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Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/15/17

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Sapong starts for the US, the expansion draft is set, and Denmark is going to the World Cup

Philadelphia Union News

CJ Sapong earns the start in United States friendly in Portugal
Philadelphia Union striker had an assist in his first cap since 2012.

Report: Citizens group opposes taxpayer money for new stadium, urges MLS to accept Nippert Stadium

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After a strong showing throughout the U.S. Open Cup, a group of Cincinnati fans want to MLS on their own terms

A Cincinnati-based citizens' group is calling for MLS to accept Nippert Stadium should FC Cincinnati join the league in the coming years while dismissing a new soccer-specific stadium stemming from taxpayer wallets.

Major Link Soccer: FC Cincinnati are on the cusp

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Also, Dortmund's latest phenom is 12, and the Premier League is making some big changes

Seattle

The Sounders FC site took a look at just how dominant Clint Dempsey has been of late. With six goals and two assists in his last five games, he's hitting his stride at the right time.

Chad Marshall was the only Sounder selected this week to the MLS Team of the Week XI.

MLS Ticker: Timbers sign Bill Tuiloma, Rapids name Padraig Smith interim GM, and more

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The Portland Timbers are adding another reinforcement to their defensive midfield for this season.

On Monday, theTimbers signed defensive midfielder and centerback Bill Tuiloma through the remainder of the 2017 season with an option to keep Tuiloma in Portland after that.Tuiloma, 22, comes to the Timbers by way of Olympique de Marseille, where the Kiwi international has been in the development system since 2013.

An updated, tiered look at the MLS Expansion race

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As we enter the midway point of the MLS season, and the middle of the calendar year, we're supposedly less than six months away from a decision on MLS teams 25 and 26.

A few candidates have furthered their bids dramatically in recent months, such as the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Others have fallen off hard, with St.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 18 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 18 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Get Cincinnati to MLS

The game of the year in American club soccer was played – get this – in the U.S. Open Cup round of sixteen on a warm Wednesday night in June in Cincinnati, Ohio.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 18 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 18 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Get Cincinnati to MLS

The game of the year in American club soccer was played – get this – in the U.S. Open Cup round of sixteen on a warm Wednesday night in June in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Bethlehem Steel

Steel playoff update

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With a win Bethlehem will finish 6th and play at the Tampa Bay Rowdies. With either draw or a loss, they will finish 8th and play Louisville in Louisville Friday night.

News roundup: Crippling loss, untrust the process, Cinci Open Cup semi, more

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The implications of the Union's loss to Montreal set in, Bethlehem looks for a USL playoff berth, and FC Cincinnati host NYRB tonight in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.

Bethlehem Steel FC

Steel clinch playoff spot

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Bethlehem Steel FC qualify for the USL playoffs for the first time in their modern history since the Tampa Bay Rowdies eliminated Orlando City B 2-0 Thursday evening. They could finish 8th, 7th or 6th, and will have an away playoff game the weekend of October 20-22.

Goliath, and little David from Bethlehem

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Head coach Brendan Burke modestly understated the matter when he described his most recent opponent as a big-budget, fully-resourced side. While they lost a third game to them Saturday, the two previous clean sheet victories deserve remembrance and praise.

Match report: FC Cincinnati 2-1 Bethlehem Steel FC

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Lightning struck, literally. The Steel lost 2-1 in Cincinnati after the final minutes of the game were called off following a lengthy weather delay.

Match preview: Bethlehem Steel FC vs FC Cincinnati

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Steel visits Cincy for the third meeting between the two teams this year

Match: Bethlehem Steel FC vs FC Cincinnati (again!)

Date: Saturday, May 20th

Time: 7:00 PM Eastern

Venue: Nippert Stadium (University of Cincinnati)

Refs: REF- Malik Badawi AR1- Walter Heatherly AR2- Nait Hegerty 4TH- Kevin Fikar

Stream:

Steel All Time vs FCC (W-L-T): 2-2-0

What Cincy will look like: Cincinnati has needed a "Signature Win" for awhile now.

Player of the week: Hugh Roberts

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Bethlehem's match with Cincinnati came down to a dramatic conclusion, as Hugh Roberts headed home the winner in the 87'. Combined with a stellar defensive performance, it was enough for Roberts to earn PSP's player of the week.

MLS expansion

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/5/17

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Curtin's Conference, MLS Expansion Update and more in today's links

Philadelphia Union News

Quick Hits from Jim Curtin's Press Scrum
A few thoughts from Coach Curtin.

Meet the 16-year-old from Cherry Hill who made U.S. soccer history this summer
Cherry Hill native Tomas Romero has shot up the ranks of Union prospects this year.

