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20 August 2:49 de la tarde

Everyone likes goals. That's indisputable truth as far as I'm concerned.

With that in mind, you have no excuse not to check out all 31 goals scored during Major League Soccer's Week 24.

Oh, and vote for AT&T Goal of the Week while you're at it.

20 August 11:15 de la mañana

Le seul duel de la journée opposant des équipes de haut de tableau a été facilement remporté par Seattle, où presque tout le monde dit que Montero et Johnson forment le meilleur duo offensif de la compétition, contre Vancouver privé de Robson la veille du match.

Dans les autres rencontres, les favoris se sont cassé les dents plus souvent qu’autrement. Le leader San José n’a jamais pu se remettre de la sortie de Lenhart, suite à une double exclusion mieux digérée par Montréal, l’équipe en forme du moment. Lors d’une fin de match complètement folle, DC United a perdu deux points précieux contre Philadelphie.

Contre Dallas, Salt Lake a très mal géré sa combativité et a préparé de la pire des manières son match de Ligue des champions contre le Tauro FC. Higuain a réussi ses débuts pour Columbus, qui a failli infliger sa première défaite à domicile à Houston : les Texans sauvent un point grâce au tir à distance de Moffat et à une erreur de Gruenebaum.

Les surprises ont été majoritaires, mais quelques favoris se sont quand même imposés. Non sans peine pour New York, auteur d’une remontée spectaculaire contre Portland. La défense de Kansas City a retrouvé toutes ses sensations à Toronto. Et l’attaque de Chicago a montré qu’elle avait, enfin, des solutions de rechange.

LES RÉSULTATS
Seattle - Vancouver
Toronto - Kansas City
Montréal - San José
Chicago - New England
Colorado - Chivas USA
Salt Lake - Dallas
DC United - Philadelphie
New York - Portland
Houston - Columbus

2-0
0-1
3-1
2-1
1-1
1-2
1-1
3-2
2-2
Classement général
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19 August 8:40 de la tarde

Always kind of worry about the Sunday afternoon game. A Saturday's worth of matches usually supplies its fair share of drama on any given weekend, so depending on who's facing who on Sunday, the MLS weekend can sometimes fizzle out. It's happened before, you know it.

Not today, not for D.C. United and Philadelphia Union.

We made it out to RFK Stadium to find the I-95 Rivalry alive and well in the nation's capital. Below you'll find some of the best images from a crazy, crazy day at RFK.

Shortly after arrival we were waiting in the parking lot when a few D.C. United and RFK staffers came hustling out from under the stadium. Dwayne De Rosario had arrived, along with the NBC Sports Network camera crew filming his edition of MLS 36. Little did anyone know the kind of footage they were about to capture. Oh, and how about this license plate?

The storyline heading into this match was focused on young Danny Cruz. Lovable, bursting with honesty and energy, Cruz had endeared himself to the DCU faithful before being moved to Philadelphia in the week for Lionard Pajoy. After getting off the bus, Cruz walked the pitch at RFK all on his own, taking in the vibe from a place that was no longer home. The emergence of United defender Daniel Woolard caught Cruz's eye, as the two shared a few laughs together before Cruz disappeared into the visitor's tunnel before warmups.

It wouldn't be an I-95 clash without a big group of travelling support, and the Sons of Ben made themselves heard. We caught some video of the chant below, but sadly the footage isn't exactly...umm...deliverable. This should suffice:

The last time we saw Carlos Valdés in the flesh he was representing MLS against Chelsea. Today he did his club proud, turning in another boss performance at the back once he got his captain's armband sorted before walking out for the anthems.

Back to DeRo. Not only is he on 98 career goals, not only was he being filmed for MLS 36, it was also his bobblehead game. We managed to find one near midfield during the second half, after we caught a pretty cool moment between DDR and Olsen before the second half began.

The Sons of Ben were doing their thing in section 317 all game, but one of the iconic images you'll find from attending any United match are the bouncing stands along the sideline. This photo came from when D.C. found themselves trailing. Can't you tell?

Of course we all know what happened at the end of the match, and I'll leave the analysis about what should or should have went down to all of you. But as the seconds melted off the clock, we caught a glimpse of a substituted De Rosario, leaning on the field boards watching the madness unfold just like everyone else at RFK, and the nationwide audience at home. Needless to say, don't miss his MLS 36 episode, because you know it'll be crazy.

John Hackworth said postgame in his press conference that it was a good point for the Union. Olsen's tone was decidedly different. A young coach quite rightly upset, but you feel that Olsen's demeanor rubs off easily on his charges. If I were Frank Klopas, I'd be a lot more worried about going in there on Wednesday.

