For Sounder Oniel Fisher this past weekend was especially memorable: Fisher made his MLS debut against FC Dallas, and met a living soccer legend who happens to be one of his favorite players.
Major League Soccer
Can MLS win the "hearts and minds" of fans near and far? According to some the US is "A Wild West" in terms of branding and support for MLS and world soccer.
Nowadays seeing a player stay with one club for the entirety of their career is rare. In the MLS, two teams lead the pack with what I will call "Career Team Loyalty". (Zach Scott leads them all with 14 years as a Sounder.)
The USA played Switzerland to a 1-1 draw Tuesday. Jozy Altidore demonstrated his mastery of the English language and was abruptly sent to the showers with a red card (he did kick someone too.) Jurgen Klinsmann's explanation of Altidore's red card: "He used some verbal words."
For a second time in a week, the Danish beat the US. This time it was Denmark's U23s getting the better of the US U23s.
The US Beach Soccer National Team advanced to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Beach Championship in El Salvador. The top two teams out of the 16-team tournament advance to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Portugal July 9-19.
The Mail's "Best Forward" list is out and of course Lionel Messi is at the top, but Cristiano Ronaldo at 29? Is Ronaldo on the downward slope towards MLS? Spanish defender Daniel Nadales didn't make the list of top defenders, but he did find a very unique way to defend set pieces.
Many say diving in soccer is ruining the game. What if it was looked at in another, more artistic way?
Everyone knows Didier Drogba, "The 36-year-old striker has won four league titles, seven domestic cups and one Champions League in a career that has so far spanned 17 years. In terms of greatest achievements, though, helping to end his country's civil war is certainly up there."
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