U.S. Open Cup atmosphere provides another big push for Cincinnati's MLS expansion hopes

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CINCINNATI Minutes after their victory in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, the New York Red Bulls players went out of their way to applaud the fans in blue and orange who remained inside Nippert Stadium.

Every player in red and white, their manager and the traveling support tucked into the right corner of the stadium was quick to point out how impressive Cincinnati's soccer culture is.

Harrisburg City Islanders

Match Preview: Harrisburg City Islanders vs Saint Louis FC

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After beating Ottawa, will Harrisburg torpedo another team's playoff chances?

Match: Harrisburg City Islanders vs Saint Louis FC

Date: Saturday, September 30th

Time: 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 6:00 p.m. Central, 4:00 p.m. Pacific, 11:00 p.

Match recap: Harrisburg City Islanders 1, FC Cincinnati 1

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A City Island upset turns into a draw at the last second

Oh, stoppage time. You are a cruel mistress. A mere three days after Harrisburg found a stoppage time goal to secure a win over Saint Louis FC, they saw their own victory over FC Cincinnati turn into a mere draw after Cincy found a goal deep, deep into stoppage time.

Match preview: Harrisburg City Islanders vs FC Cincinnati

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The Bailey visits The Island

Match: Harrisburg City Islanders vs FC Cincinnati

Date: Tuesday, September 12th

Time: 6:30 p.m. Eastern, 5:30 p.m. Central, 3:30 p.m. Pacific, 10:30 p.m. UTC

Venue: FNB Field (Harrisburg, PA)

Refs: Unavailable at press time.

U.S. Open Cup

Red Bulls overcome two-goal deficit to advance to Open Cup final

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CINCINNATI After nine years of waiting, the New York Red Bulls are back in a final.

The Red Bulls advanced to their first final in nine years and first U.S. Open Cup championship match in 14 as they came back from two goals down to defeat FC Cincinnati 3-2 in extra time on Tuesday night.

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the equalizer and the game-winning goal for the Red Bulls, who didn't come alive until the middle of the second half.

U.S. Open Cup Semifinal Preview: FC Cincinnati looks to continue Cinderella run against Red Bulls

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FC Cincinnati has had a Cinderella run for the ages, bringing the USL club to the precipice of a U.S. Open Cup final. To get there, though, they'll have to go through a perennial MLS heavy-hitter that's still looking for the club's first ever tournament crown.

Mitch Hildebrandt, FC Cincinnati not ready for 'special' Open Cup run to end

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Before Mitch Hildebrandt joined FC Cincinnati, he wasn't aware of how much of a soccer hotbed the Ohio city was.

Each and ever time Hildebrandt puts on the blue and orange of the USL club, he's captivated by the support the team has generaged. And now, the nation has been captivated as well by the large crowds the club has produced for its U.

FC Cincinnati uses second-half winner to edge Miami FC in U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal

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Coming into Wednesday's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal at Riccardo Silva Stadium, both sides knew what was stake. The winner of the all second-tier showdown would host the New York Red Bulls in one of two semifinals slated for August 9.

It was the USL side that got the job done in Miami as FC Cincinnati used a 68th-minute winner from Djiby Fall to snatch a 1-0 victory at Riccardo Silva Stadium.

U.S. Open Cup preview: Miami FC, FC Cincinnati square off in second division quarterfinal tilt

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While Major League Soccer is celebrating its brightest stars on Wednesday night, two teams from the lower leagues of American soccer will square off for a chance to make the final four of the U.S. Open Cup.

Miami FC of the NASL and USL's FC Cincinnati face each other at Riccardo Silva Stadium at 7;30 p.

FC Cincinnati, Miami FC U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal rescheduled for August 2nd

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Fans of FC Cincinnati and Miami FC will need to wait a while longer for their much-anticipated U.S. Open Cup match.

The match, which was rained out on Wednesday night due to severe thunderstorms in the Miami area, has been rescheduled for August 2nd at 7:30 p.

U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal between Miami FC, FC Cincinnati postponed

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The two non-MLS sides remaining in the U.S. Open Cup will have to wait to book their place into the semifinals.

Miami FC 's clash with fellow second division side FC Cincinnati was postponed on Wednesday evening due to consistent thunderstorms in the Miami area.The match, which was supposed to kick off at 7:30 p.

U.S. Open Cup Rewind: Miami FC, FC Cincy provide upsets; Red Bulls edge Union and more

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Reigning U.S. Open Cup champs FC Dallas became the first club to book their spot into the tournament's quarterfinals after defeating the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, seven other clubs joined them, with the biggest shocks coming from Miami FC and FC Cincinnati.

U.S. Open Cup Preview: Dynamo host Sporting KC, Union visit Red Bulls, and more

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The U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 begins on Tuesday night with an all Western Conference showdown taking place in Frisco kickstarting the festivities.

