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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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LES ROUGES REPORT: An Occasional Update on Canadian Soccer

July 8, 2010

LES ROUGES REPORT

An Occasional Update on Canadian Soccer

NO CANADIAN WORLD CUP UNTIL 2034

Canada will not attempt to host the World Cup until at least 2034, according to the Canadian Soccer Association.

“Canada has great organizational ability to host a FIFA men’s World Cup, as it has for a Summer Olympics and two Winter Olympics, so certainly, from a Canadian perspective, we would be great hosts for a men’s World Cup,” said the CSA’s general secretary Peter Montopoli, who cited a number of concerns that would have to be addressed before the tournament could be even considered, including the proper time frame. “We would have to wait for our turn,”

The United States has put in a bid for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup and, if successful, the tournament would not likely return to North America for decades.

Montopoli also stated finance, infrastructure and national team performance as key areas that would have to be improved upon.

Stadium requirements would also have to be met, and the CSA would need a minimum of 10 world-class facilities capable of holding (more…)

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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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…)

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…)

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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VANCOUVER WHITECAPS COMPLETE NEW LOOK- New Logo, New Gear, New Sponsor

June 14, 2010

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS COMPLETE NEW LOOK

New Logo, New Gear, New Sponsor for 2011 Major League Soccer debut.

The Vancouver Whitecaps completed their look for theit imaugural season in Major League Soccer next year by unvieling the clubs new kit, 2nd kit and founding sponsor.

This news comes less than a week after the Canadian team unveiled it’s season ticket plans and a new logo/crest that the club referred to as ‘the new brand that will lead the 36-year-old club into a new chapter as an MLS outfit.”

The new kits reflect the same color scheme as the new logo and are designed by Adidas who has an exclusive contract for all Major League Soccer clubs.

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WHITECAPS UNVEIL NEW CREST, TICKET DETAILS

June 8, 2010

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS UNVEIL NEW CREST, TICKET DETAILS

The Vancouver Whitecaps held a press conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Tuesday morning to unveil what they called ‘the new brand that will lead the 36-year-old club into a new chapter as an MLS outfit.”

The team released the logo (above) which will be the brand that will carry them forward into their first Major League Soccer season in 2011.

The club will be unveiling the designs for their 2011 Season kits, complete with jersey sponsor at a later date and merchandise with the new logo is already available.

Vancouver also announced that they will push for one last round of MLS season ticket deposits beginning on Saturday. The ‘Caps will accept $50 deposits for 2011 MLS seasons tickets, which start at $319 for 17 matches.

The Whitecaps, who will play at a refurbished Empire Stadium for the 2011 season, have capped season ticket sales at 16,500 and have already taken 10,000 deposits, meaning this last push will be for fans to grab the remaining 6,500 seats.

LIVE VIDEO – VANCOUVER TO UNVEIL NEW LOOK AT 11:30am ET

June 8, 2010

LIVE VIDEO – VANCOUVER TO UNVEIL NEW LOOK AT 11:30am ET

The Vancouver Whitecaps plan to unveil the clubs new look as the prepare for their first season in Major League Soccer in 2011.

The club has scheduled an 8:30am PT press conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre on June 8, where they plan to display ‘The first is the unveiling of the new brand that will lead the 36-year-old club into a new chapter as an MLS outfit.” according to the team website.

The ‘Caps will also be making important announcement regarding season ticket availability for the teams 2011 Major League Soccer Inaugural Season.

There are also reports that the club will be unveiling the designs for their 2011 Season kits, complete with jersey sponsor, later in the week.

The press conference and logo unveiling will be broadcast online via

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/vancouvermls2011

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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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: FC EDMONTON TO PLAY COLO COLO AND VITORIA

June 1, 2010

FC EDMONTON TO PLAY PORTSMOUTH, COLO COLO AND VITORIA

It’s has been a busy few days for FC Edmonton, Naming their roster, putting a schedule together and now announcing three international friendlies to complement their schedule.

Having already secured English League side Portsmouth for a match at Commonwealth Stadium on July 21, Canada’s newest professional team has added Chilean club Colo Colo on June 20 at Commonwealth Stadium and Brazilian side Vitoria on June 27 at Foote Field.

