D.C. United takes on the Houston Dynamo this evening in the opening match of the Carolina Challenge Cup.
After a week-long break from any preseason matches, D.C. United is back on the road again to take on the Houston Dynamo in the opening match of the Carolina Challenge Cup. United has won the last three editions of the Challenge Cup which it has contested, but hopefully the end result of the tournament is a little closer to 2012 than to 2010.
DC United's match with the Columbus Crew was canceled due to rain. It would have been United's
last match of the preseason against a Columbus Crew side that finished fourth in the Eastern
Conference last year. It rounds up theÂ CarolinaÂ Challenge Cup also. With two wins, United win the
cup and look good starting out the year against the current Eastern Conference champs, Sporting
Join the guys as they talk about DC United's performance in the Carolina Challenge Cup and where
they'll stack up with the resto of the Eastern Conference. Mike, Chris, and Martin also make their
2012 year end predictions.
DC United continue their strong performance at the Carolina Challenge Cup against the Charlseton
Battery defeating the Battery 3-1 and winning the "Coffee Pot Cup." The Coffee Pot Cup is won by
the team who wins this match each time they play. It's a great example of the MLS-USL rivalry that
hardly exists anywhere else.
First half goals from Maicon Santos and Ryan Richter and a late goal from Hamdi Salihi helped D.C.
United to a comfortable 3-1 win tonight over the host Charleston Battery in their second match of
the Carolina Challenge Cup. With ...
Today is an absolute smorgasbord for soccer fans. Especially for USMNT and Chicago Fire fans.
One of the best things is that all these games are spread out enough for a day full of soccer
action if you play your cards right. We encourage you to join us as we talk soccer throughout the
day. We will try to keep things updated as they develop.
D.C. United Press Release: D.C. United signs goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra26-year-old a native of Woodbridge,
Washington, D.C. (February 27, 2012) â€“ D.C. United announced today that the club has signed
goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra. The 26-year-old netminder joins the Black-and-Red
having completed preseason camps in Florida and Arizona.
D.C. United returned to Charleston, SC to compete in the 2012 Carolina Challenge Cup this past
weekend. United are the current defending champions of the preseason tournament having won the two
Apperently a return trip to South Carolina was just what the team needed as the Black and Red
picked up their first preseason win and new Designated Player, Hamdi Salihi, scored a beautiful
goal in the match against the Chicago Fire.
The old adage "it's better to be lucky than good" certainly played a major role in D.C. United's
1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire in the opening game of the Carolina Challenge Cup tonight in
Charleston, South Carolina.Â Hamdi Salihi's ...
Chicago Fire take on D.C. United at 4:00 PM CST and yes, this game will be video streamed. The
video link will be here during the match. This is the opener of the 2012 Carolina Challenge Cup.
Games versus the Columbus Crew and Charleston Battery will follow on February 29 and March 3
The Development Academy Carolina Challenge Cup tournament is taking place from Friday through
Monday. It is run in conjunction with the Charleston Battery's Carolina Challenge Cup, which
features Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew and D.C. United.
Approximately 300 Development Academy players are competing in the 18-game tournament.
Tomorrow at 4pm local time, the Fire take on DC United at the Carolina Challenge Cup. This match is
going to be streamed at chicago-fire.com.To most of us Fire fans this will be the first time that
we will get to see them play this year. I imagine both teams will probably try and limit subs and
get as many of the starting XI the full 90.
It's Thursday everyone. That's one more day closer to Saturday, when DC United kick off the
Carolina Challenge Cup against the Chicago Fire. The MLS regular season kicks off in twelve days
when United plays host to Sporting Kansas City. With my first season as a United blogger underway,
please let me know what you guys would like to see.
While we're in the middle of all this talk about the US Open Cup, here's a little piece of
history: a story from the Newark Sunday Call from October 5, 1924. What was then called
the National Challenge Cup was just getting underway, but some of the country's top pro teams from
the American Soccer League weren't competing because of a dispute over gate receipts
After reading Soccer Men, a compelling look at the personalities associated with the
sport, I was positive that the next book in line (Soccer in a Football World: The Story of
America's Forgotten Game by David Wangerin) would be different, maybe not in a positive way. I
was even more certain after a flip through its pages revealed a wealth of dates and names.
If you are a regular reader of the U.S. WNT Blog, you may recall that when the USA was in Japan for
the Kirin Challenge Cup, the U.S. players donated a bunch of cleats and gear to young players in
Sendai who were impacted by the terrible disaster that struck that region in March of 2011. Well,
the donations made it to the girl's football team of Nishi Kesennuma High School and they sent this
photo to say Domo Arigato!
Scotland: The rise and rise of Ross County is a post from: Just Football
by William Heaney
Back in the pre-SPL days of 1994, the member clubs of the Scottish Football League agreed to
restructure the league set-up. To facilitate four divisions of ten teams, a vote took place to
decide which two clubs would join the senior ranks â€“ both of the new recruits came from the
At the start of the season, Andy Ollerenshaw was kind enough to tell us the
story of Guernsey FC, the first club from the Channel Islands to take a place in the English
football pyramid. They have had a very successful first season in Division One of the Combined
Counties League, and Andy has kindly returned to fill us on their progress over the last nine
months or so.
