US Open Cup

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The Future for domestic cups

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Jason Davis asks a timely question about the FA Cup and wonders what the answer might mean for the U.S. Open Cup. Read More

DC United Win the 2013 US Open Cup

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DC United are the 2013 US Open Cup champions, shutting out Real Salt Lake 1-0 for the title at Rio Tinto Stadium. Read More

United Claim Open Cup Title In Epic Upset

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Ben Olsen and D.C. United lift the US Open Cup title. ( Jim Urquhart-USA TODAY Sports)

Upset may not be the right word to describe what happened last night in Sandy, Utah between D.C. United and Real Salt Lake. Maybe adding the word epic to upset makes it more meaningful, whatever the case may be, it was possibly one of the biggest upsets we've ever seen in Major League Soccer and the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

Questions: LA’s Form and DC’s Chances

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It's the Thursday edition of the 5 Questions, with the Galaxy's chance at contending and DC United's chance at another US Open Cup. Read More

Questions: Top in the East and Scheduling the Open Cup

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Tony Edwards is back with the 5 Questions, asking about the top of the Eastern Conference and losing momentum in the Open Cup. Read More

What the US Open Cup Tells Us About Two MLS Teams

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Real Salt Lake and DC United advanced to the US Open Cup final, and Jason Davis explains what that means for both teams. Read More

Real Salt Lake and DC United Advance to US Open Cup Final

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DC United advanced past Chicago and Real Salt Lake beat Portland to setup the final for the 2013 US Open Cup on Oct 1st. Read More

2013 US Open Cup: Coin Flip Goes to Salt Lake or Portland

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Either Real Salt Lake or the Portland Timbers will host the 2013 US Open Cup final with the date dependent on who advances from their semifinal. Read More

The US Open Cup in 2013

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While acknowledging US Soccer's improvements, J Hutcherson looks at the next step for a better US Open Cup. Read More

All MLS in the 2013 US Open Cup Semifinals

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Four Major League Soccer teams advance to the semifinals of the 2013 US Open Cup. Read More

FC Dallas falls out from US Open Cup

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The Portland Timbers parlayed a strong first-half finish into three second-half goals to stun FC Dallas in a heart-stopping 3-2 win in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match at FC Dallas Stadium.

"I thought we played extremely well that first 30 minutes, got a goal.

Hedges’ Calf Injury Could Keep Him Out of Open Cup Game

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One of the more underreported stories from Saturday's 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City was the injury starting center back Matt Hedges suffered that forced FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman to go with rookie Walker Zimmerman alongside George John to start the second half.

And that decision to go with FCD's top pick in the 2013 draft definitely paid off as Zimmerman delivered the game-tying tally in the 90th minute thanks to some great service from Dallas captain David Ferreira.

US Soccer Announces Draw for 2013 US Open Cup Semifinals

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The US Soccer Federation announces the potential match-ups for the semifinal round of the 2013 US Open Cup. Read More

Philadelphia Union

Re-entry Draft list, KC GK Nielsen retires, USOC games during WC break, more news

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Lots of local connections and other names of interest on Re-Entry Draft list. Jimmy Nielsen announces his retirement. Looks like USOC games will take place during the World Cup break. More news.

Newsie bits and bobs including US Soccer’s Athletes of the Year, WC stadium crane collapse update, and more

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Knighton and Hertzog released by Vancouver. Eastern Pa. US Open Cup qualification update. Altidore and Wambach lead US Soccer AOY awards. News from crane collapse at Sao Paolo WC stadium. More.

Hack on points U need to reach playoffs, injury update, Conor sees similarities, Nikolov may retire, more

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News from John Hackworth's weekly press conference. Casey sees similarities between Union and 2010 MLS Cup winning Rapids. Oka Nikolov considering retirement. More news.

DC wins US Open Cup, MacMath and Okugo on MLS TOW, Klinsmann hints at roster, more news

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DC pulls a Wigan, wins US Open Cup. MacMAth and Okugo named to MLS Team of the Week. Klinsmann doesn't care about MLS schedule. FIFA likely to delay Qatar decision. More news.

Union named SBI TOW, Vermes whines, USOC final today, Jones rubbishes surgery reports, more

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Vermes didn't like Union gamesmanship. Warshaw & Valentin tearing it up in Scandinavia. US Open Cup final previews and news. Jones says he's available. More news.

Power rankings slide, best place to work, Brazilian heat, more news

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Union plummet to 16th in ESPN power rankings. Union named one of the best places to work in PA. No live stream from GolTV/US Soccer for US Open Cup final. FIFPro head warns of heat in Brazil. More

Casey: Union will “lay everything on the line,” HCI loses at home, USMNT breaks into FIFA Top 20

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Conor Casey says the Union expect three points on Saturday. Cristhain Hernandez scores but Harrisburg falls to Charlotte. US ranked 19th in world by FIFA. RSL v DC Open Cup final set. More news.

Club v Academy, headgear for soccer in Princeton, US Open Cup semis, more

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Berks County player chooses Union academy over high school team. Princeton school district mandates headgear must be worn by soccer players. US Open Cup semifinal previews, more.

Union move on, more on dempsey move, West German doping, more

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Union look to put loss to Chicago behind them. Dempsey on why he came back tot he US. Wahl goes behind the scenes of the deal. Transparency questions remain. One year anniversary. More news.

Jack Mac call-up expected today, challenges as Union ready for Dallas & road swing, more

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Gold Cup roster announcement. Union face selection challenges ahead of vital series of games that includes Dallas and road swing. Local results from US Development Academy playoffs. US U-20s in must win game. More.

