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Marc Burch Crosses the Line


Last night in the Seattle Sounders victory over Real Salt Lake, Sounders defender Marc Burch unleashed a gay slur that was caught on camera. It was captured by SB Nation Seattle:

Marc Burch gay slur

It was also widely seen by folks on Twitter, including by Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl:

Major League Soccer is in a different position now than they have been in the past. The disciplinary committee has now leveled sanctions against a player for using this exact same language. They have also released a video telling fans “don’t cross the line” when it comes to issues like homophobia, and that very ad was aired during the broadcast of last night’s game.

The League might also see differences as compared to what happened with Colin Clark earlier in the season. Does the target of the slur matter, comparing a volunteer ball kid to another player on the field? Does the scope of who heard it matter, comparing something clearly audible on a sideline microphone to something that is obvious yet inaudible.

The answer to these must be no. Major League Soccer says “don’t cross the line” and Burch crossed it. Casual homophobic language has no place in the game and it cant be tolerated in the locker room, in the stands, or on the pitch. Language like this, even from players who say they are gay-supportive otherwise, is the kind of thing that is keeping athletes in the closet.

And Marc Burch appears to be far from a homophobic person. A commenter on SB Nation says he received a Facebook message from Burch, saying he doesn’t recall using those words and apologizing as he has a lesbian family member himself.

But actions have consequences and even in this hectic playoff season, this incident needs to be addressed by the league.

We have been told to expect a statement from the Seattle Sounders sometime today, and will bring that and any action from the league to you as it happens. SB Nation Seattle has a good open letter to Burch on their page.

End of the Season Awards Kyle and Eva

End of the Season Awards Day 8


End of the Season Awards Kyle and Eva

We’re tripling up again today with three categories in the End of the Season Awards: Cutest Couple, Most Likely to Change the World, and Poster Model for American Soccer Being Awesome.

What romantic pairing makes you go aww? (Sorry, all of you who nominated Dax and Heath. We said actual couples only.) Whose looking out for their fellow human beings impresses you as much as their performance on the pitch? Who do you think exemplifies why soccer in America rocks?

Cutest Couple nominees are Jay DeMerit & Ashleigh McIvor, Stu Holden & Karalyn West, Kyle Martino & Eva Amurri Martino, and Megan Rapinoe & Sarah Walsh.

Most Likely to Change the World Nominees are Jeb Brovsky, Landon Donovan, Mike Lahoud, Alex Morgan, Darlington Nagbe, Megan Rapinoe, Chris Seitz, and Taylor Twellman

Nominees for Poster Model for American Soccer is Awesome are Jimmy Conrad, Clint Dempsey, Steven Lenhart, Lee Nguyen, Heath Pearce, Chris Pontius, Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach, and Chris Wondolowski.

Thanks again for all your votes. All categories are still open here.

Wicked! The Wizard is a Seattle Sounders Fan


The touring production of Broadway’s Wicked is in Seattle right now, and soccer must be popular in the other Emerald City because even the Wizard is declaring his support for the Sounders.

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end of the season awards buddy cops

End of the Season Awards Day 7


end of the season awards buddy copsWith the real Election Day as a day off for our End of the Season Awards, we’re tripling up the categories for you to vote on today and tomorrow.

Up for a vote today are Player You’d Like to See on MLS: 36, Rookie Most Likely to Succeed, and Duo Most Likely to Star in a Buddy Cop Movie.

MLS: 36 is the NBC Sports Network show that follows a player around for 36 hours leading up to a big match, so it’s all about your voyeuristic side. Also, note that the category isn’t “Rookie of the Year,” it’s all about who you think has the potential to go far.

Thanks as always for your help in this fun, and you can keep voting in all categories here.


Election Day 2012: A Personal, Political Post.


It’s Election Day 2012. Get your butts out there and vote (unless you already have). It will mean the world to me if you do.

I could be a nice neutral party and say, “Get out there and vote. It doesn’t matter how you vote, just do it.” But that would be lying to myself and to you and we’re not going to have any of that. Because it does matter to me how you vote.

