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12 March 12:01 de la tarde

Le coup d’envoi de la saison a été donné et il n’a pas fallu attendre longtemps pour assister à la première surprise : le LA Galaxy, qui n’avait plus été battu à domicile depuis le 14 novembre 2010, a mordu la poussière contre le Real Salt Lake. Buddle a ouvert la marque à moins de 20 minutes du terme, 120 secondes avant que son équipier Franklin ne marque… le premier but contre son camp de la saison. Lors d’une fin de match tonitruante, les virevoltants Morales et Espindola ont fixé les chiffres à 1-3.

Il n’a guère fallu attendre non plus pour voir le premier but de l’année, œuvre de Sébastien Le Toux à Vancouver face à Montréal. Jamais dans l’histoire de la MLS n’avait-on marqué aussi vite lors d’un match inaugural ! Forts de cette avance, les hommes de Martin Rennie ont été patients et ont porté le coup de grâce en début de deuxième mi-temps. Battu 2-0, l’Impact espérait de meilleurs débuts en MLS.

Le bonheur québécois de la semaine est donc à aller chercher chez André Hainault qui, dans les arrêts de jeu, a offert la victoire 0-1 à Houston sur le terrain de Chivas USA (décidément, le Home Depot Center était maudit ce week-end). Houston n’est jamais aussi dangereux que quand ses défenseurs montent sur des coups de pieds arrêtés. Même fin de match complètement folle à DC United, où Sapong a offert la victoire 0-1 à Kansas City après la fin du temps réglementaire.

LES RÉSULTATS
Vancouver – Montréal
Colorado – Columbus
DC United – Kansas City
San José – New England
LA Galaxy – Salt Lake
Dallas – New York
Chivas – Houston
Portland – Philadelphie


2-0

2-0
0-1
1-0
1-3
2-1
0-1
3-1
Cliquez sur un résultat pour voir le résumé vidéo

 

11 March 12:00 de la mañana

Sporting KC fans have made Livestrong Sporting Park a fortress since the club's gorgeous facility opened last June. And although they didn't get to enjoy their team's last-second victory Saturday night in person, a large contingent gathered at the stadium's Member's Club to watch a 1-0 victory against D.C. United capped off by a C.J. Sapong winner in stoppage time.

Someone had the bright idea to set up a camera on those in attendance, which of course caught their reaction to Sapong's timely goal. Needless to say, it's a pretty awesome display. I can only imagine what the Cauldron has in store once Sporting KC comes home. Based on this video, there is plenty is in the works.

10 March 9:54 de la tarde

As a videographer for Major League Soccer I have the privilege of watching a lot of games from field level. As a result, I get to see a lot of goals from close range.

Today in Vancouver, the Whitecaps put two past their Canadian rivals the Montreal Impact and I had the perfect view for the 2nd, as Camilo poked one past Donovan Ricketts. Click on the video below and you can see it as I did from field level.*

*Note: I do see everything in slow-motion (it’s like I’m always ‘in the zone’)

 

 

 

10 March 1:14 de la tarde

First Kick may be the theme of this glorious, glorious day but the word of the day is "free."

This weekend you can experience MLS Live, our online streaming match service, and our long-running TV package, Direct Kick, for free.

Take a look at this weekend's schedule of games and head to over MLS Live to register for today's free preview. Please note that the usual blackout policies may apply. And if you are an iPhone or iPad user download MatchDay 2012 from the  iTunes store, where it is currently a featured app, for viewing on the go.

Awesome stuff, right? Don't say we never gave you anything.

10 March 12:10 de la mañana

Last year, before the season started, I very cleverly predicted that LA would win the West, the Shield and the Cup. I predicted that Houston would win the East. And I came up with a few other good ones that panned out.

Unfortunately I made these predictions on Twitter, and 4000 posts later, I was no longer able to have my moment of glory. Not gonna make the same mistake this year.

Western Conference
Real Salt Lake

Eastern Conference
Houston Dynamo

Supporters' Shield
RSL

MLS Cup
Seattle Sounders

US Open Cup
Chicago Fire

MVP
Fredy Montero

Golden Boot
Chris Wondolowski

Defender of the Year
Geoff Cameron

Rookie of the Year
Luis Silva

Coach of the Year
Martin Rennie

And the most important question... will another forward come out of the blue and rack up double-digit goals? Wondolowski and Dom Oduro have done so in the last two seasons. This year's version will be... Tommy "Disco" Heinemann.

Feel free to bookmark this and throw it in my face 9 months from now.

Cheers, and enjoy the soccer.