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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…)

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: PORTSMOUTH ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

May 28, 2010

PORTSMOUTH FC to play Club America, FC Edmonton and DC United

Troubled English side Portsmouth FC is coming to the United States and Canada in July, joining an impressive list of English clubs prowling around North America in July. Manchester United, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur and Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic have already made plans to play multiple dates on this side of the Atlantic.

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.

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UPDATED: 2010 US OPEN CUP QUALIFIERS-AS OF MAY 27

May 27, 2010

UPDATED: 2010 US OPEN CUP QUALIFIERS AS OF MAY 27

THE 40 QUALIFIED TEAMS

Major League Soccer – 8 teams (Division I)

  1. Seattle Sounders (Defending Champions)
  2. Chicago Fire
  3. Chivas USA
  4. Columbus Crew
  5. Houston Dynamo
  6. Los Angeles Galaxy
  7. New York Red Bull
  8. June 2Real Salt Lake or DC United at RFK Stadium

USSF Division 2 – 9 teams (Division II)

  1. AC St. Louis
  2. Austin Aztex
  3. Carolina Railhawks
  4. Crystal Palace Baltimore
  5. Miami FC
  6. NSC Minnesota
  7. Portland Timbers
  8. Rochester Rhinos
  9. Tampa Bay Rowdies

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TORONTO FC WIN CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

May 26, 2010

TORONTO FC WIN CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

Toronto FC were not even in action tonight, but the Reds secured their second straight Nutrilite Canadian Championship.

Vancouver Whitecaps needed to secure a win at Montreal against the Impact tonight in order to stay alive in the NCC.

The two sides played a listless first half in front of 11,000 fans at Saputo Stadium, but the ‘Caps came out blazing in the second half getting a goal from Ansu Toure in the 50th minute. Vancouver seemed a new team.

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NASL TEAMS RUMORED TO BE IN TROUBLE

May 22, 2010

NASL TEAMS RUMORED TO BE IN TROUBLE

Former Major League Soccer iron man Steve Ralston will make his debut to night for North American Soccer League first year franchise AC St. Louis amid swirling rumors that the franchises very existence may be in doubt.

Ralston stepping on the field to represent his hometown team should mean a night of celebration for soccer in St. Louis, long thought of as an ideal American soccer community, but the night will be over shadowed by the wringing hands of St. Louis fans and frantic calls from the team offices.

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PART TWO – INTERVIEW WITH KARTIK KRISHNAIYER OF THE NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE

May 14, 2010

INTERVIEW WITH KARTIK KRISHNAIYER OF THE NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE – PART TWO

Today we bring you the PART TWO of the conversation between Goodman Browne and Kartik Krishnaiyer, Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League. This is the first year of the league, and a massive year for soccer in North America, and Kartik talks about TV deals, the US Open Cup and the NASL’s relationship to Major League Soccer. He also discusses his beginnings in soccer journalism

If you haven’t read PART ONE, check it out here.

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NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP: D-RO GOAL ELIMINATES IMPACT

May 13, 2010

NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP: DE ROSARIO’S GOAL ELIMINATES IMPACT

It was a huge week for Montreal. The Impact were named Major League Soccer’s 19th team and the Canadians ousted the defending champions from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but one mission that was just beyond the city’s reach was an Impact victory over Toronto FC.

Dwayne De Rosario ended that dream with a second half strike. Nick LaBracca bounced a well-slotted through ball into on form Chad Barrett. Impact ‘keeper Matt Jordan made a diving save but the rebound fell just right for De Rosario who buried the nights only goal. A goal, in the 73rd minute, that gave Toronto FC their first road win in any competition this season.

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UPDATED SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR

May 12, 2010

2010 SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR

Updated: May 12 2010

European club soccer makes a return to Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium as Manchester City will face Serie A titans Internazionale Milan on July 31.

This is the first North American match announced regarding this summer for Inter Milan, a team which is one of the most popular, successful, lucrative in the world. Managed by Jose Mourinho, one of the most unique personalities in the game, Inter will looking to win their first European Champions League Final on May 22 and are poised become Serie A Champions for as a 5th consecutive year.

The Baltimore match is the fourth scheduled match of Manchester City’s North American summer tour. City, who finished 5th in the Premier League, will play two matches at the New York Football Challenge at Red Bull Arena in Harrison NJ from July 22-25, then take on Mexican power Club America July 28 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, before heading to Baltimore to take on Inter.

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