Posts Tagged ‘USL DIVISION 1’

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 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.

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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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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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: BOLTON WANDERERS v CHARLESTON BATTERY

May 14, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: BOLTON WANDERERS v CHARLESTON BATTERY

The 136 year-old English Premier League club Bolton Wanderers have added a second friendly match to their 2010 summer tour, as they tune up for their 10th consecutive Premier League season.

The Trotters will take on USL side Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium on July 17.

“Bringing Bolton Wanderers to Charleston is a wonderful opportunity for the City and for the people in the surrounding area to see a Barclays Premier League team playing at our home, Blackbaud Stadium.” said Battery head coach Mike Anhaeuser in a press release.

Tickets will go on sale May 17, but no details were given regarding existing season ticket holders.

This will not be the first English side to be entertained at Blackbaud Stadium, considered North America’s first ever soccer specific stadium, Charleston beat Sunderland AFC 2-1 in 2004.

This is the second date added to Bolton’s North American schedule, they will head to Canada after the Charleston match to take on Toronto FC at BMO Field.

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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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.