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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 7-25-2010

July 25, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 7-25-2010

ROSTER UPDATES

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CLICK HERE FOR… REAL MADRID PRELIMINARY ROSTER

TV UPDATES

Fox Soccer Channel has picked up the August 5th FC Dallas v Inter Milan match from Pizza Hut Park, which kicks off at 9pm ET.

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL FRIENDLY MATCHESALL TIMES EASTERN

July 21 – Celtic v Sporting CP, Fenway Park, Boston MA, 8pm

July 22 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – New York Red Bulls v Tottenham Hotspur, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 8pm

July 23 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – Manchester City v Sporting Lisbon, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 8pm

July 25 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – Tottenham Hotspur v Sporting Lisbon, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 1pm

July 25 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – New York Red Bull v Manchester City, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 3:30pm

July 25 – Manchester United v Kansas City Wizards, Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City MO 6pm

August 5 – FC Dallas v Inter Milan, Pizza Hut Park, Frisco TX 9pm

August 7 – LA Galaxy v Real Madrid – Rose Bowl, Pasadena CA 10:30pm

ESPN2 FRIENDLY MATCHES

July 28 – MLS All-Star’s v Manchester United, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX 8:30pm

COMPLETE SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR

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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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CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: PRELIMINARY ROUND HOSTS, DATES AND TV TIMES ANNOUNCED

July 10, 2010

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: PRELIMINARY ROUND HOSTS, DATES AND TV TIMES ANNOUNCED

Five Major League Soccer teams, four Mexican teams and one USSF Division 2 team make up 10 of the 24 sides involved in the 2010-11 edition of the tournament.
Major League Soccer & USSF Division 2 Teams
2009 Major League Soccer Champions Real Salt Lake and 2009 Supporters Shield Winners Columbus Crew were both drown right into the Group Stages in Groups A and B respectively.
Seattle Sounders, winners of the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup will play Salvadoran Clausura Champions Isidro Metapán and MLS Cup runners-up Los Angeles Galaxy were drawn against impressive USL side Puerto Rico Islanders, who advanced to the semifinals of the competition two years ago. Both ties are part of the two-legged Preliminary Round. Advancing teams will be placed in Groups C and D respectively.

Canada will be represented by MLS team Toronto FC, winner of the 2010 Nutrilite Canadian Championship will take on Motagua who were runners up in the 2010 Honduran Clusura.

Mexican Teams

The two Mexican Champions Toluca and Monterrey, like Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake, advanced directly into the Group Stage.

The two Mexican Champions will be kept apart in the group stages from their Major League Soccer counterparts, but if either Santos Laguna or Cruz Azul advance out of the Preliminary Round, they will be placed in Groups A and B with Real Salt Lake and Columbus Crew. Similarly, if Seattle and LA advance out of the Preliminary Rounds, they will be placed in Groups C and D with Monterrey and Toluca respectively.

The complete list of ties and groups is listed below.

The first leg of the Preliminary Round begins The tournament will begin on July 27-29 with the second leg taking place the following week; August 3-5.  The Preliminary round winners will advance to the Group Stage, the first round is set for August 17-19.

UPDATE: TV Times for Mexican team matches on Galavision added

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

PRELIMINARY ROUND SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN

HOME TEAM LISTED FIRST

FIRST LEG

Tuesday, July 27

8pm – Toronto FC (MLS) vs. Montagua (HON) FOX SOCCER CHANNEL

8pm – San Juan Jabloteh (TRI) vs. Santos Laguna (MEX) GALAVISION

10pm – Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) vs. Puerto Rico Islanders (USSFD2) FOX SOCCER CHANNEL

10pm – San Francisco FC (PAN) vs. Cruz Azul (MEX) GALAVISION

Wednesday, July 28

8pm – Tauro FC (PAN) vs. Marathon (HON)

10pm – Brujas (CRC) vs. Joe Public (TRI)

10pm – Seattle Sounders (MLS) vs. Metapan (SLV) FOX SOCCER CHANNEL/GALAVISION

Thursday, July 29

10p – CD FAS (SLV) vs. Xelaju (GUA)

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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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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 7-5-2010

July 5, 2010

CLICK HERE FOR THE UP TO THE MINUTE SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR

PDL SIDE VENTURA COUNTY FUSION TO TAKE ON CRUZ AZUL & PORTSMOUTH

Premier Development League side Ventura County Fusion have scheduled two high-profile International Friendlies for July. The amateur side, based between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara California has locked in Mexican giants Cruz Azul and English League Championship club Portsmouth.

Ventura County currently sit in third place with 16 points in the PDL’s Southwest Division and were recently eliminated from their first ever US Open Cup.

Cruz Azul, who will also be in the Los Angeles area to take on Mexico City rival Club America at the Rose Bowl ten days later, will be entertained by the Fusion on July 1st at Ventura College. Tickets are $8.

Recently relegated from the Premier League, Portsmouth FC will battle the Fusion at Oxnard College on July 17. Tickets are $15.