09 March 11:17 de la tarde

First Kick is all about new beginnings, a chance to wipe the slate clean and start anew. For Joe Cannon and the Whitecaps it's about erasing a rough debut season in MLS and moving forward with a new coach, new players and a new outlook.

It's also about performance, at least in the short term. According to Cannon, tomorrow's match against the expansion Impact won't be about the final score but about how Vancouver plays the game. That may be true for the players but something tells be that the fans wouldn't mind seeing a result as well.

09 March 7:45 de la tarde

It was the night before First Kick and all through the land,

MLS season previews were being put in our hands.

Jimmy Conrad, Steve Nicol and Simon Borg's preview was fair

And you can't wait for what fruit tomorrow will bare.

 

Sorry, but I can't help but sing right now. Too excited about tomorrow.

09 March 4:10 de la tarde

Are you a fan of Major League Soccer? Do you have two X chromosomes? If you answered yes to both of those questions -- or you're just curious -- head over to the new Women United Football Club website, which has been getting some buzz on Twitter today after launching and appears to be a legitimately awesome gathering place for MLS fans of the fairer sex.

I would attempt to put the concept into words but surely the site's founders can do a better job, so I'll leave that to them:

"In America and abroad, MLS has scores of female soccer fans, but there is little in the way of communities or reporting to serve them. We're changing that in 2012. This is a place where women of all ages who are MLS fans can meet, mingle and blog about their thoughts. Join us as we get to experience the thrills and spills of pro soccer in a whole new way!"

Love the concept. Love the design of the website. Love that some of the founders hail from Kansas City (Midwest represent!).

And even though myself and all the rest of the XY chromosomers out there aren't the target audience, I'm glad female MLS fans have a sweet place to come together online. It's the least they deserve.

09 March 3:12 de la tarde

C’est ce samedi que sera donné le coup d’envoi de la saison 2012 de la MLS. Sur le coup de 18h00 (HE), tous les yeux seront rivés sur Vancouver, où Montréal fera ses débuts dans la compétition. Un duel 100% canadien (diffusé en direct sur TSN et RDS) très attendu : d’un côté, des Whitecaps très francophones (Rochat, Hassli, Le Toux) qui ont surtout transféré une pléthore d’attaquants durant l’hiver ; de l’autre, l’Impact qui aura à cœur de prouver que la défaite 3-0 en préparation contre son ancien adversaire en D2 n’était qu’un accident de parcours.

Autre match très attendu en soirée, celui qui opposera le LA Galaxy et le Real Salt Lake, deux des grands favoris à la conquête du titre. Le tenant de la Coupe MLS n’a pas perdu chez lui en 2011 et son dernier faux pas à domicile remonte au 5 juillet dernier (0-0 contre Seattle). Mais sera-t-il remis des efforts consentis en milieu de semaine en Ligue des champions ?

Dimanche, la rencontre Dallas – New York marquera les débuts de la MLS sur NBC Sports Network. Si les New Yorkais sont bien cotés par les ordinateurs, beaucoup d’observateurs doutent de la bande à Thierry Henry, qui s’était toutefois imposée deux fois au Pizza Hut Park la saison dernière. Plus tard dans l’après-midi, Galavision retransmettra un duel qui s’annonce chaud entre Chivas USA et le finaliste malheureux de la dernière Coupe MLS, Houston.

La première journée de compétition prendra exceptionnellement fin lundi, avec Portland – Philadelphie (direct ESPN / ESPN Deportes). La Timbers Army espère que ses favoris, qui restent sur 171 minutes sans but à domicile, marqueront rapidement contre l’Union, qui a fini 2011 avec 200 minutes sans trouver le fond des filets en déplacement.

LE PROGRAMME COMPLET
Samedi 10 mars
18h00 : Vancouver – Montréal
18h00 : Colorado – Columbus
19h30 : DC United – Kansas City
22h30 : San José – New England
22h30 : LA Galaxy – Salt Lake

Dimanche 11 mars
15h00 : Dallas – New York
19h00 : Chivas – Houston

Lundi 12 mars
21h30 : Portland – Philadelphie

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

08 March 7:35 de la tarde

Photo Courtesy of NESN.com/SeattlePi.com

First Kick is right around the corner, but apparently so is March Madness.

I know, it kind of snuck up on me, but the Big 12 kicked off their conference tournament on Wednesday. I'm less interested in that than I am in the uniforms that Baylor debuted in their opening game today, an 82-74 win over Kansas State.

Baylor's jerseys are, apparently, "lime green." But am I the only one who sees an uncanny resemblance to the Seattle Sounders' "Electricity" jerseys?

I can't be. That's straight up the same color. Can someone please tell me I'm not crazy?