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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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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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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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UPDATE: CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: GROUPS AND QUALIFIERS SET

May 27, 2010

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HOSTS, DATES AND TIMES

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: GROUPS AND QUALIFIERS SET

LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders, Columbus Crew, Real Salt Lake, Puerto Rico Islanders and Toronto FC learn their fate.

The Groups and two-legged Qualifiers for the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League were set in a draw conducted Wednesday by deputy general secretaries Ted Howard and Italo Zanzi at the CONCACAF offices in New York.

Four and possibly five Major League Soccer teams, and one or possibly two USSF Division 2 teams learned their fates. Real Salt Lake and Columbus Crew were both drown right into the Group Stages in Groups A and B respectively.

RSL qualified directly to the Group Stage as MLS Champions in 2009 and Columbus as Supporters Shield Winner for best overall season record.

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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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SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES

May 27, 2010

SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES

US 23-man roster, Pellegrini Sacked, TFC Win Voyageurs Cup, AC-DC Battle at RFK, Red Bulls Run in USOC, Holden in Bolton Extension, Fabregas leaves it up to Wenger and more…

UNITED STATES NAMES 23-MAN ROSTER FOR 2010 WORLD CUP

Bob Bradley named his 23-man roster for the US National Team Wednesday, and there were surprises for many fans.

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CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: GROUPS AND QUALIFIERS SET

May 19, 2010

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: GROUPS AND QUALIFIERS SET

LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders, Columbus Crew, Real Salt Lake, Puerto Rico Islanders and Toronto FC / Vancouver whitecaps winner learn their fate.

The Groups and two-legged Qualifiers for the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League were set in a draw conducted Wednesday by deputy general secretaries Ted Howard and Italo Zanzi at the CONCACAF offices in New York.

Four and possibly five Major League Soccer teams, and one or possibly two USSF Division 2 teams learned their fates. Real Salt Lake and Columbus Crew were both drown right into the Group Stages in Groups A and B respectively.

RSL qualified directly to the Group Stage as MLS Champions in 2009 and Columbus as Supporters Shield Winner for best overall season record.

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

May 12, 2010

INTERVIEW WITH KARTIK KRISHNAIYER OF THE NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE

This past off-season, was rife with dispute in the North American Soccer community, the much maligned labor agreement between Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Union his much of the civil war that was roiling in the lower divisions of US and Canadian soccer.

A feud amongst disgruntled owners of the United Soccer Leagues First Division teams, who all had differing and diverging views on ownership, marketing and league control led to a splinter group of core teams founding it’s own league. This league would become the North American Soccer League. A name synonymous with the founding of soccer on the continent, the North American Soccer League.

One of the first things the fledgling NASL did was to find a person who had a deep knowledge of how the sport is communicated in North America; the internet.  It seems, in hindsight, that selecting Kartik Krishnayier for the post of Director of Communications and Public Relations was a no-brainer. His familiarity with the history and traditions of the league, his desire to take the sport to a higher level in North America and his seemingly endless amount of energy in the world of soccer blogging and new media.

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SHORT CORNERS – SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

May 11, 2010

SHORT CORNERS – SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

BOB BRADLEY TO NAME PRELIMINARY 30-MAN ROSTER FOR 2010 WORLD CUP TODAY

US Soccer and Head coach Bob Bradley will name his preliminary 30-man roster for the United States Camp leading up to World Cup 2010 in South Africa next month. only 23 of the 30 will make the trip, but the 23 must be from the 30 player pool.

The selection of the 30-man pool will air today at 2pm ET / 11am PT on ESPN2.

Rumors abound that both Brian Ching and Edson Buddle will be among those called in but the wires have been mum regarding Charlie Davies who is on the mend after a car crash in October and Herculez Gomez who has had a rebirth in the Mexican League.