Portsmouth also has pre-season matches scheduled against Club America in San Diego and Canadian side FC Edmonton before moving to the East Coast to take on DC United.

CLUB AMERICA TO PLAY JUVENTUS & CRUZ AZUL IN ADDITION TO MAN CITY AND PORTSMOUTH

Mexican super club Club America continues to schedule pre-season fixtures in North America, recently adding Juventus and Cruz Azul to their busy calendar.

Juventus will play America in the 90,000 seat Dallas Cowboys Stadium on July 18. The legendary Serie A side was in North America last month to wind down their 2009-10 campaign and will return to this side of the Atlantic to prepare for their 2010-11 season,

The ‘Clasico Joven’ is coming to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California this summer as the Mexico City derby between Club America and Cruz Azul, will take place there on July 10, the day before the 2010 World Cup Final.

The ‘Young Classic’ will be transplanted to the Los Angeles area to be contested in front on 90,000+ ex-patriot Mexicans and air on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Espanol.

America has already scheduled a July 14 match against English side Portsmouth in San Diego and a July 28 match against Manchester City in Atlanta.

UPDATES ARE IN BOLD

ALL TIMES EASTERN

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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…)

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: VENTURA COUNTY FUSION v CRUZ AZUL, PORTSMOUTH

June 22, 2010

PDL SIDE VENTURA COUNTY FUSION TO TAKE ON CRUZ AZUL & PORTSMOUTH

Premier Development League side Ventura County Fusion have scheduled two high-profile International Friendlies for July. The amateur side, based between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara California has locked in Mexican giants Cruz Azul and English League Championship club Portsmouth.

Ventura County currently sit in third place with 16 points in the PDL’s Southwest Division and were recently eliminated from their first ever US Open Cup.

Cruz Azul, who will also be in the Los Angeles area to take on Mexico City rival Club America at the Rose Bowl ten days later, will be entertained by the Fusion on July 1st at Ventura College. Tickets are $8.

Recently relegated from the Premier League, Portsmouth FC will battle the Fusion at Oxnard College on July 17. Tickets are $15.

Portsmouth also has pre-season matches scheduled against Club America in San Diego and Canadian side FC Edmonton before moving to the East Coast to take on DC United.

US OPEN CUP UPDATE : MLS TEAMS, VENUES ANNOUNCED FOR ROUND THREE

June 18, 2010

US OPEN CUP UPDATE : ROUND THREE DETAILS ANNOUNCED

US Soccer announced details regarding Round Three of the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup just days after Round One concluded.

Eight Major League Soccer teams will enter the tournament in the Third Round, joining the winners of the Round Two matches which all take place next Tuesday, June 22.

The winner of the Carolina battle between the NASL Carolina RailHawks and Charleston Battery of USL-2 will be rewarded with a trip to Toyota Park to take on four-time US Open Cup Champions Chicago Fire.

The Columbus Crew will host either NASL team Rochester Rhinos, a team that in 1999 became the (more…)

HATCHET JOB? PORTLAND TIMBERS BUNGLE CREST UNVEILING

June 15, 2010

The Portland Timbers New Logo

HATCHET JOB? PORTLAND TIMBERS BUNGLE CREST UNVEILING

Portland Timbers unveiled their new logo on Saturday and it didn’t go quite they way the team wanted it to go.

The Timbers, who have been playing in various leagues since the early 1970’s, will begin play in Major League Soccer next season as an expansion franchise.

The team set up a public watch party in Portland’s Director Park to see the match and planned to use the captive audience of thousands to show the team’s new look. Timbers had a marketing campaign designed to slowly build interest in the re-branding by releasing a number of ‘video clues’ to show the connection between their classic look, a look established in 1975 when the team debuted in the old North American Soccer League.

Confusion in the front office, however, led to merchandisers in the city selling products featuring the new crest a day before it’s public unveiling at halftime of the US-England World Cup match.

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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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NEW PORTLAND TIMBERS CREST: VIDEO CLUE #4

June 8, 2010

NEW PORTLAND TIMBERS CREST: VIDEO CLUE #4

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 6-7-2010

June 7, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 6-7-2010

CELTIC MATCH AT FENWAY PARK CONFIRMED

The long rumored Celtic match at Fenway Park is now official.

The Fenway Football Challenge will see Scottish powerhouse Glasgow Celtic take on Sporting CP of Portugal on July 21 at 8pm ET. The match, which will be the 19th soccer match to be played at the ballpark, will be televised locally by sports network NESN.

Tickets will range from $20-$120 and go on sale at noon on June 22.

CLUB AMERICA TO PLAY CRUZ AZUL IN ADDITION TO MAN CITY AND PORTSMOUTH

The ‘Clasico Joven’ is coming to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California this summer as two Mexico City super clubs will renew their rivalry on July 10, the day before the 2010 World Cup Final.

