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Long Live the King

As part of the Insider's continuing effort to mix soccer with music, cinema and culture, today we celebrate the 74th anniversary of Elvis Presley's birth by dedicating songs performed by the king of rock 'n' roll to those in our grand sport.

First, special recognition to Scottish defender Steven Pressley, Honduran midfielder Elvis Turcios, Ghana-born and England-based forward Elvis Hammond, former Croatia defender Elvis Brajkovic, English defender Ledley King, Seattle midfielder Stephen King, Jamaican forward Marlon King, former MetroStars forward Sergio Galvan Rey, Benfica forward Jose Reyes and, of course, Pele (O Rei).

Jailhouse Rock
Stephen Gerrard, Liverpool captain and England star, was arrested Monday in connection with an alleged assault at a nightclub.

Devil in Disguise
Marco "El Diablo" Etcheverry entered the coaching ranks last month by accepting the top job with Aucas, a second-division club in Ecuador.

Return to Sender
Brazilian bust Denilson might go down as the biggest marquee flop in MLS history. But considering the amount of money it has invested in a certain Argentine playmaker, D.C. United better see production from a healthy Marcelo Gallardo this season -- or else.

Blue Hawaii
Both the USA men's and women's national teams have forwards from the 50th state: Brian Ching and Natasha Kai.

Any Day Now
D.C. United will have a new stadium.

Hound Dog
How 'bout them Pittsburgh Riverhounds?!

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
The plight of the solo forward in a 4-5-1.

Viva Las Vegas
MLS in the desert? Bad idea. Good riddance to that expansion proposal.

Blue Suede Shoes
Cristiano Ronaldo and John Terry were among the players who began wearing azur boots.

Heartbreak Hotel (Vintage video here)
By losing to Columbus in MLS Cup, the MetroStars/Red Bulls extended their streak without a major championship to 13 seasons.

Suspicious Minds
Columbus accused expansion Seattle of tampering in pursuit of Coach Sigi Schmid. A settlement was reached.

Impossible Dream
D.C. United will have a new stadium.

A Little Less Conversation
The great Nike ad from 2002 with maestro Cantona, Ronaldinho, Davids, Roberto Carlos, Saviola, Ronaldo, Crespo, Totti, Henry, et al.

I welcome your Elvis-inspired soccer references in the comments section. Thankyouverymuch.

By Steve Goff  |  January 8, 2009; 1:54 AM ET
Categories:  Soccer and music  
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I hate Fenty for being a liar. But, I suppose he's only following the example given to him by Bush.

Posted by: redskinsux | January 8, 2009 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Don't cry daddy.
Daddy please dont cry.
Remember you still have me and little tommy
together we'll find a brand new mommy
daddy daddy please laugh again
daddy ride us on your back again
oh, daddy please dont cry.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | January 8, 2009 2:48 AM | Report abuse

That was one awesome ad. Takes me back to waking up really really early to watch the US world cup games and missing a bit of school while at it ;)

Posted by: GoUnited | January 8, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

WOODEN HEART - MLS Refs and the overall need for improvement

GOOD LUCK CHARM - David Beckham's continued (??) campaign in MLS and the beneficial impact he has (??) on the Galaxy

WAY DOWN - The rest of the world's opinion of MLS what with the Beckham-to-Milan story

....and we could go on. Steve, thanks for taking the time to recognize and celebrate the King....and in multiple languages!

Posted by: 22206no1 | January 8, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse


DC United offseason out of playoffs.

Posted by: Ron16 | January 8, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I saw Lopez on one of the signs in the ad...Claudio Lopez???

Posted by: PEddy | January 8, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Teddy Bear - obviously for Benny...

Posted by: jburksva | January 8, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

In the Ghetto....RFK stadium...

Posted by: Reignking | January 8, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Guadalajara...for Chivas, obviously...

Posted by: Reignking | January 8, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

DON'T BE CRUEL - Memo to DCU: Sign Namoff!

MY WAY - Messi's hat trick in the Copa del Rey. (Alternately, and much more broadly, any nominations for the most selfish person or personality in world soccer?)

The King is dead; long live the King!

Posted by: BaltoFan | January 8, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Don't Be Cruel - DC Govt & Fenty
Love Me Tender - The Dema Kovalenko Story
All Shook Up - SJ Earthquakes
Hard Headed Woman - Hope Solo
One Night - DCU USOC Championship
A Fool Such As I - Me hoping for stadium deal

Posted by: boda-united | January 8, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

To Project 2010 and US Soccer Fans:
The Impossible Dream
I Just Can't Help Believing
Steadfast Loyal and True

To the MLS post-Beckam:
Beyond the Bend.

To those great wing players:
Beyond the Cross

To Zinadine Zidane:
Amazing Grace

To RSL's beautiful new Rio Tinto Stadium:
Green Grass of Home
A House that has Everything

To the NYRB players who tested positive:
We're Coming in Loaded

To the Seattle Sounders Fans at the start of a devoted fans journey:
That's when your heartache begins.

To Ronaldo:
Sixteen Tons

To NYRB fans:
So Close Yet So Far

To Christian Ronaldo:
Flip, Flop and Fly

And to Goff and his blog:
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
(in purely a platonic sense).

Posted by: timoteo1 | January 8, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Its Now or Never- DC United Stadium project.

Posted by: miamiAL | January 8, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Goff has left the building!

Posted by: DCUinCT | January 8, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Old Shep - Messing

Posted by: Eric_in_Baltimore | January 8, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

"Stuck on You": How members of the Soccer Insider community feel about El Goffinho.

"Don't Be Cruel": What the Barra Brava are pleading to Adrian Fenty in their hopes for a new stadium.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | January 8, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Add to:

Teddy Bear: Sheringham (of course)

Jailhouse Rock: Joey Barton and pretty much all of his relatives

Suspicious Minds: Jack Warner, Sepp Blatter, Alexi Lalas, Thaksin Shinawatra, all of Brazilian soccer governance, and Carlos Tevez and West Ham.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 8, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Viva Las Vegas?

Hard-Headed Woman -- Soon to be inducted in our local Hall of Fame - Mia Hamm.

...and long the same lines:

Little Sister -- WPS makes it's debut this year

I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine - Rain delays and cancellations at RFK

Are You Lonesome Tonight? -- Song for the intrepid few that watched CCL games in person

O Come All Ye Faithful -- Barra Brava's Holiday anthem

Never Been to Spain -- The Freddy Adu and Cristiano Ronaldo stories....

Song of the Shrimps -- Whatever Happened to Franco Niell?

Too Much Monkey Business -- Thank you, Veron (Also, Cryin' in the Chapel)

Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce -- Welcome Barca!

Impossible Dream -- SSS in Poplar Point?

A Little Less Conversation -- We've got a stadium to build, Mr. Mayor. (Funny, How Time Slips Away)

Have I told You Lately? - SI fans too often unsung serenade. Thanks, Goff. Best post ever.

Posted by: fischy | January 8, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

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