Out Swedish soccer player Anton Hysén has signed with the Myrtle Beach Mutiny of the National Premier Soccer League. Hysén came out exactly three years ago in an interview with Swedish soccer magazine Offside and in this site’s first interview ...Read more
The sanctions against the Dynamo Supporters Groups announced on Monday have been widely speculated about throughout the soccer community. I’d like to take a brief moment to introduce the Dynamo Supporters Groups in an effort to bring more understanding to the debate. The Dynamo have four major Supporters Groups: The Texian Army, El Batallon, La Bateria and Brickwall. Each group is unique, yet they all come together on game days and lead chants throughout the stadium. The sanctions affect all four of these groups.
Many of the chants lead by the Supporters Groups include profanity. Miguel Sada, the same Supporters Group leader that announced the sanctions on Monday, defended those chants and other unsafe practices by stating on his Twitter:
@OrtizKicks Flares, Bombs, Chants are part of Futbol culture, there’s baseball for ppl that like silence, nachos and a good nap.
— Miguel Sada (@miguelsada19) February 28, 2012
For Groups who are attempting to get their exemptions back, Sada’s words come across as unaffected, rude and careless.
Just a quick one today, as our heads have been in the USA vs. Italy game all afternoon. The Whitecaps’ Jay DeMerit continues to be a source of Twitter photo gold as he finally got his paws on the five-pound gummi bear he’s had his eye on the last few weeks:
— Jay DeMerit (@D6MERIT) February 28, 2012
My favorite moment for the Portland Timbers in 2011 had to be the match against Chicago Fire — the home opener in Jeld-Wen Field. That was probably the best moment from start to finish because in the very beginning you had the Timbers Army sing the National Anthem as fans which is almost unheard of. On top of that they won the game as well seeing that was their first win of the season.
Ayla reported Monday on restrictions placed on travelling Houston Dynamo supporters in the wake of incidents of bad behavior on a few occasions during the 2011 season.
We will have more from Ayla and the Houston perspective as she puts some thoughts together from the affected groups.
In the meantime, our LA writer Tommy had his camera at the ready at the end of the 2011 MLS Cup. As the final seconds wound down, he was hoping to capture the final whistle and ensuing celebration as his team became League Champions for the third time.
Bring him the finest muffins and bagels in the land.
A reporter for Northeastern University’s student paper has Tweeted that Chick Fil A will not be coming to their campus. Kudos to Adam and all who campaigned against the fast food chain with ties to anti-gay donations.
Simon Borg has already used up his quota of using “impact” in a headline about Montreal.
Get geared up for USA vs. Italy tomorrow with The Shin Guardian’s preview.
We hope Brian Dunseth remembers his behavior in Phoenix when we’re banging on the window of the FC Dallas Park press box shouting his name this season.
Hi everybody! I’m Ayla, and I am Forever Orange. I have always paid special attention to the Dynamo and I quietly celebrated through our two MLS Cups. I am a born and bred Austinite and in 2008 I moved to Houston with my family.
The Dynamo immediately caught my attention, but I didn’t have very many opportunities to check out games before I moved away to go to college. Fast forward two years and I am back in Houston watching the World Cup religiously. That year Houston played home to the 2010 MLS All-Star Game. The events leading up to the game, lovingly nicknamed “soccer week” in Houston, gave me my first real chance to get up close and personal with the Houston Dynamo. From that week forward I was obsessed. I immediately started going to every game possible, bought season tickets and showed up at just about every Dynamo event there was.
Favorite Soccer Moment from 2011: FC Dallas beats Sporting Kansas City 3-2 with 3 straight comeback goals. That win was almost perfect. We had been down a goal at the half and had gone even deeper in the hole with another Kansas City goal midway through the second. It looked like we were going to experience another disappointing loss when out of nowhere Ugo Ihemelu pulled one back to make it 2-1. Suddenly, I was hoping for a tie. Then, Brek Shea crossed into the box for Maicon Santos to equalise. Suddenly, there was hope. The whole team looked motivated, and surely enough the night was capped with Bobby Warshaw scoring the game winner, which also happened to be his first career goal. It was a wonderful night because Dallas turned what I thought would be a dismal loss into one of the most exciting matches of last year, and it left me feeling proud of them.
For 2012, I’m looking forward to seeing Blas Peréz play up top for us. Super Raton, as he’s known, is a noted goalscorer, and I feel like he’s going to help solve some offensive issues up top that we had last year.
Our FC Dallas writer Justin is on Twitter at @m0gar
Major League Soccer has sent an e-mail to Dynamo supporters groups telling them that as of March 1st Dynamo fans traveling to out of town games will no longer be permitted to bring in items listed as “supporters group exemptions” which include drums, streamers, and other supporters groups staples.
CBS has plenty of bonus footage of our favorite reality show twins Andrew and Elliot from last night’s Amazing Race, with last night’s episode featuring a leg of the race across Argentina:
- This portion of the race didn’t begin well for Andrew and Elliot, who lost their car keys prior to setting off.
- Not only did a window on their bus break causing significant delays, but Andrew also wasn’t feeling well on the ride.
- These issues were a bit of a concern for host Phil Keoghan, and he discussed them with the pair.