Here is how the Experts see it unfolding

COUNTDOWN TO SOUTH AFRICA: PICKING THE 23-MAN US WORLD CUP ROSTER (SI.COM STAFF)

SBI’S 23 FOR 2010 – MAY EDITION (IVES GALRECEP)

US SOCCER TO FORMALLY SUBMIT WORLD CUP BID FOR 2018-2022

The United States will officially become a bidder for either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup’s on Friday when a delegation from US Soccer will formally hand over it’s Bid Book to FIFA at a ceremony in Zurich on Friday. No nation can match the United States on Stadium capacity and readiness.  The 18 host city finalists feature 21 venues that are all in compliance with FIFA standards and all have average capacities of more than 76,000. 12 of the stadiums feature capacities between 75,000 and 94,000. With the opening of new Meadowlands Stadium last Friday, all 21 of the stadiums included in the United States bid  are already functioning with 18 having been built in the last 20 years.

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2010 US OPEN CUP FORMAT SET

May 9, 2010

2010 US OPEN CUP FORMAT SET

2010 will mark the 97th year of the US Open Cup tournament, now called the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, and last week details of the tournament took form.

The 40-team field will be made up of sides from Major League Soccer (eight teams), the US Soccer Federation’s Division 2 Pro League (nine teams), the United Soccer Leagues Second Division (six teams) and USL Premier Development Leagues (eight teams) as well as teams from the amateur US Adult Soccer Association (eight teams).  Qualifying for all spots must be completed by May 31.

The winner of the 2010 US Open Cup get to have their team name placed on the Dewar Challenge Cup and receive $100,000 for their troubles, with the runner-up collecting $50,000.

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US OPEN CUP: UPDATED SCORES AND SCHEDULE

May 5, 2010

US OPEN CUP UPDATE:

DATES SET FOR DC UNITED – REAL SALT LAKE & NEW YORK RED BULL-NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

Six United States based Major League Soccer teams (Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Columbus Crew, Houston Dynamo, Los Angeles Galaxy and defending Champions Seattle Sounders) have already qualified for the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup but there are still two spots up for grabs. Those spots are being contested by the nine remaining US based teams. Last week, New York Red Bull eliminated Philadelphia Union last week and DC United did the same to FC Dallas for the second time in as many years. Highlights of the latter match can be seen here.

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UPDATE: US OPEN CUP AND CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

April 29, 2010

LAMAR HUNT US OPEN CUP AND NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

LAMAR HUNT US OPEN CUP

NEW YORK RED BULL v PHILADELPHIA UNION

Red Bull and Union met on Tuesday to play against each other for the second time in four days and though the matches were in different competitions the scorelines were the same.

New York eliminated Philadelphia from their first ever US Open Cup appearance 2-1 on a Conor Chinn brace in front of just over 3,000 at Red Bull Arena.

Red Bull manager Hans Backe kept only one starter from Saturdays 2-1 win over Union and went with a very young lineup, including Chinn, a rookie third round draft pick.

Chinn popped in the first goal in the 16th minutes when Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz saved the young strikers first attempt.

The rookie then converted a Luke Sassano cross in the 68th minute to double the Red Bull lead.

Philadelphia’s hat-trick hero from their home opener, Sebastian LeToux was brought on in the 64th minute and scored soon after Chinn’s second goal and it looked as if Union were going to make it a game after all but LeToux suffered a knee injury late in the match and Philadelphia, having used all it’s substitutes, played the rest of the match down a man.

Disgruntled Union manager Peter Nowak made his team run wind sprints on the field after the loss.

“I won’t tolerate half-efforts and if you don’t enjoy playing on the field, you have to enjoy running,” Nowak said. “And if you are not running during the game, then you have to run after the game.”

DC UNITED v FC DALLAS

Major League Soccer’s two winless teams came into Wednesday nights US Open Cup Play-in match with more than advancing to play Real Salt Lake on their mind.  Visiting FC Dallas and host DC United are struggling to find any kind of form or momentum that they could apply toward resurrecting their season.

