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11 March 10:54 de la mañana

When José Luis Sánchez Solá speaks, you better be ready to listen. One lapse in concentration and you might miss a gem, the kind of quote reporters wait years for while muddling through coach speak and cliche-ridden commentary.

"Chelís," as Sánchez Solá is better known, has already compared his team to a fruit salad. He's likened team chemistry to a busy bee hive. The best yet may have come Sunday after his much-maligned Chivas USA side knocked off FC Dallas, 3-1, at the Home Depot Center.

Special thanks to Goal.com's Zac Lee Rigg for transcribing the full press conference, which really is a must read.

Asked about Giovani Casillas' goal and inspired substitute appearance, Chelis came up with the kind of analogy that's made Chivas USA a team even casual observers can't help but follow.

"Football rewards you. If you go into a match and you grind and grind and grind for the good of the team, at the end, it rewards you," Chelís said, before really rounding into form. "In a barrel of feces, you're grinding and grinding, you finally poke your head up to get the fresh air."

Well, that's quite the image.

Keep the quotable gold coming, Chelís. I can't be the only one on the edge of my seat, waiting for what you'll say next.

09 March 7:57 de la tarde

Rioters in Egypt set the Egyptian soccer federation building ablaze on Saturday, the latest in a series of protests in the wake of last year's Port Said soccer riots.

According to Jeff Bradley, Egyptian national team coach Bob Bradley, who coached the US from 2007-11, is safe:

The rioters were protesting a court's ruling to acquit death sentences for 28 fans of Al-Masry SC, prompting retaliation by supporters of Cairo-based Al-Ahly that left one person dead and several dozen reportedly hospitalized.

The ruling also upheld death sentences for 21 men who were found guilty of playing a role in the murder of 79 rival fans, mostly Al-Ahly supporters. There were also riots over the original ruling in January, leaving another 21 dead.

Bradley told SI.com in February that he intends to continue as Egypt's manager through World Cup qualifying despite the adversity. The Pharaohs, who have not qualified for the World Cup since 1990, are currently atop Group G with six points from two games. They return to action on Marcy 26 vs. Zimbabwe, a game scheduled to be played in Alexandria.

08 March 12:50 de la tarde

Ce jeudi soir, le LA Galaxy est allé chercher le 0-0 dans la controverse à Herediano (résumé vidéo). Comme les deux autres clubs de MLS engagés en Ligue des champions, il sera exempt lors de cette deuxième journée de championnat, qui sera certainement riche en enseignements pour beaucoup d’autres.

Les équipes qui ont agréablement surpris la semaine dernière voudront confirmer leur bon départ. Parmi elles, Montréal se déplacera à Portland, où tout le monde encense déjà Diego Valeri. Salt Lake, avec un Plata qui ne semble pas avoir plus de 25 minutes dans les jambes, aura un déplacement tout aussi périlleux, à DC United.

Celles qui ont logiquement gagné voudront affirmer leur suprématie. Ainsi, Kansas City, emmené par un Rosell dont on a déjà pu apprécier l’intelligence de jeu, aura a priori la tâche aisée à Toronto (direct RDS2, TSN). Pour Vancouver et Columbus, la facilité contre un adversaire modeste, c’était la semaine dernière : leur confrontation directe en Colombie-Britannique devrait nous en dire plus sur leurs réelles possibilités.

Mais beaucoup sont déjà en quête de rachat après des débuts ratés. Contre New England, qui a besoin d’un stade mieux situé, Chicago, toujours privé de Pause et Friedrich, doit faire oublier la claque reçue au LA Galaxy (direct NBCSN). San José, dont Wondolowski est le seul attaquant en état de jouer, devra trouver le moyen de battre New York, privé de Juninho, devant les caméras d’ESPN et ESPN Deportes.

Les téléspectateurs d’Univision assisteront au duel Colorado - Philadelphie, le seul opposant deux équipes battues la semaine dernière, annoncé sous une neige abondante. Enfin, en direct sur Unimas, Chivas USA devra rassurer tant sur le terrain qu’en dehors face à une équipe de Dallas qui a remporté son premier match sans convaincre.

LE PROGRAMME COMPLET
Samedi 9 mars
13h30 : Toronto - Kansas City
18h00 : Colorado - Philadelphie
19h00 : DC United - Salt Lake
19h30 : Chicago - New England
19h30 : Vancouver - Columbus
22h30 : Portland - Montréal
Dimanche 10 mars
17h00 : Chivas USA - Dallas
22h00 : San José - New York

Classement général
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08 March 11:31 de la mañana

As soon as we heard that D.C. United's Chris Pontius was going to do the weather report on FOX5 in Washington -- tune in at 8:15 am to find out if it's going to rain or shine on United's home opener vs. Real Salt Lake on Saturday -- we culdn't help but recall the words of the immortal Dave Spritz:

"I remember once imagining what my life would be like, what I'd be like. I pictured having all these qualities, strong positive qualities that people could pick up on from across the room. But as time passed, few ever became any qualities that I actually had. And all the possibilities I faced and the sorts of people I could be, all of them got reduced every year to fewer and fewer. Until finally they got reduced to one, to who I am. And that's who I am, the weatherman."

