24 August 6:12 de la tarde

I've got goosebumps right now. Just trust me when I tell you that's not the norm here at MLS HQ come Friday afternoon.

For that, I have to thank the Vancouver Whitecaps, who put out quite the hype video ahead of Saturday's trip to Portland (10:30 pm ET, watch LIVE online).

Check out the video below and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

24 August 4:59 de la tarde

Our MLS clubs have gone above and beyond in the community this week running successful fundraisers and events, like the Chicago Fire's White Party. Toronto FC front office and players spent 12 straight days in the community giving back through their TFC/TWELVE campaign while the Portland Timbers completed building a soccer field at a local high-school. The Dynamo launched the 2012 Bald is Beautiful campaign and the Revolution will partner with Taylor Twellman on a fundraiser while the Rapids continue to give back to their fans. These are just a few of the highlights from this week.  Check out all of the incredible stories from the community...

Toronto FC volunteers at Toronto Humane Society

Chicago's White Party raises $40,000 for Fire Foundation

Toronto FC players help Not Far From The Tree

Union ready for River Cup

Revs, Twellman team up for bartending fundraiser

Lucky day to be a Rapids fan at training

Rapids players make an impact on one aspiring youngster

Stand Together Parkrose High School Field Dedication

LA Galaxy's How Suite It Is! tickets on sale

Houston Dynamo, Dynamo Charities launch 2012 Bald is Beautiful campaign

Toronto FC and Team Up Foundation's KickStart Free Soccer Clinic

Philadelphia Union host blood drive with American Red Cross

Montreal Impact raise close to $20,000 for PROCURE

Toronto FC KickStart Your Community

Sporting KC Hosts Military Appreciation Night

San Jose Earthquakes XFINITY Clinic Series

Philadelphia Union River Cup Ramps Up

Red Bulls Support Reyna Run 2012

New York Red Bulls Visit Street Soccer USA tournament

Chicago Fire White Party Sold Out

Toronto FC Visit First Responders

Toronto FC Fighting for a Cure

Nixia SC visits Sporting Kansas City

Toronto FC and MLSE Team Up Foundation Massive Group Effort

Colorado Rapids: Fire Department defeat Police in Battle of the Badges

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS W.O.R.K.S. news section.

24 August 4:28 de la tarde

Confirmation : tel sera le mot clef des rencontres d’une journée qui commence ce vendredi soir sur les ondes de NBC Sports Network. Pour ne pas mettre ses ambitions au placard, Philadelphie doit vaincre Salt Lake, remis en confiance par sa victoire en Ligue des champions et qui s’apprête à avoir un calendrier moins éprouvant.

Avec une défense pourtant guère épargnée, Montréal visera une cinquième victoire de suite, face à DC United dont la victoire en milieu de semaine contre Chicago doit confirmer un regain de forme après une passe difficile (direct RDS et TSN2). Les Québécois doivent gagner s’ils veulent encore rêver de la cinquième place dans la conférence Est, dont les deux mieux classés, Kansas City et New York, se mesureront dimanche devant les caméras de RDS2, ESPN2 et GolTV.

Face à Colorado, dont le dernier renfort Hendry Thomas ne sera pas titularisé, San José voudra consolider sa première place et confirmer que la défaite à Montréal était un accident de parcours. Signe supplémentaire de la bonne saison des Californiens : les convocations en équipe nationale, dont la dernière en date, celle d’Alan Gordon.

Vainqueur en Ligue des champions ce jeudi 5-2 contre Isidro Metapan (résumé vidéo), le LA Galaxy accueillera Dallas dimanche pour un face à face d’équipes en forme diffusé sur RDS2 et NBC Sports Network.

Vendredi 24 août
19h30 : Philadelphie - Salt Lake
Samedi 25 août
16h00 : Montréal - DC United
19h30 : Columbus - New England
20h30 : Houston - Toronto
22h30 : Portland - Vancouver
22h30 : San José - Colorado
22h30 : Chivas USA - Seattle
Dimanche 26 août
17h00 : LA Galaxy - Dallas
19h00 : Kansas City - New York

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24 August 3:33 de la tarde

What's the old saying? White skinny jeans make everything a lot more fun? Something like that, right? But what about white skinny jeans, an open bar, a dance floor and 700 good-looking people packed into a warehouse in the name of charity? 

Yeah, the second annual Chicago Fire Foundation White Party was legit. We took a little field trip out there yesterday, and came back with a few stories. 

Paladini's pad: When you're in a city for 18 hours, there's no time to mess about. Not long after arrival we were on the top floor of Fire midfielder Daniel Paladini's swanky Lincoln Park apartment building. I asked Daniel about how he thought the night might go. His response?

