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14 February 7:50 de la tarde

Not much left to say about this one. The Chicago Fire training in South Carolina, watched closely by a local alligator. Kudos to the club's fearless digital media leader Jeff Crandall for turning on his camera.

13 February 2:04 de la tarde

En esta pretemporada, ya ha marcado seis goles, el doble de los que anotó el año pasado con Chivas USA.

Miller Bolaños ha sido uno de los preferidos de José Luis Sánchez Solá durante los cinco partidos de preparación del rebaño angelino. Cuatro victorias y un empate son el balance de una pretemporada prometedora para el equipo del “Chelis”.

Bolaños, conversó con cdchivasusa.com y se mostró ansioso por continuar su buen trabajo y anotando goles para ayudar al club en los partidos que restan de preparación, entre ellos el que jugarán en Las Vegas, ante Colorado Rapids, el próximo viernes 15 de febrero.

11 February 4:57 de la tarde

Slick editing? Subtitles for those of us who can't parle français? Unparallelled behind-the-scenes access during MLS preseason? It's all here.

There's been some good content coming out of Montreal recently, and the most recent contribution from our neighbors in Quebec is a featurette called "Derrière chaque joueur," or Behind every player.

It look like there will be more of the same coming from Florida, where the Impact are competing in the Disney Pro Classic, so there should be more where this came from. Check it out and share your thoughts in the comment section below.

04 February 7:01 de la tarde

I can't always make out what's being said in this video from the Impact – my French is a bit rusty ... and by rusty, I mean nonexistent – but this really is must-watch stuff.

It seems owner Joey Saputo and head coach Marco Schällibaum aren't opposed to some nontraditional team building, in this case a rag-tag, Quebec-style Amazing Race complete with snow-shoe races, paddle ball and insect consumption.

I'd try to describe it in more detail, but you just have to watch to understand. And yes, Saputo chomps down on his full share of creepy crawlies.

25 January 1:21 de la tarde

¿Qué relación tienen “El Chelís” y La Sonora Dinamita?

Pues bien, la mayoría de nosotros ni siquiera habíamos nacido cuando la canción “Se me perdió la cadenita” de la orquesta colombiana La Sonora Dinamita fue editada en 1979.

Pero seguramente, muchos hemos bailado esa y otras canciones de La Sonora Dinamita en las fiestas de diciembre con una tía, una abuela, o alguna prima lejana que nos presentan en navidad; y quien al final de la fiesta, es como si la conociéramos de toda la vida.

La canción obtuvo un éxito rotundo en México hace un poco menos de tres décadas y, sin duda alguna, José Luis Sánchez Solá “El Chelís”, DT de Chivas USA, la ha bailado en más de una ocasión. Fiel a su estilo, “El Chelís” puso a sus dirigidos a bailar “Se me perdió la cadenita” durante uno de los entrenamientos del equipo en Los Ángeles.

Hagan clic en este link, y verán a qué nos referimos.

14 March 2:33 de la tarde

On the MLS Road Trip to First Kick, we documented the journey of the match ball from Philadelphia to Dallas, and shot some quick bits with players in various cities along the way to help keep the ball moving. For the most part, these shoots went off without a hitch. In Orlando one day, we made it to the end of Houston's training session to shoot with the Dynamo pair of Tally Hall and Brad Davis. Brad took a couple shots on Tally, who made the saves, then got up and threw the ball out to his right. Easy. The next shot called for Brad to receive the throw from Tally, take a touch, and volley to his right. Let's just say Brad didn't approach that first take with the seriousness and focus he normally brings to the pitch in MLS (you can hear Tally mockingly call him "All Star" around 0:18).

Fortunately for everyone involved, Brad did re-focus and managed to knock out a pretty good take from Tally's throw (his teammate was actually throwing it to him off camera) at 0:47 of the finished video HERE.

07 March 4:08 de la tarde

Si la saison est sur le point de commencer, la période des transferts est encore très chaude. Dernière preuve en date : l’annonce de la signature d’Arne Friedrich à Chicago. Le défenseur allemand débarquera en MLS avec un palmarès de deux demi-finales de Coupe du monde, un titre de vice-champion d’Europe et plus de 80 sélections en équipe nationale.

Tous les clubs de MLS ont été très actifs sur le marché au cours de l’hiver. Si vous voulez voir toutes les transactions en un coup d’œil, c’est très simple : MLSsoccer.com a pensé à vous et les a rassemblées sur cette page.

Maintenant, à vous de vous exprimer :

  • Quel club a réalisé LE transfert de l’hiver (et, évidemment, qui est le joueur en question) ?
  • Quelle équipe s’est renforcée là où elle en avait vraiment besoin ?
  • Qui a raté son hiver et vivra une saison difficile à cause de ça ?
  • Quelle est la meilleure acquisition et la plus grande perte de votre club favori ?
  • Quel joueur venu de l’étranger est le renfort le plus important pour la MLS ?
  • Quel départ vers l’étranger ou joueur parti à la retraite va le plus vous manquer ?
06 March 2:26 de la tarde

Bonjour à tous et bienvenue sur Coup Franc, la première section en français du site MLSsoccer.com.

