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Major League Soccer: America’s Most Pro-LGBT Men’s Pro League

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So says RantSports.com’s Jessica Luther in a follow-up piece about Major League Soccer cutting ties with the Boy Scouts of America:

Major League Soccer, more than any other men’s professional sports league in the US, has been a vocal proponent of LGBT equality. In May, when it announced that it would participate in the “You Can Play” project, which works to end homophobia in sports culture, MLS executive vice president JoAnn Neale said, “MLS W.O.R.K.S. [the league’s charitable arm] is committed to working alongside groups that support LGBT causes and equality.”

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This Weekend in DC: NOH8 Campaign at the Human Rights Campaign

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Our friends over at the NOH8 Campaign are teaming up with the Human Rights Campaign for an open house and photo shoot at the HRC Headquarters in Washington, DC this Sunday, August 5, from 2-5 PM.

Major League Soccer stars have been leading the way when it comes to professional athletes participating in the campaign, so hope to see all of our DC supporters out this weekend.

You can get all of the details at the NOH8 Campaign’s website, and RSVP at their Facebook page.

Who from DC United will be the next to join Mike Chabala, Justin Braun, Michael Lahoud, Chris Wingert, Brian Dunseth, Mike Boxall, Jordan Harvey, and Jay DeMerit as the next member of the MLS family to pose for the NOH8 Campaign? Bill Hamid? Chris Pontius? Danny Cruz? Maybe someone who isn’t yet an ally on our site like Dwayne De Rosario or even Ben Olsen?

Tweet this post to your favorite players to let them know this is coming up!

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Chicago Fire LGBT Pride Night is this Weekend

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As part of their new partnership with Equality Illinois, the Chicago Fire have marched in the Chicago Pride Parade, attended their monthly cocktail hour, gotten pies in the face, and now will be holding a Pride Night this upcoming Saturday, August 4.

As part of Pride Night you can get great ticket deals with a portion of the ticket price going to benefit Equality Illinois and Fred Says, an organization supporting HIV-positive youth.

All of the details are at http://www.chicago-fire.com/pride so hope to see everyone in Chicago OUT at Toyota Park Saturday night!

MLS Video: All Star 360

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The final word on the 2012 Major League Soccer All Star Game may very well be the league’s excellent video, a great mix of highlights and unique behind-the-scenes footage:

Thanks to everyone who was part of our party, to all who work so hard to put the week on, and to everyone I met who made the experience so memorable.

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Photos from the 2012 MLS All Star Game

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We’re wrapping up MLS All Star Game coverage today, first with my favorite photos from the game and afterward.

Pregame fireworks and an MLS highlights video pump up the crowd:

Banners representing the nineteen Major League Soccer teams are unfurled while the crowd does the first of two card stunts:

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Photos: Castrol USA Media Cup Wednesday

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It was a great deal of fun to be a part of the Castrol USA Media Cup ahead of the 2012 MLS All Star Game.

I had gone mainly to spectate and cheer on friends, but was quickly recruited to be a referee for matches, along with an intern from the University of Pennsylvania.

Among the matches I oversaw was the final between team Green and team Yellow, a rematch from the first round of play when Yellow shut out Green.

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Soccer Allies Lead MLS All Stars to Victory Over Chelsea FC

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A trio of goals from players who are all soccer allies led the Major League Soccer All Stars to victory over Chelsea FC in Chester, PA last night.

With background accompaniment of a raucous River End, the game started off with a good deal of pressure from Chelsea, with the All Stars making a few good runs that just didn’t end well. Ally Chris Wondolowski, however, was able to convert a so-so pass into the first goal of the night in the 21st minute of the match. Minutes later a midfield collision between Aurélien Collin and Michael Essien led to medical attention for Collin, a brief return to the game, then his eventual substitution with hometown captain and ally Carlos Valdes.

Before that could happen though, Chelsea captain John Terry evened the scoring with a header assisted by Frank Lampard. The half rounded out with a very nice shot from Tierry Henry after service from David Beckham and Landon Donovan in the 42nd minute, some of the biggest players on the field working very well together.

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Photos: MLS All Star Game Press Conference

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Just a block from where the Declaration of Independence was adopted, members of the 2012 MLS All Star Team and Chelsea FC met to face reporters ahead of tonight’s match.

If bringing an English team together with the All Stars of America’s league so close to the site of where our independence from England was forged was a bit of intentional irony, bravo Major League Soccer staffers.

The giant MLS All Star soccer ball sat atop the Independence Visitors Center as part of its latest stop around the city of Philadelphia.

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Jay DeMerit, Jordan Harvey, and Michael Boxall in the NOH8 Campaign

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In early May, the NOH8 Campaign made a swing through Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. At their Vancouver stop, Whitecaps defenders and allies Jay DeMerit, Jordan Harvey, and Michael Boxall (now with the Wellington Phoenix) all participated.

The NOH8 Campaign began as a silent protest to Proposition 8 in California, but has continued on since then to stand up for not only marriage, but all human equality.

It’s a great testament to the dedication of these players to the cause of equality that they took the time out of their schedules to be a part of the Vancouver event.

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Chivas USA: Get it Together Goats!

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Wednesday’s home win against the Portland Timbers ended a poor run of form for Chivas USA and brought promise to the team heading into Saturday’s Superclasico matchup against the LA Galaxy. However, an extremely poor first half set the stage for the 4-1 loss to the cross town rivals.

The Goats came out on Wednesday with a bit of a different lineup – Ryan Smith was inserted for Blair Gavin, with Alejandro Moreno as the lone striker. John Valencia also started in the defense for Raushawn McKenzie, though this seemed to be more of a rest thing with the Superclasico coming up. The team got off to a promising start, scoring an early goal in the 15th minute. Ryan Smith charged forward and passed the ball along the front of goal to Miller Bolaños who tapped it in. Of course I picked that moment to go to the bathroom at the Home Depot Center and missed it happen live. Nothing else really happened to speak of, and the match ended 1-0. I felt that it was a promising performance leading up to Saturday’s game as they showed some offensive sparks that had previously been missing.

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