Archive for February, 2012

Wednesday Happy Hour: Jay DeMerit Caught in Bed with a (Gummi) Bear!

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Just a quick one today, as our heads have been in the USA vs. Italy game all afternoon. The Whitecaps’ Jay DeMerit continues to be a source of Twitter photo gold as he finally got his paws on the five-pound gummi bear he’s had his eye on the last few weeks:

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Looking Back / Looking Forward with Jorge

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My favorite moment for the Portland Timbers in 2011 had to be the match against Chicago Fire — the home opener in Jeld-Wen Field. That was probably the best moment from start to finish because in the very beginning you had the Timbers Army sing the National Anthem as fans which is almost unheard of.  On top of that they won the game as well seeing that was their first win of the season.

In 2012 I am looking forward to our squad doing better than what they did last year. With all our pick ups and what we have done so far in the preseason — along with the passion our players have — I cannot wait to have that home opener against the Philadelphia Union. I want to see a better defense but also have  fierce strikers go and scare the living bejeesus out  of the opponents’ defenses (especially against our Cascadian rivals Vancouver and Seattle).
Our Portland Timbers writer Jorge is on Twitter at @jrod2589
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VIDEO: Houston Supporters at the MLS Cup

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Ayla reported Monday on restrictions placed on travelling Houston Dynamo supporters in the wake of incidents of  bad behavior on a few occasions during the 2011 season.

We will have more from Ayla and the Houston perspective as she puts some thoughts together from the affected groups.

In the meantime, our LA writer Tommy had his camera at the ready at the end of the 2011 MLS Cup. As the final seconds wound down, he was hoping to capture the final whistle and ensuing celebration as his team became League Champions for the third time.

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Tuesday Happy Hour: Adam Drinks from the Keg of Victory

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Bring him the finest muffins and bagels in the land.

A reporter for Northeastern University’s student paper has Tweeted that Chick Fil A will not be coming to their campus. Kudos to Adam and all who campaigned against the fast food chain with ties to anti-gay donations.

Simon Borg has already used up his quota of using “impact” in a headline about Montreal.

Get geared up for USA vs. Italy tomorrow with The Shin Guardian’s preview.

We hope Brian Dunseth remembers his behavior in Phoenix when we’re banging on the window of the FC Dallas Park press box shouting his name this season.

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Meet Ayla, Our New Houston Dynamo Writer…

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with Stuart Holden in 2011

Hi everybody! I’m Ayla, and I am Forever Orange. I have always paid special attention to the Dynamo and I quietly celebrated through our two MLS Cups. I am a born and bred Austinite and in 2008 I moved to Houston with my family.

The Dynamo immediately caught my attention, but I didn’t have very many opportunities to check out games before I moved away to go to college. Fast forward two years and I am back in Houston watching the World Cup religiously. That year Houston played home to the 2010 MLS All-Star Game. The events leading up to the game, lovingly nicknamed “soccer week” in Houston, gave me my first real chance to get up close and personal with the Houston Dynamo. From that week forward I was obsessed. I immediately started going to every game possible, bought season tickets and showed up at just about every Dynamo event there was.

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Looking Back / Looking Forward With Justin

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Favorite Soccer Moment from 2011: FC Dallas beats Sporting Kansas City 3-2 with 3 straight comeback goals. That win was almost perfect. We had been down a goal at the half and had gone even deeper in the hole with another Kansas City goal midway through the second. It looked like we were going to experience another disappointing loss when out of nowhere Ugo Ihemelu pulled one back to make it 2-1. Suddenly, I was hoping for a tie. Then, Brek Shea crossed into the box for Maicon Santos to equalise. Suddenly, there was hope. The whole team looked motivated, and surely enough the night was capped with Bobby Warshaw scoring the game winner, which also happened to be his first career goal. It was a wonderful night because Dallas turned what I thought would be a dismal loss into one of the most exciting matches of last year, and it left me feeling proud of them.

For 2012, I’m looking forward to seeing Blas Peréz play up top for us. Super Raton, as he’s known, is a noted goalscorer, and I feel like he’s going to help solve some offensive issues up top that we had last year.

Our FC Dallas writer Justin is on Twitter at @m0gar

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Traveling Dynamo Supporters Groups Lose MLS Exemptions

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Dynamo Supporters let off a smoke bomb at Robertson Stadium

Photo by Ayla Dehghanpoor

Major League Soccer has sent an e-mail to Dynamo supporters groups telling them that as of March 1st Dynamo fans traveling to out of town games will no longer be permitted to bring in items listed as “supporters group exemptions” which include drums, streamers, and other supporters groups staples.

Miguel Sada, co-founder of El Batallon, posted the original text on his Twitter today.

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Monday Happy Hour: On the Road Again

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We may have driven to Frisco and back to watch the USA U-23 Men play San Antonio, but there are lots of other soccer road trips from this past weekend to note:

CBS has plenty of bonus footage of our favorite reality show twins Andrew and Elliot from last night’s Amazing Race, with last night’s episode featuring a leg of the race across Argentina:

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Looking Back / Looking Forward With Jon

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My favorite moment of 2011 was quickly obscured by a terrible collapse.  Foolishly, I believed that Landon Donovan’s smart finish of a Dempsey feed in the first half of the Gold Cup Final against Mexico would hold up and that the US was on the way to another regional title and another Confederations Cup berth.  It was a great moment, celebrating loudly in a crowded bar with fellow fans.  But it turned sour as the game quickly turned the other way and we were outclassed the rest of the match – losing 4-2. The result sparked the end of Bob Bradley’s tenure and paved the way for the hiring of Jurgen Klinsmann as the new boss.  The result was a fitting end to a run that had seen Bradley’s team become progressively less organized and disciplined.

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PHOTOS & VIDEO: US U-23 Men vs. San Antonio Scorpions

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Friday night, a bunch of friends and I climbed in a car and headed up to FC Dallas Park in Frisco, TX to watch the US U-23 squad take on the San Antonio Scorpions of the NASL.

It was a great opportunity to watch them play up close, with some good goals and saves in the 3-0 win.

It was also a great opportunity to give an in person thank-you to our ally Amobi Okugo, someone who we’re very proud is part of the future of American soccer.

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