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VIDEO - Monday MLS Skill Check

"Do you wanna play with fire, scarecrow?" - Dan Patrick

Tags: Major League Soccer, Video

VIDEO - Every Goal From MLS (Week 5)



(Via Kick TV)


Tags: KickTV, Major League Soccer, Video

We’ve Got History: Major League Soccer’s First Goal

Back then they were the "Clash", those jerseys (!), and there was the 35-yard running shootout. Sometimes babies are ugly.

But it's our baby and we love it. 

Major League Soccer's first goal was scored 18 years ago today by none other than one of the infant league's marquee players, Eric Wynalda. The San Jose Clash hosted D.C. United (who would go on to win the first three MLS Cups) at Spartan Stadium. Wynalda's finish was voted the league's inaugural "Goal of the Year".

Watch highlights from ESPN's broadcast of MLS' first match. Wynalda's goal near the end. 

Tags: Major League Soccer, Video, We've Got History

The Best of Both Worlds - Redhook Brewery Company’s Seattle Sounders/ECS Beer “No Equal” Blonde

Ahead of Saturday's always massive Cascadia clash between Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders (2pm CT on NBCSN) we received a package at FBM HQ from Redhook Brewery. 

Inside was their latest edition of "No Equal", the beer created for Emerald City Supporters, the Sounders' largest supporters group. The original version of "No Equal" was an amber, but, just in time for spring, they've released a blonde version of their popular soccer-specific-beer (SSB). 

"No Equal" was the first SSB in the modern American soccer era and, of course, not to be out done by their Pacific Northwest partners the Timbers Army collaborated with Widmer Brothers Brewing to release "Green & Gold" kölsch (and re-released again this season) and a more limited released of "Big Hearts & Brass Balls, a Caleb porter.

There's nothing better about American soccer than a good ol' fashioned rivalry and it only makes it better when two great beer cities also happen to be two great soccer cities as well. 

* All photography featured on this page was taken by the Free Beer Movement and is property of the Free Beer Movement.

Tags: Beer, Major League Soccer, photography, The Best of Both Worlds

The After Bar: USMNT 2 - Mexico 2



Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "A Tale Of Two Halves: Three Thoughts on the USA’s 2-2 draw with Mexico"

Mathew Dole ( - "Three Things: Michael Bradley's role opens up World Cup options for USMNT"

Noah Davis (American Soccer Now) - "The Shape's the Thing: Klinsmann Adopts a 4-4-2"

Mike Prindiville (NBC Sports) - "U.S. Men’s National Team defense remains unsettled after Mexico draw"

Will Parchman (The Shin Guardian) - "USA 2 – Mexico 2: Odes & String Music To Beckerman"

Player Ratings/Grades:

Greg Selzter (

Brian Sciaretta (New York TImes) 

Steve Goff (Washington Post)

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT