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This Week in MLS – April 17, 2012


Primary Transfer Window Closes

On Monday, the Primary Transfer Window closed for all MLS clubs. Although MLS clubs will have to wait until the Secondary Transfer Window opens on June 27 to add players who are currently under contract in other leagues around the world, any player who was out of contract while the Primary Window was open may still be signed and added to an MLS roster at any time.


Of the 540 players under contract, nearly 60 percent were born in the United States and Canada, while others are citizens or permanent residents of the League’s two host nations. Those born abroad represent the most diverse group of athletes among any of the top five team sports leagues in the United States with players born in 66 different countries.


CLICK HEREfor the MLS Players by Birthplace Map



League (year)

Total # of Players

Players Born Abroad (percentage born outside U.S.A. & Canada)

Countries Represented

(outside U.S.A. & Canada)

MLB (2011):

1041 total players

262 (25.17%)


NFL (2011):

2021 total players

62 (3.07%)


NBA (2011-2012):

438 total players

80 (18.26%)


NHL (2011-2012):

815 total players

195 (23.92%)



*Courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau



MLS W.O.R.K.S Humanitarian of the Month & Greener Goals

MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian for April: Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler


MLS W.O.R.K.S. and Continental Tire have launched the “How Green Are Your Goals?” campaign as a way to engage MLS fans to participate and support environmentally friendly efforts leading up to Earth Day on April 22. Fans are encouraged to visit the Greener Goals websiteto share stories of how they incorporate green efforts into their everyday lives.



  • Jose Moreno (NE)

  • Brek Shea  (DAL)

  • Chris Pontius (DC)

  • Dax McCarty (NY)

  • David Beckham (LA)


Check it Out

San JoseEarthquakes: A Day at the Beach

Sporting Kansas City: On the Spot


Week 7 National Broadcasts

Saturday, April 21

Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire, 3:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)


Sunday, April 22

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls, 6 p.m. (ESPN2/Deportes)



MLS Week 7 Previews

(Home team listed first; all times Eastern)


Wednesday, April 18

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact, 7:30 p.m.

  • Montreal need to make an Impact:The Impact face their second quick turnaround in three weeks with a visit to RFK Stadium. The team followed a 5-2 loss in New York on March 31 with a 2-1 loss at Real Salt Lake four days later.

  • Corradi, Con Amour:When Bernardo Corradi converted a penalty kick for Montreal in their 2-1 loss at FC Dallas, it was in memoriam. Corradi was friends with Piermario Morosini, who passed away after collapsing during Saturday’s Serie B match in Italy between Livorno and Pescara.

  • DeLeon the New DeRo?Rookie Nick DeLeon collected two assists vs. New England, setting up the tying and winning goals in the 2-1 win. De Leon has two goals and three assists, having played a part in five of United’s seven goals this season.

  • DeRo still contributing:While he has yet to score a goal this season, reigning MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario collected his third assist of the season with an overhead kick from a corner that Maicon Santos nodded home for the opener in New England.


Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Sporting Kansas City, 10 p.m.

  • Undefeated and It Feels So Good:Sporting Kansas City is just the second club to have taken maximum points through six games, after the 1996 Los Angeles Galaxy, who won their first nine games in regulation time. The 1998 Galaxy also started with nine games unbeaten – but won the opener in a shootout (worth one point in the standings).

  • Shutout KC:Sporting Kansas City faced one shot on goal in their 1-0 win against Real Salt Lake – their first in 335 minutes (an MLS record). Goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen has been called upon to make just eight saves in SKC’s first six games.

  • Returning to action:Whitecaps FC return to action after a week off, seeing their MLS-record 426-minute shutout streak to start a season shredded with three goals in 11 minutes by San Jose in a 3-1 loss.


Saturday, April 21

Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire, 3:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

  • Looking for a First:Toronto FC have never won at Toyota Park.

