up, who to drop or just a general question about the game let us know. We're here to talk fantasy soccer, plain and simple!

As the season picks up, you'll want to get as much insight as possible so that you can field your optimal team each round. Who will be sitting out due to suspensions? What will happen with this player now that he has been traded? And the popular question this week -- Will Obafemi Martins be available to pick up before the rosters lock for Round 3? And if so, how much will he cost? We'll be answering that and several others, so tune in and check it out this Thursday on

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

12 March 12:02 pm

Oh, yes, this is good. This is very, very good. 

We already knew FC Dallas had the slow jams on lock, we know now they do commercials, too. 

For just four easy payments of $19.99, you can be the proud owner of the FCD 4-4-2 Orange Obliteration System, ridding your life of the mess that comes from crushing the orange. Unbeatable value. 

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