FC Dallas would be starting a difficult stretch of four matches – three on the road – in the next twelve days and that comes at a bad time as they club cannot seem to gel on the field and are in desperate need of points for fear of being left behind in a tough Western Conference.

DC United, riddled with injuries and without a point after 4 matches DC United had little choice but to go with an inexperienced lineup, but the player that could be the most inexperience was the one that stepped up in front of the 2,800 or so fans at RFK Stadium.

17-year-old Andy Najar set up the first goal in the 4th minute by flicking a neat ball to Adam Cristman who returned the favor in the 51st minute by crossing a ball in that the youngster blasted home.  By this time the score was 3-0 to DC United and tie seemed to have been decided.

FC Dallas would not go quietly and scored two goals in quick succession and it appeared that DC might not have all their problems sorted out after all.

Cristman, however scored his second goal of the match in the 59th minute put the tie out of reach and eliminated FC Dallas from the US Open Cup for the second consecutive year.

NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

TORONTO FC v MONTREAL IMPACT

Toronto FC continued it’s fine home form and drew first blood in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship by defeating Montreal Impact 2-0 at BMO Field on Wednesday Night.

TFC Captain and current MLS Player of the Week, DeWayne De Rosario opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he pounced on a loose ball in the box and slotted it home.

Defender Ty Hardin was injured on the same play on a collision with Montreal Goalkeeper Matt Jordan. Hardin left the match and received 22 stitches on his knee.

the bad blood from last seasons NCC was evident as the match descended into cynical fouls and cards.

“Rivalries are usually like that, especially for the first 20, 25 minutes it’s going to be very intense,” De Rosario told the Globe and Mail “Both teams are trying to stamp their authority on the game.”

“I think the fans came to see a soccer match not a boxing match,” Toronto forward Chad Barrett said.  “Whatever, they got both… you are going to get (that), especially playing against Montreal.”

Former MLS player and Impact veteran Roberto Brown brought the ill-will to a crescendo when he struck Toronto defender Nick Garcia in the face prompting an instant red card.  the match became more one sided after Browns dismissal.

Barrett made the most of the ample space he was allowed down the left flank in the 60th minute when he cut inside and blasted home the final goal of the contest.

CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: TORONTO v MONTREAL

April 28, 2010

NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: TORONTO v MONTREAL

Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC hosts North American Soccer League side Montreal Impact tonight while  in the first match of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship, the Canadian version of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Well Sort of.

The Canadian Championship is, in a lot of ways what the US Open Cup could be. The three Canadian professional teams (Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver Whitecaps) play a six-game home and away series against each other for the Voyageurs Cup trophy. There is, however, much more at stake than a trophy. There are bragging rights for an entire nation and a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League.

The main difference in the American and Canadian Cup competitions is that the three Canadian teams, fans and cities in general just don’t like each other. One team in MLS, one team coming in to MLS next season and one team rumored to be entering the league the year after that, but the differences between the sides mean nothing when it comes to the NCC. A tournament that brings the best out of it’s teams. this is something that cannot be said of the US Open Cup.

The USOC is played in front of spartan crowds (just over 3,000 saw Tuesday Nights USOC match at Red Bull Arena and just over 1,200 saw the Kansas City Colorado match last week) and nonexistent TV and media coverage and usually contested by sides that are resting key players for their league matches. The Nutrilite Canadian Championship, on the other hand averaged 90% capacity across the three venues and features national rivalry, televised games and a more condensed schedule (The NCC will be contested over six consecutive Wednesdays).

“It’s something like an unofficial Canadian championship, since we don’t have our own league up here,” Toronto FC Director, Business Operations Paul Beirne said at the start of last years tournament“We take that very seriously, and we know Montreal and Vancouver do, too.”

TFC Captain and Canadian international Dwayne De Rosario seems to agree.

“It’s a tournament that’s a source of pride for our fans and for us here in Toronto and it’s a tournament that I think we should win” DeRo told MLSsoccer.com “So it starts Wednesday against a tough opponent.”

