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19 July 2:47 de la tarde

Wednesday's matchup between Vancouver and LA witnessed David Beckham’s sixth goal of the season, a personal MLS best for the Galaxy superstar.

Back with Manchester United in the 2001–2002 season the Englishman scored 11 goals in 28 games, his personal best. With 13 games remaining for the Galaxy, he’s on pace to pass his career single-season scoring record.  For his career, Beckham scores an average of every 440 minutes, or every 5 games. This season he has scored an average of every 234 minutes, or every 3 games.  He has a very real chance of surpassing his career mark. 

Rank your top Beckham goals here.

19 July 12:49 de la tarde

Una de las cosas que definitivamente tenía que ver en Seattle era la ya muy reconocida Marcha al Estadio o “March to the Match”, donde – con una banda de guerra al frente – los aficionados de Seattle Sounders hacen una ruidosa llegada al CenturyLink Field.

Para el partido ante Chelsea FC la fiesta no fue diferente. Los dejó con este video que es una pequeñísima prueba de la rumba que se arma antes del inicio de los partidos.

Un agradecimiento especial a la Barra Fuerza Verde por guiar a este extranjero de sus tradiciones y un detalle a resaltar: noten la seriedad de los hombres del Chelsea al segundo 11 de este video… no sé a ustedes, pero a mí se me hace que no esperaban que todo ese revuelo no fuera para ellos sino para los locales. Me gusta.

19 July 11:31 de la mañana

L’avantage du terrain a payé puisque six des sept rencontres de ce mercredi se sont terminées par la victoire de l’équipe jouant à domicile.

Largement favori contre Dallas, San José a quand même dû compter sur sa défense, où Morrow s’est illustré, pour venir à bout de Texans qui se mordent encore les doigts du penalty raté en fin de match.

Cette victoire permet aux Californiens de creuser le trou en tête, puisque Kansas City, à court d’un homme pendant une mi-temps, a été battu à Houston où Carr a joué les héros. Tout profit pour New York, vainqueur de Chicago grâce à un superbe but d’Henry amené par son compatriote Le Toux.

En bas de classement, Montréal, vainqueur contre New England, réalise une bonne opération et comble Jesse Marsch qui a vu ses 11 joueurs défendre. En battant Colorado grâce au nouveau Wiedeman, Toronto quitte la dernière place pour la première fois de la saison.

Même Chivas USA, pourtant faible sur son terrain, a pris les trois points contre Portland, qui est toutefois la seule équipe à ne pas avoir gagné en dehors de ses bases. L’exception de la soirée est venue de Vancouver, qui a concédé le nul forgé dans les derniers instants par le jeune Villarreal (17 ans) pour le LA Galaxy.

LES RÉSULTATS
New York - Chicago
Chivas USA - Portland
Toronto - Colorado
Montréal - New England
Houston - Kansas City
Vancouver - LA Galaxy
San José - Dallas

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

 

19 July 11:29 de la mañana

Could Polish goalscorer Ireneusz Jelen solve Columbus's scoring woes?

According to MLS-News.fr, Crew manager Robert Warzycha is interested in bringing his countryman to the side, which is currently in 8th place in the East and last in the conference in goals scored (17).  

Jelen, 31, has been in France since 2006, spending five seasons with Auxerre and one with Lille. He has scored 49 goals in 153 league appearances in Ligue 1.  

At the international level, he has 29 caps and five goals for Poland, making three appearances in the 2006 World Cup. But was not part of the recent EURO 2012 squad.

 

19 July 12:57 de la mañana

SEATTLE - The "Roger Levesque denouement" story will come sometime in the next couple of days. I'm not the one to write it - Levesque has a special place in Sounders lore, and it'll take someone who's steeped in said lore to do his story justice.

But as a neutral, and as a fan of the league, just know this: A life-long sub, a guy who was never the best player on the field at any point during his professional career, just got a standing ovation from 50,000 fans on a random Wednesday night in July. He hung around out there for 45 minutes afterward signing autographs, mingling with hoi polloi, and basically embodying everything about what must have been a wild trip.

Levesque, like so many other American kids, began playing before there was even a professional soccer league here in the States. He started his pro career bouncing between MLS and the lower divisions. And he finished it on a field surrounded by World Cup stars, European champions and teammates from 14 different countries while 50,000 people screamed his name back and forth.