  • TFC’s “W” Woes:Toronto FC’s 0-5-0 start is the worst in club history, and tied for the third-worst in MLS history. The 1999 Kansas City Wizards started 0-7 and in 2001, D.C. United began 0-6-0. United also started 2010 at 0-5-0.

  • Pause gets the applause: Logan Pause was credited with the Fire’s goal in the 1-1 draw vs. Houston, his first goal since 2010. Pause has scored three goals in his 10-year MLS career.

  • The Fire-Dynamo game was the first since the 2000 season that ended before the completion of 90 minutes and ruled an official game. The D.C. - KC game June 10, 2000 was stopped at halftime with the game scoreless, a result that stood.


Columbus Crew vs. Houston Dynamo, 7:30 p.m.

  • Third Goal’s the Charm for Bruin:Second-year striker Will Bruin collected his first goal of the season in Houston’s 1-1 draw in Chicago. The Dynamo’s first two goals this season were scored by a defender (André Hainault) and midfielder (Brad Davis).

  • New Dynamo Low vs. the Crew: The Dynamo have not defeated the Crew since a 2-0 win Aug. 2, 2008. The Crew have won three of the last six meetings, with three draws.

  • Hesmer Likely out:The Crew learned goalkeeper William Hesmer will likely be out for the season after undergoing hip surgery last week. Hesmer has been the first-choice ‘keeper for the Crew for six seasons, the second-longest stretch with a single club among active MLS goalkeepers (behind New England’s Matt Reis).

  • The Crew Is Sailing in Seven:With seven points to start their seven-game season-opening road trip, Columbus have the best record with an extended road trip to open a season is within view. The Columbus Crew took 11 points from their season-opening seven-game road trip to start 1999; the Chicago Fire took 10 points from 10 games in 2006.


Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy, 9 p.m.

  • A Beckham Strike for the Ages:David Beckham’s long-range strike to close out the 3-1 win vs. Portland was his first goal in open play since October 2010. Both of Beckham’s goals last year in league play came directly from set pieces.

  • The 23-Year-Old Shines Again Outside-the-18:Juninho continued his long-range prowess, scoring his first goal of 2012 vs. Portland. Juninho has scored nine goals in his MLS career – eight have come from outside the penalty area.

  • Colorado Rapidly Returns to DSG Park:Colorado return to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park having been shut out in back-to-back games and with three consecutive losses on the road. The Rapids are 2-0-0 in Commerce City.


Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. FC Dallas, 10 p.m.

  • Dallas Dynamite in OT:FC Dallas have won two games in a row, both thanks to late game-winners. Brek Shea’s goal in the 88th minute in the 2-1 win vs. Montréal followed Ugo Ihemelu’s goal deep in stoppage time for the 1-0 win against New England.

  • Perez Pads Stats:Blas Perez contributed his third goal of the season in the win vs. Montréal, and also added his third assist on the season.

  • Le Toux a bastion of strength: Sebastien Le Toux put an end to Vancouver’s 251-minute goal drought with his strike to open the scoring in the 3-1 loss in San Jose. It is the third-longest stretch without a goal in MLS this season.


Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City, 10:30 p.m.

  • KC to Go Three for Three?:Sporting KC won both meetings a year ago in the Timbers’ first MLS campaign, winning 2-1 at Jeld-Wen Field on July 2.

  • While extending their season-opening winning streak to seven games, Sporting Kansas City also lengthened their current shutout streak to 337 minutes – second in MLS this season (behind Vancouver’s 426).

  • Graham the Assist Man:After seeing his five-game streak with an assist come to an end, Graham Zusi collected his sixth assist of the season in the 1-0 win against Real Salt Lake, giving him the MLS lead.

  • Timbers Look to Cut Loss Record:The Timbers have lost a club-record four consecutive matches after their 3-1 defeat by the LA Galaxy last weekend.


San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake, 10:30 p.m.