Tough indeed. Montreal Impact won the first edition of the NCC in 2008 and used the success to propel themselves through the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League and win the North American Division 2 Championship the following season (Against the third Canadian side and future MLS team Vancouver Whitecaps).

The rivalry extends onto the field and comes complete with controversy. Vancouver had all but wrapped up the 2008 NCC, but on the final day of the tournament Toronto had to win big against Montreal who had no shot at the Championship. Impact manager Marc Dos Santos rested the majority of his first team and the result was a 6-1 TFC victory. Vancouver was fuming as they had been edged out of the title on goal difference. There is bad blood between these three teams.

“I anticipate Montreal is going to try and come out with a 0-0 tie, or 1-0 game and take it back to Montreal and hope for the best in terms of (goal) aggregate,” De Rosario told the Toronto Sun.

Wednesday’s match doesn’t exactly come at the best time for Toronto FC.

“The schedule hasn’t really been great for us, especially when you have so many new guys in here trying to learn how to play together,” TFC boss Preki told the media Tuesday “When you play so many games so close, it doesn’t give you much time to heal, either. But it is what it is.”

The Impact is only two games into the defense of their Division 2 title, losing on the road 2-0 to the Austin Aztex, and grabbing a point late in a 1-1 tie against Portland Timbers in their home opener Sunday at Saputo Stadium.

Montreal is an experienced side and they know what it takes to into Toronto’s BMO Field and get points.

“We are feeling confident right now and we are going to Toronto to perform well,” said Impact captain Nevio Pizzolitto. “We are not taking them lightly because they have good skilled players…”

“It will be a major game,” Dos Santos added “We are expecting a big challenge because two champion teams will match up: Toronto, the defending Canadian champions and the Impact, league champions last year.”

Look for Impact forward Roberto Brown to test the makeshift TFC defense early and for DeRo to come through for the Reds late. Humble American prediction… 1-1.

US OPEN CUP QUALIFYING PREVIEW: RED BULL v UNION

April 27, 2010

US OPEN CUP QUALIFYING PREVIEW: RED BULL v UNION

Two matches in the US Open Cup qualifying tournament for Major League Soccer teams are scheduled to take place this week.

Tuesday will see New York Red Bull host Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena. The two teams met in MLS Week 5 play on Saturday with the Red Bulls posting a 2-1 victory. The winner will host New England Revolution on May 12.

What will be different when the two teams tussle again Tuesday? For a start, there is a big difference in the approach of the two managers.

After initially saying that he would field his usual starting lineup for Hans Backe has stated that he will not field his strongest XI for the Cup-tie due to New York’s fixture congestion.

“If we win in the Cup” Backe told the New York Post “we would probably play nine games from today until June 5th, and I don’t think this squad is able to cope with that. So we would play mostly the players who haven’t been involved in the first five games.”

Peter Nowak thinks more on the lines of, well Peter Nowak. “Is there a trophy?” Nowak asked “then we’ll play the best players.” Simple as that.

Nowak won two US Open Cup Championships during his time with the Chicago Fire, a team that has won more open cups than any other MLS team.  A focus was put on silverware with the Fire, something he clearly wants to establish with the Philadelphia Union. Though his side are only a few weeks into their existence and this is their first ever Cup match, there are players on Union that do have Cup experience.  Danny Califf, Shavar Thomas and Fred have all won Cups before and Alejandro Moreno has seven career Open Cup goals.

The Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders both won the trophy in their inaugural seasons (1998 and 2009 respectively), a mark that Nowak is both aware of and feels he can take advantage of.  He knows that victories in any competition can build confidence in a fledgling side and give players a chance to play at the highest level away from the spotlight of being the new kids on the block.

Look for Philadelphia to play with a purpose on Tuesday Night and come out with their guns blazing.

For a more in-depth preview and links to audio and visual of the match, check out TheCup.us