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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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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: 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…)

PORTLAND TIMBERS TO UNVEIL NEW LOGO JUNE 12

May 22, 2010

PORTLAND TIMBERS TO UNVEIL NEW LOGO JUNE 12

The Major League Soccer bound Portland Timbers will unveil their new logo on June 12 at a World Cup watch party in downtown Portland.

The outdoor watch party, centered around the United States v England match, is to be held at the city’s Director Park. Similar events in 2006 drew thousands of people to see the matches on huge 12-foot by 17-foot, LED screen.

The 2010 event promises to be the biggest yet and offers the Timbers a chance to put their new identity in front of a massive collection of the city’s soccer fans and re-introduce itself to the city’s soccer community.

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: BOCA JUNIORS ADD PORTLAND TO SCHEDULE

May 19, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: BOCA JUNIORS ADD PORTLAND TIMBERS TO SCHEDULE

Boca Juniors have added a third date to their North American tour. The Argentinian Superclub will be playing USL and future Major League Soccer side Portland Timbers to their schedule.

“We are thrilled to welcome one of the world’s most prestigious clubs to Portland,” said Timbers head coach and general manager Gavin Wilkinson. “Boca Juniors carries an unparalleled tradition of success and history. They have produced some of the best players to play the game and regularly feature world-caliber players. This will be an incredible game for our fans.”

Some of those players include Juan Roman Riquelme and Martin Palermo.

Boca will be in action this Saturady when they take on the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center in Carson CA, then head to the Pacific Northwest were the will battle Seattle Sounders at Qwest Field on May 26.

Portland have already scheduled a July match with English Premier League Manchester City for July.

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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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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COMING THIS WEEK – AN INTERVIEW WITH KARTIK KRISHNAIYER

May 10, 2010

COMING THIS WEEK – AN INTERVIEW WITH KARTIK KRISHNAIYER

Kartik Krishnayier, The new Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League sits down with Goodman Browne this week to discuss the new NASL, and how it fits into the current structure of soccer in the United States and Canada.

The first part will be posted on Wednesday with the conclusion of the interview on Friday.

Check back for it and learn about the NASL split with the USL, where the new league plans to go and most importantly; what makes the new NASL so different from every other league.

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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