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27 December 5:06 de la tarde

Eddie Johnson lives according his own schedule, at least when it comes to announcing US national team call-ups.

After publicly confirming an October call-up for World Cup qualifiers against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala a bit early, it appears Johnson let the cat out of the bag early once again on Thursday, tweeting that he'd be one of the players Jurgen Klinsmann will run the rule over during January.

While others apparently keep the good news to themselves, Johnson just can't seem to keep his excitement contained to family and friends. Clearly, those 13,852 Twitter followers need to know that their boy is headed back to the big time. And I say good for him. The guy saw some dark days and seems to be rebuilding step by step what was one of the most promising careers to originate in MLS or the US in general. He was a terror for MLS defenses this season, and a bright spot for Klinsmann in the two wins that sealed the US' Hexagonal spot, linking up with long-time friend Clint Dempsey to great effect.

Can he continue that kind of form for the USMNT? That remains to be seen, but I've got no problem with a player having a problem keeping this sort of thing to himself. Excitement is contagious, after all.

What do you think? Did Johnson make a mistake by announcing his call-up early?

25 December 11:04 de la mañana

You know who can never get enough of KICKTV's Jimmy Conrad?

Jimmy Conrad.

The ex-KC and US international is up to his usual lovable self-aggrandizing ways in KICKTV's holiday video. Check it out.

23 December 3:34 de la tarde

The San Diego Sockers indoor soccer team made US sporting history recently by winning 43 consecutive games. Sounds pretty incredible, huh? Not everyone is impressed, though.

You may remember Peter Wilt, the first president and general manager of the Chicago Fire and a veteran of the indoor soccer world. Needless to say, Wilt doesn't seem particularly enamored with the Sockers' record, one he views as built on the back of subpar competition.

San Diego plays in the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL), a competitor to the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), which plays underneath the USL banner. Perhaps someone can enlighten me when it comes to the differences in the comments section below.

I'm actually pretty familiar with the indoor game – my grandmother and aunt had season tickets to Wichita Wings games back in the day, and I actually took in a match between the recently revived Wings and the Kansas City Comets on Friday night – but I'm certainly no expert these days.

So could this record be bogus, a mark fueled by a sizable talent gap? Sure, but it's still impressive nonetheless. Even the best teams struggle to string together five wins in a row, let alone 43.

21 December 6:16 de la tarde

MLS "haters" be forewarned: The latest edition of Jimmy Conrad's American Soccer Spectacular pulls no punches. 

And if you love great goals, well, there's that too.

05 December 7:13 de la tarde

You bet your sweet bippy.

Here it is on r/MLS, the 2012, end-of-season awards. And I am awesome.

Does this kind of dominance come naturally, you may wonder?

It would be immodest to say "yes." It would also be wrong. As Malcolm Gladwell so eloquently (read: dubiously) explained in his pop-psychology best-seller Outliers, there may very well be a thing called "The 10,000 Hour Rule." And that if any talentless hack does one specific task for 10,000 hours or more, he'll probably get pretty good at it.

I guarantee you I've wasted 10,000 hours on the internet. Hell, I've probably done 20,000 hours. I remember 'TheSpark' before it became 'SparkNotes.' I spent hours on SoccerAmerica:Graffiti. I ran a linkshell in FFXI, for God's sake.

That's why I'm beating a World Cup veteran (Hi, Alexi!) and my boss (Um.. sorry, Chris) combined.

To blatantly rip off Stephen Colbert: I am like an athlete who has trained his entire life for a race he never knew was coming. And that race is "internet."

Thank you for your votes.

I'm Matt Doyle, and I approve this message.

04 December 2:50 de la tarde

Omar Gonzalez clearly isn't a shy guy. And that's not some baseless assumption.

David Beckham already alluded to MLS Cup MVP Gonzalez's in-the-buff celebrations on Saturday after the Galaxy won their second straight championship at the Home Depot Center, but a tweet from Omar himself sealed the deal on Tuesday, one of those classic social media moments that spreads like wildfire.

The tweet was simple ("Caption this," which you should definitely do in the comment section below), but perhaps the best thing about the photo are the faces of his teammates and LA's staff. My top three: Michael Stephens (a combination of shock and delight), Edson Buddle (pure disgust) and Juninho (a mixture of the two). Landon Donovan and Beckham round out the top five.

Let us know what you think below. Hilarious? Over the top?

29 November 5:33 de la tarde

Sean Franklin

Reddit.  All the cool kids are doing it.  And that includes LA Galaxy defender Sean Franklin.

The veteran took an hour out of his day to answer questions on r/MLS, ranging from the best place to eat around Cal-State Northridge, to whether he'd rather fight 1 horse-sized Steven Lenhart or 1000 duck-sized Steven Lenharts, to how he feels about playing a part in David Beckham's last Galaxy game.

You can find RealSeanFranklin in here: http://reddit.com/r/mls

And here is the direct link to Sean's Q&A:

CLICK ME!

And, to pass the time until MLS Cup (Saturday, 4:30 pm ET; ESPN, Telefutura in the US, TSN and RDS in Canada), here are some past AMA's you might be interested in.

28 November 5:09 de la tarde

MLS Cup Twitter Tune-In Challenge

Attention all gamers: We've got another Tune-In Challenge coming your way during MLS Cup on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1:30 pm PT/4:30 pm ET on ESPN/TSN/RDS/TeleFutura. 

Play along and you could win a sweet prize from MLS Gear.  It's simple:

  • Watch MLS Cup and follow @MLS on Twitter.
  • Reply with the CORRECT answer to our match-related questions.
  • The first 40 eligible replies will be entered into a drawing to win. 
  • Eligible tweets must include:  #WatchMLSCup hashtag and the correct answer.

Winners will be selected on Dec. 1, 2012, and notified via DM.

You'll want to keep your computer or smartphone handy. Check out what these trivia masters won last year.

Official MLS Social Media Giveaway Rules

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If you have received an @MLS giveaway in the last 30 days, you’re not eligible. If a giveaway recipient is determined to be ineligible, MLS may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible follower.

You will be required to privately (through Twitter direct message or email) provide your name and address if you are selected as a giveaway recipient.

Contests, trivia and giveaways are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules or regulations.  See applicable giveaway description for exact details of when and how to enter.

MLS reserves all rights.

20 November 1:55 de la tarde

Poor Kei Kamara. The Sporting Kansas City winger is more bummed out than any other player that David Beckham is leaving the LA Galaxy. Seems Kamara never got the chance to snag one of Beckham's jerseys. 

04 November 5:43 de la tarde

Things are getting more interesting in the MLS playoffs. Houston's victory over Sporting KC in the first leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series puts real pressure on SKC to come up big back at home.

Join MLSsoccer.com editors Greg Lalas and Jason Saghini to break down all the good, the bad, and the ugly from the match.