After his latest multi-game suspension in a New York Red Bulls uniform, some in the media have wondered whether it's time for Mexican midfielder Rafael Marquez to move on.
But how many were expecting this?
ESPN Deportes reporter Rafael Ramos tweeted the following on Thursday night: "Everything indicates that Rafa Marquez will end up with Chivas USA. It looks like they will end up paying 50% and 50% together with the Red Bulls. In NY he's the rotten apple."
That tweet was immediately followed up with a response from Chivas USA GM Jose Domene: "Dear Rafa [Ramos], I don't know who your source is, but we have not sought him out. I'd be glad to chat with you when you'd like."
@rafaramosESPN Estimado Rafa, no sé quien sea tu fuente, pero no lo hemos buscado. Encantado de platicar contigo cuando gustes. Abrazo
— Jose Domene (@domene) April 19, 2012
Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day! You know… that day when everybody wears green and remembers to recycle their bottles (or is that St. Patrick’s Day?). Regardless, at MLS, we’re proud to be part of the movement.
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During MLS W.O.R.K.S. Greener Goals Week, 100 percent of the electricity used at MLS stadiums will be offset with the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), ensuring that only green energy will be used at home matches taking place April 14-22.
Fans attending MLS matches during this time frame will receive flower seed and green tips. Tweet us a pic @MLSWORKS when you receive your flower seed packets and we’ll retweet our favorites!
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MLS W.O.R.K.S. and Continental Tire have launched the “How Green Are Your Goals?” campaign as a way to engage MLS fans to participate and support environmentally friendly efforts leading up to Earth Day.
Happy Earth Day!
Outre un alléchant San José - Salt Lake, on surveillera les retours de Torsten Frings et Juan Pablo Angel, qui tenteront de mettre fin aux séries négatives de leurs clubs respectifs.
La journée s’ouvrira sur NBC Sports Network par un nouvel épisode de “Toronto cherche un point”. Face à Chicago, Aron Winter compte sur le retour de Frings. Suffisant pour une première victoire en championnat depuis le 17 septembre dernier ?
Portland, dans sa forteresse naguère imprenable, tentera de faire trébucher Kansas City. Aurélien Collin, dont l’apport est aussi décisif offensivement que défensivement, va-t-il encore se retrouver “au bon endroit au bon moment” ?
À domicile contre Salt Lake, San José devra chambouler son équipe, mais les visiteurs savent que Wondolowski reste l’homme à surveiller. Ils doivent aussi prendre garde à leur droite contre un dangereux flanc gauche californien. En évitant de trop reculer contre une équipe qui fabrique ses buts haut dans le camp adverse, San José réussira une bonne partie de son travail défensif.
À quelques encablures de là, Chivas USA, qui n’a plus marqué dans ses installations depuis le 23 octobre dernier mais récupère Angel, recevra Philadelphie, qui n’a plus encaissé depuis le 24 mars.
ESPN2 diffusera dimanche le dernier duel de la journée, entre deux des équipes en forme du moment, DC United et New York.
LE PROGRAMME COMPLET
Samedi 21 avril
15h30 : Toronto - Chicago
19h30 : Columbus - Houston
21h00 : Colorado - LA Galaxy
22h00 : Vancouver - Dallas
22h30 : Chivas USA - Philadelphie
22h30 : San José - Salt Lake
22h30 : Portland - Kansas City
Dimanche 22 avril
18h00 : DC United - New York
Toutes les heures HE (heure de New York et Montréal)
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This week, commentators take over as NBC's main man revels in the lighter side of soccer commentary. Rimando and Shea head for a match up off the field and DeLaGarza's on the red carpet.
NBC Sports chief MLS commentator Arlo White has some fun with the guys from ETR after watching this video of English actor Steve Coogan impersonating a soccer commentator, the proof is in the pudding!
Maicon Santos has a foot like a piston engine. Eat his goal. #DCU 1-1 #MTL @ExtraTimeRadio
— Arlo White (@arlowhite) April 18, 2012
RSL's 'keeper and FC Dallas' star striker may soon have a showdown on the wooden deck of a shuffleboard table, instead of on the pitch. Intense.
Bring it brotha. “@BrekShea: Prob the best shuffle board player this side the Mississippi” http://pic.twitter.com/5M32VYQA
— Nick Rimando (@NickRimando) April 18, 2012
LA's young defender is on the red carpet with Snoop and company. Classy.
At the Bob Marley movie premiere. Passed Snoop Dogg on the red carpet, was looking for the Tupac Hologram.. http://pic.twitter.com/OY8qFZdu
— AJ DeLaGarza (@AJD_20) April 17, 2012
This well-known college basketball commentator looks to be heading for a career in soccer commentating. What's BG you may ask? Only Gus knows, the "Beautiful Game" perhaps?
I'm about to try something new, something that could change the direction of my career, life. Heres to a splash of color to the BG. Cheers!
— Gus Johnson (@gusjohnson) April 13, 2012
Vancouver's captain gets an Easter gift and gives a shout out to his Mom.
My mom is awesome for many reasons, but mainly for sending me these in the mail :) http://instagr.am/p/JgWRipSYRH/
— Jay DeMerit (@D6MERIT) April 16, 2012
If you see a soccer tweet that should be included in our top five, be sure to send it to the @MLS_Insider!
