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Pajoy suspended, USOC quarterfinal brackets, more

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Philadelphia Union

In case you missed it, Lionard Pajoy was given a one-game suspension for his foul against Joao Plata in the loss to Toronto. So I guess we’ll finally see that Mwanga – Martinez partnership up top when DC United come to town on June 16?

If the Union defeat DC United in the fourth round of the US Open Cup on Tuesday night, they will host the winner of New York Red Bulls/Harrisburg City Islanders on Tuesday, June 26 in the quarterfinals.

You can get tickets to Tuesday night’s US Open Cup tie with DC United here. Use the promo code “Union.”

The Sons of Ben will announce the roster that will face the Union front office in this year’s River Cup at the pregame Luau on Saturday, June 16 before the Union host DC United.

Porfirio Lopez was an unused sub in Costa Rica’s 1-0 loss to Guatemala.

Philadelphia Fever

On the road in Massachusetts, the Philadelphia Fever struck first, thanks to a goal from Myriam Bouchard in the 11th minute. But the Fever couldn’t hold on to their lead and finished the day 2–1 losers to New England Mutiny. The Fever return to action on June 10 when they host at Daniel Boone H.S. in Birdsboro, Penn., starting at 7:30pm.

The Fever arrived an hour late to Thursday night’s game against New York Fury. The Equalizer calls the late kickoff “inexcusable, unprofessional.” Fever head coach called the delay ‘“a very unfortunate situation for both teams.” Fury head coach Paul RIley said, ““You want to call it the WPSL Elite league then you have to leave early…If this was a TV game tonight with WPS what would have happened? We would have been done with Fox Soccer, the whole thing would be done.” WPSL commissioner Jerry Zanelli, who said the Fever would not be disciplined, added, “Well, they should probably get a more competent driver next time.”


Deshorn Brown scored a brace in the span of four minutes as Reading United defeated Baltimore Bohemians 2–1 on Saturday night.

Ocean City Nor’easters topped Jersey Express 2–1 at home on Sunday night with goals from Jonathan Dolezal and Zoncher Dennis.

Reading will travel to Ocean City to face the Nor’easters in a battle for first place on Friday, June 8. The Bohemians face Ocean City Nor’easters on the road on June 10.

The Richmond Kickers showed up ten minutes late for the match agaisnt Harrisburg City Islanders, a bit of tardiness that would prove important when the already wet game was halted in the 84th minute due to lightning. The match will go down as a 1–1 draw thanks to a 79th minute equalizer from former Lower Dauphin High School star Garret Pettis, who had entered the game only seconds before.

When the New York Red Bulls defeated Charleston Battery in Open Cup play last Tuesday Tyler Ruthven was on the bench. The problem was that Ruthven had received a red card during the 2010 tournament while he was with the City Islanders. In 2011 he played for Atlanta Silverbacks in the NASL and, because the NASL did not participate in the tournament in 2011, that meant  Ruthven should have been serving a one-game suspension rather than be sitting on the Red Bulls bench. On Friday, the USOC Adjudication and Discipline Panel fined the Red Bulls $500 and ruled that Ruthven will serve his one-game suspension in the next Red Bulls Open Cup game, which will be against the City Islanders on Tuesday.

Corey Hertzog, on loan from New York to the Wilmington Hammerheads, scored two goals and an assist in the 3-1 win against Orlando City in his home debut.

Victor Napolitano, a defender on the Temple soccer team that went undefeated in 1951 and was named the national champion has passed away at the age of 83.


New England defeated Chicago 2-0 in the only league game of the weekend to move into sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Sigi Schmid thinks US Soccer is trying to make it difficult for Seattle Sounders to win another Open Cup.

Montreal Impact say Alessandro Del Piero is not headed their way.


The USMNT traveled to Toronto to play Canada on Sunday night and wasted all of our time in a 0-0 snoozefest. Thanks, guys.

Soccer America, the New York Times and Goal.com have player ratings from the game.


Mexico defeated Brazil 2-0 in front of 84,519‎ spectators at Cowboys Stadium

SI looks at Spain’s prospects for winning the first treble in international history at the upcoming Euros.

The Guardian’s animated history of the teams participating in the Euros continues with a look at Italy.


  1. Wow; 84,500 spectators in Dallas?!
    US – Canada game was terible. US boys looked tired and overtrained. Canada should have won it in the last minute. How did that guy not score from 3′ out? He would have, had he used his left foot. Terrible passing by Donavan. Canada’s midfield looked better than ours.

    • -nickt.- says:

      dallas would do better if they weren’t in the suburban waste that is frisco and had a couple latino superstars

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