07 March 4:42 de la tarde

In what sort of world does Chris Wondolowski show up in a video with Puff Daddy (Not Diddy, Puff Daddy), a skull-and-crossbones bowtie and his own Wondo-brand fragrance? In KICKTV's world, that's where.

While we were shopping in SoHo with Aurelien Collin, Jimmy Conrad was uptown teaching Wondo how to act like an MVP, which is basically as important as playing like one.

Just can't decide which part is our favorite: Wondo speaking in third person, or Jimmy rubbing dollar bills on his face? We'll leave it up to you to decide.

07 March 12:55 de la tarde

Pour une deuxième fois en quelques jours, Seattle s’est incliné par le plus petit écart. Sauf que la défaite sur le terrain de Tigres UANL en Ligue des champions ce mercredi n’avait pas la même saveur que celle contre Montréal samedi dernier.

Les hommes de Sigi Schmid ont subi la rencontre d’un bout à l’autre (résumé vidéo) et doivent une fière chandelle aux exploits réalisés par leur gardien autrichien Michael Gspurning qui a préservé le suspense en vue du match retour mais a quand même dû s’avouer vaincu pour la seule fois du match à un quart d’heure de la fin. La rencontre a aussi été le théâtre des débuts, réussis, de Djimi Traoré.

Dans l’autre rencontre disputée hier soir, Monterrey s’est imposé 1-3 à Xelajú (résumé vidéo). Dernier rendez-vous de ces quarts de finale aller ce soir : Herediano - LA Galaxy. Même si les Costariciens ne respirent pas la forme, Robbie Keane redoute ce déplacement… et est bien heureux de ne pas comprendre l’espagnol.

Sachez par ailleurs que le destin de Peguy Luyindula à New York sera fixé bientôt, que les problèmes offensifs de San José ne s'arrangent pas puisque Mike Fucito est blessé à son tour, que la MLS a divulgué hier le calendrier de sa Division réserves et que le match Colorado - Philadelphie de ce samedi pourrait se jouer sous une tempête de neige. Envie de voir ce que ça va donner ? Abonnez-vous à MLS Live !

07 March 11:41 de la mañana

Sporting News soccer scribe Brian Straus spotted it during Wednesday night's broadcast of the Tigres UANL vs. Seattle CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg.

American midfielder Jose Francisco Torres, who plays for Tigres and goes by the nickname "Gringo" in Mexico, has apparently embraced the moniker and prefers it over his actual name on the back of his jersey (photo above by Brian Straus). It dates back to his days in Pachuca, where he played from 2006-12.

Some give the move a thumbs up: Below were some of the comments on the photo that was tweeted out by the Sporting News writer.

Are you in the same camp? How do you feel about the use of the nickname on the jersey?

06 March 6:29 de la tarde

Major League Soccer is joining Special Olympics in its efforts around the global Spread the Word to End the Word® awareness day. Today, people around the world will unite their communities to Spread the Word to End the Word, as supporters participate in the fifth annual 'Spread the Word to End the Word' awareness day, aimed at ending the hurtful use of the R-word ("retard(ed)") negatively impacting people with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD).

Special Olympics and Major League Soccer encourage people all over the word to pledge to use respectful language at the website www.R-word.org and build communities of respect and inclusion for all people.

Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide.

Major League Soccer is committed to supporting the communities where we live and play our games, and to providing an environment in which our staff, clubs, players, partners and supporters are treated with dignity and respect. We will not tolerate discrimination, bias, prejudice or harassment of any kind.

Join Major League Soccer and Take the Pledge...DON'T CROSS THE LINE!

 

 

06 March 5:01 de la tarde

The city of Orlando has quietly purchased more than $8 million of downtown real estate in recent months in the area mooted as a potential location for a new soccer-specific stadium, offering further proof of the central Florida community's strategic positioning for an MLS expansion bid.

Third-division side Orlando City SC have made no secret of their desire to someday join MLS, and the club seems to have found a willing partner in mayor Buddy Dyer, who hopes to help facilitate the development of a $110 million soccer stadium for the Lions. Some $30 million of that estimated amount would come from the club, and the rest would be provided by a mix of city, state and county funds and taxes.

READ: New investor in tow, Orlando City focus on stadium

Last week, Dyer received authorization from the city council to buy four parcels of property worth $4 million near the Amway Center, the downtown arena which is home to the NBA's Orlando Magic.

This week the Orlando Sentinel discovered, via a public-records request, that Dyer's administration had actually spent more than twice that amount overall, thanks to the acquisition of 17 more plots worth $4.3 million. Because none of those land parcels were worth more than $500,000 each, Dyer was not required to attain prior permission from the council for those purchases, but Mayor Dyer's deputy chief of staff Heather Fagan told the Sentinel that “the commissioners were briefed on potential options for future uses of the site.”

The land itself is described as “mostly vacant lots and warehouses,” in the words of the area's City Commissioner, and it adds up to an estimated three-quarters of two city blocks.

City officials refused to confirm that the land purchases are related to the stadium project, calling them only “a strategic acquisition.”

But it certainly looks like the ideal location and footprint for a downtown soccer venue.