On Wednesday, 14 other clubs will fight to book their place into next month's quarterfinals. Three lower league sides remain in the competition with FC Cincinnati, Miami FC, and Republic FC all in action on Wednesday.

Colorado Rapids

Some Soccer News for Aug 15, 2017

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It's Day 227 of 2017.


Pablo Mastroeni has been fired as head coach of the Colorado Rapids. By John Meyer for the Denver Post.
  • He was #3 on du Nord Futbol's MLS Coaches Hot Seat for Aug 3, 2017.
  • Current Rapids assistant Steve Cooke named interim.

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US Open Cup

TONIGHT!

Thanks Omar!

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On Sunday Omar Cummings announced that FC Cincinnati's friendly against Valencia CF last night would be his final game as a professional. He will immediately transition to teh front office working with Cinci's youth club.

Omar was one half of the C+C Goal Factory that combined for 89 goals for the Rapids between 2007 and 2012 (39 for Omar, 50 for Casey) and was one of the starters for the Rapids in MLS Cup 2010.

USL

USL Week 17 Rewind: FC Cincinnati makes road statement, Independence roll, and more

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FC Cincinnati made a big statement on the road against Louisville City, earning a hard fought victory away from home in their attempt to climb the Eastern Conference table.

FC Cincinnati had won only a single road match this season, and with the playoffs fast approaching, earning results away from home will be critical for any team that doesn't finish in the top two spots.

USL Week 12: A Look Ahead

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FC Cincinnati pulled off an improbable upset in the U.S. Open Cup midweek, defeating the Columbus Crew SC.

With a proposal for a new stadium, the Open Cup victory, and the massive crowds, Cincinnati should be on cloud nine. Their results in the league don't inspire the same way their off-the-field happenings do right now.

USL Week 11: A Look Ahead

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After US Open Cup play dominated the midweek action, there's a full slate of USL matches ahead this weekend. The Rochester Rhinos will be looking to find consistency in their match with FC Cincinnati but it wont be easy as Cincy has won two straight.

Swope Park Rangers will be looking to end San Antonio's 11-game unbeaten streak as well.

Mitch Hildebrandt

Fire v Whitecaps match preview

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What Are They All About? Vancouver Whitecaps

The beauty of the cup. This past Wednesday, the Chicago Fire were ousted from the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup at the round of sixteen stage by FC Cincinnati. It is their earliest exit from the competition since 2012 when they lost in the third round to the Michigan Bucks.

Jimmy McLaughlin one of the heroes in FC Cincinnati’s U.S. Open Cup conquest

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Malvern native converted the decisive penalty in a shootout win over Chicago Fire on Wednesday

On a night when his hometown team were coming up short in penalties in North Jersey, former Philadelphia Union homegrown Jimmy McLaughlin followed Bastian Schweinsteiger to the penalty spot to take one of the biggest kicks of his life.

Fire out of USOC after PK loss to FC Cincinnati

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FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt turned in a remarkable performance in his club's victory over the Fire in front of the second largest crowd in US Open Cup history. 32,287 fans saw Hildebrandt come up big at least twice in the first half, several times in the second half, and again in extra time before denying Nemanja Nikolic, Arturo Alvarez, and Juninho on penalty kicks.

D.C. United

D.C. United stadium update, FC Cincinnati, and more: Freedom Kicks for 6/30/2017

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Metal going up, Minnesota going down, and bees!

Look, it's been a tough season for D.C. United fans. The team is out of the Open Cup, and making the playoffs will require a tremendous second half of the season. Saturday's game is huge, and it's followed by a brutal trip to Dallas to play a real contender in Texas in early July (so, basically on the sun).

Mal Pugh injured, 2017 US Open Cup draw, and more: Freedom Kicks for 6/16/2017

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Also, a warning to prepare yourself for the rapidly approaching battle with the robots

Fighting off sleep to put this together, so this will be a short one.

2017 US Open Cup draw pairs D.C. United with the New England Revolution | Black and Red United
Mostly linking this over again so I can go on record with my hunches on who gets through:

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Chris Korb makes the difference in Richmond Kickers 1-1 draw

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The D.C. United veteran nabbed an assist in his first game back

The Richmond Kickers were able to hold on and earn a point at City Stadium Saturday night. Facing off against a stout FC Cincinnati squad, an early Richmond goal was matched in the second half by the visiting team, leaving the Kickers at 2-4-1 on the season.

The Rest

Storylines: Portland Timbers vs New York Red Bulls

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The Timbers look to take three points from the visiting Red Bulls.

The Story So Far

The Timbers traveled to Toronto, where the wheels fell off in spectacular fashion - sending the Green and Gold back to the pacific northwest with something to think about. The less we rehash the better, though on the brightside Diego Valeri notched his 50th goal with the club.