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Soccer Ally May – The Final Numbers

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Soccer AllyAll throughout May we asked Major League Soccer players to sign onto our Allies List. Now that the campaign is wrapped up it’s time to look at the numbers.

Before May: 80 listed allies in MLS.

After May: 135 listed allies in MLS (an increase of 55, or 69% growth!)

Before May: Two teams only had one ally a piece.

After May: The lowest number of allies on any team is four.

Before May: One team had eight allies, the most of any team.

After May: Two teams have eleven allies, two have ten, and four have nine. (Real Salt Lake and the New England Revolution are the teams at the top, if you’re the competitive type. )

Every team added at least one ally, with the LA Galaxy adding the most with six.

Thank you to everyone who helped recruit in May!

Of course we’ll continue asking MLS players and players from other leagues to sign on. We’ll take a break from doing a dedicated push and pick things back up again. Also, if you’re willing to help let us know; we tend to focus on MLS because they curate Twitter lists better than any other league.

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Soccer Ally May: Toronto FC

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May is done, and we wrap up our MLS team-by-team recruitment for our Allies List with another team with seven, Toronto FC.

Toronto made an amazing You Can Play video last year with lots of participants speaking multiple languages in addition to players joining our list in other ways. Their seven are Justin Braun, Richard Eckersley, Logan Emory, Stefan Frei, Darren O’Dea, Ryan Richter, and Luis Silva. Braun also posed for NOH8 with Philadelphia’s Michael Lahoud when both were at Chivas USA.

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Soccer Ally May: Philadelphia Union

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Yesterday we gained our fiftieth new ally for May. Today we continue a week of looking at teams with the most allies before this drive with the Philadelphia Union.

Eight Union players are on the allies list, including one recruited by a fan who asked just a few weeks ago: Danny Cruz, Michael Farfan, Ray Gaddis, Michael Lahoud, Sebastien Le Toux, Zac MacMath, Amobi Okugo, and Carlos Valdes. Michael Lahoud also participated in the NOH8 Campaign, being the first professional athlete to pose for a picture with a teammate.


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Soccer Ally May: Portland Timbers

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Now we head into the final days of May with teams that start with eight allies each and the first is the Portland Timbers.

Portland fans have been great about asking their favorite players to sign on and right now the list has Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Jack Jewsbury, Will Johnson, Miloš Kocić, Rauwshan McKenzie, Ryan Miller, Brent Richards, and Sal Zizzo.


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Soccer Ally May: New England Revolution

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Their supporters had their ally-ship on display this past weekend, and now it’s time to ask New England Revolution players to sign on as well.

Seven players on the Revolution are currently allies: Darrius Barnes, Ryan Guy, Stephen McCarthy, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe, Clyde Simms, and A.J. Soares. In addition to our list, Stephen McCarthy is an Athlete Ally Ambassador and Clyde Simms made an It Gets Better video with DC United.

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Soccer Ally May: Vancouver Whitecaps

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We head north today to recruit Allies List members from our second Cascadia and second Canadian team this month, the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Vancouver defenders Jay DeMerit and Jordan Harvey participated in the NOH8 Campaign when they visited last year and five others joined with us last season: Joe Cannon, Brad Knighton, Alain Rochat, Omar Salgado, and Matt Watson.


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Soccer Ally May: Real Salt Lake

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They’ve been to Utah Pride and participated in the NOH8 Campaign. Today we ask players from Real Salt Lake to become allies with the LGBT community.

Six current Real Salt Lake players are on the Allies List: Rich Balchan, Tony Beltran, Eduardo Fernández, Lovel Palmer, Sebastian Velasquez, and Chris Wingert. Wingert and RSL alumnus Brian Dunseth both took part in Salt Lake’s first-ever NO H8 Campaign photo shoot.

Will another MLS captain join them? How about a US Men’s National team goalkeeper? Help us ask the players who use social media to join the list by tweeting at us or using the hashtag #soccerally.
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Soccer Ally May: Houston Dynamo

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For the rest of the month we’re hitting teams that already have six or more allies, like the Houston Dynamo. Can those at the top add even more?

Houston has one of the first players on our list, Mike Chabala who was the first soccer pro to pose for the NOH8 Campaign and part of the first MLS You Can Play video. Corey Ashe, Calen Carr, Brian Ching, Warren Creavalle, and Alex Dixon all signed onto the list last season.


Let’s get the players to join them. Ask them on Twitter and have them mention us or the #soccerally hashtag to show their support.
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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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Soccer Ally May: Seattle Sounders

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Two weeks down and two to go with over two dozen players added to our Allies List. We begin week three with the Seattle Sounders.

The Sounders currently have three players on the list who all joined when asked at this time last year: David Estrada, Brad Evans, and Eddie Johnson.

As we ask players from our first Cascadia team in this campaign to sign on, who will join them? Help ask players using the list below, and we’ll be both looking out for mentions of us on Twitter and tweets using the #soccerally hashtag.
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