Ok, so I don't actually know where to start with this. Other than to say, this is amazingly awkward and I loved every single second of it.
Hermes, a former capo for the Portland Timbers, will have you in tears with his deadpan wit in this great new series “Off Pitch with Hermes.”
Above is Episode 3, but you can watch all the episodes on the Timbers website by clicking here.
I think Hermes says it best, when he states “do not be afraid of your own greatness!” Well, Hermes, we think your pretty great, so ummm....don’t be afraid.
Landon Donovan's goal versus Algeria in the 2010 World Cup lives on. For USMNT fans, it's going to live in the memory for a long time.
And now we can all re-live it via this video from a former MLSsoccer.com intern named Albert Lanzillo. Inspired by English artist Richard Swarbrick's gorgeous animated film about Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale, Albert made his animation for a school project.
Don't know about you, but we'll give him an A.
You can't help but respect Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch for immersing himself in the local culture of Quebec, an effort that centers on the French lessons the former US national team assistant is currently taking.
Montreal’s man in charge is keen to speak the natives; language and the Impact’s video staff followed him along to his latest French lesson to spy on his progress.
The title of the video roughly translates to “Jesse Marsch’s French is getting better, week by week.” So just like his team then, which is coming off impressive back-to-back victories against Portland and Sporting Kansas City.
Marsch also had this to say about the great job his squad is doing with settling down in French-Canadian surroundings:
“As a group, we have a lot of people who have come up here to Montreal and now they understand that being here is different and that it’s unique. They are attaching themselves to everything that this club is, that this city is. There are a bunch of guys here who are committed to doing this thing wholly.”
On Cinco De Mayo, there was plenty of great MLS action to be seen, so MLSsoccer.com rewarded fans for tuning into two nationally televised games (NBC Sports, ESPN) and watching with an attentive eye. By following @MLS and answering #CincoDeMayoTrivia questions, five lucky fans won the MLS jersey of their choice!
The winning tweets are listed below. Read the original contest rules here.
— Kevin Lopez-Mohedano (@kevinlopezWA) May 5, 2012
— Chris Bell (@CBelluncw) May 5, 2012
— Ashleigh J. (@Jammee_J) May 5, 2012
— Nathan Moe (@NMoe) May 6, 2012
— Dustin Benadretti (@dustbust) May 6, 2012
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On Saturday evening chanting and beating drums could be heard through the streets of midtown Manhattan. New York Red Bulls fans took over.
33rd street from Greeley Square to Fifth avenue was shut down to accommodate a large gathering of fans from supporters groups —including the Empire Supporters Club, Garden State Ultras, and Viking Army— who showed their support for the Red Bulls, ahead of their nationally televised (ESPN, 8pm ET) clash with rivals LA Galaxy.
The scenes were colorful, lively and loud as fans marched down the street before entering Legends Bar, to watch New York's trip to the Home Depot Center.
Eric Rios, a board member of the Empire Supporters Club, was pleased with the turnout at the first event of its kind this season. "We got a lot of people, we made some noise. That's what's it's all about."
INTERVIEW WITH ERIC RIOS
To up the TV tune-in ante, @MLS will be posting trivia questions about the game, during the game, to Twitter. Be one of the first 25 people to send the correct answer and you'll be entered to win one team jersey of your choice from MLSgear.com. We'll have 5 winners in total throughout the day (get it, 5 winners on 5/5?).
To be eligible, you must follow @MLS on Twitter (get a head start by clicking the link below). Replies must include the @MLS handle, the #CincoDeMayoTrivia hashtag, the question number (Q1-Q5) and the correct answer.
We'll see you for the games on Saturday, and happy Cinco de Mayo!
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This week, US internationals playing in Scotland pine for US shores, a New York Red Bull encounters strange things in Manhattan, and an American pundit defends the honor of the Wigan manager's nomenclature.
Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty has a slightly bizarre experience when hunting for an apartment in Manhattan.
Looked at an apartment n the city and what do I see a dude doin n the communal garden? Yea...knife throwing. #onlyinNYC http://twitpic.com/9g5yfr
— Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) May 1, 2012
Is this a hint that US national team midfielder Maurice Edu would like to return from Scotland to America? Better question: Can Mo do the Carlton Banks dance?
Fresh Prince of Bel Air is one of the greatest shows ever! Lol
— Maurice Edu (@MauricEdu) May 3, 2012
One of Edu's Glasgow Rangers Yankee teammates also gets nostalgic about the USA -- video-game style!
Anyone remember playing this when they were younger!?? #OldSchool http://instagr.am/p/KFaQbsmX7P/
— Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) May 1, 2012
ESPN's Alexi Lalas begs English wordsmiths to give Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez some credit for his managerial prowess, oh, and to get his name right too.
Dear England: After what Roberto Martínez has given you I think he deserves to get his accented second syllable back. Gracias.
— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) April 28, 2012
Fox Socer pundit Costigan takes a tour around Boston for the first time, on route to met Red Sox and Liverpool FC chairman Tom Werner. Safe to say he is impressed.
Entering Fenway to interview Tom Werner for @FOXSoccer What an incredible stadium http://yfrog.com/oe8gngxj
— Keith Costigan (@KeithCostigan) April 30, 2012
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Back on Tuesday, we blogged about Washington Wizards star point guard John Wall showing up at a club in Miami wearing not a D.C. United jersey, but that of rival New York Red Bulls.
Well clearly the front-office brass of D.C. United wanted to rectify the situation as United striker Chris Pontius (@chrispontius13) tweeted this today:
Hooking John Wall up with a jersey instagr.am/p/J7onY9uer4/
— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) April 27, 2012
Perhaps Wall caught the highlights of the recent D.C. United vs. Red Bulls game and decided to ditch NY in favor of his city’s kit or perhaps Wall just prefers the black and red D.C.’s jersey offers if, after all, MLS gear is his clubbing gear of choice.
Look who it is, that’s right, it’s the expected No. 1 pick at this year's NFL Draft, Andrew Luck.
With the Indianapolis Colts stating on Tuesday that they will pick Luck to plug the mammoth gap left by Peyton Manning at quarterback, you can excuse Luck for being a little overwhelmed.
If he is, he’s not showing it. He spoke with Jimmy Conrad from Kick TV about the upcoming draft, Clint Dempsey, the Houston Dynamo and his general love for soccer. What a gentleman.
And don’t forget Luck’s father, Oliver, was president of the Dynamo from 2005 until 2007.
MLS is in his blood and it's obviously there to stay.
Washington Wizards star point guard John Wall showed MLS some love the other day, but not the kind D.C. sports fans want to see. Wall wasn't sporting a D.C. United jersey, but the shirt of fierce rivals, the New York Red Bulls. Ouch.
The first overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft was recently spotted showing off his Red Bulls jersey at Club Play in Miami Beach.
After a stellar career at the University of Kentucky, Wall has carved out a name for himself in the NBA, finishing runner-up for Rookie of the Year honors in 2011.
Wall grew up in North Carolina, so why the Red Bulls jersey, United fans might be asking?
Also, one last lingering thought. Did he bust out the cult “John Wall dance” which gave him so much popularity during his college days, while in the club? Did he do so with New York colors on his back?
Answers on a postcard, please.
(Photo via Urban Party Life)