-Vancouver Whitecaps Won the Disney Cup last night over a reserve laden Toronto FC. A Vancouver
goal in the tenth minute by Camilo was enough to secure the trophy for the Caps with a 1-0 win.
Most of Toronto's first team were at home preparing for this week's CCL match.
-In Arizona a Galaxy squad, made up of mainly reserves, defeated New England in penalties 4-2 to
win the Desert Diamond Cup.
Last night the US Women played their second and final match of the Kirin Challenge Cup. The
initial kickoff time was an inconvenient 4am Pacific, but due to impending bad weather the match
was moved up to a more reasonable midnight. Unfortunately, ESPN stuck with the initial time for the
broadcast, so Twitter was the only source for live updates.
D.C., Maryland, and Virginia fans of the U.S. Women's National Team will have a chance to catch the
team in action at the somewhat nearby PPL Park in Pennsylvania. The two and a half hour drive from
D.C.is well worth the trip to see the USWNT. The women are returning from Japan where a goal from
Alex Morgan gave them a 1-1 draw against the defending Women's World Cup Champions.
Rachel Buehler plays Whitney Engen as Amy LePeilbet closes
The U.S. WNT held an intense and physical two-hour training today in the late morning as the team
continues to acclimate to the time change in Japan in preparation for the April 1st match vs. Japan
in Sendai (6:30 a.
The U.S. women's national team did not need the late heroics to get by Brazil this time.Â
Carli Lloyd, Shannon Boxx and Amy Rodriguez all scored off set pieces as the U.S. women blanked
Brazil 3-0 in their final game of the Kirin Challenge Cup and a rematch of their riveting World Cup
quarterfinal bout that the Americans won in penalty kicks.
The U.S. Women's National Team kicks off an exhibition tournament when it faces 2011 FIFA
Women's World Cup champion Japan to open the inaugural Women's Kirin Challenge Cup
at 5:30 a.m. CT Sunday, April 1, at Yurtec Stadium in Sendai, Japan. The U.S. then
faces Brazil in this three-team event at 7 a.
U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage has named the 23 players that will travel to Japan for two of the
biggest non-Olympic, non-World Cup matches the U.S. WNT has played in recent history, taking on
Japan on April 1 in Sendai (6:30 a.m. ET) and Brazil on April 3 in Chiba (7 a.m.)
Japan just has the U.S. women's national team's number at the moment.
In their first meeting since the dramatic World Cup final that Japan won in penalty kicks, Japan
topped the U.S. women 1-0 in the final group game of the Algarve Cup on Monday, preventing the
Americans from a place in the championship game for the first time in 10 years and dealing them
their first shutout in 58 matches.
If Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg are to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage, they'll
need to pull off an inspired road performance.
The Swedish champions conceded a second-minute goal to Kris Commons that set the tone for
Celtic's 2-0 victory in the first leg of their final qualifying round tie, one that happened on
Helsingborg's home ground.
Finally, after Scottish football's traumatic summer, the chance to get back to some actual
football. Starting with the now-traditional curtain-raiser of the Challenge Cup (currently the
Ramsdens Cup, if you prefer). It's for the lower league teams only â€“ which means most media
attention has been focused on Rangers' debut in the cup, at Brechin on the Sunday.
Pia Sundhage (left) is tied with Anson Dorrance with 92 coaching appearances, and Abby Wambach
(right) is in a ninth-place tie with Shannon MacMillan with 176 caps. Both could move up their
respective lists Sunday against Japan. U.S. Women's National Team head coach Pia Sundhage will
pass National Soccer Hall of Famer Anson Dorrance in coaching appearances this Sunday.
Promotion, relegation and Wembley are very much on our minds for this week's Non-League Videos
Of The Week, which feature matches from the Blue Square Premier, the Blue Square South, the FA Vase
and the North West Counties Football League Challenge Cup. Things are tight at the bottom of the
Blue Square Premier table.
The season is less than a week away from kicking off for Sporting KC, but today a new player in on
trial popped up on MLS's website in an article regarding the Crew's return from the Carolina
Challenge Cup. The last game of the cup was canceled due to in climate weather, so the Crew didn't
get a chance to look at some of their trialists.
-Yesterday DaMarcus Beasley tweeted, "Would love to come back to the club that gave me my first
chance! The Chicago Fire is like my family. #fireforlife". Many people took this tweet and ran with
it. he was only responding to a fans question and that is it. I don't think that the Puebla winger
is coming over any time soon.
Amid all the bluster about Englands match against the Netherlands last night (a match already
being described by some as "That Thing That Happened At Wembley"), Mark Critchley thinks that he
may have spotted the real reason why Stuart Pearce cannot succeed as the England manager.