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Columbus Crew Hosting Pride Night This Month

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Last summer they were the first professional sports team to sponsor a gay tournament, and the second Major League Soccer team to host a Pride Night.

And this month the Columbus Crew are doing it again.

Put on by Columbus’ LGBT community center and monthly publication, the Columbus Crew’s Pride Night will be Saturday, August 25 as they take on the New England Revolution.

Details about the game and tailgate, and information on how to get tickets, is at Stonewall Columbus’ webpage.

 

Sporting Kansas City Wins US Open Cup, Drops Trou

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Congratulations to Sporting Kansas City for winning the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, the first for the state of Kansas.

US Soccer brings us the highlights:

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Kansas City and Seattle Gear Up for US Open Cup Final Tonight

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Tonight the Seattle Sounders take on Sporting Kansas City in the Final of the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Will it be a four-in-a-row for Seattle, or will Sporting bring Kansas its first championship in their first appearance in the final since their 2004 win?

Major League Soccer previewed the match with members from both teams:

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Who Has the Worst Hair in Major League Soccer

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This week KickTV’s Jimmy Conrad takes a look at what he considers to be the five all-time worst hairstyles in all of soccer.

Sadly, there are a few Major League Soccer representatives on the list. Which isn’t surprising all of the hair disasters you see on the field nowadays.

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Nick and Adam, pre-pie (ChicagoPride.com)

Chicago Fire Staffers Get Pied in the Face for Equality

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While the Chicago Fire was preparing for their 1-1 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes this past weekend, two Fire staffers took some pies to the face for LGBT Equality.

Nick Boulton and Adam Green, who are also the contacts for this weekend’s Pride Night, joined Equality Illinois Friday Night for their annual Celebrity Pie Toss event, which took on an Olympics theme this year.

Thank you for your support Nick and Adam!

A few pictures are below, but check out Equality Illinois’ Facebook album of the event and ChicagoPride.com’s photo album.

Nick and Adam, pre-pie (Anthony Meade, ChicagoPride.com)

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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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