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MLS All Stars Talk About “Don’t Cross the Line”

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MLS All Stars press conferenceThis week is something of an anniversary for Major League Soccer’s “Don’t Cross the Line” campaign, and the MLS All Stars spoke while in Kansas City about its importance.

The campaign’s first video was produced with the 2012 All Stars while in Philadelphia and it premiered later in the season. This season started off with a new video, and the message prominently appears throughout Kansas City, at the press conference, at fan events, and at the game itself tonight.

Portland’s Will Johnson, Kansas City’s Graham Zusi, Chicago’s Mike Magee, and Kansas City Coach Peter Vermes all spoke about why “Don’t Cross the Line” is such an important message to them and to the league:

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Headline MLS All Star Game Week

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Macklemore Ryan Lewis MLS All StarBreakout stars Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will be headlining festivities in Kansas City’s Power and Light District for the MLS All Star Game later this month.

The socially conscious hip hop artists have already been given the BET Award for Best Group and their chart topping hit “Thrift Shop” won the Billboard Music Award for Rap Song of the Year.

Macklemore has been an outspoken supporter of the LGBT community. The Seattle native recorded his song “Same Love” during the campaign for Washington state’s Referendum 74, that allowed same sex marriage after it was passed last November. “Same Love” was also featured in YouTube’s Pride Month video along with a woman proposing marriage to her partner at a Macklemore show.

Macklemore also is the first recording artist to make a video for the You Can Play Project supporting LGBT athletes, and in his video, performers.


If you’re not in Kansas City, the event will also be streamed at MLSSoccer.com.

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“Don’t Cross the Line” to Feature at MLS All Star Game

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Major League Soccer announced today that their All Star Game opponents AS Roma will be picking up the mantle of the “Don’t Cross the Line” campaign, and that the initiative will be featured heavily in Kansas City at the end of the month.

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Don’t Cross the Line kicked off with an anti-discrimination video produced at last year’s All Star Game in Philadelphia. Roma will produce a public service announcement of their own under the theme, taking a lead in Serie A on the issue. ”We are proud to take a part in the ‘Don’t Cross the Line’ program alongside Major League Soccer. AS Roma will always be committed to campaigns whose objectives are to reach out to the world of sport on social themes such as the fight against racism and any form of discrimination,” AS Roma President James Pallotta told MLSSoccer.com.

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Ally Chris Wondolowski Stars in Premiere of NBC Sports’ “MLS 36″

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Stay tuned Sunday after NBC Sports Network’s broadcast of Dallas vs. Portland for the premiere of their latest behind the scenes show MLS 36.

The latest in the “36″ series of shows, the program follows a player for the 36 hours prior to a critical performance. Indy Car and NHL have been previously featured in the series.

The MLS 36 series kicks off with San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski in the run up to July’s MLS All Star Game victory over Chelsea FC:

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MLS Video: All Star 360

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The final word on the 2012 Major League Soccer All Star Game may very well be the league’s excellent video, a great mix of highlights and unique behind-the-scenes footage:

Thanks to everyone who was part of our party, to all who work so hard to put the week on, and to everyone I met who made the experience so memorable.

 

Photos from the 2012 MLS All Star Game

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We’re wrapping up MLS All Star Game coverage today, first with my favorite photos from the game and afterward.

Pregame fireworks and an MLS highlights video pump up the crowd:

Banners representing the nineteen Major League Soccer teams are unfurled while the crowd does the first of two card stunts:

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Photos: Castrol USA Media Cup Wednesday

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It was a great deal of fun to be a part of the Castrol USA Media Cup ahead of the 2012 MLS All Star Game.

I had gone mainly to spectate and cheer on friends, but was quickly recruited to be a referee for matches, along with an intern from the University of Pennsylvania.

Among the matches I oversaw was the final between team Green and team Yellow, a rematch from the first round of play when Yellow shut out Green.

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Soccer Allies Lead MLS All Stars to Victory Over Chelsea FC

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A trio of goals from players who are all soccer allies led the Major League Soccer All Stars to victory over Chelsea FC in Chester, PA last night.

With background accompaniment of a raucous River End, the game started off with a good deal of pressure from Chelsea, with the All Stars making a few good runs that just didn’t end well. Ally Chris Wondolowski, however, was able to convert a so-so pass into the first goal of the night in the 21st minute of the match. Minutes later a midfield collision between Aurélien Collin and Michael Essien led to medical attention for Collin, a brief return to the game, then his eventual substitution with hometown captain and ally Carlos Valdes.

Before that could happen though, Chelsea captain John Terry evened the scoring with a header assisted by Frank Lampard. The half rounded out with a very nice shot from Tierry Henry after service from David Beckham and Landon Donovan in the 42nd minute, some of the biggest players on the field working very well together.

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Photos: MLS All Star Game Press Conference

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Just a block from where the Declaration of Independence was adopted, members of the 2012 MLS All Star Team and Chelsea FC met to face reporters ahead of tonight’s match.

If bringing an English team together with the All Stars of America’s league so close to the site of where our independence from England was forged was a bit of intentional irony, bravo Major League Soccer staffers.

The giant MLS All Star soccer ball sat atop the Independence Visitors Center as part of its latest stop around the city of Philadelphia.

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Photos: gay4soccer Night in Philadelphia

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Thank you so much to everyone who came out last night for our first party! Hopefully many, many more to come.

A few special thanks:

To Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar for being such great hosts.

To Magners Cider for sponsoring the event and having great cider tastings.

To the Philadelphia Falcons and Sons of Ben for spreading the word and coming out to celebrate.

Finally, to Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman for taking time out of their busy All Star Game schedules to join us.

Now, on to the photos!

A great crowd out at Tabu

Philadelphia Falcons members and supporters hanging out

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