  • Going for a third:Real won both meetings between the teams last year by shutout, a 1-0 win April 19 in Santa Clara, and a 4-0 win July 23 in Sandy. San Jose last defeated RSL in league play May 30, 2009; Real have won three of the five meetings since, with two draws.

  • Three’s Company:Chris Wondolowski pulled into a tie atop the MLS Golden Boot standings, along with New York Red Bulls teammates Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper, after his goal in the 2-2 draw with New York. Wondolowski has scored in four consecutive games and in 10 of last 11 league contests, dating back to Sept. 24, 2011.

  • Superior-in-Standings Showdown:When Real met Sporting KC, it was just the third time since 2002 (when MLS returned to a two-conference alignment) that two conference leaders with leads of more than three points met in a top-of-the-table clash. D.C. United and FC Dallas met in 2006, and the LA Galaxy and Columbus in 2010, when both led by three points or more.


Chivas USA vs. Philadelphia Union, 10:30 p.m.

  • Chivas, the Vexing Visitor:Chivas USA return to The Home Depot Center after winning for the third time in three matches away from home in their 1-0 triumph at Toronto FC. Chivas is 0-3-0 at home this season.

  • Philly’s First 2012 Win:Union put an end to their four-game winless streak to start the season – six games dating back to the end of last year – with the 1-0 win against Columbus.

  • Union extended their shutout streak to 244 minutes despite missing Danny Califf for a third match this season, after he was scratched following warm ups vs. Columbus.

  • Looking for their first win:Chivas USA have never defeated the Union. Philadelphia has won both encounters at PPL Park, including a 3-2 victory last season; the teams have played to a pair of 1-1 draws at The Home Depot Center.


Sunday, April 22

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls, 6 p.m. (ESPN2/Deportes)

  • D.C. Doubles Up:The match Sunday night will be the second for D.C. in Week 7 as the club faces Montreal on Wednesday.

  • Confident Cooper:Kenny Cooper extended his goal-scoring streak to four games with his goal in the 2-2 draw vs. San Jose, moving into a tie for the MLS Golden Boot with teammate Thierry Henry and San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski. The four-game streak is a new career-long.

  • Henry Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop:Thierry Henry saw his three-game goal-scoring streak (with seven goals in that time) come to an end against San Jose, but still collected his fifth assist of the season.




“This is probably the most unlucky I’ve been in my career. This is mind-boggling sometimes and I can’t believe what just happened today. It’s tough.”

-- Toronto FC’s Ryan Johnson, to the Toronto Star, after his team’s fifth consecutive loss to start the season


"That's three road games and three road wins for us. Obviously in all three of our wins, we haven't put in a dominating performance yet, but we're finding ways to get wins and that is what is important."

-- Chivas USA defender Heath Pearce after the 1-0 win at Toronto FC


 “The header at the end? You know it was offsides, so interestingly enough they really didn’t have a shot on goal.”

-- Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes, to the Kansas City Star, after his team’s 1-0 win against Real Salt Lake when it allowed its first shot on goal in 335 minutes


"It was big all around for us. Big performances from individuals, big performance from the whole team because the character was coming into question in this team.

-- David Beckham, to the Daily Breeze, after the LA Galaxy climbed out of last place in the Western Conference in a 3-1 win against Portland


Sweet Tweets

@ridgemax– April 15

Galavision commentators should throw in a "Flyin' Hawaiian" rather than calling Brian Ching "Big Kahuna" every time. Variety, por favor!


@BrianStraus– April 11

Peter Nowak will coach the MLS All-Stars. Similar to Backe last year, just makes logistical sense to ask the home-team coach to take charge.


@joshuamayers– August 12

Steve Zakuani: "I understand that as much as it affected me, it's also affected (Mullan). It was a sad experience for both of us, I think."


@JeremiahOshan– April 15

For those of you keeping score, MLS attendance up an average of about 1,500 from Wk 6 of last year.