Charleston Battery 3 Chivas USA 1
*Jesse Marsch scored in the 28th minute for Chivas USA to tie the game at one apiece, but it wasn’t enough to see the club win a U.S. Open Cup game for the first time in four years.
*Chivas USA goalkeeper Lance Parker made his second start of year after playing last Saturday in SuperLiga against San Luis. Defender Bobby Burling saw his first minutes in 2009 after recovering from sports hernia surgery.
“Overall, I thought we were the better team the whole game,” said Chivas USA Coach Preki. “They got lucky breaks. … I thought we played really well. … We made them chase the game. … They just defended the second half and they didn’t want to play.”
Chivas USA XI: Lance Parker, Sasha Victorine, Jim Curtin, Carey Talley, Jorge Flores, Chukwudi Chijindu (Bobby Burling, 70′), Paulo Nagamura, Jesse Marsch, Bojan Stepanovic, Atiba Harris (Michael Lahoud 84), Eduardo Lillingston (Maykel Galindo, 58′).
Sports Illustrated has a sneak peek at the forthcoming book by writer Grant Wahl.
Looks like Galaxy fans aren’t the only ones unconvinced of David Beckham’s supposed commitment to the Galaxy.
“He’s not. He’s not shown that. I can’t think of another guy where I’d say he wasn’t a good teammate, he didn’t give everything through all this, he didn’t still care. But with [Beckham] I’d say no, he wasn’t committed.”
Sounds like the Galaxy are going to have a splendid time when/if Beckham returns doesn’t it?
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Almost as instructive as the U.S. loss to Brazil Sunday in the final of the Confederations Cup if we are looking forward to gauge the national team’s chances of future success on the world stage, was the Mexican scoreless draw with Guatemala in San Diego.
The U.S. goes down blazing against the world’s best; Mexico struggles to get anything out of a game with a modest soccer nation.
It’s all about attitude.
*The Battery, second in the USL First Division with a 7-2-6 record, lost in last year’s U.S. Open Cup final to D.C. United. They advanced to the third round with wins over Atlanta FC and Miami FC Blues. Charleston is unbeaten at Blackbaud Stadium in 2009 with five wins and three ties.
*Chivas USA haven’t won a U.S. Open Cup game in four years. Chivas USA has one win in the last nine games in all competitions. This is the first-ever meeting between the clubs.
*The game will be streamed live at 4:30 p.m. on USLlive.com.
It’s over: U.S. 2 Brazil 3
Coach Bob Bradley: “It feels pretty lousy to let this one get away.”
The Galaxy’s Landon Donovan: “We’re at the point where we don’t want respect. We want to win.”
Half time: U.S. 2 Brazil 0
From the “if you thought that win over Spain was massive” department comes the final of the Confederations Cup.
I scarcely dare write this post.
The game is on ESPN.
Perhaps the most important 45 minutes of American soccer coming up since the 1950 World Cup.
Sol 4 Chicago Red Stars 0
Torrance’s Shannon Boxx opened the scoring in the 14th minute, Camile Abily scored the second five minutes later and Marta added the third and fourth goals in the second half.
The 10-1-4 league-leading Sol are undefeated in 10 games; the Red Stars are winless in nine games.
Notable: Marta and Abily are tied for the WPS lead with eight goals apiece.
“It was a big challenge today as it was our third game in seven days, but I thought we played very well,” said Coach Abner Rogers. “Obviously, the result speaks for itself. The number of opportunities that we created was very satisfying.”
Announced attendance: 4,653
Sol Lineup: Karina LeBlanc; Stephanie Cox, Allison Falk, Marina Franko, Katie Larkin, McCall Zerboni (72: Aly Wagner), Shannon Boxx , Camille Abily (80: Maya Makoski), Aya Miyama, Han Duan, Marta.
Next: Sol hosts Saint Louis Athletica at noon Wednesday, July 8.