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D.C. United wins third U.S. Open Cup, 1-0

D.C. United upset Real Salt Lake, 1-0, in the U.S. Open Cup final tonight at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

The lone goal was scored by Lewis Neal just before halftime.

It was D.C.’s third Open Cup title in the 100-year history of the competition.

Here’s a report from U.S. Soccer:

Storied Major League Soccer franchise D.C. United seized the moment at the 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Lewis Neal scored a late first-half goal while goalkeeper Bill Hamid and the D.C. United defense held Real Salt Lake’s offense at bay

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Sounders only spectators as Real Salt Lake and DC United meet for U.S. Open Cup tonight

For the first time since 2008, there will be a U.S. Open Cup final tonight, and Seattle Sounders FC won’t part of it.

Instead, D.C. United will meet Real Salt Lake for the cup, in a match at 6 PT tonight (GolTV) at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

“We were just talking about that,” midfielder Lamar Neagle said today after the Sounders went through a training session instead of the cup final. Yeah, it’s kind of a bitter feeling know that we should be in the final. We usually do well in those

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Soundersless Open Cup final: RSL-DC on Tuesday

us-open-cup1For the first time in five seasons, the Sounders aren’t part of the U.S. Open Cup final.

Instead it will be Real Salt Lake vs. D.C. United. Here’s a preview from MLS:

The first major trophy of 2013 will be raised on Tuesday night in Sandy, Utah, as Real Salt Lake hosts D.C. United in the 100th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final (5 p.m. PT, Gol TV).

RSL name success in international competition among their top priorities, so capturing their first Open Cup title would not only add company for its 2009 MLS Cup, but also earn them a coveted berth in CONCACAF Champions League.

For D.C. United, winners of more major trophies (12) than any club in MLS history, the game is a chance to add to that haul. Already eliminated from the MLS Cup Playoff race, it’s also United’s shot at validation and victory during what has been a disappointing league campaign.
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RSL-DC meet in rare Sounders-free USOC final

us-open-cup1For the first time since 2008, Seattle Sounders FC will not be participating in a U.S. Open Cup final.

Here’s a report from U.S. Soccer:

The 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final is set as D.C. United and Real Salt Lake advanced through the semifinal round of the 100th edition of the tournament.

D.C. United is headed to its fifth U.S. Open Cup Final after beating the Chicago Fire 2-0 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Real Salt Lake defeated the Portland Timbers 2-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

D.C. is in search of its third crown, having won the event in 1996 and 2008. Real Salt Lake has advanced to its first U.S. Open Cup Final. The championship will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Rio Tinto Stadium and will be broadcast live on GolTV.
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Johnson heads key goal in USA 5-1 Gold Cup win

Moments after checking into the game in the 59th minute, Sounders forward Eddie Johnson headed home the third goal for the U.S. men’s national team, which then sped away to eliminate El Salvador, 5-1.

The USA advances to the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals, meeting Honduras at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday.


Johnson, USA in Gold Cup quarterfinal this afternoon

USSF100Sounders forward Eddie Johnson will be back in the USA colors at 1 p.m. today when the United States meets El Salvador before a sellout crowd in Baltimore.

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The USA’s quest for its fifth Gold Cup title kicks off in earnest when the knockout phase begins with a quarterfinal matchup against El Salvador in Baltimore. Coverage from sold-out M&T Bank Stadium begins at 3:30 p.m ET on FOX and Univision. Fans can follow the match live on’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.

The U.S. entered the quarterfinal by virtue of winning Group C. El Salvador advanced as the second place team from Group B. In the second part of the doubleheader, Honduras faces Costa Rica. The winner of these two matches will meet in the semifinal in Dallas on July 24.


• The 1-0 victory against Costa Rica on July 16 gave the USA eight wins in a row, setting an all-time record for consecutive wins for the U.S. Men’s National Team.
• The win also extended the USA’s record in the group phase to 28-1-2 all-time. The MNT improved its record this year to 9-2-2, and 8-1-1 in U.S.-hosted games in 2013.
• In the history of the Gold Cup, the U.S. team has only lost once in a quarterfinal (2000).
• Chris Wondolowski leads the tournament in scoring with five goals. That is also the most any U.S. player has scored in a single Gold Cup.
• With his game-winner, Brek Shea became the seventh player on this U.S. roster to score his first international goal in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Shea joins Corona as the second player to score his debut goal in the 2013 edition of the regional championship.
• With the World Cup less than a year away, the mix of veterans and younger players are hoping the Gold Cup will prove to be a launching point for a spot in World Cup Qualifying and ultimately Brazil in 2014.
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Sounders GM talks Open Cup fall and future

us-open-cup1We got a few minutes with Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer today, and realized it was our first exposure to him since the Sounders’ loss at Tampa Bay in the U.S. Open Cup.

We asked if that fact — at Tampa Bay — meaning cross-country mid-week travel — was relevant to the outcome.

“That’s simplifying it,” he said, “but certainly getting on airplanes with layover and playing in different time zones: Statistically there’s plenty of data to support that in every sport that’s a recipe for less success. That said, it’s also an excuse, and we try not to throw the excuses out too often, or whenever we can avoid it. But it is what it is. We didn’t score more goals than them, and they move on and we don’t. And at this point – now that it’s done – we have to try to turn a negative into a positive and say, ‘OK, for the first time in our existence, we don’t have massive amounts of fixture congestion heading into the summer and toward the playoffs, and hopefully that means we can keep some guys fresh and have momentum heading into the playoffs.”

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Schmid: Carrasco deferred to Oba on PK

Here’s what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say today about Obafemi Martins’ taking the penalty kick near the end of the game at Tampa Bay — the low/left kick that was saved, allowing the Rowdies to go on for a 1-0 win that knocked Seattle out of U.S. Open Cup.

“At the end of the day the players decide on the field who’s going to hit the PK. We always right down before the game who is in line to hit the PK. Obviously, Oba wasn’t on that list because he wasn’t starting the game. When the penalty kick

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