Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Union ink new 5-year deal with Bimbo. 8000 US Open Cup tickets sold so far. Union STHs have until Sunday to buy USOC tickets for their regular seats. More news.
As the Union prepare to host their first US Open Cup final, a look at Philadelphia-area teams in the final throughout the history of the country's oldest national soccer tournament, which has had local winners ten times since 1914.
Quotes from Union US Open Cup semifinal win in Dallas. Tickets for Sept. 16 final at PPL Park go on sale on Thursday. Ribeiro named USL PRO Player of the Week. US advances to Women's U-20 World Cup quarterfinals. More news.
Union will face Dallas on the road in US Open Cup semifinal after Dallas defeats Carolina in quarterfinals. Curtin on points needed to reach playoffs. Argentina outlasts Netherlands to reach WC final. More
It was ugly, but the Union fought back after going down a goal in the first half, finding an equalizer late in regulation time before scoring twice in the second period of extra time to advance to the fifth round of the US Open Cup.
If the Union get past Harrisburg, they host either Red Bulls or Cosmos in US Open Cup fifth round. McLaughlin named to USL PRO TOW. Sex OK for USA at WC. Clinton freaked out when US didn't win 2022 WC bid. More news.
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For the fourth time in five seasons, Kansas City bowed out of the US Open Cup at home, falling 3-1 to the Portland Timbers at Sporting Park. The Timbers jumped out to a 3-0 lead before a Soony Saad PK pulled Kansas City closer to make the final few minutes a little more interesting, but it ended up not being enough in the first of two matches this week.
Sporting KC and the Portland Timbers will get to know each other quite well over the next four days. The two teams will meet twice in short order in two separate competition. Tomorrow night at Sporting Park, the two will meet up in the fourth round of this year's US Open Cup. Then on Friday the two teams will meet in Portland as MLS regular season play returns.
Sporting Kansas City will be headed West should they beat the Portland Timbers tomorrow night at Sporting Park. The draw for the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup was held today and for the first time in this year's tournament, Sporting will be forced to travel if they win. The winner of the Sporting and Portland match will travel to face the winner of the San Jose vs Seattle game on July 9th.
The Portland Timbers faced two battles with Sporting Kansas City in various competitions during the last week of June - a June 24 date in KC in the 5th round of the U.S. Open Cup and a June 27 fixture in Portland in regular MLS league play. The June 24 affair featured another scoring flourish by Gaston Fernandez and exceptional goalkeeper from Andrew Weber as the Timbers advanced to the next round, where they will play the Seattle Sounders on July 9 in Tukwila, WA in the USOC quarterfinals.
In an oddity of MLS scheduling combined with the quirky planning of the U.S. Open Cup tournament, the Portland Timbers will end up playing Sporting Kansas City twice this week in differing competitions. The teams play on June 24 at Sporting's home park for the next round of the U.S. Open Cup, then the teams meet in Portland to resume the MLS regular season on June 27.
The Portland Timbers were hoping to continue their good fortunes from a long 2013 run in the Open Cup with their opening match against Orlando City U-23s at Providence Park. While Orlando City wasn't intimidated, they were overmatched by the speed and pace as Gaston Fernandez tallied two first half goals to stake Portland to a lead.
As the sport of soccer grows in the United States, the domestic league and national team continue to make strides. But sadly the US Open Cup, which was showing signs of improvement and greater respect from the US soccer institutions, just went backwards two steps back. Namely, why on earth did MLS and US Soccer decide to play the fourth round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup during the World Cup when MLS teams enter the tournament?