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26 October 5:00 pm

Kind of a wild week, right? We had a stadium groundbreaking, the end of the regular season is upcoming, Wondo's circus is building up on the west coast and--of course--Heath Pearce did shopping around lower Manhattan.

We also got some big news from the broadcast business. Presenting some of the top tweets this week, starting with this bombshell on EPL TV rights from Sports Business Journal media reporter John Ourand:

Heath Pearce has good style. He's also in the process of gearing up for his first New York winter, if you couldn't tell from the image below.

Everyone has a take on Wondo's ridiculous 2012 season, but Grant Wahl gave us an interesting nugget on the striker's stretch over the last three years. Silly numbers.

The regular season concludes on Sunday, crazy. Thank goodness for this whole "playoffs" thing.

Wondo might have the 'Quakes firmly entrenched in the minds of MLS fans heading into this weekend, but San Jose made big news on Sunday for an entirely different reason.

SUM president Kathy Carter was on hand to see the groundbreaking of San Jose's new stadium, and snap a pic of two dudes that did a ton to make it happen.

26 October 3:41 pm

The time has come - the regular season ends this weekend. While the clubs continue to stay focused on the pitch, there's still time for some quality fun with Movember kicking off next week.  Prepare to see some of your favorite MLS players growing a 'Mo (or moustache) to support men's health awareness month in November. Stay tuned for more details and, if you haven't already, join us on the MLS Network on Movember.com.

 

 The Chicago Fire continue to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a video that was created in partnership with UIH.

 FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz had the save of his life - he recently donated bone marrow to a person he's never met.  Read how Seitz is working back from bone marrow donation. Full story.

Fire Foundation auction pink Breast Cancer Awareness jerseys

Join Red Bulls Movember team and help kick cancer

Crew submit Gaven as MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year Nominee

FC Dallas Breast Cancer Awareness Night

Galaxy fans mix and mingle for a great cause

Sounders FC name Estrada Humanitarian

Chris Seitz featured on ESPN.com for bone marrow donation

FC Dallas goalkeeper Seitz becomes bone marrow donor

Fire and UIH partner against Breast Cancer

Chivas golfing for a cause

Whitecaps support Bell Employee Giving Campaign Kickoff

Chicago Fire Kicks Cancer and Goes Pink

Chivas USA golf tournament

Whitecaps participate in Bell employee giving campaign

San Jose Earthquakes set Guinness World Record with Groundbreaking Day

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS W.O.R.K.S. news section.

26 October 2:27 pm

Did you run out and purchase a Windows 8 device today?

If so, you're in luck. MLS has an application in the Windows store ready to go. Follow your favorite team throughout the playoffs, with live scores, highlights, news, analysis and MLSsoccer.com video.

Download here!

26 October 1:32 pm

Whatever happens tomorrow night at JELD-WEN Field, Chris Wondolowski's 2012 MLS regular season will still go down as one of the best in League history. Still, you must be rooting for the guy to grab two more, right? All class, all the time. 

Check out the video above, and get your goosebumps ready. 

26 October 12:07 pm

Même si on connaît déjà les dix qualifiés pour la phase finale, cette dernière journée de saison régulière ne sera pas dénuée d’intérêt.

Déjà assuré à 99,99% de terminer meilleur buteur, Chris Wondolowski aura à Portland (direct TSN2 et NBC Sports Network) une dernière chance d’égaler voire de dépasser le record de 27 buts de Roy Lassiter. Voilà les 26 premiers et leur contexte.

Dans la Conférence Est, le classement du deuxième au cinquième doit encore être établi, ce qui permettra de connaître les deux équipes exemptées du premier tour de la phase finale et les deux qui s’affronteront le 31 octobre. Un rendez-vous que DC United veut éviter à tout prix : pour ce faire, il devra réaliser un bon résultat devant les caméras de NBC Sports Network sur le terrain d’une autre équipe impliquée dans la course, Chicago, qui a baissé de rythme au cours des dernières semaines.

Thierry Henry n’est pas aussi affirmatif et pense que pour New York (qui ouvrira la journée à Philadelphie à l’antenne de NBC), il ne serait pas malvenu d’avoir un match de plus. Moins bien classé du groupe, Houston voudra surtout peaufiner sa forme à Colorado.

Dans la Conférence Ouest, on sait presque tout à part qui de Seattle (qui joue au LA Galaxy, direct TSN2, ESPN et ESPN Deportes) ou de Salt Lake terminera deuxième, ce qui déterminera l’ordre de leurs affrontements en demi-finale de conférence. L’équipe de l’Utah accueillera Vancouver, toujours en lutte avec Montréal (hôte de New England) pour être le mieux classé des clubs canadiens.

Le premier tour de la Ligue des champions a pris fin ce jeudi : le LA Galaxy s’est imposé 2-3 à Metapan. On connaît le programme des quarts de finale, avec un invité surprise, le club Guatémaltèque de Xelajú qui a écrit l’histoire en devenant la première formation étrangère à éliminer un club mexicain depuis que la compétition a été réformée et rebaptisée en 2008. Toujours dans la Concacaf, les dirigeants de la confédération ont déclaré que rien n’est encore officiel pour la Copa America 2016.

