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26 April 4:57 de la tarde

Look who it is, that’s right, it’s the expected No. 1 pick at this year's NFL Draft, Andrew Luck.

With the Indianapolis Colts stating on Tuesday that they will pick Luck to plug the mammoth gap left by Peyton Manning at quarterback, you can excuse Luck for being a little overwhelmed.

If he is, he’s not showing it. He spoke with Jimmy Conrad from Kick TV about the upcoming draft, Clint Dempsey, the Houston Dynamo and his general love for soccer. What a gentleman.

And don’t forget Luck’s father, Oliver, was president of the Dynamo from 2005 until 2007.

MLS is in his blood and it's obviously there to stay.

26 April 1:51 de la tarde

Liverpool FC are going to open their doors to the public, Hard Knocks style, during their preseason tour of the US and Canada this summer.

Cameras will be following the players and coaching staff’s every move in the up close and personal documentary, which will be aired on FOX Soccer in a six-episode series entitled, "Our Liverpool: Never Walk Alone."

The Reds are taking on Toronto FC as part of the World Football Challenge on July 21 at the Rogers Centre.

Emmy award-winning producer Scott Boggin — mastermind behind the 24/7 HBO series, which has showcased the lead-up to the Ricky Hatton vs. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz  boxing matches as well as the NHL's Winter Classis between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals — will follow Liverpool on their North American tour as they prepare for the 2012-13 Premier League season.

FOX Soccer had this to say about the award winning producer:

"Scott's body of work is remarkable, giving fans a true peek behind the curtain into the lives of sport's biggest teams, athletes and coaches. Scott has proven his ability to capture these inner workings in a truly organic manner, and now he has the opportunity to tell Liverpool FC's rich story to a global audience."

The big question is, will the crew be able to understand conversations between Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher in their heavy Scouse accents? Let alone pick up manager Kenny Daglish’s Scottish brogue when he’s off-duty?

Only time will tell, but the show is sure to raise the Reds profile in North America and beyond.

26 April 10:59 de la mañana

Après Cruz Azul (1969 à 1971 ; 1996-1997) et Pachuca (2007-2008), Monterrey est devenu le troisième club de l’histoire à conserver son titre de champion de la Concacaf.

Vainqueurs 2-0 à l’aller, les Rayados ont soupiré de soulagement tôt dans la rencontre quand leur gardien Orozco s'en tira avec un carton jaune pour une faute de main en dehors de son rectangle. Orozco fut le héros de la première mi-temps, animée par un duo Quintero – Peralta très en verve. Il ne put toutefois rien sur une puissante frappe de Ludueña juste avant le repos. La seconde période reprit au même rythme, jusqu’à ce qu’un but de Peralta ne rétablisse l’égalité parfaite.

Les pensionnaires de Torréon ont alors levé le pied, laissant leur adversaire revenir dans le match. À moins de 10 minutes de la fin, Cardozo s’infiltra dans la défense pour marquer le but scellant le destin de cette finale (2-1 - résumé vidéo).

Il y avait aussi de l’action hier soir en MLS, où l’opposition de styles prévue s’est confirmée : Dallas a ouvert la marque sur un coup de pied arrêté (penalty converti par Shea) face à Salt Lake qui a égalisé sur une action longuement construite parachevée par le débutant Bonfigli (1-1 - résumé vidéo).

25 April 7:15 de la tarde

We're seeing lots of this lately:

"I think we were the better team, we had more chances, but they did well holding on for the win.” -- FC Dallas' Brek Shea after his team's 1-0 loss to Vancouver on Saturday.

"We didn’t give up many chances. We played well but came up short even though I thought we created more chances. Sometimes, that’s the way it happens, but we kept pressing it. All in all, I was happy with the performance.” -- Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes after his team's 1-0 loss to Portland on Saturday.

“If you look at the game and the number of chances we played, and potential opportunities, possible ... questionable calls that could have led to different results ... We did quite a bit tonight and could have been rewarded a bit more for what we did.” -- Chivas USA manager Robin Fraser after his team's 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

"We should have won the game on the scoreboard. When you create so many chances and play so well, it's just so frustrating. But you have to take a positive from this game. We were by far the better team ... We did everything possible to win the game." -- Colorado Rapids defender Drew Moor after his team's 2-1 loss to the LA Galaxy on Saturday.

“I’m disappointed with the result. We had a couple more chances and could’ve won this game, but we just got a point.” -- Columbus Crew manager Robert Warzycha after a 2-2 draw against Houston on Saturday.

That's five MLS teams who feel they didn't deserve the verdict adjudged by the field. All on the same DAY.

You get the picture here. Barcelona fans get it loud and clear these days.

But don't blame the coaches, who see the payoffs that result from betting on defensive "anti-soccer" tactics. Blame the format of competition.

Fans don't want to see teams bunker in? Create a competition format that draws them out. Reward goals scored handsomely. Lavish the team that scores more of them with a bountiful bonus package. The greater the goal differential in your match? The more points you take away in league play.

But fans and soccer officials around the world would rather huff and puff about goal-line technology, which would only have a marginal effect on the game.

