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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.
Supporters groups in Cascadia marked Friday’s International Day Against Homophobia with displays in the stands Saturday in Vancouver and Seattle.
The Vancouver Whitecaps released a new home jersey this week, and it takes a new angle on their first MLS kit from two years ago.
I say angle because it takes the thin stripes of the last edition and tilts them to lineup with the, well, whitecaps of the Vancouver Whitecaps crest. It’s a really nice change and I also like that the color change of the stripes goes from darker at top to lighter at the bottom. The old one had lighter stripes at the top.
I don’t like the collar. The off center color change just bothers me. It doesn’t work and there would have been numerous better ways to include both blues in it.
For good measure, here’s defender and captain Jay DeMerit looking all kinds of fine both in and out of the new kit:
In early May, the NOH8 Campaign made a swing through Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. At their Vancouver stop, Whitecaps defenders and allies Jay DeMerit, Jordan Harvey, and Michael Boxall (now with the Wellington Phoenix) all participated.
The NOH8 Campaign began as a silent protest to Proposition 8 in California, but has continued on since then to stand up for not only marriage, but all human equality.
It’s a great testament to the dedication of these players to the cause of equality that they took the time out of their schedules to be a part of the Vancouver event.
In our last episode, we talked about what musicals best represent the Galaxy, Chivas, Rapids, and Earthquakes. Today, I continue with the Western Conference, featuring the three teams of the Cascadia rivalry.
It’s our last day of recruitment from MLS teams in May for our Allies List and it’s going to be fun going through all the results over the weekend to report back next week.
Our final team is the Vancouver Whitecaps, who also have a half-dozen allies.
Matt Watson and Brad Knighton both joined the list in February, while Sebastien LeToux became a member in March. In addition to signing on via Twitter, Jay DeMerit and Jordan Harvey were joined by teammate Michael Boxall at the NOH8 Campaign photo shoot in Vancouver this month. Thank you all!
Who will be next? Will our MLS recruitment month end with a bang or a whimper? Help reach out to the players below!
Chabala, Lahoud, Braun, Wingert, and Dunseth. These are the American soccer pros who have participated in the NOH8 Campaign prior to this week.
We are immensely proud, happy, and grateful that Vancouver Whitecaps defenders Jay DeMerit, Jordan Harvey, and Michael Boxall all joined them by participating in NOH8 while they were in town this week.
Originally started as a protest to Proposition 8 passing in California, it is now a silent protest working toward LGBT equality in all realms.
NOH8 co-founder Jeff Parshley talked about the project at the shoot Tuesday night:
Thank you Jay, Jordan, and Michael! We look forward to seeing the results!
This weekend the NOH8 Campaign will be hitting up the Major League Soccer cities of Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver!
Born out of the fight against Proposition 8 in California in 2008, the Campaign has photographed tens of thousands of folks from all walks of life standing up for marriage, gender, and human equality.
Portland defender Mike Chabala was the first MLS player to participate in the campaign when he was with Houston in 2010:
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Why is he Janine’s Soccer Valentine? Sadly, I don’t have a soccer Valentine for I’ve had my fan heart broken and I’ll never fan again. (dramatic pose) My tragedy begins in the Inaugural Season of the Philadelphia Union:
An original Zolo, Jordan Harvey was picked-up by the Union in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft and quickly became a fixture on the Union’s back line. His scrappy, reliable play with a total lack of regard for personal safety instantly caught my eye and I became a fan.
My friends joked I was ‘straight’ for Harvey; maybe, as he IS kinda cute…for a boy!! but I was definitely fanning, hard!
It was a good run; he signed some SWAG (he was one of the few NOT wearing white sneakers, phew!) I asked for his Power-Balance Band and he actually threw it to me. (I referred to it as a “Placebo Band”, he laughed.) I made this TIFO starring Harvey for the Pink Cow (I mean Red Bull) match.
Sigh, those were the days but Jordan Harvey was sold to Vancouver on July 7, 2011 for allocation money and it broke my fan heart.
Maybe this Valentine’s Day is time to move on? Maybe it is time to fan again? Who is a scrappy, tough, blue-collar, hardworking player who is also a decent human being off the field?
Of course, he was there all along, Captain Bearfight himself: Danny Califf!! fan
defender, Philadelphia Union
What would their Soccer Valentine Date be? A date with Danny would have to start off with a trip to the tattoo parlor for some ink and stories of locker-room debauchery. Having tattoos myself I know how addicting they are, so I’m sure he has an idea rattling around of something he wants done. Then we’ll change for dinner at Parc Bistro at Rittenhouse Square for classic french food and wine, he’ll need a food layer for the Bearfights to come at our next stop. At the end of the night, when he walks me to the door, I’ll have my brand-new 2012 Califf Jersey ready to be signed. What? That date was expensive, I’m gonna get me some!
Our Philadelphia Union writer Janine is on Twitter at @JerseyJ9
We were on a high for so much of the day since when we announced Vancouver Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit joined our Soccer Allies list. But we hit a low at the end of the day when we saw that one of his newest teammates Lee Nguyen called keeper Brad Knighton a “fagggggggg” on Twitter.
He quickly backed off the original Tweet with a series of “jk” but the fact of the matter remains that the word was used and such language is unacceptable from soccer players who so many young fans look up to and emulate. This is the kind of thing that the English FA fines players thousands of pounds for doing.