David Beckham is one of MLS's -- nay, the world's most high-profile athletes -- and as such, there isn't much that fans don't know about him.
But can you answer these five trivia questions about him? If you do, you could win an LA Galaxy jersey.
Harry Redknapp may yet get his wish for goal-line technology, and if he does, Major League Soccer is likely to be at the forefront of the effort to develop it.
Speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday, Commissioner Don Garber said MLS would like the be a test league for goal-line technology once it is approved by the International Football Association Board, which could come as soon as July.
“We’re interested in being a test league and we hope that we could achieve that,” Garber told the APSE. “I would be open to whatever it is that could be done to ensure that we have goal-line technology.”
The English Premier League is expected to use the technology during the 2012-13 season.
Garber also discussed MLS’ interest in Spanish forward Raul Gonzalez, and the league’s continued focus on placing a team in the New York area as well as the “auction-like” process to choose an owner.
Check out the full story here. In the meantime, tell us what you think in the poll.
WATCH: MLS goal-line decisions in real time
If you've been watching American Idol, you're probably familiar with Hollie Cavanagh, an 18-year-old from Texas who is among the finalists on the show.
Turns out she's originally from Merseyside, England -- her family moved to Texas 10 years ago -- and she's a Liverpool FC fan. Cavanagh is such a diehard supporter that she was planning on attending the Carling Cup final but missed out because of American Idol.
Well, Liverpool apparently heard about this and sent her the special 'good luck' message below which made air on Wednesday night on Fox network TV. The club's American owner, John Henry of NESV, will surely have been happy to see it.
The question now is: What was the more memorable moment? Her "surprise" to see Jamie Carragher on the big screen or the live audience's reaction (or lack thereof) to what they had just witnessed?
LeBron James’ love for Liverpool keeps growing, so much so that he's now launched his very own Liverpool FC sneaker, the Nike LeBron 9 low.
However the minority owner in LFC seems to have made some big design flaws before the shoes expected release on May 5, the day of Liverpool's FA Cup final match against Chelsea.
The famous “Liver” bird which is the symbol of the city of LIverpool, is placed on the heel of the shoe….but it looks more like a dragon. And emblazoned on the sole of the shoe are 18 logos of Premier League trophies. Yet Liverpool have never won the EPL title.... but they have won the English league title 18 times; which is a completely different trophy.
The original story announcing the sneaker release on the New England Sports Network (NESN) has been removed, after angry responses from Liverpool fans about the botched design.
Back to the drawing board, LeBron.
(Images from NESN.com)
When a big-name sings the national anthem at a sporting event, there’s usually not much of a connection between the singer and the team they're singing for.
That will be far from the case with Brad Corrigan, the lead singer from famed indie-rock band Dispatch, who will be singing the national anthem Saturday when the Rapids battle the LA Galaxy at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (9 pm EST, MLS LIVE). Corrigan has developed a friendship with several Rapids players after being a regular at Rapids games for years. And now, the Denver native will get the chance to sing in front of his friends and fellow fans Saturday night.
“I’ve always wanted to do this,” Corrigan told MLSsoccer.com this week. “I’ve been nervously excited all week. It will really be one of the highlights of my life.”
Corrigan’s passion for the Rapids began in earnest last year, when a mutual friend first introduced Rapids winger Wells Thompson to the singer. Over a cup of coffee, the two discussed Thompson’s honeymoon (Thompson got married last December), and Corrigan helped set Thompson up with a one-week vacation working with a non-profit group in Nicaragua.
“We just hit it off,” said Corrigan, who plans to attend several Rapids games this summer. “It’s just been fun. I couldn’t be more passionate about the Rapids and the guys.”
Corrigan’s friendships quickly extended beyond Thompson. Captain Pablo Mastroeni, a big Dispatch fan himself, got in touch with Corrigan as well, and now the two have also become good friends. Right back Kosuke Kimura is also a new friend of Corrigan’s. And who knows, by the end of the season, the whole team could be doing dinner at Corrigan’s house.
“They’re an awesome bunch of guys,” said Corrigan, who regularly speaks with Thompson, Mastroeni and Kimura.
While Corrigan has become a big Rapids fan -- he plans on attended 10 to 12 Rapids home games this summer -- Saturday’s national anthem rendition will be a warm up of sorts. On May 30th, Corrigan will take his talents to Landover, Md., to sing before the US men’s national team battles Brazil at FedEx Field.
But in the meantime, Corrigan will have to settle for singing in front of David Beckham, Landon Donovan and his new-found friends clad in burgundy. And he couldn’t be more excited.
“It’s an indescribable honor,” Corrigan said.
Chris Bianchi covers the Colorado Rapids for MLSsoccer.com.
The city of El Paso, Texas, is looking to spur economic development and an MLS stadium may be part of the plan.
Yesterday the El Paso city council was presented with a list of potential projects that could be included in a future bond issue, according to this report in the El Paso Times.
Part of that proposal is a $100 to $120 million soccer stadium, which the article states would be contingent on securing an MLS team.
The idea is for the bond issue to be approved in July and then go to vote in November.
Would you like to see an MLS expansion team in El Paso? Comment below.