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22 June 5:23 de la tarde

The condemnation of an entire fan base in 140 characters or less:

Voting the player with the best ideas on the field - and that's exactly what Ozil always is unless he happens to be on the same field as Iniesta and Messi - the worst performance of the match is beyond blinkered. So what if not every brilliant flick, through ball or volley came off? Ozil put the Greeks under pressure for the full 90 minutes, and was the primary reason they had to drop their line 10 yards deeper than they wanted to within the first 15 minutes of the game. Germany set up shop in Greece's penalty area, and the German No. 8 is the primary reason why.

I'm flabbergasted. And my gast is not easily flabbered.

22 June 5:11 de la tarde

UPDATE: The window for retweeting closed at midnight, and Franklin Bonilla (@TrueBlueInNY) has been selected as the lucky grand prize winner. Franklin, we'll see you and a friend tomorrow at 6pm ET at Sarah D. Roosevelt Park. Hope you dig soccer and famous people, and famous soccer people. Congrats!

The Steve Nash Foundation Showdown is one of those über-cool soccer events you wish you could see from up close. This year it's all happening on Wednesday, June 27, at 6:30PM at Sarah D. Roosevelt Park in Manhattan.

And guess what? We have two VIP tickets to give away.

Here's what's at stake:

  • The lucky Grand Prize winner can look forward to two front row seats to see some of the best athletes in the world battle it out, playground style.  Admission to the ultra-swag after party is also included and the lucky winner will receive two shirts from the New York Red Bulls. Boom.
  • Five runners-up will receive mystery gift packs from New York Red Bulls.

Entering to win is easy.

Make sure you're following @MLS and @KICKTV on Twitter, and then retweet the following message:  
 

You and all your friends have until midnight on Monday to do this, after which the winners will be chosen at random, contacted via Twitter direct message and announced on Tuesday. 

The Grand Prize Winner will pick up his/her tickets from the MLS Insider at the event, and the only catch is you gotta figure out a way to get there at your own expense by kickoff at 6:00 PM ET. Transportation will not be provided. If you can't make the event on Wednesday, June 27, we ask you decline the prize so we can select a new winner who can attend. The five runners-up will receive their gift packs in the mail.

So, what are you waiting for? Follow @MLS and @KICKTV and retweet the message above for your chance to win. 

Official Social Media Giveaway Rules

Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of any Major League Soccer LLC, its member teams, Soccer United Marketing, L.L.C. and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries & affiliated companies and their immediate families and those living in their same household, whether or not related, are not eligible for any @MLS giveaway. @MLS will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion. If you have received an @MLS giveaway in the last 30 days, you’re not eligible. If you live more than 75 miles from the field where a game for which tickets are being given away will be played, you are not eligible for that ticket giveaway. 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.

22 June 12:10 de la tarde

Ça va chauffer dimanche ! Les deux duels dominicaux promettent du grand spectacle sur le terrain et en dehors, avec des affrontements entre rivaux. Les téléspectateurs de ESPN et ESPN Deportes auront la chance de voir une ambiance à son comble à Portland pour la venue de Seattle, qui a déjà commencé le match des petites phrases. À l’autre extrémité des États-Unis, New York, qui gère bien les absences pour blessure ou suspension, recevra DC United, nostalgique de ses plus belles victoires chez son ennemi de la côte est (direct NBC Sports Network).

Le programme de samedi est alléchant aussi. Salt Lake, qui n’a pu célébrer comme il le souhaitait les retours de Morales et Gil, aura fort à faire contre San José, où Wondolowski est revenu en force. En déplacement à Los Angeles, et en direct sur RDS et TSN, Vancouver voudra « revenir d’Hollywood avec des points plutôt que des autographes ».

Pour son deuxième match à la tête de Philadelphie, John Hackworth, aura fort à faire contre Kansas City qui s’est découvert un nouveau héros local en la personne de Michael Thomas. Notons aussi, sur Galavision, le match entre Dallas et Chivas USA.

