Frank Lampard Reveals He’s Trying to Get Andrea Pirlo Drinking Beer

Frank Lampard has revealed he has been trying to get his New York City FC team-mate and famed wine connoisseur Andrea Pirlo onto a different form of "I always try to get him a nice lager or a beer," Lampard told Shortlist (via the Sun). "He’s quite open to that but he is Mr Italian man, so loves his Italian restaurants, which there are a lot of in New York." The two veteran midfielders have quickly become friends since trading Europe for the United States in 2015, often socialising with their families in the Big Apple. "We spend time together with our other halves, go to dinner, share a glass or two of red wine. He owns a vineyard back in Italy, where he makes his own family wine, so he’s a bit of a connoisseur." [h/t the Sun]Read more MLS news on
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Will Ferrell Talks Los Angeles FC: Chants, Turtlenecks, Stadiums and More

Comedian and actor Will Ferrell appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday to discuss his part-ownership of new Major League Soccer franchise Los Angeles FC.The Anchorman star introduced the audience to his simple but catchy chant for the team, before revealing he wants to help build the club's new stadium and that he hopes to base his ownership style around that of the late New York Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner.LAFC, whose other part-owners include NBA legend Magic Johnson and former MLB star Nomar Garciaparra, hope to take part in MLS in 2018.[YouTube]Read more MLS news on
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Columbus Crew vs. Portland Timbers: Goals and Highlights from 2015 MLS Cup Final

Columbus Crew's MLS Cup final got off to the worst possible start on Sunday, when a moment of indecision from goalkeeper Steve Clark gifted Portland Timbers the lead after just 30 seconds. A howler from Clark and Valeri gives portland the lead in the first minute! — Total MLS (@TotalMLS) December 6, 2015 And things got worse just six minutes later, as Rodney Wallace stooped to head the Timbers two up within the first ten minutes. Milano to Wallace for the 2-0 #Timbers lead over #Crew in this exciting #MLSCup final! — World Soccer Shop (@worldsoccershop) December 6, 2015 But Columbus responded positively, leading goalscorer Kei Kamara turning home to half the deficit: Kwarasey gives Columbus a life line. Kamara pulls one back. 2-1 Timbers. — Total MLS (@TotalMLS) December 6, 2015 Harrison Afful provided the other significant talking point of the first half, earning a yellow card for a heavy-handed foul on Liam Ridgewell. Columbus pushed for an equaliser in the second half, but Portland held on to claim their first ever MLS Cup win. It sparked scenes of jubilation for the Timbers: Euphoria at full-time from @timbersarmy! #RCTID #MLSCup — Major League Soccer (@MLS) December 6, 2015 But was a devastating loss for Columbus—and particularly Kamara—to take: That lonely ...
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Seattle Sounders Fans Get Married in the Stands at Half-Time vs. LA Galaxy

Two fans confirmed their mutual admiration for Seattle Sounders and each other by getting married at half-time during the Sounders' draw with LA Galaxy on Sunday. The couple enjoyed a quick ceremony in the stands before posing with the Supporters' Shield, given to the Major League Soccer team with the best regular season record. 1st Half : Fiancé 2nd Half : Husband Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen (and my new wife, @Bridges_16) — Matt Banks (@MLDBanks) October 5, 2015 Congratulations to the happy couple! [h/t, YouTube: Tom Conquergood]Read more MLS news on
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Exquisite Sebastian Giovinco Chip Finds the Net V Chicago Fire

Sebastian Giovinco was the star again for Toronto on Saturday, as his exquisite outside-of-the-boot chip found the net via the slightest of touches from team-mate Jonathan Osorio.The Italian's moment of magic was the highlight as he helped his side to a 3-2 win over Chicago Fire.Giovinco has been the standout performer in MLS since joining the Reds from Juventus in February.[Twitter: @hashtag_66]Read more MLS news on
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Frank Lampard Scores Trademark Strike to Finish Move Started by Andrea Pirlo

Two of New York City FC's biggest names combined to devastating effect in their 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night.Former Juventus star Andrea Pirlo started the move by sliding in Angelino, whose low cross was met by a trademark late run and finish by Frank Lampard.It was the sort of goal Lampard became synonymous with during his prolific 13-year spell with Chelsea, while Italian football fans will not be at all surprised to witness Pirlo's role in the build up.[Twitter: @NYCFC]Read more MLS news on
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Fans at Toronto FC Game Told to Take Down ‘Refugees Welcome’ Banner

A small group of fans attending Toronto FC's clash with New England Revolution at BMO Field on Sunday were told to take down a banner reading "Refugees Welcome."Fans in Germany, England and Australia have displayed similar banners in recent weeks to show support for the current refugee crisis. Arsenal fans show support for the refugee cause at the Emirates today.— BPL Zone (@BPLZone) September 12, 2015 “In taking this action, I was identifying as a football fan, which is a key part of my life,” explained Ciaran Breen, one of the Toronto fans, via “People in other countries and other football fans have shown us their example and we’re following their lead as sports fans.”“As per both venue and league security policies, banners containing political messaging of any kind are not permitted,” a representative of Toronto FC owners Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) later explained.[h/t]Read more MLS news on
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Didier Drogba Scores Hat-Trick on 1st Start for Montreal Impact

Didier Drogba made a dream start to his Montreal Impact career, scoring a record-breaking hat-trick against Chicago Fire on his first start for his new club. The Chelsea legend looked more than comfortable in the familiar blue of Montreal, exhibiting his trademark strength to give his side a first-half lead before adding two more in the second half to secure a dramatic 4-3 win. The former Ivory Coast international is the first player in the history of MLS to score a hat-trick within his first two appearances in the league. [YouTube: 1 livescore]Read more MLS news on
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New York Red Bulls Score Cheeky Illegal Corner

The New York Red Bulls took the Chicago Fire by surprise Wednesday night to score a cheeky short corner, though the goal shouldn't have counted.The Red Bulls were down 2-1 in the 49th minute, when Lloyd Sam jogged over to take the corner. After touching the ball with his boot a couple of times, he ran off to allow Sacha Kljestan to take over and run the ball directly toward the box before setting up Ronald Zubar to score.Though the linesman recognised Sam's touch, his extra touches should have resulted in the corner being disallowed.It didn't matter much in the end, as Chicago ran out 3-2 winners.[101 Great Goals]Read more MLS news on
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Andrea Pirlo Has Sandwich Created in His Honour by New York Deli

There is perhaps no greater compliment to a New Yorker than to create a sandwich in his or her honour.And it's taken New York City FC midfielder Andrea Pirlo just over a month to have that honour bestowed upon him.New York specialty sandwich shop No. 7 Sub, in conjunction with Howler, has created "The Pirlo" in tribute to the Italian maestro.Naturally, the sandwich contains several typical Mediterranean ingredients, including salami, fried zucchini and mozzarella as well as the slightly random inclusion of pickled blueberries.The only problem? The spelling.No Prilo? No Praty?[h/t Who Ate All The Pies]Read more MLS news on
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