There is a much more meaningful discussion that could be taking place. That it's not is perhaps the most revealing sign that soccer fans actually enjoy the status quo but are too hypocritical to admit it.

That's because the status quo allows for cinderella stories. It creates "villains" and even allows them to win now and then. If the good guy won every time, that'd be a lot less compelling, wouldn't it?

25 April 6:14 de la tarde

What are the chances that the MLS All-Star team will be facing the Champions League trophy winners come July?

The odds certainly improved when Chelsea beat Barcelona in the semifinals this week. They will next face Bayern Munich -- who beat Real Madrid on Wednesday -- in the Champions League final.

Once that's done, though, Chelsea will turn their attention to their US tour, which will, of course, include the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, July 25, at PPL Park outside of Philadelphia.

You want to be there, don't you? Well, tickets went on presale starting today.

CLICK HERE to get tickets via the VISA presale.

25 April 5:53 de la tarde

Remember those Columbus Crew kits that made news headlines earlier this year?

Well, they made an appearance in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night in a match that will likely go down as one of the greatest in Chelsea FC history: a 2-2 draw in Barcelona which earned Chelsea a spot in the final.

Sure, the Chelsea stripes are horizontal and the Crew's go vertical, but the concept is basically the same. And Columbus Crew president Mark McCullers made sure to let everyone know earlier today:

 

25 April 3:38 de la tarde

La amistad y cercanía de los jugadores de Seattle Sounders Fredy Montero y Osvaldo Alonso va mucho más allá de la cancha. Eso no es noticia para nadie, ya que se trata de dos de los jugadores latinos de más duración en la franquicia esmeralda.  

Sin embargo, en una entrevista con Félix Fernández de Republica Deportiva durante las pruebas de Sueño MLS en esa ciudad, el colombiano y el cubano revelaron la particular historia de cuando se conocieron, de su rápido acercamiento por el idioma y la cultura que los rodeaba, siendo ambos los únicos jugadores de habla hispana en el equipo.

En las palabras de Montero: “Un día yo vi a un muchacho flaquito, blanquito, sentado en el hotel y dije ‘este es americano también’ y lo miro y él me dice a mi: ‘¡tu eres el colombiano!”

Aquí la entrevista:

25 April 1:10 de la tarde

As Real Madrid and Brazil star Kaka ticks over the 10 million followers mark on Twitter — a quite remarkable feat — which other athletes generate the most interest from fans, journalists and other professionals worldwide?

Four out of the top five followed athletes are soccer players, once again proving soccer's global appeal. This is what Kaka had to say:

Here are the top five followed athletes on Twitter on the planet:

1. Kaka – 10,014,735 million

2. Cristiano Ronaldo - 9,015,170 million

3. LeBron James - 4,340,534 million

4. Neymar - 4,102,275 million

5. Wayne Rooney - 3,942,544 million

25 April 11:17 de la mañana

Battu 2-0 lors du match aller à Monterrey, Santos Laguna réussira-t-il un nouvel exploit devant ses supporters en finale de la Ligue des champions ? Les changements à l’attaque modifieront-ils la dynamique de ce duel ? Le tenant du titre sera privé de l’auteur des deux buts du match aller, Humbert Suazo, suspendu pour abus de cartons jaunes. De son côté la formation de Torréon peut à nouveau compter sur son buteur Oribe Peralta.

Un match de MLS est aussi au programme de la soirée : Dallas accueille Salt Lake. Les Texans sont surtout efficaces sur phases arrêtées alors que les pensionnaires de l’Utah marquent davantage sur attaques posées : qui remportera ce duel de styles ? Avec deux des équipes les plus prolifiques dans le dernier quart d’heure, on est aussi en droit d’imaginer une fin de match spectaculaire.

Enfin, comment ne pas évoquer les déclarations d’Aron Winter, faisant preuve d’une belle assurance en affirmant qu’il comptait voir son équipe participer à la phase finale de la saison, malgré les six défaites concédées par le Toronto FC depuis le début du championnat. Selon vous, fait-il preuve de réalisme ou d’optimisme démesuré ?

LIGUE DES CHAMPIONS
20h00 : Santos Laguna (Mex) - Monterrey (Mex) (aller 0-2)

MLS
20h30 : Dallas - Salt Lake

Toutes les heures HE (heure de New York et Montréal)
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24 April 4:34 de la tarde

Washington Wizards star point guard John Wall showed MLS some love the other day, but not the kind D.C. sports fans want to see. Wall wasn't sporting a D.C. United jersey, but the shirt of fierce rivals, the New York Red Bulls. Ouch.

The first overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft was recently spotted showing off his Red Bulls jersey at Club Play in Miami Beach.

After a stellar career at the University of Kentucky, Wall has carved out a name for himself in the NBA, finishing runner-up for Rookie of the Year honors in 2011.

Wall grew up in North Carolina, so why the Red Bulls jersey, United fans might be asking?

Beats me.

Also, one last lingering thought. Did he bust out the cult “John Wall dance” which gave him so much popularity during his college days, while in the club? Did he do so with New York colors on his back?

Answers on a postcard, please.

(Photo via Urban Party Life