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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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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