LE PROGRAMME COMPLET
Samedi 23 juin
16h30 : Toronto - New England
19h00 : Philadelphie - Kansas City
19h30 : Montréal - Houston
20h30 : Chicago - Columbus
21h00 : Dallas - Chivas USA
21h00 : Salt Lake - San José
22h30 : LA Galaxy - Vancouver
Dimanche 24 juin
17h00 : Portland - Seattle
19h00 : New York - DC United

Toutes les heures HE (heure de New York et Montréal)
Rendez-vous ici pour la disponibilité des matchs sur MLS Live et les diffuseurs locaux
Hors États-Unis et Canada, vous pouvez voir des matchs de MLS via ces diffuseurs ou LiveSport.tv

21 June 6:28 de la tarde

Way to go, MLS fans.

You may have broken one of the most prolific communication tools to ever exist. Literally the minute we announced AT&T #MLSAllStar twitter voting was live, the platform stopped working. In fact, it was so dead that users didn't even get the Twitter whale to share in their tweetless solitude. 

We may not be thinking scientifically here, but we're having a good time theorizing that this timing couldn't be coincidence, and instead was due to the onslaught of #MLSAllStar tweets occurring at that very moment. Seems plausible right? At least a few folks agreed with us.

Luckily, Twitter is back up and running and there is still time left to vote for your favorite players. Here's the scoop:

Tweet a vote for your First XI players. Voting is open until Friday, June 22, at 11:59 PM ET.

  • An eligible vote consists of #MLSAllStar and the player's name (first and last required), with or without a space.
  • A user may vote for multiple players in a tweet; however, a user may not vote for a single player multiple times within one tweet.
  • There is no limit to the number of tweets a user may submit for any one player.
  • All users must follow @MLS for their votes to be eligible.
  • Choose from the 114 eligible players below, pre-determined by a panel of select media members.

Click here for the Twitter ballot, and remember to watch the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 25, 8:30 pm ET on ESPN2/TeleFutura/TSN/RDS! 

 

21 June 4:39 de la tarde

Join Gatorade, MLS, and the soccer community in supporting young female athletes to stay in the game.

Did you know?

  • In 1971, one in 27 high school girls participated in sports.
  • In 2012, one in 2.5 high school girls play sports!

In 1972, Title IX gave women and men equal access to federally funded programs. That means your mother, your wife, your sister and even YOU have seen equal opportunities to be a young athlete.

However, while we have managed to gain young girls equal access to sports, they're still dropping out at twice the rate boys do by age 14. 

We want to help change this trend.

Why?

  • A girl who participates in sports is more likely to get better grades and graduate high school with scholarships to college.
  • A girl who participates in sports is less likely to get involved in drugs. 
  • A girl who participates in sports will have greater confidence and self-esteem keeping her from depression and eating disorders.
  • A girl who participates in sports is less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior or become pregnant.

How can you help?

Support the cause by changing your profile picture to your 14 year-old self (or a special female in your life like your daughter or wife) playing sports. Tweet about how playing sports helped you get to where you are today using the #KeepHerInTheGame hashtag. Most importantly, continue to encourage your daughter, granddaughter, niece, sister and friends to keep her in the game.

For more information, visit www.womenssportsfoundation.org.

En Españolhttp://www.mlssoccer.com/blog/post/2012/06/21/%C3%BAnanse-al-mls-y-apoyen-keepherinthegame 

21 June 2:21 de la tarde

Since this week is dedicated to numbers here at MLSsoccer.com, I figured I would pass on some of the raw data and illustrations collected over the past few weeks in the hunt for fresh Opta Spotlight* ideas.

*On Friday, I'll examine the magnificent season Columbus' Andy Gruenebaum has put together with Will Hesmer sidelined.

Below are the touch charts for Clint Dempsey in the quarterfinal and semifinal at last summer's Gold Cup as well as the most recent qualifier in Guatemala under Jurgen Klinsmann's direction. Duece scored in all three matches.

What do these illustrations say to you? Is Dempsey playing a different role under Klinsmann than he did under Bob Bradley? I'll leave it to you to draw your own conclusions in the comment section below.

vs. Jamaica (2-0 victory - June 19, 2011)

vs. Panama (1-0 victory - June 22, 2011)

at Guatemala (1-1 draw - June 13, 2012)

21 June 12:01 de la tarde

Ayuda a Gatorade, MLS, y al mundo del fútbol a apoyar a las jovencitas de nuestro deporte para que se queden en la cancha con la campaña KeepHerInTheGame.

¿SABÍAS QUE?

  • En 1971 solo una de cada 27 niñas participaba en deportes escolares.
  • ¡Hoy una de cada 2.5 chicas juega deportes en la escuela!

