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The latest edition of MLS Insider brings us through Jermaine Jones first moments in New England, with a short detour to learn how he became an American international hero and partied with Paris Hilton, Charlie Sheen and Mike Tyson.
It’s the perfect appetizer to Friday night’s NBCSN telecast of New England and Sporting KC, as the two MLS sides jockey for playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference.
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Cameras follow Jones as he meets with Jay Heaps, Bob Kraft and his teammates, and then through his first press conference as a Revs player. It’s a good watch. Check it out.
Arsenal’s first trip to New York City in a quarter century featured one of the Gunners all-time heroes — perhaps the all-time hero — playing against the London club.
Thierry Henry was a New York Red Bulls player for the New York Cup match against Arsenal, but that did little to quell the love for the French striker from Gooners.
Now MLS Insider takes you inside the ‘friendly’, and includes some vintage Henry moments.
“To play with a team against a team you used to play for is something special. It’s going to be beautiful. It’s going to be great. I’m going to love it.”
Clint Dempsey’s remarkable career and recent turn back to strong form has many an American soccer supporter hopeful of a US Soccer renaissance in Brazil.
And MLS Insider has posted a video featuring loads of “Deuce” highlights, as well as thoughts on Dempsey, 31, from Jurgen Klinsmann, Carlos Bocanegra and Tony Meola amongst a bevy of US Soccer luminaries.
It’s definitely worth a watch, as the MLS Insider films often are:
There is a small town in New Jersey where in the past, soccer stars for the U.S. national team were bred.
Welcome to Kearny.
A town originally made up of Scottish immigrants who arrived in the USA after a thread-mill factory was set up in the 19th century, Kearny is a town adjacent to Newark. There soccer was passed down from generation to generation and it soon became a hotbed for some of the best players in the entire country.
Three of the founding fathers of Major League Soccer, John Harkes, Tony Meola and Tab Ramos, all hail from Kearny and in the latest incredible episode of MLS Insider we look back at the stellar career of former USMNT captain and legend John Harkes and how much Kearny shaped him as a player and person.
Harkes takes you on a tour of the old town alongside his Scottish father as they recall just how unique it was to have three U.S. internationals all grow up together playing the game they love on the streets of Kearny, then appearing in the World Cup finals on home soil in 1994. It was a truly unique situation that may never be replicated again. This inside look at the rich soccer heritage is remarkable, as Harkes hangs out in his local Scots-American bar and reminisces about the past and growing up in a soccer loving community.
Sit back, relax and enjoy listening to Harkes’ story as he went from Kearny to the World Cup, the Premier League to Major League Soccer and is in the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame alongside his buddies Meola and Ramos. Not bad for three kids from Kearny, NJ… right?
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One year on, Atticus Lane-Dupre is healthy, still loves to play soccer and is a huge fan of the Portland Timbers.
Last year Atticus’s story touched the entire soccer community in North America, as he was diagnosed with kidney cancer at the age of eight.
As part of the Make-a-Wish Program, Atticus asked if his teammates could play the Timbers and the Major League Soccer side duly obliged. Playing in front of over 3,000 fans at Providence Park, Atticus’s story touched many across the U.S. as the youngster scored the winning goal against his heroes in front of the Timbers Army.
In the latest edition of MLS Insider, the wonderful production team travel to Portland to revisit Atticus’s story one year on. Fantastic stuff.
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