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21 June 9:57 de la mañana

This weekend, MLS will dial up the passion. It's time for some rivalry rancor, as Portland-Seattle (Sunday, 5 pm ET, ESPN) and New York-D.C. (Sunday, 7 pm ET, NBC Sports Network) take center stage.

Not only will the fans of the clubs be whipped into a frenzy, but the soccer culturati in the Rose City and in the Emerald City will be buzzing around to get their hands on these special-edition promo posters.

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20 June 4:01 de la tarde

‘No’ es ‘no’ en francés, inglés y español. Esa es la única razón por la que Miguel Montaño pudo entender al trabajador en el sistema de trenes cuando negaba venderle boleto al jugador por no hablar el idioma francés.

Este miércoles por la mañana el mediocampista colombiano de Montreal Impact intentó comprar su boleto de tren pidiéndolo en inglés, pero se quejó de que los trabajadores de la estación no tomaron su dinero por no pedir el tiquete en francés.

Hassoun Camara, defensa del Impact, acompañaba al joven delantero cafetero y fue testigo del incidente. Ambos jugadores se quejaron con el Société de Transport de Montréal (STM).  

Pero ahí no se acaba el asunto.

Enojado y frustrado, Montaño, de 20 años de edad, buscó desahogo en Twitter acusando a Montreal, su casa de menos de un año, de ser una ciudad racista.

“Como son de racistas en montreal , no me quisieron vender un boleto para montarme al metro por q no hablo frances #encontradelracismo100%”, expresó el colombiano.

El atacante después pidió disculpas por la red social antes de cerrar su página de Twitter, la cual actualmente ya no existe.

El club se refirió a los hechos afirmando los incidentes por parte del STM y la queja oficial de Montaño en un comunicado de prensa.

“En el momento Montaño habló por Twitter con emoción, pero luego se disculpó, afirmando que la cuidad de Montreal no es racista”.

19 June 5:06 de la tarde

Forget sibling rivalry, roommate rivalry is what’s in.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you should know that Webb Simpson (above right) just won the US Open last weekend. But why are we talking about golf on a soccer website? Oddly enough, Simpson was college roommates with one of the MLS’ very own, Colorado Rapids midfielder Wells Thompson (above left).

Even though they knew each other before college, their friendship grew when they became roommates at Wake Forest, as did their attempts to one-up one another.

Thompson has a US Open Cup (2007) and MLS Cup (2010) under his belt, but after Simpson’s big win, who is on top? The boys don’t seem to care too much anymore, Thompson is just happy for his old roommate.

"To see him succeed on Sunday was so cool, such a blessing," Thompson said. "It's his first major, but it was bound to happen. He's an up and coming golfer and I think people expect a lot out of him, expect him to win."

Check out the full story HERE.

18 June 4:20 de la tarde

México derrotó convincentemente a Brasil el pasado 3 de julio con un 2-0 gracias a goles de Giovani dos Santos y Javier “Chicharito” Hernández en el lujoso Cowboys Stadium en Arlington, Texas. Sin embargo, fue el público el que hizo historia ese día al romper el récord mundial de la ola de mayor duración.

A mitad de tiempo, el presentador de Republica Deportiva de Univisión, Fernando Fiore, orquestó lo que sería una ola de siete minutos de duración, auspiciada por Degree Men. Los casi 85.000 espectadores no defraudaron. Bien hecho por la afición mexicana y brasileña que fue al partido.  

15 June 9:25 de la mañana

After watching from afar as Jimmy Conrad and Kick TV cavort around Poland enjoying Euro 2012, I'm pretty much at a loss for words.

Life isn't fair, that much is clear to me now. Of course, that sentiment is also coming from someone who has watched all but one game of the tournament, so I'm sure there isn't going to be much sympathy coming my way.

Still, the tournament looks like a blast apart from a few scattered incidents, and fortunately Conrad has been kind enough (it's his job after all) to send back regular reports from the front lines, where Zywiec flows freely from the taps, song crops up around every corner and faces rarely go unpainted.

If you haven't been paying attention for the past few days, check out Jimmy's horse-drawn carriage interview with Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl and his afternoon of revelry with Croatian fans. Let's just say he seizes the day in Poznan.

14 June 5:05 de la tarde

Italy is embroiled in another soccer scandal, and Impact striker Bernardo Corradi has no sympathy for any player found guilty of the ultimate sin: match-fixing.

ExtraTime Radio was in Montreal on Thursday to talk to the Impact about the opening match at Stade Saputo, and the guys passed along Corradi's answer to a question about his thoughts on punishment for those who sully the game via match-fixing. The veteran striker certainly didn't hold back during a scrum with local reporters.

“I have my idea on this situation: I think that if someone bets on his matches, he has to be banned, and not just for 10 months or 12 months," Corradi told reporters. "For me, he cannot play soccer anymore. If you are lucky enough to be a soccer player and you earn money, and you train. … I think a lot of guys would like to play soccer for a job. You’re lucky when you’re doing this, and if you waste everything by betting on your games, you have to be punished. That’s my way of thinking.”

