August 24th, 2011
MLS Observations: The Newbies Steal The Spotlight
Had enough of ‘keepers trying to distract penalty takers? Caleb Folan has, and he’s taking measures. Image: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/Daylife.
We never complain about supplying a necessary ego stroke once in a blue moon around Kickette HQ – but today its your turn, passionate-MLS-readers-who-send-e-mails-daily-lobbying-for-the-American-soccer-league-to-get-some-regular-play-around-here!
So…yeah, we’ve devised this feature for today, which is always the first step in getting us commitment-phobes to accept some sense of accountability for our actions. For now, we pinky-promise to think about preparing this kind of coverage every Saturday, and we’ll even use our Statue of Liberty Lady-shaped champagne flutes at breakfast to remind us about keeping our word.
Until then, comments/criticisms and any other type of acceptable feedback should be submitted for us to mull over a bar of Green & Black’s dark chocolate.
With all of Los Angeles buzzing about Robbie Keane signing with the LA Galaxy, one West Coast satellite staffer was fortunate enough to head on over to the Home Depot Center Saturday night to catch all the action in real time (and sneek a peek at Claudine’s debut outfit). The Irishman was in the starting 11 and promptly turned on the skills for the huge crowd that came out to welcome him, complete with cartwheels and somersaults. He gave the Galaxy the lead against the San Jose Earthquakes, scoring in the 21st minute after receiving a sweet assist from Becks. To ensure Keane’s dream debut went as per the plans, the multi-talented Mike Magee sealed the Galaxy’s 2-0 victory by slotting home a second goal in the 90th minute.
Big pimpin’ in the luxury boxes proved to be an especially glorious treat for her, due to the plethora of famous expats who came out for the match. Gordon Ramsey, his family and the Beckham boys all occupied one box, new USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann was in another and Claudine Keane & co. posted up right in between them all.
Image Credit: Reuters.
The Colorado Rapids hosted Chivas USA on Saturday night. Caleb Folan would score the Rapids’ first of two goals in the 13th minute, but Chivas USA would respond with their two new boys, Juan Pablo Angel and Laurent Courtois, both finding the back of the net, thus ending in a 2-2 draw.
The Seattle Sounders scooped up a win away at FC Dallas, with Mauro Rosales netting the lone goal in their 1-0 victory. We love it when the Portland Timbers play, mostly because of their goal celebrations. This time they brought the wood and the goals, to Vancouver, where they ended up with a 2-1 victory. Timbers newcomer, Diego Chara, set a record by scoring the fastest goal (in the 2nd minute) in MLS history!
Image via: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer.
We spy, with our little eyes, Stephen McCarthy’s (?) happy trail! Image: Jim Rogash/Getty Images.
New England Revolution’s Stephen McCarthy wasn’t feeling too chipper after his team ended up with a 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls, especially because they were up 2-nil at the half. We appreciate the tummy flash though. Down in Kansas City, Kei Kamara’s goal in the 20th minute secured Sporting KC’s 1-nil victory over D.C. United. On a more important note, we’re now obsessed with Sporting KC’s Chance Myers (left)and his magical angel hair.
Image via: G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images.
Were there any highs or lows from MLS soccer that we missed? Pics that are worth writing home about? Now’s your chance American gals and guys!
We mustn’t forget to give a huge thanks to the fabulous Jaime and everyone at the LA Galaxy for the hospitality! Cheers for taking great care of our gal x