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08 March 10:31 de la mañana

As soon as we heard that D.C. United's Chris Pontius was going to do the weather report on FOX5 in Washington -- tune in at 8:15 am to find out if it's going to rain or shine on United's home opener vs. Real Salt Lake on Saturday -- we culdn't help but recall the words of the immortal Dave Spritz:

"I remember once imagining what my life would be like, what I'd be like. I pictured having all these qualities, strong positive qualities that people could pick up on from across the room. But as time passed, few ever became any qualities that I actually had. And all the possibilities I faced and the sorts of people I could be, all of them got reduced every year to fewer and fewer. Until finally they got reduced to one, to who I am. And that's who I am, the weatherman."

02 March 12:13 de la tarde

As the sun came up on North America, the Twitterati took to their laptops, phones, tablets, soup cans, whatever they use to tweet, in order to express their thoughts about the 2013 MLS season opening up on Saturday. Here are some of my favorite ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here's one of my own (shameless self-promotion!) with a priceless quote from a family member.

01 March 12:15 de la tarde

This unplugged musical tribute to Kei Kamara, currently on loan at EPL side Norwich City from Sporting KC, and his "heart-shaped hands" goal celebration isn't going to get a favorable review in the latest issue of NME, but you've got to applaud the guy's gumption to sing it loud and proud on BBC Radio Norfolk's McVeigh and Butler show. And the audience participation. And the jersey.

CLICK HERE to watch the video.

27 February 11:34 de la mañana

Passé, présent et avenir sont tous trois à la une de l’actualité du jour.

L’avenir, c’est celui de la talentueuse génération des -20 ans canadiens qui ne disputera pas la Coupe du monde de sa catégorie d’âge cet été. Le Canada a été battu 4-2 par les États-Unis dans le match décisif (résumé vidéo ci-dessus) et regrette une nouvelle occasion ratée. Mission accomplie en revanche pour les jeunes Américains dont certaines des vedettes pourraient être sur le terrain en MLS dès ce week-end.

Le présent, c’est la saison 2013 qui est sur le point de commencer. Don Garber en tiendra le discours inaugural ce soir sur le coup de 18h00 sous une forme novatrice, puisqu’il sera non seulement diffusé en ligne mais que le commissaire répondra aussi aux questions des journalistes via une vidéoconférence. Cette saison pourrait s’ouvrir sans Dwayne De Rosario, qui risque une suspension pour un mauvais geste durant la préparation.

Le passé, c’est l’histoire à laquelle le Philadelphia Union a fait un superbe clin d’œil hier soir en dévoilant son troisième maillot, référence au Bethleem Steel, un des plus grands clubs d’avant-guerre aux États-Unis. La Semaine des maillots se poursuit en beauté et ce soir, ce sera au tour de Montréal de dévoiler sa troisième vareuse, qui ne fera pas référence à Carsteel (puissance du soccer des années 30 au Québec) mais probablement au titre remporté par l’Impact en 1994 en APSL.

20 February 10:32 de la tarde

Landon Donovan has a history of insightful, personal interviews. He just hasn't given very many of them lately.

That seems to have changed on Wednesday night, as the US national team and LA Galaxy legend answered questions in public for the first time since helping lead his team to the 2012 MLS Cup. Donovan appeared at a Q&A session titled "The Competitive Edge" on the campus of the University of Southern California.

One promising young scribe proceded to live tweet the event. We can't vouch for the veracity of his transcription, during which Donovan talks about everything from his relationship with his dad to that time he almost quit soccer in 2006 (which, from memory, was right before kickoff vs. Ghana), but I guarantee you we'll all be talking about this out-of-the-blue appearance by LD for the next 48 hours:

Here's the best part, if you're a US fan:

And here's the part that's Landon being Landon to, like, the Nth degree:

17 February 11:00 de la mañana

Whether you enjoy the Harlem Shake or not, it's now infiltrated MLS clubs. The Seattle Sounders, the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Houston Dynamo (a special edition with the Dynamo Girls) are the latest to join the viral video movement.

Where would you rate Jimmy Conrad and his KICKTV crew in the American soccer Harlem Shake hierarchy?

15 February 7:39 de la tarde

Short, sweet and unambiguous support for Robbie Rogers:

WATCH: MLSers react to Rogers coming out

15 February 7:27 de la tarde

It's been an emotional day for all of MLS and US soccer, but doubtless nobody's gone through the wringer quite as thoroughly as Robbie Rogers.

Here's his 13-word response:

Understandable.

But from where I sit, the best part of today is that the next guy (or gal) to debate whether or not to come out can expect "this." It's a more tolerant and loving world than we all thought it was nine hours ago.

11 February 3:57 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.

11 February 12:12 de la tarde

Sporting KC have been on the forefront of MLS 2.0 since their rebranding, so people tend to pay attention when they unveil their latest marketing initiative.

With the MLS regular season just 19 days away – Sporting and Philadelphia will be the first clubs to kick a ball with points on the line on March 2 at PPL Park – fans in Kansas City are already feeling the hype ahead of yet another season with high expectations.

Check out the commercial above, which ran during the Grammy Awards in the hope of capturing an audience outside the club's core fanbase, and let us know what you think in the comment section below.