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Chabala, Lahoud, Braun, Wingert, and Dunseth. These are the American soccer pros who have participated in the NOH8 Campaign prior to this week.
We are immensely proud, happy, and grateful that Vancouver Whitecaps defenders Jay DeMerit, Jordan Harvey, and Michael Boxall all joined them by participating in NOH8 while they were in town this week.
Originally started as a protest to Proposition 8 passing in California, it is now a silent protest working toward LGBT equality in all realms.
NOH8 co-founder Jeff Parshley talked about the project at the shoot Tuesday night:
Thank you Jay, Jordan, and Michael! We look forward to seeing the results!
Every team in Major League Soccer has a player on our Allies List!
It’s been almost exactly four months since we started asking players, media, staff, supporters, and others to join us in supporting LGBT rights in soccer and we can now say that all nineteen MLS teams are represented by at least one player.
Thank you to everyone who has helped us reach out to players and supported us in other ways.
Later today we start acknowledging teams that already have Allies on the list, and working to recruit more to join them.
Thank you Eddie – Anthony – Rich – Darrius – Justin – Efrain – Mike – Brian – Danny – A.J. – Jay – Dilly – Andrew – Kevin – Logan – Brad – Gabriel – Mike – Sam – Jordan – Cyprian – Andrew – Jon – Dan – Brad – Michael - Sébastien – Roger – Zac – Chad – Dax – Jimmy – Jay – Amobi – Heath – Kelyn – Luke – Aaron – Chris – Clyde – Babayele – Carlos – Konrad – Matt – Josh – Chris – Krystian – Josh – Chris – Sal!
Play the most unentertaining, uninteresting, style-less soccer of the season.
And they succeeded. A nice unexpected bonus? New York somehow managed to walk away with the victory.
US Women’s National Team player Megan Rapinoe talked to KickTV’s Jimmy Conrad about Olympics preparations, her trademark goal celebrations and doing commercials for Nike.
Jimmy also references her pro-LGBT Tweeting as they discuss sports as a final bastion for homophobia and players coming out, as she says “we are out there.” Her comments have been picked up by The Advocate and AfterEllen.com.
After being left off the game-day roster in this past weekend’s 1-1 tie with FC Dallas due to “personal reasons,” it was revealed yesterday that Los Angeles Galaxy netminder Josh Saunders has been enrolled in Major League Soccer’s substance abuse and behavioral health program.
The team asserts that Saunders has not failed a league-administered drug test but has declined to provide more information.
This weekend the NOH8 Campaign will be hitting up the Major League Soccer cities of Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver!
Born out of the fight against Proposition 8 in California in 2008, the Campaign has photographed tens of thousands of folks from all walks of life standing up for marriage, gender, and human equality.
Portland defender Mike Chabala was the first MLS player to participate in the campaign when he was with Houston in 2010:
Major League Soccer partnering with the Boy Scouts of America back in January, plenty of folks wondered what the big deal is. Surely this is some policy on the books that never gets enforced anymore. After all, this is 2012.
However this isn’t the case. Bridgeport, Ohio den leader Jennifer Tyrell was removed from her post by the local Scout Council, because she is lesbian.
She was skeptical of letting her 7 year old son become a Tiger Cub under the Scouts’ policy, but was warmly welcomed and accepted by the local Pack. There are reports that Tyrell was ousted after finding financial issues with the Council, who is now using her lesbianism as a smoke screen.
Sporting Kansas City has partnered with Show-Me Pride to help kick off Pride Week in Kansas City with their match against San Jose on May 27th!
We’ll continue to bring you the latest as the date approaches! We’re very proud of Sporting KC for taking this great step!
Chivas USA hit two records this weekend. First, with a 1-0 win against Toronto FC, the team went 3-0 in road matches, which equals their total road wins from the entire 2011 season.
A 31st minute header from Ecuadorian midfielder Oswaldo Minda was the difference, which is also striking considering their poor set piece performance last season. The team continued to press, and saw great chances from Ben Zemanski and Ryan Smith. One of the major players in this match for both sides was the wind: it seemed that whichever team played against the wind sat back more, and had very little control of the ball. Chivas USA controlled the game for the entire first half; yet they found themselves on the defensive for basically the entire second half.
The defense may not have always been composed, but they got the job done. From Heath Pearce’s stunning body block clearance on the line to Dan Kennedy’s repeated magical saves, they got another three points on the road. While the team is 3-0 on the road, they have yet to secure a win at home. They face the Philadelphia Union this weekend at the Home Depot Center, and hopefully, they can finally find their bearings and get three points. With this win, they sit at fifth in the Western conference.
Los Angeles Galaxy racked up their second win of the season last evening in a come-from-behind victory over the visiting Portland Timbers off of strong performances from its core veterans – and a central defender three days new to the team.
Game summary and match impressions after the jump.