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Former Sounders and Fire designated player Freddie Ljungberg attained quite a gay following due to his years of stripping down to his tighty whiteys for one of Calvin Klein’s most successful ad campaigns.
In an interview with CNN International this weekend, he was asked his opinion of what was wrong with the sport of soccer, and he cited racism and other bullying, saying that opposing players would call him gay.
During his career, opposing fans would also belt out Village People tunes to mock Ljungberg.
Don’t remember the Calvin Klein ad campaign? Gratuitous Freddie Ljungberg picture after the jump.
YouTube user heyyrebeccasuee was at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Wednesday night and captured the entire farewell to Pia Sundhage on camera.
The video, the singing, the victory lap. Go ahead, watch it and just try not to cry. You will fail.
It was a good combination last night as the USA played Australia: Pia Sundhage’s final match as USA coach was a win, but Sarah Walsh was able to score in her final international appearance.
Best wishes for the future Sarah and we look forward to seeing you cheer on Megan in many games to come.
The US Women’s National Team had a special public farewell to departing coach Pia Sundhage this past Sunday at the Home Depot Center following their victory over Australia.
Christie Rampone and the rest of the team gave Sundhage a Taylor guitar, signed in gold Sharpie by all of the players. Naturally, she put it to use right away, serenading the crowd with a bit of Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog.”
Pia Sundhage is an avid music lover whose impromptu serenades are now quite famous. She sang Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” at the Olympic gold medal match and Simon and Garfunkel’s “59th Street Bridge Song” at a World Cup press conference last summer.
Major League Soccer’s All Stars came together to star in a new video called “Don’t Cross the Line” to combat discrimination and harassment.
Landon Donovan, Kyle Beckerman, Dwayne De Rosario, Chris Pontius, Carlos Valdes, Graham Zusi all feature in the video aimed at combating homophobia, racism, and sexism.
DC and Baltimore area pro sports have been in the LGBT spotlight for the past week, with local legislator Emmett Burns calling on the Ravens to stifle Brendan Ayanbendejo’s support of gay marriage during a season when the issue is in the ballot there. The Vikings’ Chris Kluwe, whose state also has gay marriage on the ballot this fall, penned a scathing piece on Deadspin about Burns’ comments.
But with George Washington University, the Capitals, and DC United all speaking out for LGBT inclusion in sports through You Can Play in the last few weeks, that’s the focus of the Washington Post piece.
I’ve been listening to Jimmy Conrad’s ASS for awhile now, and now I finally get to see it on KICKTV:
If you were unaware, Jimmy Conrad’s ASS is American Soccer Spectacular, and if this preview is any indication it will be a great show.
The second DC United Night Out will take place on Saturday, September 15 during their game against the New England Revolution.
It will be a big night with a tailgate, Champions Club drink specials, an after party at Nellies, and many more special features during the game.
The local gay paper, The Washington Blade, previewed the event last month.
The DC United You Can Play video with Ben Olsen, Mike Chabala, and Chris Pontius will be a big feature of the evening:
Tickets are available from UnitedNightOut.com.
The interview is here on Autostraddle.com.
- She jokes that she threatened to pull a “Tonya Harding” on Megan Rapinoe for coming out first, even though she pushed Megan to come out.
- Lori is recently single, and picky.
- Her parents divorced early in her life, and she only remembers her mom ever being with a woman as her wife.
Thank you Lori. We’re all happy to have you as fans and proud to have you as part of the family.
Zach Woosley also did an excellent piece on the SB Nation blog Stars and Stripes FC on Lori’s public coming out.
Wins and losses are great, trophies are even better, but to have our women’s national team playing a leading role in putting more faces on the LGBT movement is something I’m extremely proud of. It may not seem like much, but when openly gay athletes are received in a positive way by soccer fans, it shows all those who are still struggling with a very personal decision that when they are ready, the support will be there for them.
When I first read about the nuptials of Kyle Martino and Eva Amurri last fall, I had already come to the conclusion that they had what may be the coolest wedding of all time.
The wedding was officiated by Sister Helen Prejean (the anti-death penalty nun played by Eva’s mom Susan Sarandon) and wedding guests got to enjoy a scavenger hunt as part of the weekend of festivities. A gospel choir led the procession, and stepdad of the bride Tim Robbins performed an original song he wrote for the oyster roast rehearsal dinner.
Now their destination wedding in Charleston, South Carolina, has been recognized for its awesomeness as it is featured in the Fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. Check it out.
Kyle and Eva will celebrate their first anniversary on October 29.