Written by Matthew Spitz | 11 April 2011

Here is a nice, little interview with Tim Howard at an Allstate commercial shoot that may help you get over the Monday blues....

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Written by Matthew Spitz | 10 April 2011

An exciting MLS weekend was highlighted by a questionable penalty kick call in the DC United-LA Galaxy match. The call came in the 89th minute, as Charlie Davies streaked into the box and fell down as Omar Gonzalez's hand barely grazed Davies' chest. Davies then calmly stepped up and chipped the ball right down the center of the net, converting the penalty kick. The goal allowed DC United to tie up the game at 1-1, which ended up being the final result. 

Here is the Davies "flop" followed by his penalty kick goal...

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Here are the match highlights....

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Here is Omar Gonzalez's reaction to the play...
"I put my arm out and he just flopped." 

Davies thought it was a good call, he said....
"I was definitely going to be by him until he threw out his arm and put it right into my chest and knocked me off-balance."

Also, Donovan made this hilarious tweet about the Davies play....
“I got @CharlieDavies9 some gear in case he decides to dive again. Couldn’t find a scuba mask though.”

Side-Note: Landon Donovan did not play because of a knee bruise 

Ok, Davies flopped, but everyone has to calm down. First of all it's part of the game. Second, Davies is just doing whatever he can to win. Is this any different than a wide receiver falling down after a corner back barely touches him to draw a pass interference call or if an NBA player falls to the ground when little contact was made hoping the ref will call a charge. Those are often considered cagey, veteran moves by US fans. If anything as a fan, I want my players to do whatever is in their power to win. If you want to get mad at someone, it's the referee you should be yelling at. It's his responsibility to monitor the game and to make that call. The ref is the one that messed up, not Davies. 

What do you think of the Davies play? Share your comments below...

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Written by Matthew Spitz | 10 April 2011

It was a great weekend for US players, who play in Mexico's Primera Division, as Herculez Gomez netted two goals for Pachuca while Edgar Castillo scored a game tying goal for Puebla in stoppage time. 

Here's a quick breakdown of how US players performed in Mexico.....

Herculez Gomez scored two goals off the bench, playing only 28 minutes in Pachuca's 3-0 win over Chiapas. Meanwhile, Jose Torres started for Pachuca and played 62 minutes.

Pachuca vs. Chiapas Highlights, which include Gomez's two goals....

That second goal by Gomez was filthy; great free kick strike. 

Edgar Castillo also made a great impression off the bench. Castillo came on in the 86th minute and scored a stoppage time game tying goal for Puebla, who tied Toluca 1-1. Castillo collected a loose ball at the top of the 18 and beautifully fired a shot into the lower right corner of the net. 

Here is Castillo's screamer (start at the 1:20 mark)....

Another dirty goal; it's really great to see US players stepping up and scoring big time goals. 

In another match, Jonathan Bornstein came off the bench for Tigres and played 36 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Pumas UNAM on Sunday.   

Also, Sammy Ochoa did not dress for Estudiantes Tecos in their 0-0 draw vs. Queretaro. 

US U-20 player Adrian Ruelas did not dress for Santos Laguna, who tied Monterrey 1-1 on Saturday.  

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Written by Matthew Spitz | 08 April 2011

Jozy Altidore finally found the back of the net, as he opened up the scoring for Bursaspor in a league match vs. Antalyaspor. Altidore did a great job latching on to a cross and heading the ball into the corner of the net. Despite the goal Bursaspor lost the match 3-2 and are now 11 points out of first place.

Here's the highlight of Jozy's goal in supersonic speed....

Nice to see Altidore score a league goal. It's so important for Jozy to build on this goal and to find his goal scoring form. After watching the Argentina and Paraguay friendlies you can tell that there is something missing from his game. The lack of playing time in Villarreal definitely set him back, but he has a great opportunity here in Turkey. 

Alejandro Bedoya also scored a league goal today. Bedoya scored the lone goal for Orebro SK in a 1-0 win over Syrianska FC. In the 61st minute following a corner kick, the ball bounced around the box until Bedoya smashed the ball home on a beautiful volley. The win makes Orebro perfect so far this season, as they have 2 wins in 2 matches played. 

Here is Bedoya's beautiful volley.....

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Written by Matthew Spitz | 08 April 2011

Jay DeMerit of the Vancouver Whitecaps was a guest on the Jared Montz Soccer Podcast and talked about his adjustment to the MLS, his documentary "Rise and Shine", and much more.


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