Chivas USA travels to OC tonight to face LA Blues in U.S. Open Cup

usopencuplogoTickets to the 7:30 p.m. game at Titan Stadium in Fullerton are still available for $5 to $8 each.

Struggling Chivas USA beat the struggling local USL Pro team 5-1 in preseason, but has lost six of its last seven MLS games. The Blues punted GM Warren Barton last week.

The winner of the game plays the victor of the Wednesday U.S. Open clash  between the Galaxy and Carolina RailHawks June 12 at Home Depot Center.

More on the tournament is here.

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LA Galaxy, Chivas USA learn U.S. Open Cup opponents

usopencuplogoThe Galaxy will play the Carolina Railhawks for the second consecutive season after the NASL club beat the Carolina Dynamo Tuesday night to reach the third round if the U.S. Open Cup. Kickoff is at 4:15 p.m. next Wednesday in Cary, N.C.

Chivas USA, meanwhile, will face the LA Blues after the USL pro outfit downed the Ventura Fusion 5-1 in Fullerton in the biggest blowout of the night Tuesday in the knockout competition. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Titan Stadium.

Chivas USA reached the semifinals last year before falling to eventual champion Seattle.

Later Wednesday U.S. Soccer released the fourth round draw, which paired the winner of the Chivas-Blues game with the winner of the Railhawks-Galaxy game.

The important part of this equation for local fans: if the Galaxy win they will host the fourth round game 7:30 p.m. June 12.

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U.S. Open Cup Name-dropping: Ventura County Fusion win in true Cup style & more

usopencuplogoThere’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).

So while I was occupied with far more mundane matters Tuesday night, the Ventura County Fusion were scoring twice in the last 13 minutes to come from behind in battling FA Cup fashion in the first round of the U.S. Open Cup and dispatch Agoura Hills-based FC Hasental.

Classic. And in the next round the Fusion plays the LA Blues (of Orange County) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Titan Stadium.

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.

 

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Late Tuesday Kicks: Violence, NFL & More

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Agoura Hills-based FC Hasental of the National Premier Soccer League played the role of U.S. Open Cup giantkillers Tuesday knocking off the Fresno Fuego Future 5-3 in a play-in U.S. Open Cup game. Next: the Ventura County Fusion Tuesday at Ventura College.
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Friday Kicks: Chivas USA’s Dan Kennedy gets new contract & more

  • 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.

 

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U.S. Open Cup: Goats buck Eagles

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Staff Writer Phil Collin was in Fullerton and filed this game story.

Good thing: I couldn’t see much on the terrible live stream of the game that went down every few minutes and was like something out of 1995.

Attendance: 1,230 (it looked like fewer).

Chivas USA advances to the semifinals for the second time ever at 7 p.m. July 10 against three-time winner Seattle Sounders in the Pacific Northwest. The Sounders beat the Earthquakes in San Francisco.

Twitter reaction:

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U.S. Open Cup Gameday: Charlotte Eagles at Chivas USA in Fullerton

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Chivas USA continues its pursuit of its most realistic silverware this season, taking on the minor league Charlotte Eagles in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.

Meet the Eagle in the net tonight.

Reason for Chivas USA to worry (apart from their problems up front): Charlotte’s three victories in the competition all came on the road.

Tickets start at just $10 for tonight’s game.

The game will be streamed live at www.cdchivasusa.com.

Here’s more from Chivas USA:

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U.S. Open Cup to double MLS participation this year

But does anyone, except Seattle – the Sounders are winners of three straight cups – care?

I’m sure Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena is thrilled (not): After all it’s not like the club has much on its plate this year.

Here’s more from AP on the U.S. Soccer decision announced today:

CHICAGO (AP) — All 16 eligible Major League Soccer teams will compete in the U.S. Open Cup, which is expanding from 40 to 64 teams this year.

The tournament will start May 15, with the second round May 22 and the MLS teams from the United States entering in the third round May 29, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Wednesday.

MLS had entered eight teams in recent years, with six qualifying automatically and two emerging from play-in rounds.

MLS teams must win five games in the single-elimination tournament to earn the title. The final will be Aug. 7 or 8.

Seattle will attempt to become the first team to win four years in a row.

The three Canadian-based MLS clubs are ineligible for the competition, in case you were wondering.

Full details here.

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Chivas USA Tuesday U.S. Open Cup gameday: Goats at Portland Timbers & more

i-3257d1a18bf2e847edfa16b87ece2ede-chivasviewingparty2.jpg*The game Saturday in Toronto is on Prime for those not into bowling.

*When winless Chivas USA plays the winless Portland Timbers Tuesday in the U.S. Open Cup in the Pacific Northwest, the Goats will find a young goalkeeper between the opposing posts.

*Quotable:

“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.

*Notable: Former Chivas USA and Galaxy defensive midfielder Kevin Harmse is back with the Vancouver Whitecaps for a second go-around.

*Finally, wondering about that new Chivas USA fan group? Details here.

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