Posts tagged #soccerally
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.
In almost two weeks we have gained 27 members of our Allies List, and we hit the midway point of our month with the New York Red Bulls.
Four current Red Bulls players joined the list at this time last year: Connor Lade, Dax McCarty, Heath Pearce, and Jonny Steele. Let’s add to the list today by asking their teammates below to join. If they tweet at @gay4soccer or use the #soccerally hashtag we’ll see their replies. Also, with action in so many leagues this weekend, ask your favorite players in person when you can.
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.
Sporting Kansas City was the biggest success last year during our May ally recruitment drive. Could today be another boon as we ask players to join?
Last year was great, but players leave a team for a number of reasons. Sporting only has three allies remaining who all joined during last year’s push: Kevin Ellis, Jon Kempin, and Jimmy Nielsen.
Last year six Sporting players joined, more than any day yet this year. Help match that number this year by helping reach out to the players below. We’ll check our @gay4soccer handle and #soccerally hashtag for responses. And with matches tonight, don’t forget to also ask players in person when you can.
With 17 new players signing on, last week was an amazing start to our team by team recruitment drive for our Allies List. Can the LA Galaxy keep up the pace?
The Galaxy have a trio of players on the list right now with Colin Clark and A.J. DeLaGarza both signing on at this time of year. DeLaGarza and Omar Gonzalez both also work with Athlete Ally through its Ambassadors program.
How many players from the team who has welcomed Robbie Rogers to their practice field will join them? Help us by asking the players on the list below. We’ll keep an eye on our @gay4soccer handle and #soccerally hashtag for replies. You can also sign on as a fan by signing onto our statement of support on our Fan Allies page.
We wrap up the first week of our may ally recruitment with another team with a pair already on the list, FC Dallas.
Goalkeeper Chris Seitz joined the list last year, but the college teammate of Robbie Rogers also joined Athlete Ally as an ambassador earlier this year. We added Eric Hassli to the list after his participation with many players from Toronto FC in the You Can Play Project last season.
Who will join this pair? Help us in asking the players to join the Allies List by tweeting us at @gay4soccer or using the #soccerallly hashtag. There are plenty of MLS, NWSL, NASL, and USL matches this weekend as well so if you’re in a spot where you may meet a player you can also make an in-person ask.
Last season the Fire had players appear at a cocktail hour put on by an LGBT rights organization and staffers pied in the face for the cause. But current players Dilly Duka and Paolo Tornaghi both signed on as allies at this same time last year.
Let’s add some players from this team that has shown great support in the past. Use the list below to ask players to join; we’ll keep an eye on our @gay4soccer Twitter handle and #soccerally hashtag for their replies. And if you’re a Fire fan–or fan of any team–and want to sign on you can do that here.
Today we are happy to share that the American Outlaws, supporters of the United States National Soccer Team, are signing on as allies with gay4soccer.
From Outlaws co-founder and Vice President Justin Brunken:
The American Outlaws are a UNITED group of U.S. Soccer fans not discriminating by any means, including sexual orientation. Anyone can and should be able to watch U.S. Soccer games with other fans just as passionate, despite their different backgrounds or preferences. Unite and Strengthen
With 80 chapters and thousands of members, the Outlaws are by far the largest group of supporters now standing as LGBT allies. It comes at a time when Robbie Rogers–who scored the first US goal under Jurgen Klinsmann in a match against Mexico–is contemplating a return the game, so it’s great to see that if he returns to the field wearing red, white, and blue, so many fans will have his back.
CARSON (g4s) — Much of the media’s attention this week has been focused on the impending departure of LA Galaxy’s David Beckham and possible retirement/departure of his teammate and captain, Landon Donovan. Lost in that discuss is the uncertain future of another MLS and US National Team mainstay (and gay4soccer #soccerally), Houston Dynamo’s Brian Ching.
Ching took time out of his practice session yesterday to talk about his health, his career plans and ending his career where he “always wanted to be.”
“The little hiccup with Montreal is over and in the past,” said Ching, downplaying the drama that started the season when Dynamo played fast and loose with the expansion draft rules, leaving Ching off of its protected list secure in the assumption that Montreal would pass him over. What resulted was just short of a hostage situation, with Montreal insisting on playing their new target forward and Houston scrambling to recover a man whose play and fan appeal cemented the team’s reputation with locals when Dynamo relocated (and rebranded) from San Jose nearly seven years ago.
Fortunately for Ching, Houston and Montreal came to a trade compromise and Ching returned to Houston, putting in a solid campaign for his side. Plagued by knee problems throughout his career, Ching played in 30 league matches this year — starting only 13 of them — while notching five goals and five assists. He acknowledges that it hasn’t been easy.
“I’ve had a lot of injuries over my career,” Ching replied when asked about his physical condition. “To be honest, sometimes I needed a little bit of help to get through games.”
Whether Ching decides to end his playing days after tomorrow’s MLS Cup final, he intends to repay Houston’s loyalty to him in another capacity – plans he says have already been discussed with his team’s front office.
“I definitely want to be a part of of the organization. I’ve sat down and talked with [Houston Pres of Business Operations] Chris Canetti and they’re going to make room form me. As far as what that is yet, we’ll wait and see.”
So if you want to stack the MLS All Stars with LGBT-supportive players, here are some suggestions as to who to vote for:
Joe Cannon (VAN), Bill Hamid (DC), Dan Kennedy (CHV), Zac MacMath, (PHI), Jimmy Nielsen (SKC)
Jay DeMerit (VAN), Chad Marshall (CMB), Heath Pearce (NY), A.J. Soares (NE), Carlos Valdés (PHI)
Lee Nguyen (NE), Chris Pontius (DC)
David Estrada (SEA), Sébastien LeToux (VAN), Chris Wondolowski (SJ)