Thursday Happy Hour: Killing Your Evening With Hours of Video

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So much great soccer-related video out there on the web today and it was a great distraction at work. Here it all is to provide great distractions for your evening.

Kick has their latest episode of No Holden Back, featuring Stu cooking his meals in various states of undress.

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(Photo courtesy of philadelphiaunion.com)

Philadelphia Union Loses, but the New Kits Look Great

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The Philadelphia Union’s 3-1 loss Monday to the Portland Timbers was an extremely disappointing event, to say the least.

There were highs and then there was the last 3rd of the match. As the resonance from our collective facepalm dissipates, we are left to hope that the Union’s individual talent just needs to marinade a little longer. But there is an upside: the 2012 kit. The blue uniforms looked great on TV and Zac MacMath’s muted orange kit wins the evening.

(Photo courtesy of philadelphiaunion.com)

Lime green; seen it. Bright yellow; been there. Light Blue; so last season. Black? Really? Isn’t the point to stand out and draw the eye to you? Nope. Orange. US National Team Goalkeeper Tim Howard’s favorite color, but be sure to avoid distraction so you won’t get in an auto accident, then you’ll have to ‘borange all the way to the stadium’!

What a wonderful addition to last year’s offerings.

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Quincy Amarikwa rips a shot from outside the box to seal the Rapids victory over the Crew. (photo courtesy of Corbin Elliot Photography)

A Q for… I mean a W for the Rapids

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Quincy Amarikwa rips a shot from outside the box to seal the Rapids victory over the Crew. (photo courtesy of Corbin Elliot Photography)

As you probably have read on multiple websites the Rapids won 2-0 against the Columbus Crew. What you may not have read is how beautiful it was to be back to what feels like home. It was MLS First Kick, a day to come back to the stadium grounds and stare at your favorite players as they warm up.

The day began by seeing the wonderful smile of Drew Moor, and the all so handsome Matt Pickens stop warm up tosses, The game of course had its ups and downs, as both teams shook the rust off from a regular off season. What was the highlight of the match though? Seeing my future husband (my g4s Valentine) score a Goal of the Week nominee blast from just outside the box. What seemed like a play that was developing slowly turned into a wonderful finish, topped with his “Dead Fish” celebration.

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Wednesday Happy Hour: Anton Hysén Looks Awesome in a Tux.

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We hope you have been enjoying today’s team updates and preview of tonight’s CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal. Here are some other stories that caught our eye today.

  • Out Swedish footballer Anton Hysén has been revealed as one of the cast members of “Let’s Dance,” their version of “Dancing With the Stars.” Maybe when he’s visiting London this summer he and Hope Solo can hit up a ballroom together. 
  • Jason Davis continues his streak of awesome soccer writing this week with a review of the updated MLS Live service on USSoccerPlayers.com. 
  • David Beckham talks to CNN ahead of tonight’s CCL matchup with Toronto FC. 
  • KCKRS brings us photographs of First Lady Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron, wife of the UK Prime Minister, hanging out with the US Women’s National Team

An Epic Event: gay4soccer Toronto Meets gay4soccer LA

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Our Toronto writer John is in Los Angeles covering the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal for Waking the Red. He gathered together a panel of Los Angeles Galaxy writers, including his gay4soccer associate Tommy, at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles for a CCL match preview

the rest of the historic event after the jump…

 

Andrew Jean-Baptiste: Rookie. Goalscorer. Ally.

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The Portland Timbers’ Andrew Jean-Baptiste, a rookie defender from the University of Connecticut, is one of our soccer allies here on gay4soccer. He wasn’t even supposed to play Monday night because another new signing Hanyer Mosquera was going to start. However, Mosquera couldn’t play because he was in Columbia dealing with his international transfer.

In a sense this was a blessing for people because Jean-Baptiste scored the first goal of the Timbers season.  The Timbers won 3-1 over the Union in their first and last meeting of the season with the Philadelphia Union because of the unbalanced schedule. This puts the Timbers in a tie for first place with Real Salt Lake and the Vancouver Whitecaps. Lets see if this trend can continue; good luck Andrew.

(Picture from the Oregonian)

 

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New Season, New Players, Same Old Red Bulls….

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Well we got the first loss out of the way in Dallas. At least it wasn’t all bad but about a good 80 minutes of it was.

The Good

Ryan Meara looked really good between the sticks for his first ever pro game. It would have been a much bigger disaster if it wasn’t for him we might have drafted another hometown gem here.

Juan Agudelo got a start which proves that Hans Backe is just keeping him grounded while improving his game so we don’t have a repeat of Jozy Altidore (who by the way is killing it in the Netherlands). I don’t know if he will continue to start next to Henry with our other attacking options. Which brings us to….

Kenny Cooper who came off the bench and scored our only goal. I had a good feeling when the trade happened that he will be a great asset and he is already proving this. I think he will be starting next to Henry unless we get Rodgers over here (any girls want to marry him so he can come to the US).

NBC’s production was great, I was at a bar that was packed and loud so I don’t know how the sound/commentary was but it looked really good.

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Tuesday Happy Hour: Soccer Moms & First Kick was the Bomb

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It’s a one-day respite between the excitement of First Kick weekend and the second leg of CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals, and there’s plenty to talk about.

  • We have a double dose of our ally Jason Davis. First, on Run of Play he detests the concept of the “soccer mom” and the effect that the notion has had on our league. 
  • On KCKRS Jason also share’s some awesome new social media video technology appropriately from the San Jose Earthquakes, MLS’ team in Silicon Valley.
  • Ahead of Saint Patrick’s Day this weekend, The Other 87 comes up with an all-Irish starting eleven in their weekly Tuesday XI. 

Join the gay4soccer Writing Team

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As Miss Velma Kelly once said, “I can’t do it alone.”

In its current form, this site has been around just shy of three weeks and it’s only been able to be as good as it has been through the collaboration of a crew of great writers working with me. They’ve provided great posts, great discussion as we worked together to come up with a position on the MLS / Boy Scouts issue, and great camaraderie as we’ve become fast friends.  read more…

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Houston Dynamo Win on the Road and Prepare for New Home

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The Houston Dynamo captured a big win against Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center this weekend. The Dynamo, who made it all the way to the MLS Cup Finals last season, have not won their first game of the season since 2006.

It looked like the Dynamo would walk away scoreless in their first regular season match of 2012 when the game remained scoreless at the end of 90 minutes. It was Andre Hainault who notched the game winner in stoppage time to help the Dynamo walk away with three points. Hainault, who was married last November (boo!), is no stranger to scoring goals. Hainault scored three goals last season, with two of those goals coming in the Dynamo’s post season playoff run.

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