Category: MLS

Sprinklers Go On In The Middle Of An MLS Match

You cannot make this stuff up. It could have happened in any league too yet it is only fitting it happens in an MLS game. I feel so bad for that Sporting Kansas City employee though. I’ve made some bad mistakes at my jobs that have made me want to leave work and go crawl in a hole but they all pale in comparison to the monstrous mistake this employee made. In the grand scheme of things it’s an easy fix. However, I would be surprised if this guy/girl still works there. I mean I hope he/she does because we all make mistakes but scapegoats usually get the brunt of the punishment and I could see him/her getting strung up for this honest mistake. If you do lose your job random Sporting Kansas City employee there’s always a writing gig here at The 93rd Minute. We just will make sure not to give you and phone privileges.

h/t Deadspin

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Chris Konopka Swigs A Fans Beer As Game Comes To An End

Always been a big fan of Chris Konopka. That’s partly due to my brother having played soccer with him growing up but also partly because he does cool things like this. Professional sports is serious business as we all know. However, every sport you play you should enjoy yourself no matter if you are getting paid thousands of dollars or playing for free. No harm no foul in this case as the game was ending anyway so I hope he doesn’t get reprimanded because it is actions like these that make MLS so accessible. It shows us fans that they might be professional athletes but they are still regular people who enjoy a beer. I can cheers to that.

No One Ever Said Dempsey was a Rational Man

In arguably one of the dumbest moments of Clint Dempsey’s impressive career, he put his team at an even greater disadvantage than they already were, by grabbing the referee’s notebook, throwing it, picking it up and tearing it to shreds. This all occurred while the ref was giving another Seattle player a red card for an extremely questionable violation. Please watch the video below:

Now, red cards happen, but not three in a game where you are already down a player due to injury. Apparently, this action will not soon be forgotten as it may qualify as “referee assault” which warrants a minimum of a three-month ban. Dempsey has lost his cool before, but not in this way. As a supposed leader of his team, there is no excuse for his actions and never a situation where they are acceptable. The question then becomes, what does this mean for his place in the USMNT if he is not playing club football for three months? Maybe he’ll go on loan to the Premier League or to Mexico? Only time will tell, but this is definitely the most idiotic soccer play you’ll see for a long-time to come.

Club América vs Montreal Impact CCL Highlights

This was quite a heroic effort by the Montreal Impact. It sucks that they conceded a goal in the final few minutes but I bet if you asked them before the game if they would have taken a 1-1 tie heading back to the second leg at their home stadium they would have taken without question. 59,000 screaming fans will surely be enough to propel the Montreal Impact to victory. If they do they will earn the honor of being the first MLS team to win the CONCACAF Champions League.

Behind The Scenes: Montreal Impact Vs. Alajuelense (Video)

From Pro Soccer Talk:

Desperation lead to tension and thrills in an entertaining CONCACAF Champions League semifinal second leg between Montreal and Alajuelense, and the Impact are ecstatic to have made club and national history on Wednesday night.

Frank Klopas’ side is the first Canadian side to make the CCL final, and will look to become the first Major League Soccer team to win the title in CCL era (DC United and the L.A. Galaxy won the CONCACAF

Until MLS clubs start winning the CONCACAF Champions League consistently then they cannot consider themselves close to being even one of the top 7 leagues in the world. However, this is still a big accomplishment and kudos to Montreal Impact for making a great behind the scenes video to commemorate this event. The Montreal Impact have shown a real knack for putting out engaging digital content and I’m glad the fruits of their labor have been rewarded.

Oscar Pareja Gives Caleb Porter Tissue Instead Of A Handshake After Final Whistle

From MLSsoccer.com:

Was that a piece of paper? What kind of paper was it?Those were probably some of the questions you were asking yourself after the final whistle of Saturday night’s Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas match at Providence Park, a 3-1 win for the home side — the first victory for the Timbers and the first loss of the season for FC Dallas.

The customary postgame pleasantries between the two coaches – in this case Portland’s Caleb Porter and FC Dallas manager Oscar Pareja – were anything but typical. The video above shows Pareja’s outstretched arm handing something to Porter, who snatches it and tosses it in the air.

Turns out it was a tissue.

“I walked over to shake his hand and he had a tissue that he put over his nose and tried to hand me a tissue,” Timbers head coach Caleb Porter said in the postgame press conference. “So I thought it was very poor sportsmanship out of him [Pareja]. I never said one word to him the whole game and he obviously wasn’t happy with the loss.But I’ve never had a coach come up and disrespect me like that. So that’s what happened.”

Oscar Pareja should be ashamed. This is such a disappointing display of poor sportsmanship and it is made even worse knowing that young kids were watching this. Coaches and players are supposed to be role models. Everyone makes mistakes but this incident seemed premeditated. Pareja knew what he was doing and he did it anyway. We don’t know what was said on the sidelines between Oscar and Caleb and we may never know. It could very well be that Caleb Porter said some mean things that Oscar took great offense too. However, no matter what was said, the handshake after the game is done to make sure players put aside their differences and interact with their opponent. Anytime a player or coach refuses to honor the tradition he turns his back on sportsmanship. That can’t be tolerated and I hope he gets severely fined for this.

Minnesota United Announced As MLS’s Next Expansion Team

From MLSsoccer.com:

Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday that Minnesota has been awarded an expansion team that will begin play in 2018. The new club will be owned by a Minnesota ownership group led by Dr. Bill McGuire, and the team will play in a new soccer-specific stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

“We are proud to welcome Minnesota to Major League Soccer,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a league statement. “The ownership group’s commitment to soccer and the community, the area’s growing millennial population and the region’s rich tradition of supporting soccer at all levels in Minnesota were key indicators that this was the right market. The passionate soccer fans in Minnesota will soon have a world-class, downtown soccer stadium that will serve as the home for the new MLS team and become a destination for marquee international sports events.”

McGuire, owner of Minnesota United FC of the North American Soccer League, will be joined in the ownership group by a group of investors that is still being finalized but that wil linclude Robert Pohlad, Jim Pohlad, Wendy Carlson Nelson and Glen Taylor. McGuire, a physician, philanthropist and former CEO of UnitedHealth Group, has been actively involved in the Minnesota soccer community since purchasing the Minnesota Stars (now United) in November 2012.

Great news for Minnesota soccer fans and also great news for American soccer fans in general. From what I have seen Minnesota United FC has a passionate fan base and very committed ownership. They seem to understand the landscape of American soccer and it is clear that they have developed a knack for developing and discovering talent as illustrated by Miguel Ibarra being called up to the USMNT. MLS’s Miami decision is looking more suspect by the day but at least they knocked this selection out of the park. Based upon the success of Minnesota United’s bid it will be hard for MLS to stop expanding because there are plenty of NASL teams that have proven themselves worthy of being the next MLS franchise. Hopefully, MLS continues to expand because there are many more “Minnesota United’s” out there and their fans deserve to be supporting a team in American soccer’s first division.