The Upside

Upside: Dominate those situations

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The soccer news roundup for Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 with Real Salt Lake and DC United playing for the US Open Cup. Read More

Upside: The best scenario

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The US Open Cup and other news from Major League Soccer as we roundup the stories for Aug 7, 2013. Read More

Team News

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Real Salt Lake (U.S. Open Cup match)

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We have player evaluations for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the U.S. Open Cup match versus Real Salt Lake, including a complete team rating and score for the coaches.

Timbers U.S. Open Cup dreams fall short in 2 to 1 loss to Real Salt Lake

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The Portland Timbers were one win away from hosting the 2013 U.S. Open Cup final, but they would need to defeat Real Salt Lake in their home park to do that. RSL got an early goal from Alvaro Saborio and a second one from Joao Plata in the 72nd minute, but had to hold off a furious rally by Portland including a header from Diego Valeri in stoppage time.

Timbers have chance to make history in U.S. Open Cup with win in Salt Lake City

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The Portland Timbers sit on the verge of history in the U.S. Open Cup should they secure a win in Real Salt Lake. The winner of the match will not only have the right to play for the USOC title and a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League, but they will also host the winner of the other semi-final - Chicago and D.

Winner of Portland Timbers – Real Salt Lake U.S. Open Cup match will host USOC final

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The Portland Timbers learned on July 30 that they could host the 2013 U.S. Open Cup final, as the winner of their semifinal pairing was designated as host club by virtue of a coin flip held at U.S. Soccer Federation headquarters. Should Portland defeat RSL in the August 7 semi-final match, they would host the winner of the Chicago - D.

Portland Timbers advance to U.S. Open Cup semifinals by holding off FC Dallas 3 to 2

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The Portland Timbers were hoping to make history in the U.S. Open Cup by advancing to the semi-finals, but they would have to beat a familiar foe, FC Dallas, in a venue that they hadn't lost in all season, FC Dallas Stadium. Behind three goals in the second half and withstanding a furious rally by FC Dallas late, the Timbers won 3 to 2 to advance to the semis where they will visit Real Salt Lake on August 7.

Portland Timbers v FC Dallas Open Cup preview – teams meet 11 days after feisty match at JWF

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The Portland Timbers are near the end of a wild sequence of matches in MLS league play and within the U.S. Open Cup tournament before getting a break, but they first must deal with a USOC quarterfinal match with FC Dallas on the road. The teams played on June 15 in a raucous affair that was settled with one goal - a Darlington Nagbe effort in the second half - while they've also played each other two times previously.

FC Dallas

Match Photos: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas, USOC

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Please enjoy these match photos by Matt Visinsky of the US Open Cup match between FC Dallas and Portland Timbers.

Match Highlights: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas, USOC

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Here are the highlights of the US Open Cup match between FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers.

Scoring Summary:
DAL – Je-Vaughn Watson (Blas Perez, Jackson) 15
POR – Darlington Nagbe 61
POR – Diego Valeri (Darlington Nagbe) 63
POR – Frederic Piquionne 72
DAL – Blas Perez 86

FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Jair Benitez, Walker Zimmerman, George John, Zach Loyd (Bobby Warshaw 83), Fabian Castillo (Kenny Cooper 77), Je-Vaughn Watson (Ramon Nunez 68), Andrew Jacobson, David Ferreira, Jackson, Blas Perez.

Eric Hassli talks about his back and the US Open Cup

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No matter the subject, one of the better quotes on FC Dallas is none other than French-born striker Eric Hassli. Of course, the veteran forward missed Saturday's 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City due to a back issue. However, Hassli now appears to be at 100 percent and ready to contribute in Wednesday's quarterfinal match with Portland in the Lamar Hunt U.

FC Dallas’ record in the US Open Cup Quarter-finals

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On Wednesday night in Frisco, FC Dallas will look to extend its run in the 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a quarterfinal match against the Portland Timbers. All told, FCD has been to the USOC quarters on 12 occasions and is 7-5 in USOC those matches. Here's how that breaks down:

Year Result Foe
1996 W, 3-2 Seattle Sounders (A-League)
1997 W, 4-1 Chicago Stingers (USISL D-3 Pro League)
1998 W, 5-1 Nashville Metros (USL A-League)
1999 L, 1-2 at Rochester Raging Rhinos (USL A-League)*
2000 L, 1-5 at Chicago Fire*
2002 W, 1-0 at Colorado Rapids
2004 L, 0-4 at Kansas City Wizards*
2005 W, 1-1 (4-1) D.

The Rest

Philly soccer 100: Three area teams knocked out of American & US Open Cup

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As poor weather forced the cancellation of every league game in Philadelphia, Bethlehem and West Philadelphia were eliminated an the road from the National Challenge Cup, Victor from the American Cup.

Brendan Burke’s legacy at Reading United

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Sean Doyle talks to Brendan Burke about his legacy at Reading, where he coached for six years before leaving for expanded duties with the Union, where he's been an assistant coach since 2011.

Meet the Babe Ruth of American Soccer

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Photo: Courtesy of US Soccer Among the struggles soccer has faced in finding its place in the American sports landscape has been the disconnect between its fans and the long history of the sport in the US. This disconnect exists even among knowledgeable professionals who are paid to write about [...]

Robb Heineman AMA

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Robb Heineman was on Reddit today to have an AMA (Ask Me Anything). During the interview he gave some pretty candid answers to some questions and obviously had a bit of fun as well (including giving a date for the installation of the Sporting Blue turf).

Here are some of the highlights and some commentary.

Upside: Morning and afternoons

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The soccer news for Jun 26, 2013 with the preseason starting in Europe and the Confederations Cup in the semifinal stage. Read More