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Major League Soccer to End Boy Scouts of America Partnership

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I was stuck in my New Orleans on a stormy Friday afternoon when I first the news. I am now in a Philadelphia hotel room on a sunny afternoon reflecting on the news.

Major League Soccer will not partner with the Boy Scouts of America after the 2012 season.

When the partnership was announced in January, we were upset. The league we love would be working with and sending money to an organization that, as a national policy, wouldn’t have us as members.

To MLS’ credit, the Scouts said the policy was under review, especially after the outcry following the dismissal of out Ohio leader Jennifer Tyrell. There was a potential that the Scouts could do the right thing, and a number of Board members even publicly said they would be in favor of a change.

But last week the Boy Scouts dug in their heels last week and said that they would not enact any changes to their policy following a two-year review. Many expressed outrage, and even Eagle Scout Grant Wahl said that MLS needed to cut their Boy Scout ties:

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This Week on gay4soccer…

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Hey, it’s Chris, the guy usually behind gay4soccer. Tomorrow I’m headed out to New Orleans for a big church youth gathering, and leaving the site in the capable hands of our man in LA, Tommy.

There are a few awesome things coming up this week and next to look out for:

Grant in Seattle will be providing coverage inside the first World Football Challenge match, Seattle vs. Chelsea, which is also Roger Levesque’s final match before retiring from the club.

And all next week I will be in Philadelphia providing complete coverage of the 2012 MLS All Star Game and all of the events surrounding it.

Of course one of those events is our very own party Monday, July 23 at Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street. Come celebrate the All Star Game with the Philadelphia Falcons and come hear a huge announcement from the Philadelphia Union.

Check out the details here.

Have a great week!

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Photos: Chicago Fire Players at Equality Illinois’ First Friday

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Last week we brought you the news of the Chicago Fire partnering with Equality Illinois on a number of events all summer long.

The first event as part of the partnership was a Chicago Fire presence at Equality Illinois’ July First Friday cocktail party on the 6th. Goalkeeper Jay Nolly and defender Dan Gargan, both members of our Allies list, represented the team at the event.

Thank you to Equality Illinois for the photos and we look forward to seeing what Fire players at next week’s pie toss!

Nolly and Gargan with Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov — plus an “I do” tshirt! (Rachel Crosby, Equality Illinois)

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Chivas USA’s Disappointing Form Results in US Open Cup Loss

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Chivas USA’s promising U.S. Open Cup campaign came to a staggering end yesterday in their 4-1 defeat away to the Seattle Sounders.  This match comes after a horrid home draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps over the weekend. The Goats were playing for a spot in the USOC final, something the team has never done before in franchise history. With a good run into the semi, the team had a good chance to vie for the title. However, their unfortunate summer form got the better of them. Not to discredit the play of the Sounders, Chivas USA was unable to find a good rhythm until late in the second half after Seattle had already scored 2 goals.

Both teams started off slow, but the Sounders were able to find their footing and gain possession after about 20 minutes. An Eddie Johnson goal put the Sounders up in the 31st minute after a defensive lapse from the Chivas USA backline. The goal was followed up with a couple more attempts from the Sounders and some terrific saves, yet again, from Dan Kennedy. Chivas USA had ZERO shots on goal in the first half.

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Seattle Sounders Emotional Return to Form: A Discussion

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The Seattle Sounders faced two very important matches this week, meeting up with the Colorado Rapids at Century Link field and Chivas USA at the Starfire training grounds and coming away both times with a much needed win.  The league game on Saturday was particularly special, ending our winless nine game streak and seeing the return of Sounders hero, injured player Steve Zakuani, who’d had his leg broken facing the Rapids a year and a half ago.  Our Sounder-supporting gay4soccer contributors, Grant (@ducki98444) and Tom (@thepickupbear) sat down and talked about that match afterwards.

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Mullan and Zakuani share a hug post-game

What were you feeling before the game?  

(Grant) I was nervous. I mean it’s been 9 matches with no wins. Steve was in the 18. I really didn’t want to lose to the Rapids at home. Our defense has had lots of lapses recently. But I had a lot of optimism about what we could do.

(Tom) I was excited before this one.  I knew the rumors about Zak’s return, but figured Colorado was a risky time for the Sounders to sub him in…I was glued to my twitter feed before the game anyway to get a hint of the 18.

Did the history between the teams color your expectations of the game at all?  

(Grant) Well of course. With any team you’ve played before there are perceptions, expectations, and history. This matchup has become one with lots of emotions due to the idea of thug-ish physical play from the players. My mother would say that there’s a hair of bad blood there, I would say it’s a leg full of bad blood.

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Megan Rapinoe Does an Extensive Q&A with AfterEllen.com

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AfterEllen.com posted an extensive interview with newly-out USA and Sounders star Megan Rapinoe on their site yesterday.

The site touched on a few new interesting parts of her story.

She talks about being a California resident where same-sex marriage is still illegal post-Prop 8 and representing a country she doesn’t have full equality in at the Olympics.

Rapinoe tells her personal coming out story, from her time in college:

It wasn’t until college. I didn’t know I was gay until college. Yeah, I just kind of told my roommates. Once you come out, you keep coming out. It was kind of like that for the whole family. They’ve been really supportive. I think they just love me. I think of course it took them a little time to get used to it. I was in college, so they’re like “You lived your whole life straight and now you’re gay,” but I think they’re used to it and see that I’m really happy and they love and support me.

And there are a lot of great personal tidbits about her likes and dislikes, and of course, the hair. Check it out!

KICKTV Finds Raw, Unedited Footage of Beckham H&M Underwear Commercial

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Because you know a body that looks like that must have some digital airbrushing behind it:

Oh and “Best in MLS” ESPY my left foot.

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Photos and Video: Abby Wambach in ESPN’s Body Issue

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I am still speechless.

The full issue gallery is here, and here is a behind the scenes video of Abby Wambach’s photo shoot:

The magazine hits mailboxes and newsstands starting today, with the great pictures of Wambach after the jump.

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Photos and Video: Carlos Bocanegra in ESPN’s Body Issue

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I am speechless.

The full issue gallery is here, and here is a behind the scenes video of Captain America’s photo shoot:

The magazine hits mailboxes and newsstands starting today, with the great shots of Bocanegra after the jump.

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End of the Road for Spencer: A Turning Point in Timbers Season?

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John Spencer who was the first Major League Soccer coach of the Portland Timbers has been sacked by the Owner Merritt Paulson late yesterday.

In his press conference, Merritt was very emotional throughout because of his good friendship with Sepncer, said that the reasons for the sacking was because of “philosophical differences” between the two men. He stressed that the record of the team was not to blame for this decision. Merritt went on to say that Gavin Wilkinson, current General Manager and former Timbers player and coach, will be the interim coach of the Timbers for the remainder of the season.

They went on to talk about how starting today they are formally searching for a permanent head coach and have 10 names that they are zoning in on. They will announce the decision of a new coach by the end of the 2012 calendar year. During the interview Merritt did say that this decision to sack John Spencer was not “waiving the white flag on the 2012 season” and that they will be able to turn it around and make the playoffs by season’s end. He said in the conference that his goals was to make the playoffs this year and next year be in contention of the MLS Cup. The timing of Spencer being sacked happened to be Sunday night and was finalized at 8am today. read more…

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