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2010 LAMAR HUNT US OPEN CUP SEMIFINALS SET

July 24, 2010

2010 LAMAR HUNT US OPEN CUP SEMIFINALS SET

Seattle Sounders will look to return to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final for the second consecutive year on September 1, when the 2009 defending Champions host Chivas USA in the Semifinals of the 96-year-old tournament.

In fact, there is an opportunity for a repeat final from last season’s tournament as the other bracket holds 2009 runners-up and hosts DC United. The tw0-time Champion (1997-2008) United host the Columbus Crew.  Eliminated in the 3rd Round in last year’s tournament by the Rochester Rhino’s, the Crew won the tournament in 2002 and were beaten in the final by the double-winning Chicago Fire of 1998.

Chivas USA have never advanced this deep into the Open Cup and will have their back’s against the wall in the tight confines of Starfire Sports Complex, where Seattle beat the red-hot LA Galaxy 2-0 in the quarterfinals.

2010 SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE

Match 37            Sept 1 – 7:30pm DC United v Columbus Crew – RFK Stadium, Washington DC

Match 38            Sept 1 – 10:30pm Seattle Sounders v Chivas USA – Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila WA

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SOCCER ON THE BOX – Soccer on US TV This Weekend

July 16, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX – Soccer on US TV This Weekend

There is some serious international flavor on the box this weekend.  European Clubs tuning up for the season by playing MLS teams, Mexican clubs battling MLS teams!

MLS teams against MLS teams!! Where will it all end? (Toronto, in November most likely.)

Don’t forget the U20 Women’s World Cup on ESPNU and ESPN3 to continue the international theme.

Friday, July 16

7:00pm International Friendly – Manchester United v Celtic – ESPN2

Saturday, July 17

10:00am Women’s Soccer – FIFA U-20 World Cup – Ghana v United States – ESPNU

Noon Women’s Soccer – FIFA U-20 World Cup: Switzerland v United States – ESPNU

3:30pm MLS – Philadelphia Union v Toronto FC – MLSDK

4:00pm International Friendly  – San Jose Earthquakes v Tottenham Hotspur – ESPN

7:00pm SuperLiga – Chicago Fire v New England Revolution – TeleFutura

7:30pm MLS – Columbus Crew v New York Red Bull – MLSDK

8:30pm MLS – FC Dallas v Real Salt Lake – MLSDK

9:00pm MLS – Colorado Rapids v Kansas City Wizards – MLSDK

9:30pm SuperLiga – Morelia v UNAM Pumas – TeleFutura

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SOCCER ON THE BOX: SOCCER ON US TV THIS MID-WEEK

July 14, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX: SOCCER ON US TV THIS MID-WEEK

Welcome back to the TV folks. The 2010 SuperLiga kicks off tonight and the Women’s U20 World Cup as well. Every match from the U20 WWC can be seen on ESPN3 but the US matches will be played on ESPNU, stay here for details of the American matches.

MLS Week 16 also kicks off tonight with the Wizards visiting Columbus in a match that will air on the MLS Direct Kick package at 7:30pm Eastern. Friday marks the next phase of the Summer Friendly cornucopia, with Manchester United and Celtic in a match that is NOT being billed as the Tussle in Toronto.

Next Week we will have SuperLiga, Friendlies, CONCACAF Champions Cup and the start of the Major League Soccer stretch drive.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 14

Noon U20 Women’s World Cup – United States v Ghana – ESPNU

7:30pm MLS – Columbus v Kansas City – MLSDK

8:00pm Superliga – New England v UNAM Pumas – TeleFutura

9:30pm Supeliga – Chicago v Morelia – Galavision

Thursday, July 15

8:00pm MLS – DC United v Seattle – ESPN2

8:00pm Superliga – Houston v Pachuca – TeleFutura

10:30pm Chivas USA v Puebla – Galavision

Friday, July 16

7:00pm Manchester United v Celtic (from Rogers Centre, Toronto ON) – ESPN2

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION REGARDING SUPERLIGA TV TIMES