It's certainly black and white for Corradi, although it must be mentioned that new Impact signing Marco Di Vaio is scheduled to return to Italy in the coming weeks to testify in the probe.

14 June 11:55 de la mañana

Glasgow Rangers formally announced on Thursday that the original club no longer exists — they are now known the world over as “The Rangers Football Club.” The question now for MLS fans is what's in store for the club's US contingent made up of Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya?

In the next week or so, the other 11 Scottish Premier League teams will meet to vote on whether Rangers can enter the SPL next season. The newly formed team, which is replacing the side which was formed in 1872, will have to win the vote by a majority of 8-4 in order to compete in Scotland’s top division. If not, they will likely be demoted to the bottom tier of Scottish professional soccer, the third division.

So will Bocanegra & Co. be lining up against the likes of Montrose, Elgin City and Peterhead next season? Or enjoying the Old Firm derby against archrivals Celtic FC at a packed Ibrox Stadium? Only time will tell, as the wait to find out their fate will be an anxious one for the US trio.

One report Thursday suggests that with the original Rangers Football Club ceasing to exist, no player is contractually obligated to play for the newly formed club. Hence, all three US players could end up as free agents and able to speak to whichever clubs they want.

Watch this space, this saga will rumble on long into the summer months. Let us know what you would like Rangers' American trio to do in the comments section below.

14 June 9:05 de la mañana

Comme beaucoup d’entre vous certainement, j’ai les yeux rivés sur l’Euro depuis une semaine et aujourd’hui, je sors du sujet MLS pour partager avec vous deux trouvailles concernant l’équipe des Pays-Bas.

La première charmera tous les parents… et les inspirera peut-être. Ce bambin de deux ans connaît les noms de tous les joueurs de l’équipe ! Si votre enfant sait faire pareil avec votre club de MLS, envoyez-moi la vidéo.

La seconde… je vous laisse la commenter. Trois chanteurs très connus aux Pays-Bas ont revu et corrigé La Danse des canards pour encourager leurs joueurs, qui font partie du clip !

12 June 1:00 de la tarde

Quien sabe si el equipo Salvadoreño esté listo para el partido de hoy contra México, pero sus aficionados si lo están. 

Desde las ocho de la noche del día antes del juego, llegaron fanáticos salvadoreños masivamente al hotel donde se encontraba la selección mexicana. ¿Pero a que fueron los salvadoreños al hotel? ¿Echarle porra a México? ¿Recibirlos con brazos abiertos? ¡Si y si! Bueno, depende de que lado lo veas. ¿Dedicarle a un país una serenata es como echarle porra y recibirlo con brazos abiertos, o no?

Según el sitio web Mediotiempo.com llegaron más o menos 1,500 salvadoreños intentando hacer el mayor escándalo posible para impedir el descanso de El Tri la noche previa al duelo de este martes por la eliminatoria de la CONCACAF. Aun con tambores, cohetes, y gritos los salvadoreños no lograron nada. Las habitaciones de los jugadores estaban en una ubicación muy lejana a donde ocurrieron de los hechos además de que las mismas tienen vidrios anti-ruido.

Hoy también se encuentra Estados Unidos jugando en casa ajena contra Guatemala. Con el recuerdo de su última derrota ante el combinado de las Barras y las Estrellas en 2008, se espera un ambiente hostil donde Guatemala jugará con un sentido de revancha para defender su estadio.

El Estadio Mateo Flores ya tiene alambrado a su alrededor por si llega suceder algo y los estadounidenses están preparados para salir del país en cuando se acabe el juego.

12 June 11:25 de la mañana

 

*A previous version of this story claimed 500,000 Salvadorans welcomed Mexico at their hotel. After further review, the original article states around 1,500 were in attendance. Use online translation services with extreme caution.

You probably thought the US would have it bad in Guatemala City, what with the normal torments experienced by American sides venturing down to Central America.

But that appears to be strictly child's play when compared to the reception Mexico is getting in El Salvador. According to MedioTiempo.com, somewhere around 1,500 Salvadorans* gathered at El Tri's hotel on Monday night in San Salvador to make sure the team that arrives at Estadio Cuscatlán on Tuesday is running on as little sleep as possible. Google Translate tells me that the crowd banged drums, sang songs inapproriate for this space and set off rockets throughout the night, while also killing time by "jiggling" the cars that had the unfortune to turn up the wrong street.

You know, a normal Monday night with Mexico in town.

Now, I'm not entirely sure I buy the claim that the gathering drew 500,000 people essentially a fifth of the city's metro population but The video and photos paint a pretty clear picture. The Salvadoran fans mean business, and Mexico haven't even walked out of the tunnel yet.