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It was an interesting night at RFK stadium for a seemingly meaningless friendly between two clubs from different nations, competing for no pre-season trophy, in a nation not traditionally known for its football passions. However, 25,000 people showed up to see Michael Bradley’s AS Roma take on Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side for what would turn out to be a fairly entertaining match.
As to be expected, all eyes were on the only American on the pitch,Michael Bradley, with fans eager to see how he’d match up against Chelsea’s world-class midfield including players such as John Obi Mikel, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Andre Schurrle, Kevin De Bruyne, and Michael Essien. You could tell Bradley was perhaps a bit over-excited, over-doing things on the dribble on multiple occasions. His eagerness to dribble out of danger was a bit comical several times, as he was in fact in space, and only looked silly and out of his depth. However, as a whole, he didn’t put in a terrible performance. His passing was effectual, and he put in a few great tackles to help his side defensively.
Chelsea were the real entertainers on the evening, with several players creating chances in on goal. Fernando Torres was quite lively while on the pitch, almost going in on goal with a clever series of back-heel juggles over the defense. Chelsea’s knew signing, veteran keeper Mark Schwartzer let in an absolute howler of a goal in the first half, as he mis-trapped a pass which then hit the post, only to be finished by Erik Lamela.
A second-half wonder-strike by Frank Lampard and a tap-in by Romelu Lukaku ensured victory for the English side, who were in truth the better performers on the night. After the match, Bradley spoke of the importance of playing in these type of friendlies against quality opponents to prepare for the start of the Serie A campaign. Bradley also mentioned the upcoming international friendlies as a chance for players to get in some last minute match fitness before rejoining their club squads. When I asked Bradley about whether or not he’d be traveling to Bosnia he replied “the players who will be traveling for the friendly should be notified by tomorrow whether or not they’ll be meeting up with the team.”
Having since been named to the squad for the Bosnia match, hopefully Bradley can add some much-needed leadership and experience to a relatively inexperienced USA squad.
At the time I write this, only one new player has signed on as an ally from Sporting Kansas City, yesterday’s team. Let’s turn things around with DC United.
DC United was the first team in Major League Soccer to make a You Can Play video, featuring coach Ben Olsen, current Dynamo defender Mike Chabala, and Chris Pontius. Pontius, Bill Hamid, and Ethan White all signed onto our Allies List last season, as did the recently retired Robbie Russell.
There are plenty of other great guys at DC though, so let’s ask the players below to join the list. We’ll watch the #soccerally hashtag and mentions to our @gay4soccer handle on Twitter.
One year ago today, our friends at the You Can Play Project got started with their groundbreaking video, “The Faceoff,” telling gay athletes that an ability to play is the only thing that matters on the field, ice, or court.
Over the last twelve months, they have produced videos with that message delivered by other professional hockey players, student athletes, and television broadcasters.
They have also produced videos with teams in Major League Soccer: DC United and Toronto FC, featuring Mike Chabala, Darren O’Dea, Richard Eckersley, Stefan Frei, Torsten Frings, Eric Hassli, Milos Kocic, Paul Mariner, Ben Olsen, Chris Pontius, Thomas Rongen, and Luis Silva.
DC and Baltimore area pro sports have been in the LGBT spotlight for the past week, with local legislator Emmett Burns calling on the Ravens to stifle Brendan Ayanbendejo’s support of gay marriage during a season when the issue is in the ballot there. The Vikings’ Chris Kluwe, whose state also has gay marriage on the ballot this fall, penned a scathing piece on Deadspin about Burns’ comments.
But with George Washington University, the Capitals, and DC United all speaking out for LGBT inclusion in sports through You Can Play in the last few weeks, that’s the focus of the Washington Post piece.
The second DC United Night Out will take place on Saturday, September 15 during their game against the New England Revolution.
It will be a big night with a tailgate, Champions Club drink specials, an after party at Nellies, and many more special features during the game.
The local gay paper, The Washington Blade, previewed the event last month.
The DC United You Can Play video with Ben Olsen, Mike Chabala, and Chris Pontius will be a big feature of the evening:
Tickets are available from UnitedNightOut.com.
Thank you to head coach Ben Olsen, midfielder Chris Pontius, defender Mike Chabala and everyone at DC United.
We are united. We are united in pursuit of championships. We are united in our service to the community. We are united in support of all our teammates, coaches, and fans – gay or straight. All that matters to us is your talent, work ethic, and passion. If you can play, you can play.
The team’s announcement of the video is here.
Major League Soccer stars have been leading the way when it comes to professional athletes participating in the campaign, so hope to see all of our DC supporters out this weekend.
Who from DC United will be the next to join Mike Chabala, Justin Braun, Michael Lahoud, Chris Wingert, Brian Dunseth, Mike Boxall, Jordan Harvey, and Jay DeMerit as the next member of the MLS family to pose for the NOH8 Campaign? Bill Hamid? Chris Pontius? Danny Cruz? Maybe someone who isn’t yet an ally on our site like Dwayne De Rosario or even Ben Olsen?
Tweet this post to your favorite players to let them know this is coming up!
We’ve focused on a dozen Major League Soccer Teams this month, and player representation on our Allies list has more than doubled since May 1.
DC United has a pair of players on the list right now. Danny Cruz joined via Twitter early last month. His teammate Josh Wolff participated in making an It Gets Better Video last summer:
Who on the team will join Danny and Josh? Use the list below to help us reach out to them and ask them to be a #soccerally.
Apologies in advance for all of the KCKRS links, but in my opinion they were on fire today.
- DC United has a new set of beanbag animals as a part of their merchandise collection that are a bit creepy and a bit unidentifiable.
- No matter where your loyalties lie, you have to have a lot of respect for Thierry Henry flying to England to spend a brief amount of time with the still-recovering Fabrice Muamba.
- The Shin Guardian is angling to become the Free Coffee Movement as it begins to look at the great coffee roasters of MLS cities.
- Finally, KCKRS shared a video of how Brek Shea achieved his look for FC Dallas’ appearance on the first MLS on NBC Sports Broadcast