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SUMMER FRIENDLY NEWS, DATES, ROSTERS AND TV TIMES

NEW NIKE AD: PAVING THE WAY

July 7, 2010

NEW NIKE AD: PAVING THE WAY

US OPEN CUP QUARTERFINALS SET

July 5, 2010

2010 US OPEN CUP QUARTERFINALS SET

No Date Match Time Venue
33 July 21 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) at D.C. United (MLS) 7:30 p.m. ET Maryland Soccerplex; Boyds, Md.
34 July 6 Charleston Battery (USL-2) at Columbus Crew (MLS) 7:30 p.m. ET Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
35 July 6 Chivas USA (MLS) at Houston Dynamo (MLS) 8:30 p.m. ET Robertson Stadium; Houston, Texas
36 July 7 Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (MLS) 10 p.m. ET Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

2010 LAMAR HUNT US OPEN CUP BRACKET

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TUESDAY’S SHORT CORNERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEW, NOTES AND RUMORS

June 29, 2010

Something to Cheer About at Eastlands

TUESDAY’S SHORT CORNERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEW, NOTES AND RUMORS

MANCHESTER CITY SPENDING SPREE LOOMING

It is getting increasingly difficult for Manchester City fans to get a handle on all the signings that MAY take place at Eastlands, as there are so many and some contradict each other.

The most recent is the long rumored signing of Yaya Toure as part of a $100 million spending spree that also includes David Silva and Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko.

Toure’s move to City, which will put him on the same club as his brother Kolo, was all but confirmed by the Barcelona website.

“In the case of Toure,” the statement read “[Barcelona director-general Joan] Oliver has recognized an understanding between the club interested in the midfielder, Manchester City, and Barca, but the transfer cannot be made official yet.”

Silva is reported to be joining Toure in the midfield on the blue side of Manchester this season. The Spanish international, currently (more…)

SOCCER ON THE BOX: US WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE

June 29, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX: US WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE

RE-AIRS

ESPN Classic will re-air all 64 matches between 6pm and midnight ET and ESPN and ESPN2 will air the best match of the day on select evenings. Spanish-language Univision family of Networks will re-air matches on Telefutura and Galavision in the evening.

ONLINE /MOBILE OPTIONS

ONLINE: All matches will be available online by ABC/ESPN at ESPN3 and by Univision at futbol.univision.com.

MOBILE: Most matches will be available on ESPN Mobile TV on many mobile carriers.

2010 WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE (US)

Schedule by Date

All Listed Times are KICKOFF TIMES

All Times are Eastern

QUARTERFINALS

Friday, July 2

10:00am ESPN – Netherlands v Brazil (Match 57) Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

2:30pm ESPN – Uruguay v Ghana (Match 58) Soccer City Stadium

Saturday July 3

10:00am ABC – Argentina v Germany (Match 59) Cape Town Stadium

2:30pm ABC – Paraguay v Spain (Match 60) Ellis Park

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MLS NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS and WEEK 13 PREVIEW

June 25, 2010

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER RETURNS TO ACTION – MLS WEEK 13 PREVIEW

Most everyone’s eyes will be on the World Cup this weekend, and rightly so, the sheer weight of match-ups over the next four days is incredible.

Having said that, lets take a look at what we have in store for ourselves this weekend and touch on some of the stories we may have missed while over-indulging in the World Cup Garden of Eden.

PPL PARK OPENS IN PHILADELPHIA THIS SUNDAY
The Philadelphia Union fans will agree with Tom Petty, the waiting is the hardest part, but now the wait is over as Peter Nowak’s boys will christen their new home, PPL Park on Sunday against Seattle Sounders at 5pm ET. The match will be shown on ESPN2 and will see Union attempt to turn around a less than stellar Expansion campaign. Union are dead last in the East having garnered 7 points from 10 matches. Philly fans will be hoping that the League’s newest Soccer Specific gem will provide the inspiration for some points down the stretch.