1972 Title IX le dio a mujeres la misma oportunidad que a hombres a participar en programas de gobierno, especialmente deportes. Tu mamá, esposa, hermana, hasta tú mismo has visto la diferencia y el impacto que Title IX tuvo para qué mujeres juegan deportes.

Aunque que la oportunidad de participar en deportes existe, las niñas están dejándolos atrás. A los 14 años, las niñas abandonan su juego a dos veces más que niños.

Es tiempo de cambiar esta estadística.

PERO… ¿POR QUÉ IMPORTA?

  • Porque una niña en deportes tiene más probabilidad de llegar a la universidad y ganarse becas.
  • Porque una niña en deportes tiene menos probabilidad de abusar de drogas.
  • Porque una niña en deportes tiene más confianza y menos probabilidad de tener depresión o desordenes alimenticios.
  • Porque una niña en deportes tiene menos probabilidad de arriesgarse en actividades sexuales y embarazarse.

TOMA ACCIÓN

Cambia tu foto de perfil a cuando tenías 14 años de edad jugando un deporte,o pon una foto de una mujer especial en tu vida, como tu esposa o hija, jugando deportes. Cuéntanos por Twitter usando el hashtag #KeepHerInTheGame de tu tiempo en la cancha y los beneficios que te brindó, y no se olviden de hablar con su nieta, hija, sobrina, hermana y amigas para que ellas sigan en la cancha.

Para mas información visite www.womenssportsfoundation.org.

In English: http://mlssoccer.com/keepherinthegame

21 June 11:45 de la mañana

Six des sept premiers jouaient ce mercredi soir mais un seul d’entre eux a pris les trois points. San José s'est imposé dans la douleur dans les dernières minutes à Colorado, qui a vécu son match le plus frustrant depuis bien longtemps.

Les deux duels entre formations du haut du tableau se sont soldés par des partages. Kansas City, avec trois joueurs fêtant leur première titularisation en MLS, a pris un point à Seattle qui peut dire merci à son défenseur central Ianni. Un autre arrière central, Bonjour, a marqué le seul but de Vancouver contre New York qui a sauvé le nul dans les derniers instants grâce à Pearce, très critiqué après la défaite à Chicago.

Salt Lake aurait pu profiter de la situation mais a commis trop d’erreurs et s’est incliné contre le LA Galaxy, qui a remonté un retard de deux buts. Même s’il a fait presque aussi bien en égalisant après avoir été mené 1-3 par Toronto, Houston retient surtout son mauvais match. Le TFC table sur le retour en forme de Koevermans, auteur de deux buts. Montréal a aussi connu une soirée frustrante, perdant 2-1 à Chivas USA qui doit à ses remplaçants son deuxième succès à domicile de la saison.

LES RÉSULTATS
Houston - Toronto
Salt Lake - LA Galaxy
Colorado - San José
Seattle - Kansas City
Chivas USA - Montréal
Vancouver - New York

3-3
2-3
1-2
1-1
2-1
1-1
Cliquez sur un résultat pour voir le résumé vidéo

 

21 June 10:57 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.

Portland

 

Sea​ttle

20 June 6:03 de la tarde

Can Crew legend Guillermo Barros Schelotto match his on-field success on the touchline? We're about to find out.

On Wednesday, it was confirmed that the 2008 MLS MVP was named head coach of Argentine Primera Division outfit Lanús (SPANISH). It will be Schelotto's first managerial position after retiring as a player with hometown club Gimnasia La Plata in 2011.

Befitting his nickname, el mellizo (the twin), he will reunited with his twin brother Gustavo, who will be his assistant, with the two of them having previously been teammates at Gimnasia and Boca Juniors. Gustavo also has a North American soccer connection, having played his final season as a pro with the Puerto Rico Islanders in 2006.

Lanús have been one of Argentina's stronger clubs in the past few years, having claimed the Apertura 2007 title and fallen just short of the Clausura 2011 crown. The granate currently hold the third-best average points per game over the past three seasons in Argentina. Furthermore, the club boasts 2006 World Cup winner and former Italian international Mauro Camoranesi and former Uruguay international Mario Regueiro in its ranks.

How will el mellizo fare as a coach? Will his teams show the kind of flair that he once wowed audiences with in Argentina and the United States? Would you like to see him coaching in MLS someday?