Written by Will Parchman

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When FC Cincinnati flung open the doors to Nippert Stadium for the first time, nearly 15,000 fans walked through them (FCC went on to beat the Charlotte Independence 2-1). A franchise-opening match at home in the middle of the city? Of course attendance was good. Let’s see how it holds up.

A week later FCC hosted its next game. This time more than 20,000 people showed up. And then 11,000 in the driving rain not long after that. Perhaps something was happening in the land of Skyline Chili we had not anticipated. A tremor in the Midwestern Force.

There was something happening here, perhaps something beyond reckoning. And as if there was any doubt, Wednesday allayed any notions to the contrary that FC Cincinnati is about to be the next expansion team admitted to MLS.

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Written by Will Parchman

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The U.S. Open Cup, easily the single best soccer competition in these here United States, is currently running through its earlier pre-MLS rounds. Which is to say, its best rounds, those unkempt wilderness areas teeming with Kickstarters for travel funds and part-time soccer players working hotel lobby desks between practice sessions.

The third round, the last before MLS teams get involved, kicked off Tuesday night. And boy did Michigan Bucks forward Francis Atuahene make himself known.

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Written by Will Parchman

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The US Open Cup’s shining moment this season was probably a memorable meeting between Portland and Seattle at Starfire on July 9 that went 120 minutes before the Sounders advanced 3-1. That there will be some debate about this point is a remarkable thing in itself.

There were 4,233 people there, but they squeezed into every cranny of the small venue and created an atmosphere worth remembering. A small pocket of Timbers fans banged away at drums in one corner. Sounders chants raced around the field, one chasing after another. But the slouchy size of the venue was hard to ignore. Even for Timbers-Sounders, there was little point hosting at a much bigger venue. The thing would merely feel like a monstrosity with empty seats frowning on the field from every angle.

Even on its good days, the US Open Cup struggles for attention.

The reality of the cup’s day-to-day hit hard again on Tuesday. This was the scene in Frisco on Tuesday during FC Dallas’ eventual loss to the Philadelphia Union on penalties in the USOC semifinal. FCD wasn’t just playing for a spot in the final. It was playing to host the final.

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By Travis Clark

I promised entertainment, right?

While the goals didn’t exactly flow in buckets on Wednesday night, there was no shortage of drama as Sporting KC edged out Seattle Sounders 3-2 on penalty kicks to capture the U.S. Open Cup.

Little separated the sides through 120 minutes of action, as Kei Kamara’s penalty kick looked to be the difference – that is until Zach Scott rose up to head home from a Mauro Rosales free kick just two minutes later.

After neither side managed to score in extra time, penalties were needed to decide the winner, and when Eddie Johnson blazed his try over it cued the celebration from the home side.

Check the highlights above.

 

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By Travis Clark

Tonight, one of two MLS teams will add a new addition to its trophy cabinet.

Sporting KC and Seattle Sounders FC are set to duke it out in the U.S. Open Cup Final tonight at LiveStrong Sporting Park (9pm EST, GolTV). It features the vibrant Seattle attack, led by the resurgent Eddie Johnson, forward Fredy Montero and midfield maestro Mauro Rosales. Sporting KC is counting on fresh-off-Olympic duty Roger Espinoza, and can only hope Teal Bunbury, CJ Sapong and Kei Kamara can cause trouble along Seattle’s back line.

A more in depth preview info can be read here, but after the jump I’ll give you three reasons to watch (if you have GolTV of course).

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By Jahmal Corner

So by now I’m sure you’re aware of the upset heard round the soccer world as amateur club Cal FC knocked off the Portland Timbers in the US Open Cup.

Here’s the thing: Portland is getting most of the attention, but Major League Soccer as a whole is coming up pretty minor in the competition.

Oh, let us count the ways … one, two, three … frickin’ EIGHT MLS clubs lost their third-round matches – which is actually the first round the professional clubs join the action.

I’m aware that not every club is sending out their top guns for these matches, and yada, yada, yada, but EIGHT? That’s a trend, don’t you think?

So the question is: what does this say about the MLS besides it sucks, dude (fan voice).

Well, it says that the league is still a mixed bag. At its best, when the stars of the league are driving the wagon it can produce great soccer. But at its worst … well, it’s Portland losing to Cal FC.

It’s feast or famine. The line between the MLS’ stars and everyone else is still too considerable. The problem isn’t at the top, and not entirely at the bottom – it’s everywhere in between.

 

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