"It'll be good." And it was. 

Quote of the night: "Logan Pause is one of the coolest and best guys on the planet. He eats like a rabbit." - Arne Friedrich. Not really much to elaborate on other than that I can now confirm that Logan Pause is a great pro and this sound bite from Friedrich is really funny to say on your own in your best German accent. 

Up close with Frank Klopas: Yeah, you know the gaffer was in the building. Being the boss of the club and all, Mr. Klopas had plenty of people to talk to, but I was able to grab a few minutes to get the lowdown on one of Frank's in-game rituals. Did you know worry beads were a thing? Pardon me, because I didn't.

It's true, though, Klopas was given a set of beads by a close family member some time ago, which he keeps in his pocket during the run of play. The wooden set of beads remain largely ignored for most of the match, as only during the last five minutes will Frank call upon the good vibes of the beads, taking them in his hand until the final whistle. 

To my knowledge, Klopas did not bring them to the party. The only real letdown of the evening. 

Marco Pappa is class: If you needed a reminder about how quickly things can turn ugly between club and player during the transfer window, this has been your week. So it was refreshing to speak with Marco Pappa, a guy who has been downright stellar at times in his tenure with Chicago, and hear just how much he loves this club.

Pappa is on his way to Heerenveen when the season is over, but you can be sure he'll be holding a special place in his heart for Toyota Park. 

Good night, good cause: The real reason we were here: Not only did all the beautiful people in attendance have a night to remember, but the Fire were able to raise $40,000 to benefit the Chicago Fire Foundation.

It's not always about the linen capris. 

23 August 11:54 de la mañana

En ce milieu de semaine, l’objectif des clubs de MLS sur la scène internationale est clair : prendre 9 points sur 9. Après la victoire de Salt Lake ce mardi, la deuxième mission a été menée à bien par Houston, vainqueur 1-3 au Deportivo FAS. Les flancs et le jeu aérien ont été la clef de ce succès au Salvador (résumé vidéo).

Dernière équipe américaine à effectuer son entrée dans cette édition de la Ligue des champions, le LA Galaxy affrontera un habitué de la compétition : Isidro Metapan, quart de finaliste l’an dernier et dont le milieu de terrain à impressionné les espions californiens.

Deux matchs de championnat importants pour le classement de la Conférence Est ont aussi été joués hier soir. DC United a retrouvé son jeu de tête et a découvert le potentiel d’Andy Najar à l’arrière droit pour disposer 4-2 de Chicago, qui a rapidement dû se découvrir. Freddy Hall n’a pas eu les débuts rêvés dans le but de Toronto, battu 2-1 à Columbus dont l’attaque revit depuis l’arrivée de Federico Higuain. Les vainqueurs du jour, qui comptent quelques matchs de retard, effectuent une bonne opération au classement général.

22 August 2:33 de la tarde

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – An already murky situation surrounding the future replacement of US goalkeeper Tim Howard has a new wrinkle thanks to news that broke this week in, of all places, Mexico.

Cirilo Saucedo, the 30-year old goalkeeper for Club Tijuana whose mother is a United States citizen, says he has been contacted by US Soccer about a possible call up to join the ever-changing pool of goalkeepers chasing Howard as the top choice for the US national team.

“There is the possibility of being called up for Mexico or the United States,” Saucedo (above) told the sports newspaper Récord. “My mother is American but first I want to focus on Xolos and afterwards we'll see what happens.”

He added: “I'm not closing or opening any door. I want to be in the playoffs with Xolos.”

Born in Mexico City, Saucedo was part of Mexico’s Under-23 setup but has never been called into the full national team, despite suggestions from parts of the local media that it would be deserved.

Earlier this week, Saucedo was named one of four candidates for the Balón de Oro Best Goalkeeper of the Clausura 2012, and he’s been a key part of Tijuana's success since the team was promoted from the second division in May 2011.

The Tijuana 'keeper first became a regular in the 2008-09 season with Indios de Ciudad Juárez before moving to Tigres UANL for a two-year stint, where he was the regular starter. He signed for Tijuana in the summer of 2011.

While Howard is the undisputed No. 1  goalkeeper for the US national team, Saucedo would likely be in the pool of goalkeepers on his tail that has changed dramatically since the 2010 World Cup. Expected incumbent Brad Guzan has lost his grip as the de facto No. 2, and MLS youngsters Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson and veteran Nick Rimando have all battled for the same spot in the past year.

For Mexico's national team, coach José Manuel de la Torre has alternated between Jesús Corona, Guillermo Ochoa and Alfredo Talavera, without giving others much of a look, something that Saucedo mentioned had frustrated him.

