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15 June 11:00 de la mañana

Sit back, relax, put your feet up and watch your favorite MLS stars in action. Doing just that sounds like a wonderful time for any MLS fan. But how about instead of seeing the stars on TV, they pop round to your house to deliver a plethora of Xbox related goodies?

“Yes please!” would be your likely response, I’m sure.

Well that’s what’s up for grabs with MLS Xbox Home Invasion Sweepstakes. And oh yeah, make sure you clean up your living room. C.J. Sapong, Freddy Adu or Mauro Rosales might be stopping by soon…

All you have to do is go to http://xboxmls.com and enter.  The grand prize is a VIP trip to MLS Cup, PLUS an MLS player will arrive at your house to deliver these great prizes:

  • Xbox 360 console with a Kinect sensor
  • 12-month Xbox LIVE Gold membership
  • Dance Central 2 game
  • Kinect Sports: Season two game

So what are you waiting for? Get to it!

15 June 10:32 de la mañana

Après trois semaines de trêve quasi générale, le championnat reprend ses droits avec quelques nouveautés au programme.

La principale d’entre elles sera à Montréal, dont le stade Saputo rénové sera inauguré pour la venue de Seattle (direct RDS / TSN2). Les joueurs de l’Impact ont hâte de s’y produire et l’équipe d’Extratime Radio s’y est déjà déplacée pour enregistrer une émission spéciale. Vaincre Seattle ne sera pas simple, et pour l’aspect sportif de la rencontre, je vous conseille cette excellente analyse.

Deux équipes ont changé d’entraîneur récemment : Philadelphie, où John Hackworth prend ses distances avec son prédécesseur, accueille DC United devant les caméras de Galavision, et Toronto, qui abandonne le 4-3-3 cher à Aron Winter, se déplace à Kansas City.

Le derby texan, diffusé par ESPN2 et ESPN Deportes, vaudra aussi le coup d’œil : Houston entend conserver sa suprématie sur Dallas, où la polyvalence de Jacobson a rapporté beaucoup de points.

Salt Lake retrouve une défense en forme pour son déplacement à Chivas USA, alors que dimanche à Chicago et sur NBC Sports Network, on surveillera le déplacement de New York dont de nombreux titulaires reviennent de leurs obligations internationales.

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

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

15 June 9:25 de la mañana

After watching from afar as Jimmy Conrad and Kick TV cavort around Poland enjoying Euro 2012, I'm pretty much at a loss for words.

Life isn't fair, that much is clear to me now. Of course, that sentiment is also coming from someone who has watched all but one game of the tournament, so I'm sure there isn't going to be much sympathy coming my way.

Still, the tournament looks like a blast apart from a few scattered incidents, and fortunately Conrad has been kind enough (it's his job after all) to send back regular reports from the front lines, where Zywiec flows freely from the taps, song crops up around every corner and faces rarely go unpainted.

If you haven't been paying attention for the past few days, check out Jimmy's horse-drawn carriage interview with Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl and his afternoon of revelry with Croatian fans. Let's just say he seizes the day in Poznan.

15 June 9:13 de la mañana

Morning, everybody. Just under 24 hours completed here in Montreal, and so far the stay has been fantastic. Our crew touched down yesterday and while we're getting ready to cruise out to Impact training, wanted to share a few images from our visit to the new Stade Saputo. 

Conclusion: You're gonna love it. 

The Impact were kind enough to hook up the Extratime Radio crew with some space to record yesterday's show, then Impact owner Joey Saputo stopped by, work vest and all. Awesome, and I have a feeling he might be out there again today. The shot above is the pitch from the big guy's office, not a bad view, right?

This was pretty sweet. It's a little tough to make out, but that was the number two spelled out on the far side in the seats. That area of seating acts as a countdown clock of sorts for everyone working out at the stadium, with the number changing each day. According to Saputo, they've been changing the number in the middle of the night since the 24-day mark. 
 

After the visit, the lovely folks at the new Football Cafe on Rue Saint-Denis took care of us for the Spain-Ireland massacre. If you're ever up here for a match, make sure you stop by. 

Very nice, and very much looking forward to Saturday. We'll check back in soon.

14 June 5:05 de la tarde

Italy is embroiled in another soccer scandal, and Impact striker Bernardo Corradi has no sympathy for any player found guilty of the ultimate sin: match-fixing.

