Gratuitous Sporting Kansas City Shirtless Post

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Anyone else having a slow day before the holiday weekend? Well here’s a video of Sporting Kansas City’s Dom Dwyer and Soony Saad.

Shirtless.

In slow motion.

With sexy music playing in the background.

Created by the YouTube Channel of The Distrubutor Network, presumably to mark Dom Dwyer’s return to Sporting after being on loan to Orlando City SC and reuniting one of Major League Soccer’s great bromances.

Chicago Fire Pride Night

Chicago Fire Rocks the Chicago Pride Parade

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Major League Soccer was well represented at Pride celebrations across the country this past weekend, including the Chicago Fire participating in their city’s annual parade.

Midfielder Brendan King and defender Gonzalo Segares (who was just named the MLS Works Humanitarian of the Month for June) rode the Pepsi float along with mascot Sparky. Members of the Chicago Fire staff and Section 8 supporters group also marched along with the float.

Chicago Fire Pride Parade

You can check out the Fire’s full Storify of great pictures from the parade at their website.

The Fire also used the parade as an opportunity to let the community know about their next LGBT Pride Night coming up on September 28 against the Montreal Impact:

Chicago Fire Pride Night

Two More Colleges Sign On With You Can Play

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UC Berkeley and the Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute have joined the many American colleges who have made videos for the You Can Play Project.

Men’s Soccer head coach Kevin Grimes is among the participants in the video from UC Berkeley, spreading the message that athletes are welcome at Cal solely on the basis of ability, regardless of sexual orientation.

Cal alumni who stand with us as allies include Houston’s Calen Carr, Toronto’s Stefan Frei (who was in that team’s YCP video), Dallas’ Andrew Jacobson, New England’s A.J. Soares, and Toronto’s Andrew Wiedeman.
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Chicago Fire Sparky Pride

American Soccer Gears Up for Pride Weekend

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Coinciding with the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots that ushered in the modern gay rights movement, the final weekend of June is filled with the biggest pride celebrations across the country. Soccer teams and fans across America will be a part of it in the biggest ways ever over the next few days.

Chicago Fire Sparky PrideThe Chicago Fire are partnering with team sponsors Pepsi for a float in their city’s Sunday parade along with other team sponsors like Quaker. Defender Gonzalo Segares and midfielder Brendan King will be on the float in addition to team mascot Sparky. Section 8 supporters group members as will Fire staffers who will be tossing Fire swag to the crowd.

The Fire also used this Pride Week in Chicago to announce this year’s LGBT Pride Night at Toyota Park, which will take place September 28 against the Montreal Impact. Once again, a portion of ticket sales will be going toward Equality Illinois’ work.

It’s the first Seattle Pride weekend in awhile with a weekend off for the Seattle Sounders, and supporters group Gorilla FC is taking advantage of the week off by making an appearance at the Sunday parade. Gorilla FC likens themselves to other socially progressive supporters like those of Germany’s FC Saint Pauli who stand up for LGBT and other diverse fans.

Seattle Reign Pride ShirtThe Seattle Reign of the NWSL does have a match this weekend, and they’re making the Saturday match a celebration of pride. It’s also the expected home debut of midfielder Megan Rapinoe after her stint for Lyon in France. The Reign will have a special limited edition t-shirt for sale only at this weekend’s match for the occasion.

And finally, as we’ve noted before, the Houston Dynamo will have a big presence at Pride Houston, running a kids’ activity area with soccer-themed inflatables. The Dynamo Girls will also be in the parade and performing in a pre-parade kickoff show.

Thanks to all of the American soccer teams taking part in this upcoming weekend of pride festivities, and everyone in soccer who has made this a great pride month for our community. Especially with this past week’s historic Supreme Court decisions, it’s going to be an amazing weekend.

San Jose Earthquakes Alan Gordon

San Jose Earthquakes Say “You Can Play”

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The San Jose Earthquakes have become the third team in Major League Soccer to produce a video supporting LGBT athletes for the You Can Play Project.