SACHA KLJESTAN MOVES TO EUROPE
Belgian Champions Anderlicht acquired Chivas USA captain Sacha Kljestan during the World Cup break leaving the Goats, who are in the midst of a five game losing streak, missing some key talent.  Manager Martin Vasquez has brought for Chivas USA midfield standout Paulo Nagamura back into the side with an aim to fill the missing Kljestan’s shoes. Another help for Chivas might come in the form of Venezuelan international
Giancarlo Maldonado who is training with the team.

BLAISE NKUFO IS COMING TO SEATTLE
This deal was done early in the season, but since then we have all had a chance to see Nkufo play for Switzerland in (more…)

WORLD CUP TV RATINGS, WEB TRAFFIC CONTINUE TO IMPRESS

June 25, 2010

WORLD CUP TV RATINGS, WEB TRAFFIC CONTINUE TO IMPRESS

TV numbers in the United States continue to be massive for the World Cup broadcasts on ESPN, ABC and Univision, as well as on the internet.

The United States last minute win over Algeria on Wednesday was viewed by an average of 6.12 million people on ESPN. That is the largest ever audience for a soccer match on the ESPN networks. Combined with the Spanish language numbers from Univision it hits 8.32 million.

Through Wednesday, Univision is averaging 1.98 million viewers a game, up 6 percent from 2006.

Thursday’s Mexico-France game was the Spanish-language network’s most-watched match, with 5.8 million viewers.

5.2 million viewers saw ESPN’s broadcast of the United States-Slovenia game on Friday and the United States-England game June 12 drew 12.9 million viewers on ABC.

The numbers through Wednesday are impressive. 2.6 million viewers on average per game saw the World Cup on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, up from 1.8 million for the 2006 edition of the tournament in Germany.

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VIDEO: DONOVAN’S GOAL CELEBRATED EVERYWHERE

June 24, 2010

VIDEO: DONOVAN’S GOAL CELEBRATED EVERYWHERE

HUGE US TV RATINGS FOR WORLD CUP BROADCASTS

June 15, 2010

HUGE US TV RATINGS FOR WORLD CUP BROADCASTS

Saturdays much hyped World Cup battle between US and England drew the fifth-best rating ever for a World Cup game in the United States, falling behind the 1994 Brazil-Italy Final, the 1994 Brazil-U.S. game and the 2006 Italy-France final and the 1994 Romania-U.S. game.

The match drew higher numbers than all of the Stanley Cup Finals Games, including the impressive Game 6 numbers, which had 8.3 million viewers, the highest in the NHL for 36 years.

Combined with Spanish language Univision’s telecast numbers, the match reaches 17 million, according to Sports Media Watch, and thereby had a large audience than the first four games of the NBA Finals.

The South Africa-Mexico opening game had an audience of 5.3 million on Univision alone, making it the most watched soccer game ever on Univision.

Through the first five matches of the 2010 World Cup, ESPN and ABC averaged 3,427,000 households and 4,937,000 viewers — up 95% and 108% from the 2006 tournament numbers.

ESPN3’s numbers are also astonishing, the broadband network had 73.6 million minutes generated on the site in the tournaments first three days, more than the entire month of June 2009.

2010 US OPEN CUP – FIRST ROUND BEGINS TONIGHT

June 15, 2010

2010 US OPEN CUP – FIRST ROUND BEGINS TONIGHT

The first round of the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup begins tonight with 32 teams in 16 games across 4 time zones..

The 32 teams, made up of teams fro the North American Soccer League, the United Soccer Leagues, the Premier Development League and the USASA and the were divided geographically and the match-ups were determined by a blind draw.

The Second Round of the 95-year-old Tournament will take place next Tuesday, June 22 and pit the winners from the 16 First Round matches with the result that the 8 Second Round winners will meet the 8 Major League Soccer teams in the Third Round.