ExtraTime Radio was in Montreal on Thursday to talk to the Impact about the opening match at Stade Saputo, and the guys passed along Corradi's answer to a question about his thoughts on punishment for those who sully the game via match-fixing. The veteran striker certainly didn't hold back during a scrum with local reporters.

“I have my idea on this situation: I think that if someone bets on his matches, he has to be banned, and not just for 10 months or 12 months," Corradi told reporters. "For me, he cannot play soccer anymore. If you are lucky enough to be a soccer player and you earn money, and you train. … I think a lot of guys would like to play soccer for a job. You’re lucky when you’re doing this, and if you waste everything by betting on your games, you have to be punished. That’s my way of thinking.”

It's certainly black and white for Corradi, although it must be mentioned that new Impact signing Marco Di Vaio is scheduled to return to Italy in the coming weeks to testify in the probe.

14 June 1:55 de la tarde

Habrán perdido 2-1 ante México, pero la pasión de la gente de El Salvador hacia sus jugadores es admirable, especialmente hacia el defensa de los Portland Timbers, Steve Purdy.

El espigado salvadoreño-estadounidense tuvo una gran actuación ante los jugadores aztecas, logrando cumplir la difícil misión de marcar a Giovani Dos Santos y Javier “Chicharito” Hernández. La afición cuscatleca se hizo notar en Twitter, donde una y otra vez elogiaron el trabajo del jugador de los Timbers.

Estos son algunos de los mejores tweets:

A sus 27 años, Purdy se encuentra jugando su segunda temporada con los Timbers y aunque ha tenido tiempo limitado en el campo (3 partidos como titular), dejó demostrado ante México que es lo que El Salvador justamente necesita para afrontar las difíciles eliminatorias mundialistas.

14 June 1:17 de la tarde

MLS W.O.R.K.S., the Philadelphia Union Foundation, the Chester Upland School District and organizers from KaBOOM! hosted a design day for children at Science & Discovery High School yesterday. Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Chase Harrison was on-site to help out children from the Chester neighborhood put crayon to paper to draw their dream playgrounds. Elements from the children's drawings will be incorporated into the final design for the new community playground, which will be built on July 24 as part of the All-Star festivities and will provide more than 500 children in the Chester community with a safe place to play.

Click here for photos from the event.

Be sure not to miss any coverage from the event and check us out on Twitter (@MLSWORKS) with #MLSAllStar.

 

14 June 11:55 de la mañana

Glasgow Rangers formally announced on Thursday that the original club no longer exists — they are now known the world over as “The Rangers Football Club.” The question now for MLS fans is what's in store for the club's US contingent made up of Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya?

In the next week or so, the other 11 Scottish Premier League teams will meet to vote on whether Rangers can enter the SPL next season. The newly formed team, which is replacing the side which was formed in 1872, will have to win the vote by a majority of 8-4 in order to compete in Scotland’s top division. If not, they will likely be demoted to the bottom tier of Scottish professional soccer, the third division.

So will Bocanegra & Co. be lining up against the likes of Montrose, Elgin City and Peterhead next season? Or enjoying the Old Firm derby against archrivals Celtic FC at a packed Ibrox Stadium? Only time will tell, as the wait to find out their fate will be an anxious one for the US trio.

One report Thursday suggests that with the original Rangers Football Club ceasing to exist, no player is contractually obligated to play for the newly formed club. Hence, all three US players could end up as free agents and able to speak to whichever clubs they want.

Watch this space, this saga will rumble on long into the summer months. Let us know what you would like Rangers' American trio to do in the comments section below.

14 June 9:05 de la mañana

Comme beaucoup d’entre vous certainement, j’ai les yeux rivés sur l’Euro depuis une semaine et aujourd’hui, je sors du sujet MLS pour partager avec vous deux trouvailles concernant l’équipe des Pays-Bas.

La première charmera tous les parents… et les inspirera peut-être. Ce bambin de deux ans connaît les noms de tous les joueurs de l’équipe ! Si votre enfant sait faire pareil avec votre club de MLS, envoyez-moi la vidéo.

La seconde… je vous laisse la commenter. Trois chanteurs très connus aux Pays-Bas ont revu et corrigé La Danse des canards pour encourager leurs joueurs, qui font partie du clip !