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The Lowdown On Lower Levels In The US Open Cup

After hearing the clamoring for years from a vocal minority that changes needed to be made to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, the United States Soccer Federation announced a sweeping set of changes to the country’s oldest soccer tournament yesterday. Among the changes for the 99th competition: the biggest field in the tournament’s history… (read more)

Saturday’s Soccer Scores And Crowds

MLS: Seattle 2, Chicago 1 (36,223) Philadelphia 1, New York 0 (19,027) Real Salt Lake 2, New England 1 (7,970) DC United 1, Los Angeles 1 (26,622) Chivas USA 0, Columbus 0 (13,385) San Jose 1, Toronto 1 (8,928) NASL: Tampa Bay 1, Montreal 0 (3,693) Minnesota 2, Atlanta 1 (3,543) Edmonton 2, Ft. Lauderdale… (read more)

Strange Trip

The whole MLS Cup Playoffs were a strange trip, capped by Colorado’s 2-1 overtime win over FC Dallas last night in Toronto. First off, having looked at it several hundred times, I’m no longer sure Jair Benitez clipped Conor Casey’s ankle on the controversial non-penalty call. He did kick him (or try to kick him)… (read more)

North By Northwest

I had a fun time in Portland calling the Premier Development League championship match. Saw some friends I hadn’t seen in a while, made a couple of new ones, saw some good soccer and experienced PGE Park, which is going to be a unique MLS venue next year. While Portland will leave Division II for… (read more)

Team Handball Highlights: Germany vs. Poland, 7/17/2010

The “Battle of Chicago” matched the national handball teams of Germany and Poland at the UIC Pavilion last Saturday afternoon. If you missed it, various Comcast regional sports networks will be showing it (and the USA/Los Angeles match) over the next few weeks, so check your local listings. But here are some highlights of the… (read more)