The ‘Young Classic’ is the Mexico City derby between Club America and Cruz Azul, but that derby will be transplanted to the Los Angeles area to be contested in front on 90,000+ ex-patriot Mexicans.

America has already scheduled a July 14 match against English side Portsmouth in San Diego and a July 28 match against Manchester City in Atlanta.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 6-5-2010

June 5, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 6-5-2010

CLUB AMERICA TO PLAY CRUZ AZUL IN ADDITION TO MAN CITY AND PORTSMOUTH

The ‘Clasico Joven’ is coming to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California this summer as two Mexico City super clubs will renew their rivalry on July 10, the day before the 2010 World Cup Final.

The ‘Young Classic’ is the Mexico City derby between Club America and Cruz Azul, but that derby will be transplanted to the Los Angeles area to be contested in front on 90,000+ ex-patriot Mexicans.

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NEW PORTLAND TIMBERS CREST: VIDEO CLUE #3

June 5, 2010

NEW PORTLAND TIMBERS CREST: VIDEO CLUE #3

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 6-2-2010

June 2, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 6-2-2010

FC EDMONTON SCHEDULES TWO MORE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES

Having already secured English League side Portsmouth for a match at Commonwealth Stadium on July 21, Canada’s newest professional team has added 2010 Chilean League Champion Colo Colo on June 20 at Commonwealth Stadium and Vitoria, Brazil’s oldest sporting club, on June 27 at Foote Field. Click here for more information.

PORTLAND v ATLAS

The Portland Timbers have added Mexican side Club Atlas to a summer friendly lineup that already included Manchester City and Boca Juniors.

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2010 US OPEN CUP – FINAL SPOT DECIDED TONIGHT

June 2, 2010

UPDATED: 2010 US OPEN CUP QUALIFIERS AS OF JUNE 2

Tonight there will be 40 soccer clubs left standing in the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. DC United host Real Salt Lake in the final Major League Soccer play-in match at 7:30pm ET.

The victor will round out the field of 40 teams participating in the tournament.

No date has been set for the draw, determining the pairings and the home teams, though the First Round of the tournament proper is scheduled to begin June 15.

The 39 teams that have already qualified are listed below as is the format and schedule.

To follow the DC United v Real Salt Lake match online via a live blog, check thecup.us.

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NEW PORTLAND TIMBERS CREST: VIDEO CLUE #2

June 1, 2010

NEW PORTLAND TIMBERS CREST: VIDEO CLUE #2

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-30-2010

May 30, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-30-2010

PORTLAND v ATLAS

The Portland Timbers have added Mexican side Club Atlas to a summer friendly lineup that already includes Manchester City and Boca Juniors.

The Mexico City based Atlas, who finished 10th in the 2010 Bicentario, will at take on the Timbers at PGE Park on Sunday, July 11, at 6 p.m local time.

PORTSMOUTH FC

Recently relegated Portsmouth, who will be coming to the Americas for the first time since going to South America in 1951, will be playing against Mexican perennial power Club America on July 14 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, then head north of the border to plat the an Edmonton FC Select XI on July 21 before shifting to the East Coast to meet DC United at RFK Stadium on July 24.

UPDATES ARE IN BOLD

ALL TIMES EASTERN

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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: PORTLAND TIMBERS TO PLAY MEXICAN SIDE ATLAS

May 29, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: PORTLAND TIMBERS TO PLAY MEXICAN SIDE ATLAS

The Portland Timbers have added Mexican side Club Atlas to a summer friendly lineup that already includes Manchester City and Boca Juniors.

The Guadalajara based Atlas, who finished 10th in the 2010 Bicentario, will at take on the Timbers at PGE Park on Sunday, July 11, at 6 p.m local time.

Tickets go on sale next Saturday June 5th and season ticket holders will be able to participate in a special pre-sale.

According to the Timbers website, a portion of the proceeds from the match between the Timbers and Atlas will benefit the Jardin Portland Foundation and its construction of a sustainable and educational-based project in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico – one of Portland’s sister cities.

NASL UPDATE: AC STL SURVIVES, FC EDMONTON TAKES SHAPE, MONTREAL & VANCOUVER RETURN TO ACTION

May 29, 2010

NASL UPDATE: AC STL SURVIVES, FC EDMONTON TAKES SHAPE, MONTREAL & VANCOUVER RETURN TO ACTION

St. Louis Financial Situation

AC St. Louis has survived financial crisis, for now anyway, possibly at the expense of it’s Women’s Professional Soccer counter part St. Louis Athletica.

Bonds were issued to secure the payroll of the NASL team, but the 2009 WPS runners-up Athletica have folded roughly two weeks after the main London investors of both St. Louis teams stopped the funding, that left the team almost $1 million in debt and unable to cover it’s payroll and operations, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“We looked at a few options as a league together with our Board and U.S. Soccer, but the operational hurdles and finances just didn’t work out,” WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci said in a statement. “In the face of a severe funding gap in St. Louis, the local ownership group is (more…)