There are five other players on Tijuana's first-team squad with US ties, including two who were part of the squad that stunned Mexico at Estadio Azteca last week in Edgar Castillo and Corona. Greg Garza, Alejandro Guido and Stevie Rodriguez are all also on the roster for Tijuana.

22 August 12:04 de la tarde

Rien de tel que la Ligue des champions pour se changer les idées. Encore plus quand ça va mal en championnat. Au ralenti sur la scène nationale et avec une défense de bric et de broc, Salt Lake n’en a pas moins battu le Tauro FC 2-0 ce mardi soir (résumé video).

Houston aura le même objectif aujourd’hui (22h00 HE) au Deportivo FAS (Salvador), histoire de bien commencer une série de 6 rencontres en 18 jours. Le LA Galaxy sera chez lui ce jeudi à la même heure pour affronter d’autres Salvadoriens, Isidro Metapan, un adversaire qui connaît l’importance de briller sur la scène internationale.

On jouera également deux matchs de championnat ce soir à 19h30. En piètre forme et privé de plusieurs éléments blessés et suspendus, mais invaincu lors de ses 11 derniers duels à domicile, DC United recevra Chicago, qui depuis quelques semaines ressent pleinement l’apport d’Arne Friedrich. En cas de défaite, DC United sentira le souffle de son prochain adversaire, Montréal, rêveur malgré ses nombreux matchs d’avance.

Dans la situation inverse des Québécois, Columbus compte profiter de ses matchs de retard pour remonter au classement, à commencer par celui de ce soir face à Toronto, lors duquel Higuain devrait être titularisé pour la première fois.

21 August 7:35 de la tarde

Dans l’émission Coup Franc de cette semaine (à écouter ici), l’équipe renforcée par Nicolas Gaillard se penche sur une grande variété de sujets :
- Gros plan sur les meilleurs jeunes de moins de 24 ans qui évoluent en MLS. Les animateurs de l’émission dressent leur top 5 pour la saison actuelle et expliquent les qualités qui leur plaisent chez ces joueurs. Vous pouvez élire celui que vous trouvez le meilleur : dites-nous qui sont vos choix.
- Discussion sur l’arbitrage lors des rencontres de la dernière journée, notamment à DC United - Philadelphie. Lisez le plan de la MLS pour le professionnaliser.
- Retour sur la forme actuelle de Montréal et sa victoire contre San José avec Olivier Brett (consultant pour TVA Sports). Comment l’allure du match a changé suite à la double exclusion. Quel visage présentera la défense montréalaise contre DC United ?
- Débat : connaît-on déjà les 10 qualifiés pour la phase finale de la saison ? Qui, à ce stade, est le plus à même de jouer la finale de la Coupe MLS ?
- Les beaux buts du match Houston - Columbus, dont celui de Moffat contre son ami Gruenebaum.
- Avant-goût des rencontres de Ligue des champions de la semaine impliquant des clubs de MLS.

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21 August 3:39 de la tarde

It turns out the duo that helped the US earn their first-ever victory at Estadio Azteca may yet be reunited at club level.

Maurice Edu has been looking for a destination away from fourth-division Rangers for much of the summer, and manager Ally McCoist revealed on Tuesday that a suitable club may have gotten the process started by contacting the American's representatives.

"We hear from his agent that there is a potential deal to be done with Stoke," McCoist told BBC Scotland.

Of course, that's no indication of a done deal -- or even the beginning of earnest negotiations -- but it does seem to be a good sign for a player desperately in need of a new home.

Would Stoke City be a good move for Edu? Let us know in the comments sections below.

20 August 8:43 de la tarde

A few weeks ago, I was pretty convinced that the Western Conference playoff race was over. Sure, Chivas USA were lurking around, and Colorado had some pieces in place, but neither really seemed threatening.

LA, meanwhile, were heating up, and Vancouver seemed rock-solid despite overhauling their roster.

Fast forward to this week. The 'Caps have lost two in a row, and are just 3-6-3 in their last 12. They're right there with the Galaxy on 37 points, and should be safe, but ... here come FC Dallas.

They've been a new team since David Ferreira has returned to fitness, and the reigning MLS Player of the Week just so happened to eviscerate the Whitecaps last Wednesday in a 2-0 win at BC Place. Brek Shea has come to life for club and country, while Fabián Castillo has started to look the part of a Designated Player thanks largely to the space Ferreira has created for him in attack.

They've just been missing one piece: center forward Blas Pérez. The big Panamanian was one of the stars of the early-going this year, but has missed much of the last several months with both injuries and personal tragedy when his father passed away.

It's been a long road back. Which probably made this tweet that much more satisfying: