Written by Rudy Madrigal

DC United

With the start of the MLS season just around the corner, I’ve decided to take a look at the top supporter groups that MLS teams have to offer. There is nothing like sitting in one of the supporter sections as the atmosphere is unlike anything else in all of sports. With tifos, flags, banners and chants (among other things), these fans make the stadium atmosphere difficult for opposing teams to play in.

 

DC United-Screaming Eagles/Barra Brava

Both The Screaming Eagles and Barra Brava have been with DC United since it’s inception in 1995 and have grown to over 1,000 members. The Screaming Eagles reside in “The Nest” and “The Aerie” which occupies sections 132, 133, 134 and 139 of RFK Stadium, while Barra Brava take up sections 135 thru 138.

Barra Brava is the first group to use Tifos (see above for an example), which are commonly seen by fans in Europe and South America. They bring the fierce passion of South America and apply it in our nation’s capitol, standing and chanting for the full 90 minutes.

 

Portland Timbers- Timber Army

Formed in 2001/2002, members of the former “Cascade Rangers” and other Timbers supporters joined forces to create the fierce Timber Army. They can be found in section 107, also called “The Woodshed”, of Jeld-Wen Field. Applying the use of banners, scarves, flags, tifos, chants, smoke, flares and assorted instruments, the Timber Army are one of the most passionate and visible supporters sections in the MLS.

 

Seattle Sounders-Emerald City Supporters

One of the largest supporters groups in MLS with more than 3,700 members, Emerald City Supporters were formed in 2005 and continue to grow to this day. Cheering from the General Admission area of Century Link Field, the ECS occupy the top and bottom sections of 121-123. A unique thing about the ECS is that they also act as an “umbrella organization” for smaller subgroups such as 509 Prime and Fog City Faithful, among others.
See final two ranked sections after the jump.

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Written by The 91st

UCSB got the chance to test itself against some MLS competition last week, much like UC Irvine did.

Here are the highlights from those MLS Nights as head coach Tim Vom Steeg talks about the challenge and benefit for his program.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

With David Beckham retiring from MLS it’s only fitting that Landon Donovan has taken over the role of league drama queen: Will he return? Won’t he? When?

Donovan ended the suspense yesterday by announcing that he would be back in March. Here are his overjoyed Galaxy teammates reacting about the same way you do when you watch paint dry, and making excuses for his Ferris Bueller vacation.

 

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Written by The 91st

D.C. United gives us a brief glimpse into their Development Academy club with this profile video, which features the coaching staff as well as MLS player Bill Hamid.

D.C. consistently stays competitive in the Academy while staying true to their objective of overall development – a balance all clubs should be striving to navigate.

The only thing missing from this video was Hamid bursting onscreen and reminding everyone that THEY CAN’T HOLD US BACK!

 

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Written by The 91st

Rogers

US Soccer player Robbie Rogers shocked the sports world Friday by announcing that he is gay and is retiring from soccer.

Rogers revealed the news on his personal blog that can be found HERE. In part, he said:

“I always thought I could hide this secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined… I will always be thankful for my career. I will remember Beijing, The MLS Cup, and most of all my teammates.  I will never forget the friends I have made a long the way and the friends that supported me once they knew my secret. “

Rogers played for Columbus Crew from 2007-2011 before moving abroad, first with Leeds United and then with Stevenage F.C.

He leaves the game at the age of 25

 

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Written by The 91st

Just in case you missed the memo or haven’t been reading our 1v1 interviews, we’re here to tell you that MLS makes its return appearance next month (IN MARCH!) and NBC Sports will be there to cover it.

There are quite a few interesting storylines this season and we’ll get to them in MARCH. Did we mention it all happens in MARCH!?

 

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Written by Trey Messiah

2013 MLS SuperDraft Presented By Adidas

1) No lockout

2) Andrew Farrell

3) New Galaxy

4) GK Wars- S. Johnson and B. Hamid

5) 19 total teams…rivaling other competitive leagues worldwide

1. The MLS will start on time! With the NBA, NFL, and NHL all going through lockout years consecutively…it is a relief if you are a MLS fan that the league will be starting on time.

2. Everyone should be excited for the 1st pick overall Andrew Farrell of the New England Revolution.  His potential is through the roof and with his speed, versatility, and skill he should be a great asset to the league.

3. With a somewhat new Galaxy team, the door is wide open for a new league champion.  David Beckham, 37 has left the club and the MLS.  Fans and more importantly L.A will miss him.  Another MLS all star may not be returning either.  Landon Donovan’s timetable to return with the Galaxy is uncertain.  This might diminish the chances of a 3 peat from L.A.

See the final two after the jump.

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Written by Trey Messiah

I recently asked some of the incoming MLS talent if they had any superstitions before games. Here are their responses followed by our 91st Minute analysis. No charge.

 

Andy Riemer (LA Galaxy): I don’t know if it’s necessarily a superstition, but during the national anthem I try to control my breathing and heart rate and visualize the game … Definitely not a superstition, Andy. I believe controlling your breathing and heart rate is more commonly referred to as, well … breathing.

 

Will Bates (Seattle Sounders): At Virginia I had to always be the last person to walk out of the locker room before a game. As Ricky Bobby used to say: you’re either first, or you’re Will Bates.

 

Andy Rose (Seattle Sounders): Right sock, left sock, right boot, left boot …wet foot, dry foot, low foot, high foot …

 

Fernando Monge (Montreal Impact): Naw, not really. I’ve always wondered about that but never figured out something. I wanted to respond to this, but I couldn’t figure out anything either.


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Written by The 91st

Just call him Mr. Hermann Trophy. Heck, Wikipedia did a day before he’d even won it.

Maryland’s Patrick Mullins put together a season any player would envy then decided rather than take his game to the professional level that he’d come back and do it all over again. The above video is a snapshot of what we saw in 2012 (great Tribe Called Quest soundtrack, btw) and can expect in 2013. Keep an eye out for a few Mullins dance moves (48 seconds) and an insane goal (1:24).

Can he kick it? Yes he can!

 

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Written by Travis Clark

In the wake of December’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Houston Dyanmo President Chris Canetti acted quickly.

The native of nearby Guilford laid the foundation for January 7′s “Soccer Night in Newtown” after chatting with Quinnipiac men’s soccer head coach Eric Da Costa, only a few days after the tragic event in the Northeast. Once it was official, the event quickly gained steam throughout the U.S. Soccer community, culminating as a huge success on Tuesday evening.

More than 40 current MLS players from every team took part in the event, including D.C. United’s Dwayne De Rosario, LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan and New York Red Bulls forward Kenny Cooper, to name a few. Joining them were many of U.S. Soccer’s most famous faces, with Mia Hamm, Alexi Lalas, Tony Meola, Kristine Lilly and Cobi Jones making appearances.

The event lasted more than four hours (estimated attendance of around 1,500 Newtown residents), providing a chance to help the area continue the healing process.

 

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