It's been his own journey, but while watching it was hard not to think of how far we've all come.

Anyway, bon voyage, Roger. Thanks for the moment.

 

18 July 2:02 de la tarde

If you haven't already, give this morning's OPTA Spotlight on Danny Koevermans and his contributions to Toronto FC over the past year a quick read.

Here are some diagrams (the first a plot of the result of each of his shots this season and the second a map of his shots on target) that show how Koevermans has scored each of his nine goals in 2012. As you can see, he's almost exclusively been a poacher that relies on proximity to goal rather than pinpoint finishing to be successful.

Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

18 July 11:37 de la mañana

Pendant que Seattle n’aura d’yeux que pour son match amical contre Chelsea, l’action se poursuit en championnat avec un mercredi bien chargé.

Les trois clubs canadiens, dont nous avons longuement parlé dans notre podcast d’hier, partiront avec l’avantage du terrain. À Montréal - New England (direct RDS et TSN2), où les supporters locaux attendent le premier but de Di Vaio, et à Toronto - Colorado, la victoire sera obligatoire pour garder le peloton de tête en (lointain) point de mire. De son côté, aussi sur RDS et TSN2, Vancouver entamera son virage écossais contre un LA Galaxy toujours friable derrière.

Après avoir atomisé Salt Lake, San José a une tâche a priori plus facile contre Dallas, où l’arrivée de De Guzman engendre une redistribution des cartes (direct NBC Sports Network). Le déplacement à Houston, emmené par un Bruin qui respire la forme, ne s’annonce pas aussi facile pour Kansas City mais son gardien Nielsen pourrait encore de faire des miracles.

La journée commencera très tôt, avec un New York - Chicago où la chaleur jouera les trouble-fête. Enfin, Chivas USA - Portland risque d’être particulier, opposant une équipe très faible chez elle à celle qui se déplace le moins bien.

LE PROGRAMME COMPLET
Mercredi 18 juillet
13h00 : New York - Chicago
16h00 : Chivas USA - Portland
19h00 : Toronto - Colorado
20h00 : Montréal - New England
20h30 : Houston - Kansas City
22h00 : Vancouver - LA Galaxy
23h00 : San José - Dallas

Toutes les heures HE (heure de New York et Montréal)
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Hors États-Unis et Canada, vous pouvez voir des matchs de MLS via ces diffuseurs ou LiveSport.tv

18 July 3:39 de la mañana

Es el jugador más representativo de Seattle Sounders en el medio del campo, y muchos dicen que incluso es el mejor jugador actualmente en la MLS.

Ese es Osvaldo Alonso.

Claro está que no lo es en todas las posiciones de la cancha, tal y como muestra este video, donde el estelar cubano es vencido en la portería por una pequeña jugadora de fútbol.

Zapatero a sus zapatos.

17 July 5:57 de la tarde

SEATTLE — One question that fans often ask me is "Which MLS team has the best training facilities?" My answer is always, "I don't know," since I've never actually made a study of it and always forget to ask people who have.

That said, judging by the reactions of Chelsea FC ahead of Wednesday night's Herbalife World Football Challenge opener against Seattle (9:30 pm ET; ESPN2), the Sounders may be the odds-on favorites.

That's French for "Holy crap, this place is diesel!"

Praise for the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton — about 25 minutes from downtown Seattle — has been a recurring theme amongst both the Chelsea players and staff.

"First I have to say is the facilities, the training ground is really unbelievable," winger Marko Marin said on Tuesday. "I never saw something like this — so big and everything."

Branislav Ivanovic had said something similar on Monday after a kick-around with members of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks (with whom the Sounders share the facility). And head coach Roberto Di Matteo was simple and to the point: "Very, very good," he offered.

So there you have it. Not a definitve answer by any means, but a neat little data point along the way.

 

17 July 1:26 de la tarde

Michael Bradley made his first appearance for Roma on Tuesday, but another American stole the show.

Terrence Boyd, who is starting his first season with Rapid Vienna, scored a spectacular bicycle kick from a save popped up by the Roma goalkeeper.

Just check out the video below. My words can't do it justice.