It was a weekend of many goals and much excitement throughout the NASL over this past weekend.
The Carolina Railhawks overcame a 1-2 deficit in the final 4 minutes of the match to steal a 3-2 victory over Minnesota. Minnesota United FC got out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Simone Bracalello and former RailHawk Pablo Campos. A Floyd Franks spot kick then drew a goal back for the RailHawks just before half time. Despite dominating Minnesota in both possession and shots, the RailHawks had again found themselves trailing their opponents heading into the closing minutes of the match. Just as they’d done several times already this season, the RailHawks managed to not only equalize, but win the match with a brace from NASL player of the week and leading scorer, Brian Shriver.
When asked about what was going through his mind being down a goal with 10 minutes to play, Shriver said, “Actually, I was confident we’d get the equalizer. We were creating a lot of opportunities, and we’ve shown a lot of fight all year. I was feeling good about it.” He later went on to describe his feelings after scoring the game winner, “I was ecstatic! It was a huge goal for us, and to get all 3 points was great for the team and the fans. And it was a huge step to winning the first part of the season.”
Soccer overwhelmingly becomes the most well-represented sport in the Athlete Ally Ambassador program.
A dozen members of the NASL team Minnesota United FC as well as their head coach and assistant coach have all joined the Athlete Ally Ambassador program.
With the twelve Minnesota players joining Major League Soccer’s Chris Seitz, AJ DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, and Stephen McCarthy, 16 of the 30 athletes in the Ambassador program come from professional soccer, making it by far the number one sport represented.
Minnesota United’s president Nick Rogers (no relation) recently joined the board of Athlete Ally. Founder Hudson Taylor said this of the new additions to the program:
Nick activating 12 of his players in less than a week of joining the advisory board is incredibly impressive. All of these young men have fans of their own, are world-class athletes, and are catalysts for progress among the international soccer community.
It’s Ally Week, started by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network to celebrate those straight allies who stand up for the LGBT community. Yesterday we featured Alexi Lalas, and in his own words why he’s an ally.
Today in Ally Week we hear from Lance Parker. If you aren’t already aware of Lance, he’s the goalkeeper for NASL’s Edmonton FC, a model on the side, and the nominee from Oklahoma for Cosmopolitan magazine’s 2012 Bachelor of the Year contest.
Here’s what Lance said about being an ally:
I’m a LGBT Ally because I feel that it is a good group to be a part of. Everyone that is a part of it cares about the equality of people and wants anyone, regardless of their background, to be able to enjoy watching and playing the beautiful game of soccer. Being an Ally means accepting people for who they are, not judging anyone, and being supportive to those that are having a hard time and may be struggling with being LGBT. It also means trying to get rid of any discrimination or hate that may be revolving around the sport of soccer.
I think that statement deserves a hearty endorsement to Vote for Lance!
Los Angeles Galaxy followed up last week’s CONCACAF Champion’s League 5-2 win over Isidro Matapan with another dominating performance on Wednesday night – this time, over the visiting Puerto Rico Islanders. The reigning MLS Champion’s 4-0 victory on Wednesday night is all the more impressive considering it was accomplished with the team’s reserves.
On a night that saw Robbie Keane serving a red card suspension, David Beckham recovering from illness and Landon Donovan from injury,and with the team schedule to play an important match this weekend versus Vancouver, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena opted to start his B squad.
The North American Soccer League (NASL) kicked off it second season this past weekend, and Outsports talked to FC Edmonton goalkeeper Lance Parker ahead of its kickoff.
On having a gay teammate: “So if we were to have an openly gay teammate, I am sure that he would be accepted just as everyone else is, and would have no problem becoming a part of our family.”
On homophobic language in soccer: “I have actually not heard it much at all, if ever lately. I don’t know if that’s just due to the slur becoming outdated, or people actually starting to realize how much damage it could have on someone.”
On gay marriage: “I think that if two people love each other, then they should be able to be together, regardless of who they are.”
You can check out the full interview over at Outsports.
Friday night, a bunch of friends and I climbed in a car and headed up to FC Dallas Park in Frisco, TX to watch the US U-23 squad take on the San Antonio Scorpions of the NASL.
It was a great opportunity to watch them play up close, with some good goals and saves in the 3-0 win.
It was also a great opportunity to give an in person thank-you to our ally Amobi Okugo, someone who we’re very proud is part of the future of American soccer.
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You can check out the full interview with FC Edmonton goalkeeper Lance Parker here on Kickette, but he had this to say about having gay male admirers:
He Has An Equal Number of Male & Female Admirers & Loves Them All The Same:
“I’m just really appreciative and happy that my work can be appreciated. Nothing really surprises me or makes me feel uncomfortable – I take every positive as a big compliment.”
He talks underwear preferences, his modeling career and more with our friends at Kickette.