18 August 2:08 de la tarde

Fresh off selling Michael Bradley to Roma, it seems Chievo Verona are eyeing another talent who made a name for himself in MLS.

That would be Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero, who has scored 41 goals and dished out 30 assists during league play in three-plus seasons in the Pacific Northwest.

One of the brightest young talents in the league, Montero has never shied away from expressing a desire to test himself in Europe. In 22 games this season, Montero has scored seven goals to go along with four assists.

Would a move to Chievo make sense for the Colombian? Make your voice heard in the comment section below.

17 August 1:27 de la tarde

En dehors de Seattle - Vancouver, toutes les équipes de la première moitié de classement affronteront des adversaires de la « colonne de droite » : toute perte de points est dès lors proscrite.

Le sommet de la journée est ainsi facile à déterminer. Sur les bords du Pacifique et en direct sur RDS et TSN2, on prévoit une nouvelle chaude lutte pour la bataille du Nord-Ouest, tellement serrée cette saison que seul… Portland a gagné une confrontation directe entre les trois rivaux de la région.

L’ancien gardien de Portland Troy Perkins et Montréal voudront continuer sur leur lancée contre le leader San José, où le meilleur buteur Chris Wondolowski ne prend pas la grosse tête. Ses 4 matchs sans marquer ne sont rien comparés à la disette de 10 rencontres de Fabian Espindola, qui compte y mettre fin lors de Salt Lake - Dallas.

Kansas City est heureux de retrouver un temps plus clément pour son déplacement à Toronto, mais devra se méfier d’Eric Hassli qui n’a pas tardé à y prendre ses marques. Contre New England, Chicago devra trouver comment remplacer Logan Pause, blessé pour plus d’un mois.

Dimanche s’ouvrira avec le choc des capitales sur RDS2, NBC Sports Network et TSN2 : les regards seront tournés vers Lionard Pajoy, qui vient de quitter Philadelphie pour DC United. Sur Galavision, New York partira largement favori face à Portland, alors que Ricardo Clark voudra réussir ses débuts à domicile pour Houston contre Columbus.

LE PROGRAMME COMPLET
Samedi 18 août
16h00 : Seattle - Vancouver
16h30 : Toronto - Kansas City
19h30 : Montréal - San José
20h30 : Chicago - New England
21h00 : Colorado - Chivas USA
21h00 : Salt Lake - Dallas
Dimanche 19 août
17h00 : DC United - Philadelphie
19h00 : New York - Portland
21h00 : Houston - Columbus

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17 August 10:53 de la mañana

Después de 75 años de no lograrlo, Estados Unidos finalmente puede decir que le ganaron a sus archirrivales de la CONCACAF en su casa. México cayó en el Estadio Azteca gracias a un gol de Michael Orozco (que irónicamente es mexico-estadounidense).  

Muchos en Estados Unidos piensan que una importante barrera ha caído, que ese triunfo demuestra lo cerca que los estadounidenses están de los reyes de la CONCACAF, algo que llega en un momento critico, ya que recientemente el Tri había superado a Estados Unido en todo sentido… Copa Oro, Olímpicos, Mundiales juveniles, etc, etc, etc.

ESCUCHA: PODCAST CON MICHAEL OROZCO Y MARTIN VASQUEZ

Sin embargo, es solo un partido, y no se jugaron puntos. Es solo un triunfo, en comparación de los muchos que ha tenido México ante los estadounidenses.

Pensando en eso nos preguntamos, ¿Cuántos partidos pasarán para que EE.UU. le vuelva a ganar al Tri en México? ¿Será que la brecha si se ha cerrado, o será que tendremos que esperar otros 75 años para ver esto?

Voten, comenten y escuchen el debate de Tiro Libre… la rivalidad continúa…

16 August 5:30 de la tarde

You would think with last night’s loss at Estadio Azteca, Mexico would be much more upset than it seems they are.

The loss gave Mexico their second historic mark in less than one week, winning an Olympic gold in soccer and losing at home to the rival USA. But the country seems to be more upset that the loss stole their thunder and put a damper on their fiestas than by what it actually means to the historic rivalry.

San Luis Hoy, the local newspaper where American goalscorer Michael Orozco Fiscal plays with Club San Luis, titled their piece “Les Aguaron la Fiesta.” Translation? They rained on our parade. La Cancha, sports section of Mexico City based La Reforma, titled their piece “Arruinan la Fiesta." Translation: They ruined the party.

Fear not Mexico, the game was just an international friendly and counted for no points. So pass another round of tequila and let’s keep the party going.