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US v ENGLAND – IN OTHER WORDS (…AND NUMBERS)

June 14, 2010

US v ENGLAND – IN OTHER WORDS (…AND NUMBERS)

UK PERSPECTIVE

HISTORY INSISTS WINNERS DO NOT APPEAR IN BLAZE OF GLORY (JAMES LAWTON-THE INDEPENDENT)

ENGLAND SHRANK WHEN THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN AIMING HIGH (KEVIN MCCARRA-THE GUARDIAN)

US NEGATES ENGLAND MIDFIELD (JONATHON WILSON-SI.COM)

NORTH AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE

USA 1, ENGLAND 1 – POST GAME THOUGHTS (GRANT WAHL-SI.COM)

WHAT WE LEARNED FROM ENGLAND-USA (JEFF CARLISLE-SOCCERNET.COM)

WC: ENGLAND 1 – USA 1 (USSOCCERPLAYERS.COM)

US REBOUND AGAINST ENGLAND AFTER EARLY SETBACK TO EARN DRAW (STEVE DAVIS-SI.COM)

DEMPSEY, DEFENSE INSPIRE US TO DRAW WITH ENGLAND (BRIAN STRAUS-FANHOUSE)

HOWARD, CHERUNDOLO HELP US RIGHT SHIP, FORGE TIE WITH ENGLAND (STEVE DAVIS-SI.COM)

‘RESILIENT’ US TEAM AGAIN FINDS A WAY TO RALLY (KELLY WHITESIDE-USA TODAY)

US GOT LUCKY AGAINST ENGLAND; IT MUST BE BETTER AGAINST SLOVENIA IN MUST WIN (JOHN SMALLWOOD-PHILLY.COM)

TIME FOR USA TO CAPITALIZE ON GIFT (JAY MARIOTTI-FANHOUSE)

REACTIONS TO US-ENGLAND (DREW EPPERLY-WVHOOLIGAN)

GROUP C NEWS

FIVE THINGS FROM GROUP C (J HUTCHERSON-USSOCCERPLAYERS.COM)

WORLD CUP FOOTBALL BUSINESS

FOR USA’S WORLD CUP OPENER, ESPN WENT BRITISH WITH MARTIN TYLER (MICHAEL HIESTAND-USA TODAY)

LOTS OF PEOPLE SATURDAY WERE WATCHING USA v ENGLAND (JOSHUA MAYER-SEATTLE TIMES)

USA-ENGLAND DRAWS RECORD CROWD FOR ABC (ANTHONY CRUPI-MEDIA WEEK)

WORLD CUP 2010: ORGANIZERS WILL NOT BAN VUVUZELAS (BBC)

VUVUZELA: LONG LIVE THE HORN, DESPITE EUROPEAN SCORN (KEVIN BLACKISTONE-FANHOUSE)

AMERICAN FANS TAKE THE WORLD CUP PUBLIC (CLEMEMTE LISI-USSOCCERPLAYERS.COM)

2010 WORLD CUP – USA 1-1 ENGLAND HIGHLIGHTS (SORT OF…)

June 14, 2010

2010 WORLD CUP – USA 1-1 ENGLAND HIGHLIGHTS (SORT OF…)

2010 WORLD CUP: ENGLAND v UNITED STATES – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

June 11, 2010

2010 WORLD CUP: ENGLAND v UNITED STATES – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

BEST FINISH

England – Champions (1966)

United States – 3rd (1950)

UNITED STATES

The United States, like South Korea, Japan and Mexico are teams that are better than most in the World except maybe the top 15. The States have a solid starting XI and good subs, and even have a bit of a style and tactical acumen. None of these attributes, as any longtime fan of the United States will tell you, were present 20 years ago.

The States even have gifted individual talent in the wonderful vision of Landon Donovan, the grit of Clint Dempsey, the sheer power and finesse of Jozy Altidore and the raw speed that is present amongst so many of the forwards in the US side.

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SACHA KLJESTAN TO JOIN ANDERLECHT

June 10, 2010

SACHA KLJESTAN TO JOIN ANDERLECHT

United States and Chivas USA Midfielder Sacha Kljestan has completed a move to Belgian side Anderlecht.

The Chivas USA captain, who is the club’s all-time leader in assists and matches played, completed the transfer to the Belgian First Division champion on Thursday.

