Each year the rivalry between Houston and Dallas takes center stage at the Texas Derby. Usually the front offices exchange banter leading up to the game, but this year was a little different. While Dallas released two viral videos and started a “Crush the Orange” campaign, Houston kept suspiciously quiet. Fans quickly reacted by poking fun at Dallas’ low ticket sales and weren’t afraid to point out that every MLS game at BBVA Compass Stadium has sold out. President Chris Canetti joined in, replying to a ‘crush the orange’ package he received, he tweeted “Thank u @FCDallas for the package. Appreciated. Sorry we haven’t reciprocated. Busy here w/ business.”
It’s Pride Week in Houston, and the Dynamo are helping celebrate with Pride in the Park at their game against Toronto FC tonight at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Over 100 fans have already purchased tickets as part of Pride Night, so it’s sure to be an exciting event with the team providing Dynamo-emblazoned Pride beads for fans to keep and toss at this weekend’s parade.
If you have a group of four or more you can contact A.J. O’Rourke at (713) 276-7541 to get tickets in the Pride Night section. Individual seats can be purchased here using the code “LGBT12.”
I know I’ll be watching on MLS Live tonight for all the great LGBT fans in the upper deck of the Walker End!
This weekend’s result was what the Timbers did not need: a loss against the last-place Los Angles Galaxy. The Timbers have not had a good record on the road and even worse record at the Home Depot Center — they are winless at the HDC against not only the Galaxy but also against Chivas USA as well.
The Timbers are now currently in 7th place but are within striking distance to getting into 6th place if they win next week. The only good news to come out of this was the return of David Horst back into the lineup as a starting defender who played the entire 90 minutes. Otherwise, I will admit it was a lack luster performance by the team itself.
LGBT media group GLAAD and Athlete Ally, founded by All-American college wrestler and coach Hudson Taylor, are partnering to provide LGBT Ally trainings to all 141 North American Major League teams. By my math, that includes Major League Soccer along with MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL.
From their press release:
Together, the groups will offer proactive Athlete Ally trainings for professional sports teams. GLAAD and Athlete Ally founder Hudson Taylor will educate professional athletes about the importance of LGBT allyship and empower pro sports organizations to stand against homophobia and transphobia….”Athletes are leaders,” said Athlete Ally Executive Director Hudson Taylor. “Today more than ever, professional players have the power to affirm, connect and inspire people around the world. By taking small steps based on simple ideas at the heart of sportsmanship – like treating others as you want to be treated – professional sports can unite communities and create a better and more inclusive tomorrow.”
We look forward to Major League Soccer clubs being first in line to participate in the Athlete Ally training program, and we hope they take a look at our Allies work as they plan their trainings!
Yesterday, members of the LGBT sports community and straight allies began meeting at Nike Headquarters in Oregon for their first ever LGBT Sports Summit. Representatives include our friend Patrick Burke at the You Can Play Project, Athlete Ally’s Hudson Taylor, GLSEN’s Changing the Game, and ESPN.
The summit aims to bring groups together to talk about homophobia and transphobia in sports and share ideas and come up with a game plan to combat them.
A soccer-related highlight, though, is former rugby player, Stand Up Foundation founder, and all-around hottie Ben Cohen making a trip to Jeld-Wen field last night.
So if you want to stack the MLS All Stars with LGBT-supportive players, here are some suggestions as to who to vote for:
Joe Cannon (VAN), Bill Hamid (DC), Dan Kennedy (CHV), Zac MacMath, (PHI), Jimmy Nielsen (SKC)
Jay DeMerit (VAN), Chad Marshall (CMB), Heath Pearce (NY), A.J. Soares (NE), Carlos Valdés (PHI)
Lee Nguyen (NE), Chris Pontius (DC)
David Estrada (SEA), Sébastien LeToux (VAN), Chris Wondolowski (SJ)
During this international break for Major League Soccer the Portland Timbers decided to trade forward Jorge Perlaza for Philadelphia Union’s forward Danny Mwanga.
Many fans gave a positive reaction to this news and I would have to concur with most of what the Timbers fans have said. I have to admit Jorge Perlaza was getting a bit lazy on the pitch. He would not finish the deals and score the goals. He was good last season and went downhill from there. It is sad to see him go knowing that he was the person that scored the very first goal at Jeld-Wen Field against the Chicago Fire. However, in Philadelphia he will get more playing time and more opportunity to get some more goals. I am hoping that he doesn’t have the Kenny Cooper effect and blow us out of the water with his talents, since that is what is happening with Kenny Cooper and the New York Red Bulls.
We love all of the players who have stepped out as members of our Allies List. But it’s especially cool when players get out there and involved with the LGBT community.
This past weekend we saw Tweets from Real Salt Lake midfielders Cody Arnoux and Jonny Steele, both Soccer Allies, about their visits to Utah Pride:
Gay pride day in Utah#beyoubehappy twitter.com/jonnysteele22/…
— jonny steele (@jonnysteele22) June 3, 2012
The Houston Dynamo took on La Liga’s Valencia CF in their annual Charities Cup last week. The Charities Cup benefits the Dynamo Charities organization, which works to benefit the local community. In past Charities Cups the Dynamo have fielded a mostly reserve team; this year was a little bit different. The starting XI was a mix of reserve staples like goalkeeper Tyler Deric and first team veterans like Brad Davis.
When Valencia scored in the 2nd minute, it looked as though the men in orange were going to face a big loss. Ultimately, though, the Dynamo pulled themselves together. Kinnear fielded the starting forward combination of Brian Ching and Will Bruin, but neither managed to score. The lone Dynamo goal came from a long range rocket fired off by Calen Carr. Kinnear has shifted Carr to the midfield in recent games, and he seems to play a bit more naturally there. With Dominic Kinnear’s knack for shifting versatile players around successfully (Geoff Cameron was a midfielder before Kinnear stuck him in the back line,) the Carr shift looks quite promising.
Posted above is a picture taken from last weeks match against Montreal Impact. Kosuke Kimura came over and celebrated with the Pid Army before heading into the dressing room. Its fair to say, he keeps his body in order. Thanks Kosuke for the wonderful view up close.
Kosuke Kimura statistics: http://www.coloradorapids.com/players/kosuke-kimura