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News roundup: Open Cup results, Cincinnati sack coach, Liverpool’s Champions comeback, more

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Philadelphia Union

Marco Fabián is back at full health.

New episode of It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia should drop any minute now. Oh, and ICYMI: some sources of Kevin Kinkead’s say Cory Burke is having visa problems because he failed a drug test.

Jack Elliott and Jamiro Monteiro made it on this Fantasy Football.


In men’s university news, Temple added seven players, and Villanova added an assistant coach.

Open Cup

First round went down last night:

  • Richmond Kickers 6-2 Virginia United
  • New York Red Bulls U-23 4-4 (5-3) FC Motown
  • FC Baltimore Christos 1-1 (4-5) West Chester United
  • Lakeland Tropics 1-1 (7-8) The Villages SC
  • South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 3-0 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
  • Bavarian SC 0-2 Forward Madison FC
  • Laredo Heat SC 1-0 Brazos Valley Cavalry FC
  • Academica SC 1-2 El Farolito
  • Cal FC 5-1 FC Mulhouse Portland
  • Orange County FC 2-0 FC Golden State Force

Here’s a piece that U.S. Soccer posted earlier in the week on West Chester United.


FC Cincinnati sacks Coach Koch after 11 games.

The L.A. Times says Zlatan is too good for MLS, and ESPN wonders if the league has a double standard problem with Ibra and other stars. The latter article has “Additional reporting by Chris Wondoloski.” — that’s Wondoloski not Wondolowski.

Atlanta United acquired Justin Meram from Columbus Crew. Hopefully it’s not a disaster trade like when he went to Orlando.

Portland Timbers signed Necaxa star Brian Fernandez to a Designated Player deal.

Chicago Fire now have five goalkeepers. I’m guessing the front office said, “Yo, bro, we can’t be like the Union and be caught unawares.”


Sky Blue signs Gina Lewandowski after Lehigh Valley native leaves Bayern Munich.

Left out of the World Cup, McCall Zerboni focuses on her day job at NC Courage.

Around the globe

U.S. Soccer files response to USWNT lawsuit.

Former Montana women’s soccer coach sues after firing.

Soccer America commentary: “Pro soccer’s pernicious influence on the amateur game.”

Univision Deportes have renewed the U.S. TV rights to the Mexican national team through 2022.

Highlight of the day

Liverpool had one of the greatest comebacks ever to beat Lionel Messi’s Barcelona. This corner kick is bloody bananas!


  1. Someone direct messaged Burke and he replied confused, saying he doesn’t do drugs, so that is likely not the case.

  2. Watched that Liverpool match expecting Liverpool to fight but not to comeback in that way. If you would have bet that Liverpool would top a full-strength Barca without Salah and Firmino, and that they’d win with braces from Wijnaldum and Origi, you’d be a trillionaire. What a game. TAA’s corner was a stroke of pure genius. I’m still buzzing from it. They’re tough games to take in, but there is no better competition in this sport than Champions League these last four, five years. So many remarkable matches.

  3. The Truth says:

    How does it work with New York Red Bulls U-23 being in the Open Cup? What if they advance far enough to play their MLS side? Could they? I had no idea this was a possibility.

    • Yeah, didn’t the USSF ban affiliate teams from the Open Cup a few years ago?

      • John Ling says:

        I was wondering the same thing when I saw that…

      • USSF banned USL Championship teams owned by MLS clubs from the USOC (like the Steel and RBNY2), but not U-23 sides playing in the lower levels of the USL, like RBNY U23 team. Makes no sense to me, but those are the rules.

    • OneManWolfpack says:

      My only assumption is: like MLS – USSF gonna USSF

  4. el Pachyderm says:

    Liverpool outplayed Barcelona over 190 minutes.
    I am actually not at all surprised by yesterdays result.
    Amazed, yes.
    Surprised. No.
    That two ‘bench players’ combined for 4 goals and Barcelona was so exposed on the flanks is remarkable to me. One of the greatest sporting events I’ve ever seen.

    • I’m becoming a subscriber to the theory that these top teams — particularly in Spain and France (PSG) — are not tested enough in their respective leagues. They just aren’t used to playing at high intensity or even of having to defend high level pressing. Luck is certainly involved, but Liverpool demonstrated the validity of that old sporting cliche — they wanted it more.

  5. pragmatist says:

    For those who didn’t see it, Accam is now a member of the Crew.
    Don’t let it be said that Ernst’s tenure is boring…

  6. I thought these loan to buy things had a predetermined amount for purchase?

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