Jimmy Conrad Loses a Bet, Dons a Dress

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I really don’t know if anything else needs to be said on the matter, but KickTV’s Jimmy Conrad made some bets and lost over the summer, and pays up in the latest edition of The Mixer. He wears a sports bra and wig for out Olympian Megan Rapinoe, and a dress for ally Danny Cruz of the Philadelphia Union.

First Pictures from Columbus Crew’s Second Pride Night

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This past Saturday was the second Pride Night put on by the Columbus Crew, making them the first team in Major League Soccer to repeat the event.

The Crew continued the streak of teams winning on their Pride Nights with a 4-3 victory over the New England Revolution. Things looked ominous for Columbus with two early goals from New England, but they were up 3-2 by the half with a brace from Federico Higuaín and a goal from Jairo Arrieta. In the second half Lee Nguyen evened things up with a penalty kick but birthday boy Arrieta scored his second goal late in the game for the 4-3 win.

Several gay4soccer readers shared their Pride Night pictures with us via Twitter Saturday night. If you have any you would like to share, Tweet them to @gay4soccer, or email us at gay4soccer@gmail.com

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Washingtonian Magazine says Chris Pontius has Great Hair

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He’s been a top bachelor in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Major League Soccer’s All Star Game Most Valuable Player. Now DC United midfielder Chris Pontius has been listed as having “Great Hair” in the September 2012 issue of Washingtonian Magazine:

We tend to agree, although not surprised considering how close his hair cutter of choice is to Dupont Circle.

H/T @SoccerInsider on Twitter

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Jamison Olave: Kickette.com’s Thursday Thighs

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Carlos Bocanegra and Abby Wambach may have gotten all of the attention for appearing in ESPN: The Magazine’s Body Issue, but Kickette brings us Real Salt Lake defender Jamison Olave showing off his quads for the publication for this week’s Thursday Thighs feature.

Unfortunately, Olave’s legs aren’t doing so well right now, with him out for 4-6 weeks with a hamstring injury. But his back line stand-ins were more than up to the task of defending in RSL’s CONCACAF Champions League shutout victory over Panama’s champions Tauro FC this week.

Lip Sync Video Face-off: USA vs. GB Soccer at the Olympics

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At the start of the Olympics last month, this video of the US Women’s National Team lip syncing to Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” made the internet rounds:

Well last week our Chivas USA writer Rachna shared on Twitter that the Team GB Women’s Soccer Team had also made a lip sync video. My instant reaction was “well screw that, America already did one and anything America does is better than anything anyone else does.”

My instant reaction may have been wrong.

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David Beckham’s “Essence” Releases Today

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Is looking like David Beckham in your skivvies not enough for you? Well starting today you can also smell like him with the release of his cologne “The Essence.”

This video was released on Beckham’s Google+ page for today’s launch:

According to Fragrantica.com, “The Essense” has top notes of grapefruit, lavender, and violet; a heart of cardamom oil, pineapple and apple; and chords of patchouli, cashmere wood, and tonka.

I am a gay man and have no idea what any of that means.

But here’s Beckham’s take on his new scent:

Every man has something that makes him happy and for me, it is the smell of The Essence that conveys a sense of adventure and those special moments spent with the loved ones.

GWU Men’s Soccer Players Part of Newest You Can Play Video

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George Washington University forward Seth Rudolph and defender Abdul Shaban joined 16 of their fellow student athletes to be a part of the latest You Can Play Project video, their first of the 2012-13 school year.

Founded earlier this year, You Can Play is a series of videos that have aired online, on television, and at professional sporting venues with the message “If you can play, you can play,” irregardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity.

Said Patrick Nero, Director of Athletics and Recreation:

We are committed to celebrating and supporting LGBT student-athletes. Our student-athletes will be judged by the spirit they bring to the game, their support of the teammates and their dedication to GW, not by sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. At GW, if you can play, you can play.

Go Colonials!

The You Can Play Project page about the video can be found here and the GWU release about the video is here.

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An Athlete’s Life in the Closet: One Tar Heel’s Tale

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What follows is the personal testimonial of Stephen Bickford, who was 2004 NSCAA/Adidas National High School Player of the Year, United States U-18 player, and University of North Carolina Forward, all while living the life of a young man in the closet. — Chris

In high school, I was fortunate enough to have been a part of one of the greatest youth teams in the country at the time, the ’86 CASL Elite. As a team we won the NCYSA State Championship every single year from U-14 through U-19 and were a force to be reckoned with on the national stage, winning multiple showcase tournaments all over the country.

From my first touch of a ball at 6 years old, I had a rare gift for an American soccer player. I scored goals…lots of goals. Any time I got the ball in the attacking third of the field I was confident that I was going to put the ball in the back of my opponents net, and I did, hundreds and hundreds of times. Scoring goals was my job, and it was also my favorite thing to do on this earth. Fortunately for me, the team I had playing behind me made my job a whole lot easier than it could have been, and I have to give them credit for getting me the ball as much as they did. One would think that my life couldn’t have been happier: playing for a fantastic team, winning trophies and scoring goals at will. What could I possibly be unhappy about? Well, I knew I was gay.

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New York Red Bulls Fiasco Putting Timbers in an Abyss

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The 3-2 Portland Timbers loss against the New York Red Bulls was heartbreaking but it also does contain some controversy with the referees. Some might say that the second goal should have never happened because the referee blew the whistle early and people did not go after the ball. That is up to debate but regardless of that controversial result the Timbers still lost the game.

What is shocking is how Kris Boyd was never used in the game for the first time this season. That is a complete shocker seeing that Gavin have always put him in the game throughout the entire match. The three people Gavin used were Fucito, Wallace, and Palmer as subs (some might say they are sub par players or better yet not great with the fans I guess) to take out Kimura, Dike, and Songo’o. People lost confidence in the game once people realized the kinds of subs Gavin was putting in. The sad thing is of all people Kenny Coopers sub was a game changer in this game and helped lead some confidence in a NYRB team that were up against a wall after the two goals.

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David Testo Serves as Honorary President of Montreal Pride

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Go David!

He told Canada’s CTV about his coming out:

I wanted to stand up and be a leader and be a role model for the other ones who might be struggling with the same thing…[Montreal] is where I feel the most comfortable. I come from a little place in North Carolina where they don’t have this type of event and community. So for me, it makes sense to be here.

Testo served as the Pride Festival’s honorary president and English-language spokesperson this past weekend.

(More including video from CTV, and David also spoke with the Montreal Gazette)

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