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Category: U.S. Open Cup

July
15th

New look Thursday for Sounders Insider blog

Starting Thursday all of The News Tribune sports blogs — including this one — will have a new look.

The blogs are being moved into the main site from our blog platform. We are aiming to go live with the new site around 11:30 a.m.

To readers, the postings and stories will look largely the same and look better on mobile.

The main difference is in how you comment. You will need a Facebook account through which to sign in so you can comment on the blog. Otherwise, the content you’ve come to expect will be the same.

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July
2nd

Open Cup quarterfinal matches set

us-open-cup1Here’s the word from U.S. Soccer:

U.S. Soccer has determined the schedule for the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal round match involving the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake.

The Galaxy, Open Cup champions in 2001 and 2005, will travel to Sandy, Utah, where they will face RSL at Rio Tinto Stadium on July 14 at 8 p.m. MT.

The schedule details for the Quarterfinal between the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union will be announced at a later time. Get the latest information on the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal schedule on Twitter @opencup.

The remaining Quarterfinal schedule includes Sporting Kansas City hosting the Houston Dynamo on July 21 and first-year MLS club Orlando City visiting the four-time champion Chicago Fire (1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006) on July 22.
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July
1st

Schmid apologizes for comments after Open Cup; ‘Would never’ touch a referee

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Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid spoke with local media today, expressing regret for his comments after the U.S. Open Cup loss to Portland last month when three of his players were sent off with red cards. (The particular comment was his explanation why he left the bench area before the game ended: “I didn’t want to get thrown out, so I just walked away from the bench because I was maybe going to choke a referee, so I figured I’d walk away before I did something stupid.”)

Here is Schmid’s statement from today:

I think the last two weeks have certainly been a tough period for the team, and a lot of people are pointing back to the Open Cup game, and people look at that game and say, ‘Three red cards: It must have been a really chippy, contentious game.’ I didn’t think it was a chippy, contentious game, per se. But certainly the thing I want to make sure of is the statement that I made after the game, you know in 40 years of coaching I’ve never touched a referee, nor would I ever do that. But I want to make sure that young coaches out there who heard that statement understand that that’s not the right thing to say. My father was a referee in southern California for years and years. They came over and played chess with him, and I’ve known referees since I was a teenager because of his refereeing and all that. There’s never been any animosity or anything like that. I just want to make sure that coaches who hear that statement understand that that’s the wrong thing to say. I feel bad about having said that. It doesn’t change necessarily how I feel about the refereeing performance, but that is never an appropriate wording or reaction.

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June
25th

Dempsey out of Open Cup through at least 2017

us-open-cup1Here’s the news from U.S. Soccer:

The U.S. Open Cup Adjudication and Discipline Panel has suspended Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey a total of six U.S. Open Cup matches or the next two years of U.S. Open Cup competition, whichever is greater. The suspension is due to his actions during the U.S. Open Cup match between Seattle Sounders FC and Portland Timbers on June 16, 2015.

In addition, Dempsey has been fined an undisclosed amount.
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June
23rd

Schmid from Philly on Union and Timbers

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I just got a few minutes on the phone with Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, who is in Pennsylvania with his team preparing for the 4 p.m. Wednesday match with the Philadelphia Union.

Here’s what he had to say:

On Philly coming off of a 5-1 loss at LA: They’re coming back home, they’re going to be motivated, they’re going to be driven to do better for sure. They have a few injuries as well, which is helpful, and minutes-wise – with the exception of not having a game on the 13th – they’ve played a schedule that’s comparable to ours. We should be somewhat similar, so those are positives. But I think the main thing is they played so poorly in LA they’re going to be highly motivated to make amends.

On the Union: They’ve got good flanks play when they’re doing well. Sebastien Le Toux runs one line as a winger. The other line, they have a lot of energy there. When they run on the outside (Cristian) Maidana is definitely a playmaker type of guy. They try to hold up the ball up front usually with one of their big forwards. It’s really their midfield and their wide play that helps generate their attacking play.
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June
19th

MLS suspends Dempsey three games; ‘We felt significant suspension appropriate’

MLSnew15Here is the statement from the league:

Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey has been suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount for his conduct toward a match official during a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match on Tuesday, July 16.

While the incident took place outside MLS league play, alleged actions by an MLS player against a referee during any club competition is adjudicated and disciplined by the professional league. In this case, MLS had jurisdiction to review the incident and levy sanctions per Policy 202(1)(H)-2 in the U.S. Soccer Policy Manual.

Dempsey will serve his suspension during the next three Sounders matches and he is precluded from participating in any soccer competition until the suspension has expired.

And from deputy commissioner Mark Abbott:

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June
19th

USOC panel to review Sounders behavior; MLS about to rule on Dempsey

us-open-cup13An announcement from MLS is expected around noon. For now, here’s the word from U.S. Soccer

The U.S. Open Cup Adjudication and Discipline Panel will hold a hearing next week to review the incidents from the Open Cup match between Seattle Sounders FC and Portland Timbers FC on June 16 in Seattle.

The hearing is required after the Open Cup Commissioner, under the rules of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup Handbook, determined that the multiple red cards and subsequent actions by Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey warrant review by the Panel for possible further sanctions, which can include additional suspension from Open Cup matches and/or fines.

At this point, the Panel has gathered evidence, including the report of the referee and the Match Commissioner, video of the incident, as is currently conducting interviews with the relevant parties. Any decision made by the Panel on further sanctioning will pertain only to future Open Cup tournament competition.
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