Avec l’arrivée de l’Impact de Montréal, la MLS effectue son entrée en terres francophones et il est tout à fait logique de pouvoir suivre ses activités en français. C’est ce que nous nous efforcerons de faire ici.

Si vous voulez tout savoir sur l’Impact de Montréal, nous vous suggérons le portail officiel du club (impactmontreal.com) ainsi que tous les autres sites qui parlent du club, et ils sont nombreux, que ce soient des sites spécialisés, de supporters, de médias,…

L’objectif ici est vraiment de pouvoir vous informer sur tout ce qu’il se passe en Major League Soccer, de vous donner un avant-goût des sommets à venir, des comptes-rendus de chaque journée de championnat, de vous faire partager des moments insolites, de vous familiariser avec les équipes et les joueurs, etc.

Cet espace est fait pour vous, et comme sur MLSsoccer.com, nous attachons une grande importance à l’interactivité, n’hésitez jamais à réagir aux nouvelles et à nous faire part de vos suggestions.

En attendant, nous nous réjouissons d'inviter les 220 millions de francophones venus de tous les continents à venir parler le langage le plus universel entre tous : celui du ballon rond !

05 March 12:09 de la tarde

Creativity is definitely a collaborative process. In this case, the idea was to have Jay DeMerit try to fit the names of all seven dwarfs into his recent interview with Temryss Lane (watch the interview HERE if you're not sure what I'm talking about), and the collaboration came between Jay and I after a sunny Whitecaps training session in Orlando last week. We had pitched the 1-on-1 interview to Vancouver's PR Director and I was following up with Jay to discuss the specifics and the timing of meeting him at the team hotel, and we both thought that adding some kind of gimmick to the proceedings would make things a bit more fun.

As the team captain and a veteran of the professional game, Jay has become more than accustomed to these standard sit-down interviews, so some variety here would be a good thing for all parties involved. My first thoughts were about the various goofy games the characters in "Super Troopers" played, primarily when the one guy (pretty sure it was Foster) had to fit "meow" multiple times into his interaction with a motorist (played quite ably by Jim Gaffigan), but there wasn't a real logical connection there. Being at Disney World, however, we quickly came up with the idea of the seven dwarfs, though I don't think either of us could name all of them off the top of our heads. Going through the ones we did know, we figured "Doc" and "Happy" were going to be pretty easy, then came up with possible uses for "Dopey" and "Grumpy" as well. The team left shortly thereafter, and the rest was going to be up to Jay.

Our next task (besides researching the whole list) was trying to keep the secret from Temryss, who was conducting the interview. I told her we were going to try doing something a little different, and for her to just to keep the interview going as she normally would, but it quickly became apparent what was going on when Jay lost it after dropping "Bashful" the first time (the first clip in the video). By the time the second clip happened, she was onto it, and when Jay threw "Grumpy" in there, she couldn't hold it together. As Temryss was wrapping up the interview, Jay had fit six of the seven in, and I was off camera pointing to the word "Sneezy" on a piece of paper. He thought quickly, and came up with the sneeze at the end, but hadn't really thought out what else to say to conclude, so that funny exchange (clip three in the video) resulted. All in all, it was a blast to collaborate with such a funny guy, and made for a great time throughout the entire production process. "Work" can indeed be fun.

02 March 5:33 de la tarde

TUCSON, Ariz. – Juan Agudelo returned to New York Red Bulls practice here on Friday, walking a little taller. Literally.

The 19-year-old striker scored the US Olympic team’s opener in their 2-0 win over their Mexican counterparts in Texas on Wednesday – his first goal in a US shirt since his strike against Argentina nearly a year ago.

And Agudelo gives full credit to the bleached mop rising off the center of his scalp.

“It was just a play that we drew up the day before at practice, actually,” he explained to MLSsoccer.com. “Just a near-post cross off a corner kick and I was able to get my head on it with the Mohawk.”

If that ‘hawk looks like an homage to a certain Wesley Snipes movie to you, you’re not alone. Apparently Agudelo’s ‘do immediately reminded US Under-23 head coach Caleb Porter of the Stallone/Snipes sci-fi action classic Demolition Man.

 

 

And right there, folks, is where the generation gap between the 37-year-old coach and the teenage striker becomes apparent.

“Caleb told me about that – I didn’t really know about Demolition Man,” Agudelo admitted.

Fair enough. He wasn’t even a year old when the movie came out in 1993.

“I searched on Google images and it was like I was staring at myself,” he continued. “It wasn’t what I was going for, but that’s the way it worked out.”

Maybe it's time to add "Simon Phoenix" and "Demolition Man" to Swagudelo's growing list of nicknames.

WATCH: Agudelo on his time with the US U-23s