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Soccer Ally May: Columbus Crew

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NYCFC as Major League Soccer’s 20th team may be the news of the day, but we push ahead with the Columbus Crew as our 12th team for ally recruitment.

Last May, four current Crew players signed onto our Allies List. Chad Marshall, Aaron Schoenfeld, Konrad Warzycha, and Josh Williams all responded to fans and us on Twitter to join the cause.

It was great to see Seattle fans get involved yesterday and recruiting players so let’s work together again today. Use the list below to ask players to join by tweeting at us or using the #soccerally hashtag.

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First Pictures from Columbus Crew’s Second Pride Night

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This past Saturday was the second Pride Night put on by the Columbus Crew, making them the first team in Major League Soccer to repeat the event.

The Crew continued the streak of teams winning on their Pride Nights with a 4-3 victory over the New England Revolution. Things looked ominous for Columbus with two early goals from New England, but they were up 3-2 by the half with a brace from Federico Higuaín and a goal from Jairo Arrieta. In the second half Lee Nguyen evened things up with a penalty kick but birthday boy Arrieta scored his second goal late in the game for the 4-3 win.

Several gay4soccer readers shared their Pride Night pictures with us via Twitter Saturday night. If you have any you would like to share, Tweet them to @gay4soccer, or email us at gay4soccer@gmail.com

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Columbus Crew Hosting Pride Night This Month

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Last summer they were the first professional sports team to sponsor a gay tournament, and the second Major League Soccer team to host a Pride Night.

And this month the Columbus Crew are doing it again.

Put on by Columbus’ LGBT community center and monthly publication, the Columbus Crew’s Pride Night will be Saturday, August 25 as they take on the New England Revolution.

Details about the game and tailgate, and information on how to get tickets, is at Stonewall Columbus’ webpage.

 

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More MLS Pride this Past Weekend

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Thanks to everyone who pointed out a few more examples of MLS Pride on the last day of LGBT Pride Month Saturday! Via @KenSeanCrew on Twitter, a Pride Flag in the Nordecke of Columbus Crew Stadium: read more…

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Casting the MLS Musical: Part IV

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Nice moves guys, but not Best Choreography-worthy.

Ten down, nine to go. Today, the Midwest. Or at least, what I call the Midwest from my little Eastern sanctuary. Meaning, Chicago, Columbus, and Kansas City.

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Soccer Ally May: Columbus Crew

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Each weekday in May we’re going to be highlighting the Soccer Allies on each Major League Soccer team, or in the first few cases the lack thereof.

We start things off with the Columbus Crew, who as of yet have no one on the list. They’re first because as a club they’re notable for being America’s first pro sports team to host a tournament for gay teams. Also, they are travelling to Portland this weekend so potentially can be a part of the NOH8 Campaign photo shoot there the night before the game.

So help us get some of The Crew on our list! Use the links below to send messages to all of the players on Twitter, and make sure they Tweet at us or use the #soccerally hash tag. We’ll be keeping an eye on both all day. Also, share the Allies Page with them, so they can see the pledge we’re asking them to agree to.

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Nostalgia Sponsors

There’s an odd undercurrent in MLS, a background noise. There’s nothing insidious about it, just curious. What do I mean?

Historically, MLS sponsors have been weird and, I’d say, obscure for the most part. Every time I introduce friends to watching MLS games I have to field questions like “What the hell is Herbalife/Xango?” or incredulous statements like “Amway? Seriously?” (Fortunately, that particular pyramid scheme is gone). I have to explain that the New York Red Bulls are actually in New Jersey and that Red Bull is the sponsor not so much the team name and that they own several sporting teams. I have to sigh and say, “Yes, Pizza Hut owns the naming rights” or explain how I don’t care who the sponsor is we’re not drinking any beer that looks like urine.

Which is why I kinda like that this season there are a few throwback sponsors, a sort of old-timey commerce. My own Chicago Fire has taken the Wilford Brimley route with their kit sponsor Quaker ; you can’t get much more curmudgeon-y than that. Given the make-over that Quaker is trying to give its mascot, this may be part of a larger scheme to make oats hip to ‘the young people.’ Not to be outdone, Chicago rivals, the Columbus Crew, threw the anachronistic Barbasol on the table as their raise. Barbasol…it’s a product that I didn’t think still existed or only existed in the handful of Ben Franklin five & dime stores that barely continue to exist in far-flung corners of the American Heartland (take note Philadelphia for future sponsorship). But it’s not just kit sponsorship, MLS itself gives its weekly ten performers’ list to Castrol, that motor oil that your dad & grandpa always had half a can of in the garage .

What we have here is a fantasy of masculinity, one that eats heartily, works on machines, and then goes to clean up by shaving ‘like a man.’ I can almost see the sepia super-8 movie reel of a young son looking admiringly at all the things his father is doing. Soccer in America still has to put up with a lot. Most recently, meat-head CEO Dana White gave voice to the mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging masses. So I can see why MLS might be trying to coax this subtle image. I can also see a room full of suits determined to mine the hipster market with its love of retro-kitsch. Whatever it may be, I can chuckle good-naturedly with my new MLS loving friends about it. The fact is, nostalgia is queer and I like it.

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: Jimmy Conrad for 2013 SI Swimsuit Issue!

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Jimmy Conrad has a new YouTube show and he and his guest discuss many things including Alex Morgan in Sports Illustrated this week. Jimmy wonders aloud how he’d look in body paint and Grant has a disturbing suggestion on who should take that fashion step.

More on the Crew’s new sponsor and our new favorite feline after the jump.

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