There’s a romance to the under-appreciated U.S. Open Cup I’ve especially appreciated since watching obscure Roma FC lose to the Galaxy a few years back (wonderfully named and stylish midfielder Quavas Kirk scored the winner, if I recall, with a beautifully struck shot that was the highlight of his brief Galaxy career) at the HDC Track & Field Stadium, the LA Riot Squad boozing it up behind one net in a fenced off beer garden.
(And I’ve still got the red Roma T-shirt I bought for $10 the club were selling to finance their cup run).
Yeah, there were familiar names involved in games last night: the Sounders (whose David Geno became the stuff of cup legend with four goals in the U-23 teams’ win over Doxa Italia), Timbers, Red Bulls.
But there was the unfamilar, yet evocative, names too Tuesday that invoked the spirt of the tournament:
The brother of wonderfully named Chicago Fire forward Dilly Duka, the even more wonderfully spelled Argjent Duka, scored a brace to lead the fantastically named Icon FC of the USASA over the excellently named Brooklyn Italians of the NPSL.
The Dayton Dutch Lions thumped the River City Rovers (there just aren’t enough top American teams named Rovers) by a 3-0 scoreline.
The meterologically named Ocean City Nor’easters found the perfect storm (!) to defeat the New York Red Bulls U-23 team 3-0.
I could go on. Or you could just click here for a full run down of the night’s action.
MLS has suspended Sporting Kansas City midfielder Paulo Nagamura for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for violent conduct after he “demonstrated disregard for his opponent’s safety” by stepping on (Edgar) Mejía’s hand in the 52nd minute of their game last weekend against Chivas USA.
The minor league LA Blues announced today they have signed former NFL punter and Bruin Aaron Perez as a goalkeeper for the remainder of the 2013 season. Perez, who had stints with the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins, most recently played for FC Santa Clarita of the National Premier Soccer League.
Old news if you follow me on Twitter @lasoccerblog, but Staff Writer Phil Collin has the story of the cornerstone of Chivas USA sticking by the club.
Tickets for the Ventura County Fusion’s May 14 U.S. Open Cup game at Ventura College are now on sale. The opponents will be the winner of the Fresno Fuego Future-FC Hasental clash, a game played three days after the Fusion’s PDL home opener against the BYU Cougars.
Lawndale’s Kei Kamara will attempt to ensure the EPL status of Norwich City at 6:30 a.m. Saturday against former Canaries boss Paul Lambert and Aston Villa on Fox Soccer, while Manchester United and Chelsea clash at 7:30 a.m. Sunday on the same channel.
Chivas USA visits Sporting Kansas City Sunday (2 p.m. UniMas), while the Galaxy caps off the weekend with an 8 p.m. game Sunday in Carson that is a rematch of last year’s MLS Cup against the Houston Dynamo (live on ESPN2). More on these games later.
Watch the game here. It starts at 7 p.m. on what fellow blogger Joshua Mayers of The Seattle Times observes is a beautiful evening in Seattle (that’s Mount Rainier for those unfamiliar with the topography in the Pacific Northwest).
“Guys are in good spirits – all just getting back from dinner,” Chivas USA Tweeted earlier Monday evening. “They’re excited for the match and eager to get a win.”
*Game coverage: The game kicks off at 7 p.m. There is no TV or radio. The truly dedicated can follow the game on the @Chivas USA Twitter feed. An audio stream of the game is “likely,” the club said. The best place to follow along is here.
*International update: forward Alejandro Moreno scored the second goal in Venezuela’s 2-0 win Friday over Jamaica; defender Michael Umaa played 90 minutes in Costa Rica’s 2-2 draw with China.
Ten of the 11 Galaxy starters did not start in Saturday’s MLS game against Seattle.
Galaxy lineup: Josh Saunders; A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo (Sean Franklin 71′), Omar Gonzalez, Eddie Lewis; Chris Klein (Dema Kovalenko 69′), Bryan Jordan, Jovan Kirovski (Juninho 72′), Alex Cazumba; Clint Mathis, Alan Gordon.
“To me these games don’t make sense,” said Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena. “Essentially it was a reserve game tonight. I think the timing of this competition isn’t right for MLS teams; it’s a difficult time to try and play these games. … The competition is watered down due to the fact that each team is juggling players.”