Kljestan, who had a brief loan spell with Celtic in 2009, will join an Anderlecht team that won the 2009-10 Belgian Jupiler League and qualifies for the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

“I’m very excited and proud to be joining a club like Anderlecht,” Kljestan said, “and I wouldn’t be there to sign with them today if I hadn’t been for Chivas USA.

“I’m ready to take this exciting step in my career.”

Kljestan will join his new team when the summer transfer window opens in July.

JUNE 4 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

June 4, 2010

JUNE 4 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

SACHA KLJESTAN TO JOIN ANDERLECHT?

Reports out of Los Angeles have US and Chivas USA Midfielder Sacha Kljestan is set to complete a move to Belgian side Anderlecht.

The Chivas USA captain, had a brief loan spell with Celtic in 2009, will join an Anderlecht team that won the 2009-10 Belgian Jupiler League and qualifies for the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Kljestan will join his new team when the summer transfer window opens in July.

FABIO CANNAVARO MOVES TO UAE CLUB

Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro made a shock move to Al-Ahli, a club in the United Arab Emirates.

The 36-year-old had been hoping for a return to his hometown club Napoli next season after he was released from his contract with Juventus, but that move was apparently not in the cards, much to the chagrin of Napoli fans.

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SOCCER ON THE BOX – SOCCER ON TV THIS WEEKEND

June 3, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX – SOCCER ON TV THIS WEEKEND

ESPN2 to provide 24 straight hours of World Cup Pre-game

World Cup coverage will start a day early on ESPN2, next week as the channel will be offering a 24 hour pregame. That is straight World Cup coverage, discussion, documentaries, interviews and even a concert featuring the Black Eyed Peas and Shakira. Well done ESPN2.

MLS in talks with cable channel Versus

Major League Soccer’s deal with Fox Soccer Channel is up at the end of this season and league officials have met with exec’s from Comcast owned sports network Versus. It is certainly to early to tell if MLS is courting other broadcast partners to influence later negotiations with Fox, which currently has rights to MLS games as well as matches organized by the MLS owned Soccer United Marketing, or to discuss Versus’ strategy for development of the MLS and it’s broadcasts. Versus has certainly done a very good job for the NHL in a similar capacity. We shall see.

Soccer on TV this weekend

Certainly the match that has everyone excited, is the final tune-up for the US national team ahead of next week’s World Cup Group C opener against England on June 12.

Saturday morning’s match against Australia on ESPN2 / Galavision should be more than a final dress rehearsal for the side, it should be a good chance to see how the US’s Ultimate XI looks over 90 minutes.

In MLS action, DC and RSL renew the extra time US Open Cup thriller from Wednesday night, with RSL hoping for a different (more…)

SOCCER ON THE BOX: ESPN2 TO OFFER 24 HOUR WORLD CUP PRE-GAME

June 3, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX: ESPN2 TO OFFER 24 HOUR WORLD CUP PRE-GAME

ESPN2 will be airing an unprecedented 24 straight hours of World Cup coverage, discussion, documentaries, interviews and even a concert featuring the Black Eyed Peas and Shakira.

SCHEDULE FOR ESPN2 24-HOUR PRE-GAME

ALL TIMES EASTERN

Thursday, June 10
10 am 2010 FIFA World Cup Preview
1 pm 2010 U.S. National Team Preview
2 pm 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-off Celebration Concert
5 pm SportsNation Presented by Toyota
6 pm Outside the Lines: Robben Island – A Greater Goal
6:30 pm E:60 (with in-depth profile of Clint Dempsey)
7 pm Re-air 2010 FIFA World Cup Preview
10 pm MLS Game of the Week (Seattle-DC United)
Friday, June 11
12:30 am Re-air SportsNation Presented by Toyota
1:30 am Re-air 2010 U.S. National Team Preview
2:30 am Homecoming with Rick Reilly: Landon Donovan
3:30 am The 2006 World Cup Film – The Grand Finale
6–9:30 am Mike and Mike in the Morning Presented by Progressive Insurance
9:30–10 am SportsCenter