But maybe you should rethink the ever growing gringo threat and what they will do in CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers coming up.

16 August 10:51 de la mañana

Difficile de dire si le Canada est prêt pour sa double échéance contre le Panama, puisque les seules images que nous avons de son match amical d’hier sont celles du résumé ci-dessous. Le résultat contre Trinité-et-Tobago, une victoire 2-0, est toutefois encourageant, tout comme le compte rendu de Gavin Day, un des rares journalistes sur place.

La deuxième mi-temps a particulièrement plu à Stephen Hart, qui espère que ses jeunes auront davantage de temps de jeu dans leur club. Parmi eux, Russel Teibert, qui a laissé une bonne impression tant à son entraîneur qu’à ses coéquipiers.

Du côté de l’équipe nationale américaine, les réjouissances sont moins timides, et pour cause : pour la première fois de leur histoire, les États-Unis ont battu le Mexique au stade Azteca ! Les héros se nomment Orozco Fiscal, auteur du seul but du match, et Tim Howard, qui a repoussé tous les assauts mexicains. Un succès encore plus savoureux pour Herculez Gomez, l’international américain qui défend les couleurs de Santos Laguna.

On a aussi joué en championnat. Vancouver en veut particulièrement à l’arbitre suite à sa défaite 0-2 contre Dallas. Les cancres Toronto et Portland n’ont pas réussi à se départager (2-2). Pas de vainqueur non plus à Columbus - LA Galaxy (1-1), où toutes les pensées étaient dirigées vers Kirk Urso.

15 August 9:14 de la tarde

Well ... that was cathartic. Jurgen Klinsmann didn't do everything I'd have done, but he definitely got the formation and shape right. That's a big step in the right direction. Here are three things we learned from the US national team's first victory in Mexico in 75 years.

1. This is now Geoff Cameron's backline

We at MLSsoccer.com have been talking all week about how a generational shift in the center of defense has been needed.

Carlos Bocanegra has been a great captain and, at times, a great defender, but he's well past his prime. Oguchi Onyewu, meanwhile, simply hasn't ever recovered from that 2009 knee injury. We saw that much against Antigua and Barbuda. The other option recently has been Clarence Goodson, who is tissue-paper soft.

So that left first Bob Bradley, then Jurgen Klinsmann with the task of developing the next generation of central defenders, and to be honest, it didn't go as quickly as I'd have liked. I ripped Klinsmann in my column last Friday for sticking with the old guard for too long, and did the same to Bradley last summer after the Gold Cup disappointment.

The Antigua game, and the disappointing 1-1 draw with Guatemala that followed it, drove the point home, apparently. Klinsmann kicked "tried and true" to the curb in favor of Cameron and Maurice Edu, and was rewarded with one of the best defensive performances in years (this was miles better than the Italy game, in which the US were bailed out repeatedly by a flag-happy linesman).

Cameron was flawless for 80 minutes on the night, both in his distribution (expected) and positioning (a happy surprise). He'd struggled at times with Houston this year, playing more loosely than he should have. That was nowhere to be found against Mexico.

Edu was nearly as good, bar a couple of miscommunications in distribution. They both flagged down the final 10 minutes, but that's to be expected at the Azteca.

But man, was that a big step in the right direction.

The one concern now is that they both land with clubs that are only interested in playing them at midfield. Hopefully Stoke City and Valencia, or Ipswich Town, or whoever is going to sign Edu, watched this game and realized that these guys are defenders, not midfielders.

2. There may be no place to play Jose Torres against good competition

Look, he's gotten plenty of chances. On Wednesday he played 45 minutes with three defensive midfielders behind him, two pure attackers in front of him and a pair of fullbacks who could and would overlap if there was space. It was exactly what I asked for — a chance to see the guy playing his natural spot with plenty of support around him.

And Torres did nothing on either side of the ball. There is absolutely no reason to trust him against top competition at this point, especially if they're physical.

Would you want him out there against Jamaica next month when the games count?

Neither would I.

3. These aren't new tactics

When Klinsmann came aboard, he talked about playing a new, proactive style that would impose the game upon the opposition.

Those were his words. But his deeds have been the total opposite. His team stays deep, defends in numbers and punishes mistakes. They never hog the ball unless it happens to be against Scotland or the like.

That's been the recipe against top teams for 25 years (with a few exceptions). I recently rewatched the 0-0 draw from 1998 World Cup qualifying, and defensively it was pretty much a mirror image of this game.

So full credit to Klinsmann for realizing that, if he wants to write a new manual, he should at least master the old one first.