Best Goal Celebrations 2012

The Best Goal Celebrations of 2012 Winner Is…

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Who had the Best Goal Celebrations of 2012 according to your votes? Was it a national player or someone in Major League Soccer? It’s time to find out.

Congratulations to all of the deserving nominees: Clint Dempsey, Ryan Guy, Kei Kamara & CJ Sapong, YP Lee, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe.

But the winner of the Best Goal Celebrations of 2012 is…

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favorite twitterer 2012

The Favorite Twitterer of 2012 Winner Is…

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Another batch of votes have been counted and it’s time to reveal who is your Favorite Twitterer of 2012 in our End of the Season Awards.

The nominees are Eric Alexander, Jimmy Conrad, Jay DeMerit, Brad Evans, Stuart Holden, Eddie Johnson, Alexi Lalas, Sydney Leroux, Michael Nanchoff, and Megan Rapinoe. Congratulations to you all and your 140-character wit.

But the winner of the Favorite Twitterer of 2012 is…

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Megan Rapinoe Tribute Video

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When Megan Rapinoe was honored by the LA Gay and Lesbian Center at their Anniversary Gala this past weekend, they put together a great tribute video for her.

The video includes messages from Tom Hanks and David Beckham as well as several young women who have been inspired by Rapinoe.

It’s pretty darned cool, even if Tom Hanks got the Women’s World Cup host country wrong.

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The Most Musical of 2012 Winner Is…

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It’s time to reveal the second of our End of the Season Awards, for the individual who is the Most Musical of 2012.

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated by our great gay4soccer readers: Kyle Beckerman, Joe Cannon, Jordan Harvey, Alexi Lalas, Stephen McCarthy, Erin McLeod, Heath Pearce, Megan Rapinoe, and Pia Sundhage.

But the winner of the Most Musical of 2012 is…

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Megan Rapinoe Honored by LA Gay & Lesbian Center

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Megan Rapinoe Amy LepeilbetCongratulations are due to USWNT midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who was honored by the LA Gay and Lesbian Center at their Anniversary Gala this past weekend.

Rapinoe was the recipient of the Center’s Board of Directors Award for coming out as a high-profile athlete and for representing the USA as of the few out competitors at this past summer’s Olympic Games.

Fellow Olympian Lori Lindsey and other teammates joined Megan at the gala, and David Beckham sent greetings via video.

Here are Megan Rapinoe’s remarks upon receiving the award, which are very sweet and poignant. And she includes a great story about Lori Lindsey encouraging her to come out.

(Image from Amy LePeilbet’s Twitter feed)

Most Artistic 2012

The Most Artistic of 2012 Winner Is…

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The time is here to reveal the winner of the first 2012 End of the Season Award, being presented to the Most Artistic of the year.

To recap, the nominees for this award are Prairie Rose Clayton, Jay DeMerit, Ashlyn Harris, Amy LePeilbet, Lori Lindsay, and Brek Shea. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

But the winner of the Most Artistic of 2012 is…

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Soccer Ally

End of the Season Awards Day 9: Story and Ally of the Year

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End of the Season Awards AlliesTwo weeks, over two thousand votes, and today we begin voting on the final categories in our End of the Season Awards, Story of the Year, and Ally of the Year.

Nominees for Story of the Year are Eddie Johnson’s comeback, Megan Rapinoe coming out, Sporting KC’s US Open Cup win, the USMNT win in Italy, the USMNT win in Mexico, the USWNT’s Gold Medal win, and Chris Wondolowski’s record season.

Ally of the Year nominees are Brian Dunseth & Chris Wingert; Mike Chabala, Chris Pontius & Ben Olsen; The Chicago Fire; Jimmy Conrad; Mike Boxall, Jay DeMerit & Jordan Harvey; Kyle Martino; Amobi Okugo; AJ Soares; The Timbers Army; and the You Can Play Project.

Thank you for all of your votes so far; you can keep voting in other categories here. Tomorrow we begin revealing award winners, all the way until MLS Cup.

You Can Play: Bowdoin College

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You Can PlayAnother United States college has released a You Can Play video, and it has a special connection with the You Can Play Project.

Students at Maine’s Bowdoin College have come together for the video, organized by Molly Burke, whose brother Brendan was the inspiration for You Can Play. Brendan Burke was the student manager of the Miami University of Ohio hockey team, and he came out to ESPN in 2009 before being tragically killed in an auto accident the following year.

The new video from Bowdoin College includes athletes from all of the Polar Bear teams, including members of the soccer program.

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Marc Burch Suspended Three Games for Gay Slur

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Marc Burch Post MLS logoMajor League Soccer has suspended Seattle Sounders defender Marc Burch for a gay slur he used against an opponent in their Thursday night victory over Real Salt Lake. Matching the punishment handed down to Colin Clark earlier in the season, Burch has also been fined an undisclosed amount and mandated diversity training beyond the training all players get preseason.

The punishment removes Marc Burch from both legs of the Western Conference Championship and the MLS Cup or the first regular season match of 2013, should Seattle not be the Conference Champions.

Said Commissioner Don Garber:

Major League Soccer has a zero tolerance policy in response to this type of behavior from its players or staff. While I understand and believe that Mr. Burch is remorseful, Major League Soccer is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.

It is encouraging to see the League continuing to maintain a high standard when it comes to keeping homophobic language off the field of play.

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Marc Burch Apology for Last Night’s Gay Slur

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Marc BurchSeattle Defender Marc Burch apologized via the Sounders website for his use of a gay slur during their match last night against Real Salt Lake:

I apologize for my horrific choice of words last night during our match. This is something that is inconsistent with my family values and because of that I am both disappointed and embarrassed by my level of poor judgment. I take seriously my role as a leader in the community and this is completely regrettable and unacceptable. Character matters and I hope through hard work on and off the field to begin earning your respect and trust again.

We will continue to bring you developments as they come from the club and league.

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