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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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Monday Happy Hour: 7 Down, 1 to Go

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Is everyone hanging in there okay? I know I wasn’t quite match fit for a weekend full of MLS, and I’m paying for it now. But there’s one more game to look forward to tonight:

A few more things from some of our allies to share today:

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MLS on NBC Sports Network – The Reviews are In

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This weekend was the premiere of Major League Soccer on the new NBC Sports Network, featuring the New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas.

Arlo White was the main man with the call while Kyle Martino served as analyst from a new field-level spot between the benches.

We got some reviews from the gay4soccer staff:

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The Most Handsome Team in MLS?

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As the MLS season gets underway this weekend, fans everywhere are getting excited to get back into the swing of watching their favorite team battle it out for a spot in the playoffs. Looking at Chivas USA’s preseason record, I’m not sure that I am one of those people. With a 2-7-1 record and a horrid 5-0 loss in the final game to the San Jose Earthquakes just a week before kickoff, it’s pretty hard to really be excited for this season. The final week before the season had been pretty quiet, as it seems the coaching staff was keen to turn this team around in the short time before the season starts in the opener against 2011 MLS Cup Finalists Houston Dynamo.

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Sunday Brunch: March 11, 2012

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The  Sunday Brunch will be a quick roundup of MLS scores from the weekend so far, and a look ahead to what’s coming up next.

  • Vancouver 2 – Montreal 0: In his Whitecaps debute, soccer ally Sebastien Le Toux scored the first goal of the 2012 Season in the Impact’s MLS debut. 

  • Colorado 2 – Columbus 0: Teddy’s favorite player Quincy Amarikwa netted the second goal for Colorado continuing to prove why he deserves a spot in the Rapids’ starting lineup.
  • DC 0 – Kansas City 1: Sporting walks away from RFK with three road points thanks to a stoppage time goal from 2001 Rookie of the Year CJ Sapong’s header off a corner kick. 
  • San Jose 1 – New England 0: 2011 League goal-scoring leader Chris Wondolowski starts the season off right with his first goal.
  • Los Angeles 1 – Salt Lake 3: Edson Buddle scored the first goal in his return to MLS, but a trio of goals from Real Salt Lake broke Los Angeles’ at-home undefeated streak.

The rest of the weekend:

  • Dallas vs. New York: today at 3 PM ET with the debut of MLS coverage on NBC Sports Network
  • Chivas USA vs. Houston: today at 7 PM ET on Galavision
  • Portland vs. Philadelphia: tomorrow at 8:30 PM ET on ESPN2
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Friday Happy Hour: First Kick 2012

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If this tomorrow doesn’t make it a happy hour for you, I don’t know what will.

Have a great MLS-filled weekend and stay tuned here and to our Twitter for weekend updates!

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Anton Hysén – One Year Out

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Today marks the one year anniversary since Swedish pro soccer player Anton Hysén came out publicly to the media.

The first male pro player to come out in 21 years, Hysén remains the only out man to take the field professionally.

Thank you for your courage in this past year Anton, and thank you for being a good friend to gay4soccer. Hopefully our wait won’t be another two decades for the next out man to play the game professionally, and hopefully we will see you or someone else out play in MLS very soon.

Anton Hysén: Gay Person of the Year

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MLS, Meet BCS

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As we head into the season, I’d like to give my fellow fans an interesting piece of food for thought:  The 2012 Supporter’s Shield winner may be undeserving of the title.

A few days ago, mlssoccer.com released their latest round of 2012 Pre-Season Power Rankings and, to little surprise, the same team that topped the list last year is once again on top.  For many years, this meant little: the Power Rankings were nothing but a pundit’s best tool to engage his/her readership, stir up the riff-raff… and not much else.  The rankings held little actual value.

But over the last couple of years, thanks to better coverage and writing by those in the business of doing both, the preseason power rankings have been a fairly good indicator of – if not exact table placement – how the playoff picture would shake out.

But not this year.

While I have no doubt that this year’s power rankings are a fair representation of where the league’s concentration of quality lies, lurking beneath them is a dirty little secret:

Thanks to our “new and improved” schedule, at the end of the regular season, a team may find itself undeserving of its final table spot.  Even the regular-season champion, the Supporter’s Shield winner, may be undeserving of the honor.

Does that sort of problem sound familiar? Just call us the BCS.

And through some (slightly arbitrary) number crunching, I’m about to show you how and why.

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Thursday Happy Hour: Flying Beer and Free Beer

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I know I’m a bit spent after my first night of MLS team action of 2012, and you may be as well, but here are some links for Happy Hour perusal and discussion:

  • Zach (the Ginge) Woosley is a Houston Dynamo fan, and he didn’t like some fan behavior at last night’s LA versus Toronto match.  But he doesn’t want to hear inapt comparisons between what happened there and the Dynamo SG situation. 
  • The Free Beer Movement is a huge fan of the US Women’s National Team, and uses this International Women’s Day to retell a story originally from last summer’s World Cup of how he got to be such a huge fan. 
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