First up, my right to marry is up for a vote in four states. Here’s how to vote if you’re in one of them:

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End of the Season Awards Amazing Race

End of the Season Awards Day 6: Reality Contestant and Political Career


End of the Season Awards Amazing Race

Over 1000 votes have been cast so far in our End of the Season Awards so far, and thank you for that so much! We start week two of voting with categories for Most Likely to be a Reality Show Contestant in the Offseason and Most Likely to Have a Second Career in Politics.

Who do you want to see as the next soccer player on Dancing with the Stars or Amazing Race? Who is such an outspoken personality that you can see them on the political stage?

Nominees for Reality Show Contestant are Jay DeMerit, Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson, Lori Lindsey, Dax McCarty, Alex Morgan, Lance Parker, Heath Pearce, Brek Shea, and Hope Solo.

Nominees for Future Political Career are Joe Cannon, Mike Chabala, Jimmy Conrad, Jay DeMerit, Peter Nowak, Heath Pearce, Hope Solo, Taylor Twellman, and Eric Wynalda.

Every category is still open for the rest of this week, and you can keep voting here.

Jimmy Conrad sports bra

Jimmy Conrad Vies for Megan Rapinoe’s BFF Attention


KickTV keeps churning out the great videos, including bringing Jimmy Conrad’s American Soccer Spectacular from the podcast world to YouTube.

In the latest installment, Jimmy headed to the US Women’s National Team friendly in Connecticut to win Megan Rapinoe’s heart as his BFF.

This isn’t the first time Jimmy has tried to steal Megan’s BFF status away from Lori Lindsey. He displayed this sexy, sexy look during the team’s Olympics run in August.

Jimmy Conrad sports bra

Looking forward to the exciting conclusion to that cliffhanger and more many great videos from Jimmy Conrad and the KickTV crew! And don’t worry, we’ll be BFFs with whomever gets left out in this BFF triangle.

End of the Season Awards Holden

End of the Season Awards Day 5: Best Hair and Best Dressed

End of the Season Awards Holden

Only one of these haircuts was nominated!

We come to the end of the first week of our first ever End of the Season Awards, and today look at the Best Hair and Best Dressed of 2012.

Is the Best Dressed of 2012 a player or a coach? Is the Best Hair a blonde, a brunette, or a baldy?

Your Best Hair nominees are Michael Bradley, Jay DeMerit, Jake Gleeson, Herculez Gomez, Sacha Kljestan, Steven Lenhart, Carmelina Moscato, Megan Rapinoe, Chris Rolfe, and Brek Shea.

Your Best Dressed nominees are David Beckham, Jurgen Klinnsman, Chris Konopka, Amy LePeilbet, Sydney Leroux, Lee Nguyen, Ben Olsen, Heath Pearce, Alain Rochat, and Mauro Rosales.

Thank you so much for all your votes this week and you can continue voting in all categories here.

You Can Play

You Can Play Video – University of New Brunswick


You Can PlayA new You Can Play video was released today featuring University of New Brunswick athletics and several members of the soccer program at the Canadian school.

Women’s soccer coach Jon Crossland is a participant, as well as defenders Emma Quigley and George Lawton.

If you can eh you can eh.

End of the Season Awards Beckham

End of the Season Awards Day 4: Best Smile and Best Butt


End of the Season Awards BeckhamThe End of the Season Awards voting process rolls on, and today things get admittedly superficial with the awards for Best Smile and Best Butt.

Whose smile makes you smile? Who else deserves to have their rear end immortalized in a statue?

Your nominees for Best Smile are Darrius Barnes, Carlos Bocanegra, Brad Evans, Benny Feilhaber, Amy LePeilbet, Erin McLeod, Kelley O’Hara, Alain Rochat, Taylor Twellman, and Chris Wondolowski.

Your nominees for Best Butt are David Beckham, Martin Bonjour, Steve Cherundolo, Danny Cruz, Bright Dike, Ashlyn Harris, Jeff Parke, Kelyn Rowe, Hope Solo, and Graham Zusi.

So have some fun with this, maybe do some fun Google Image searches, and thanks for your votes!


And if you missed any past days’ polls, all of them are still open and you can vote here.

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