25
Aug

Portland Timbers unfurl epic ‘Wizard of Oz’ tifo ahead of Seattle Sounders clash

The Timbers Army is at it again.

As you would expect anytime the Seattle Sounders come to town, the fans in Portland conjured up an epic pre-match tifo to give their rivals a warm welcome to Providence Park for Sunday’s Cascadia Cup match.

This time, they really out-did themselves with a Wizard of Oz-themed tifo. A yellow brick road connected Dorothy holding a can of gasoline on one end, and a burning city of Seattle (appropriately known as the “Emerald City”) on the other. The message “There’s no place like home” hung right above it.

The tifo was absolutely brilliant. Their team? Well, the Sounders left Portland with a convincing 4-2 win over their bitter northwest rivals.

Check the tifo out in action, below:

Image provided by USA Today

19
Aug

Colorado’s Dillon Serna scores cracking volley vs DC United

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Take a bow, Dillon Serna.

The Colorado Rapids youngster is one of the hottest up-and-coming talents in Major League Soccer, and he showed us why on Sunday.

With his side tied 1-1 at DC United, Serna scored this stunning goal from 35 yards out for a 2-1 lead, then celebrated with a textbook back flip to boot:

That’ll do, Dillon. That’ll do.

Actually no it didn’t because the Rapids still lost, but don’t let that little fact ruin the moment. What a hit!

H/T Reddit

17
Aug

Pirlo tricks Singapore wall to score cheeky free kick goal

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Andrea Pirlo has us all hot and bothered over here in the United States after telling reporters recently he is considering a move to Major League Soccer once his contract expires with Juventus in 2016.

As if we aren’t already crushing enough over the man with that beard, the Italy midfielder scored this lovely free kick goal in a friendly vs Singapore on Saturday:

Stop it, Andrea. Just stop it!

H/T Reddit

11
Aug

Clint Dempsey gives child his kit for a couple of handfuls of popcorn

Clint Dempsey played 89 minutes against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday night, and as expected, was a little bit hungry after the match ended. Where could the Seattle Sounders striker find himself some food?

Aha! The small child sitting field-side with the giant bucket of popcorn. Surely he’d want to share with the USA star, right?

Well, there had to be something for the little kid to get in return for his precious popcorn. Clint gratefully obliged:

So Dempsey gets a stomach full of popcorn, and the little boy gets a sweaty, game-worn (and absolutely priceless) jersey. Seems like a fair trade.

But for real Clint, you’re the man.

(H/T SB Nation)

1
Aug

Seattle Sounders goalkeeper flies with the Blue Angels and blacks out

It seems that it’s some sort of odd goalkeeper’s tradition up in Seattle to hitch a ride with the Blue Angels. Back in 2009, Kasey Keller went for a spin in an F-18. Now this week, 42-year-old Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann took the plunge.

So of course, here’s a video of him passing out (don’t worry, he managed to hold onto his cookies):

"You got me!" Yes, Marcus, yes he did. The keeper even told us exactly how much it took to make him black out.

We all knew goalkeepers were just a little bit out of their minds — this just helps prove that theory.

29
Jul

Is New York City FC the best five-a-side team in the Big Apple?

Jacobson (R) becomes NYCFC’s fifth player on the roster. (Image: USA Today)

New York City FC acquired FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobson by trade on Tuesday. The expansion side shipped the modest price of a 2016 third-round draft pick to FCD in exchange for the 28-year-old holding player.

As far as transactions go, this swap warrants little more than a footnote for a team still months away from taking the field. NYCFC’s reaction to the deal, however, is quite a bit more notable. 

In response to the swoop for Jacobson, NYCFC boasted about the strength of its five-man roster to the shock and horror of basketball teams and indoor sides everywhere.

Andrew becomes the second midfielder signed to the club after Frank Lampard made the move form Chelsea last week. Spanish striker David Villa, goalkeeper Josh Saunders, and defender Jeb Brovsky fill the remaining spaces in what must currently be New York’s best five-a-side team.

The statement isn’t as rash as it sounds. Times are tough for both New York basketball teams. Carmelo Anthony stayed with the Knicks this summer, but they are hardly Eastern Conference contenders given the weak supporting cast surrounding him. Brooklyn is paying the luxury tax from now until eternity without any flexibility to reinforce an aging team with little real chance to win the NBA title.

Serious questions quickly emerged. Is Melo a better scoring option than the combined strengths of Frank Lampard and David Villa? Can Jeb Brovsky or Josh Saunders repel Joe Johnson’s threat from deep? Will 

These are the dilemma NYCFC asked us to ponder. The only problem: Jacobson quickly joined Brovsky and Saunders by securing a loan deal to fill the time before training camp. So much for the pickup game at Pier 40 to settle the matter, then.

19
Jul

Seattle Sounders made Xander Bailey’s wish come true and it’s beautiful

Xander Bailey had his Make-A-Wish dream come true in a big way on Saturday — and on his birthday, no less. The 19-year-old from West Virginia has been dealing with cystic fibrosis since he was a baby while also playing soccer for most of his life.

His dream? Meet his favorite soccer player, Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey.

His reality? Not only did Xander meet Dempsey, but he signed a contract with the Sounders, trained with the team and even spoke with the media. The Sounders pulled out all the stops.

But it didn’t stop there. As Seattle geared up for a pre-season friendly against Tottenham Hotspur, Xander was named to their active roster and started against the English club.

Hey, Brad Friedel, maybe give the kid a break and let that one slip through?

Even the fans got involved, creating a banner for their club’s newest signing. 

What an unbelievable few days for Xander and his family. Bravo, Seattle. Bravo.

19
Jul

Diego Valeri scores stunning goal for Portland Timbers

It’s been a tough year for the Portland Timbers. They’ve only won twice at home this season — one of which came last night. 

Portland had to come back after going down a goal early, but fought all the way back, with Diego Valeri sealing it in the 77th with this ridiculous strike.

Wait for the second angle. It gets even better than the first.

Even if the Timbers can’t manage to pull themselves into a playoff spot, this goal will live on highlight reels for quite some time.