LE PROGRAMME COMPLET
Samedi 27 octobre
13h30 : Philadelphie - New York
14h00 : Montréal - New England
16h00 : Chicago - DC United
18h30 : Portland - San José
21h00 : Salt Lake - Vancouver
21h00 : Colorado - Houston
Dimanche 28 octobre
16h00 : Columbus - Toronto
19h00 : Dallas - Chivas USA
21h00 : LA Galaxy - Seattle

Classement général
Toutes les heures HE (heure de New York et Montréal)
Rendez-vous ici pour la disponibilité des matchs sur MLS Live et les diffuseurs locaux
Hors États-Unis et Canada, vous pouvez voir des matchs de MLS via ces diffuseurs ou LiveSport.tv

25 October 5:59 pm

Here at MLSsoccer.com, we're always looking for new ways to cover the North American soccer scene. On Friday, we'll give a few fans the chance to help us out, when we send five "fan reporters" to New York Red Bulls training ahead of the club's important match on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park (1:30 pm ET, NBC).

They'll spend the day covering the club, interviewing the players, doing some video reports, and tweeting out everything they're doing. Training starts at 10 am ET.  

We want you to follow along and give them feedback. Suggest questions they should ask. Let them know what you want to find out.

Here are their Twitter handles:

 

And use the dedicated hashtag:

 

We'll see how they all do. 

 

25 October 1:44 pm

It's a good time to be Luis Robles. The 28-year-old goalkeeper is starting for a team about to begin a playoff run, after all. 

Perhaps more importantly, though, Robles is back to earning a steady paycheck. 

In a phenomenally-candid interview on the Seeing Red! podcast over at Empire of Soccer, Robles reveals that the whole "steady paycheck" thing wasn't looking too good a few months ago. At least not as a soccer player. 

Forget the Red Bulls, Robles was in the real estate game for a little bit. Seriously. 

Listen to the full interview here, fascinating story. 

25 October 12:11 pm

Première équipe à avoir bouclé ses 34 rencontres de la première phase de la saison, Kansas City a fini sur une victoire 2-1 contre Philadelphie et assuré sa première place dans la Conférence Est pour une seconde saison consécutive. De quoi confirmer que le Sporting est bel et bien « l’équipe de la ville », tous sports confondus, à Kansas City.

En Ligue des champions, l’issue est moins rose pour Toronto, éliminé après sa défaite 1-0 à Santos Laguna. Si Paul Mariner pense que les siens auraient pu avoir quatre buts d’avance au quart d’heure, le seul à avoir trouvé le fond des filets est l’international américain Herculez Gomez, qui rêve de participer à nouveau à la Coupe du monde des clubs. En battant Marathon 3-1, Seattle s’est assuré d’un sans-faute.

Mais la grande nouvelle de la semaine dans la Concacaf, c’est l’officialisation d'une Copa America 2016 qui ne concernera pas uniquement l’Amérique du Sud mais bien toutes les Amériques, et se jouera aux États-Unis. Outre les 10 pays habituels, on retrouvera le Mexique, les États-Unis et quatre nations qui obtiendront leur place via la Gold Cup 2015. Est-ce un prélude à une fusion Conmebol - Concacaf ? Selon vous, serait-ce une bonne idée ?

Cliquez sur un résultat pour voir le résumé vidéo

25 October 11:39 am

Major League Soccer has partnered with Movember to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer and we are only one week away from the official launch!

Interested in joining the MLS Network? Click here to join Major League Soccer players, supporters, staff and partners around the League.

Just to get you thinking about which 'Mo you might grow, check out some of these all time favorites...

Stay tuned! MLS team signed jerseys from all 19 clubs will be available on our online auction starting November 16 and will benefit Movember.

Learn how you can get involved and help kick cancer.

Be sure to join the conversation by using #SoccerKicksCancer and #Movember.

24 October 6:30 pm

This time, it's official.

Back in January, we first heard about the plans for a special edition of the Copa América to be held in the United States to celebrate the 100th anniversary of CONMEBOL. But on Wednesday, the South American governing body made it official with the backing of all its highest-ranking executives.

CONMEBOL held a five-hour meeting on Wednesday in Buenos Aires where the presidents of the 10 national soccer federations joined CONMEBOL's five-man executive committee to lay down the framework of what they call a "mega-tournament" named the Copa América Centenario.

The notes of Wednesday's meeting were published by CONMEBOL's official site and they reiterate some of the details that were previously rumored:

1) The tournament will be held in July of 2016;
2) A total of 16 countries will participate, including all 10 from CONMEBOL and six from CONCACAF;
3) The USA and Mexico are automatic entries into the tournament;
4) The remaining four CONCACAF countries will be determined based on their finish in the CONCACAF Gold Cup;
5) Colombian federation president Luis Bedoya and his Paraguayan counterpart Juan Ángel Napout were charged with setting up the commercial plans for the event;
6) Full Play, a soccer promoter which has been involved in organizing matches stateside in the past, will be involved in the organization;
7) Fox Sports and Rede Globo are contemplated to take the lead in the broadcasting of the tournament.

No other details were released about proposed sites or format. And no word yet from the US Soccer Federation or CONCACAF on the news released by CONMEBOL.

And finally, here is one other detail that emerged from the CONMEBOL summit that US fans will be interested in: Mexico and Japan will be invited to participated in the 44th edition of the Copa América that will be held in 2015 in Chile. No USMNT for that one.