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When Cosmopolitan Magazine did a list of “Hot Soccer Players We Can’t Resist” we asked you where they got it right and where they got it (terribly) wrong. Let’s round out our countdown of the players on their list that you agreed with the most:
5. Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City)
4. Heath Pearce (Chivas USA)
3. Chris Pontius (DC United)
2. David Beckham (LA Galaxy)
1. Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution)
Cosmopolitan Magazine did a list of “Hot Soccer Players We Can’t Resist” and we polled you all last week as to where they got it right and wrong and the poll garnered more votes than any poll we’ve ever done. So here is the first half of the top ten you said they got it right.
10. Alain Rochat, Vancouver Whitecaps
9. Andrew Wenger, Montreal Impact
8. Bobby Boswell, Houston Dynamo
7. Zach Loyd (FC Dallas)
6. Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Stu Holden takes to YouTube to answer another series of questions:
Last week I addressed updating the MLS Fan Code of Conduct to specifically include homophobic and transphobic language. This week I address a far too prevalent bit of language used by soccer supporters.
It’s a word that I’ve been hearing almost since when I first became a soccer fan, and it’s always bothered me but seemed to be too ingrained in the culture to be able to do anything about. But more and more as I talk about it with fellow fans, they see that there’s a pretty shocking practice that has become commonplace upon goal kicks.
The Houston Chronicle’s Jose de Jesus Ortiz named the issue in his Colin Clark coverage last month:
MLS…has not curbed or even spoken out against the tradition of fans screaming a vulgar Spanish gay slur each time the opposing goalkeeper takes a goal kick. A group of Dynamo supporters has embraced the tradition, which originated in Mexico and is common at many MLS stadiums.
The word is “puto” and put quite simply it is considered the worst slur against a gay person that is possible in many cultures. It is the word that New Yorker Leslie Mora heard as she was severely beaten by two assailants with a heavy belt buckle as she left a Queens gay club in the summer of 2009. It is a word several states use to define hate crimes. It’s a word that has no place in soccer.
Again, this word is sadly ingrained in soccer culture, and it will take more than Major League Soccer to take a stand. CONCACAF, FIFA, and other leagues in the United States have a part to play in educating fans as to how inappropriate and unacceptable it is.
And that’s the key: education. Many people probably use that chant with a lack of awareness as to what it means, or what it means to other people. But just as we would find it unacceptable to use slurs against any group as part of a chant, it’s time to take a stand now and work to get “puto” out of soccer.
Jay DeMerit talked to Jimmy Conrad on KickTV about his defending with the Whitecaps, his artistic chops, and his documentary “Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story.”
The interview includes a bit of one of the bonus features of the DVD, Stu Holden capturing Jay on camera in the shower and joining him for a bit of singing Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”
The full clip from the DVD is after the jump.
Dan Loney takes on the issue very well over at Big Soccer, taking on posters on that site defending a fan giving the tifo the middle finger and sharing what he posted in response.
Out Swedish soccer player Anton Hysén earned a standing ovation and a top score with he and his partner Sigrid Bernson’s pasodoble to Madonna’s “Hung Up.”
Anton’s success on this show just shows the kind of exposure having an out star can bring to soccer and we’re all proud of him and rooting for him.
Ah Houston fans. You already know you’re in the Major League Soccer doghouse for your behavior on the road. So instead of being on top notch behavior as you travel to Chicago, one of you decides to attach this to a public Facebook page:
How nice! Giving a tifo done by Section 8 celebrating diversity the bird. Classy. I wasn’t feeling much sympathy for the restrictions placed on you as you travel as supporters before, and now even less so.
If that doesn’t cheese you off, check out the even more offensive version after the jump. (Warning, highly inappropriate language)