According to You Can Play founder Patrick Burke, the effort was spearheaded by Alan Gordon who recruited his teammates and got the team’s front office on board. Burke met with the entire San Jose Earthquakes team and academy after Gordon used a gay slur on the field earlier this season.

San Jose Earthquakes Alan GordonAppearing in the video are forward Chris Wondolowski, forward Steven Lenhart, midfielder Shea Salinas, midfielder Sam Cronin, forward Alan Gordon, defender Justin Morrow, defender Steven Beitashour, and defender Jason Hernandez.  (Thanks to Robert Jonas for an assist on identifying all the participants)

DC United and Toronto FC have also made videos for You Can Play, and Chris Wondolowski participated in a video with players from every major Bay Area professional team.

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Houston Dynamo Supporters

Houston Dynamo Welcomes LGBT Fans for Pride in the Park

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The Houston Dynamo honored Pride Houston again this past Saturday with their now-annual Pride in the Park match, this year against Toronto FC.

As I’ve said in a prior post, the Dynamo do a great job putting on this game, but this year the fans really stepped it up with some special displays. One fan Scott Schroder brought balloons that were released after the national anthem. It was really cool to see in the stadium and he captured it on Vine:

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NASL Weekend Roundup – Week 12

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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.”

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Robbie Rogers Gay Youth Cneter

Robbie Rogers Tours LA Gay & Lesbian Youth Center

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Robbie Rogers Gay Youth CneterPart of Robbie Rogers’ visit to the LA Gay & Lesbian Center with the MTV Act blog was a visit to their facilities for youth and to speak with teens.

The rate of homelessness among LGBT teens is disproportionately high (it’s estimated that 40% of youth on the street identify as LGBT), and Roger saw both the housing available for youth in need and a clothes closet available for job interviews. He also took questions from teens at the center, many of them athletes themselves. Youth in crisis is an issue that is very close to my heart, so it’s great to see Rogers reaching out in this way.

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Timbers Army Portland Pride

Timbers Army Marches in Portland Pride Parade

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Last month the Timbers Army did a huge display for the International Day Against Homophobia, and it garnered lots of great attention.

Among those who noticed was Pride Northwest, who invited the TA to participate in this past weekend’s Portland Pride Parade. Naturally, the Timbers Army accepted the invitation and had a great turnout from their membership:

Timbers Army Portland Pride

via Jeremy Wright on the Timbers Army Facebook Page

Amazing work, Timbers Army. Hopefully many more MLS Supporters groups will follow your example and participate in their local Pride observances!

If you want to see many more photographs of the TA at the Portland Pride Parade, you can check out this Army member’s Flikr site.

Chris Wondolowski You Can Play

Chris Wondolowski Stars in Bay Area You Can Play Video

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Chris Wondolowski You Can Play2013 Major League Soccer MVP and US Mens National Team player Chris Wondolowski has joined other Bay Area athletes to star in a video produced by Comcast SportsNet for the You Can Play Project.

Wondo, along with players from the Raiders, 49ers, Sharks, Warriors, Giants, and A’s, share the message that athletes are welcome on their teams no matter their sexual orientation. Every Bay Area major professional team is represented.

The ads are were produced by Comcast SportsNet Bay area along with the You Can Play Project. CSN Bay Area and CSN California both broadcast San Jose Earthquakes games so look for the spots on upcoming broadcasts.

You Can Play Founder Patrick Burke told USA Today: “We absolutely want to take this from the Bay Area to other cities. There’s no reason this shouldn’t go from the Bay Area to L.A., to Toronto, to Boston, to Chicago. There’s no reason it shouldn’t be done in every city.” Other regions for Comcast SportsNet cover the Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo, DC United, New England Revolution, and Philadelphia Union, so here’s to hoping that this is the first of many videos like this to hit the airwaves.

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