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Quarterfinal Schedule Scenarios Set for 2017 U.S. Open Cup

CHICAGO (June 28, 2017) – U.S. Soccer has determined the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal schedule scenarios that will see Round of 16 winners face off at venues across the country during the second week of July.

The four Round of 16 winners that advance from the upper bracket in each region will host the Quarterfinal matches. Following the Quarterfinals, a concluding draw will take place to determine the hosting scenarios for the tournament Semifinals and Final.

2017 U.S. Open Cup bracket
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The Round of 16 began Tuesday night when FC Dallas defeated the visiting Colorado Rapids 3-1 in an all-MLS match-up. The seven remaining Round of 16 games will be played tonight with the first coming at 6:30 p.m. ET when Houston Dynamo (MLS) welcome Sporting Kansas City (MLS) to BBVA Compass Stadium.

Three Division II clubs remain in the competition and, Miami FC (NASL) will get first crack at a “cupset” tonight when they host Division I new-comers Atlanta United FC (MLS) at 7:30 p.m. ET. A half-hour later FC Cincinnati (USL) will take on Chicago Fire (MLS) in a nationally televised showdown on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and the ESPN App at 8 p.m. ET.

The Round of 16 action closes out west when Sacramento Republic FC (USL) take aim at LA Galaxy (MLS) at 10:30 p.m. ET in what will be the final upset bid of the evening.

Additional matches include all-MLS matchups between New England Revolution (MLS) vs. D.C. United (MLS) at 7:30 p.m. ET, New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS) at 8 p.m. ET and San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) at 10:30 p.m. ET. All the night’s games will be broadcast on ussoccer.com with the exception of the FC Cincinnati vs. Chicago Fire match.

2017 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal Schedule Scenarios

Date

Game

Time

Venue

July 11 New England Revolution (MLS) vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS) 7:30 p.m. ET Jordan Field (Harvard University); Boston, Mass.
     -or-    
July 13 New England Revolution (MLS) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS) 7:30 p.m. ET Jordan Field (Harvard University); Boston, Mass.
     -or-    
July 12 D.C. United (MLS) vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS) 7 p.m. ET Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.
     -or-    
July 13 D.C. United (MLS) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS) 7 p.m. ET Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.
July 12 Miami FC (NASL) vs. FC Cincinnati (USL)/Chicago Fire (MLS) winner 7:30 p.m. ET Riccardo Silva Stadium (Fla. International Univ.); Miami, Fla.
     -or-    
July 11 Atlanta United FC (MLS) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS) 7:30 p.m. ET Fifth Third Bank Stadium (Kennesaw State Univ.); Kennesaw, Ga.
     -or-    
July 12 Atlanta United FC (MLS) vs. FC Cincinnati (USL) 7:30 p.m. ET Fifth Third Bank Stadium (Kennesaw State Univ.); Kennesaw, Ga.
July
12
Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. FC Dallas (MLS) 7:30
p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
     -or-    
July 11 Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. FC Dallas (MLS) 7:30 p.m. CT Children's Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.
July 10 San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) 7:30 p.m. PT Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.
     -or-    
July 11 San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) vs. Sacramento Republic FC (USL) 7:30 p.m. PT Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.
     -or-    
July 12 Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)/Sacramento Republic FC (USL) winner 7:30 p.m. PT Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

Semifinals            Aug. 8-9
Final                      Sept. 20

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U.S. Open Cup Jun 28, 2017

Holders FC Dallas Roll Over Ailing Rapids 3-1 in Round of 16 Opener

Defending champions FC Dallas strolled past Colorado Rapids 3-1 to book passage to the Quarterfinals of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The visitors never really got going at Toyota Stadium in the first of eight Round of 16 games and they were hit hard by injury, a red card and a far superior opponent on the day.

Oscar Pareja’s FC Dallas piled the pressure on Colorado early, with Ryan Hollingshead and Maynor Figueroa both hitting the woodwork inside the first 20 minutes. And things only got worse for the Rapids when they were forced into a pair of first-half substitutions. Swedish defender Axel Sjoberg injured his hamstring and limped out, and he was followed shortly after to the training room by Dillon Powers.

Even with all the adversity, it looked like the away side might sneak into the half with the scores level, but more bad luck hit when a late challenge in the area gave the referee no choice but to point to the spot in the fading minutes of the opening period. Mauro Diaz stroked home with a calm penalty in the 45th minute to send FC Dallas into the locker-room with a fully merited 1-0 advantage.

The Rapids drew level 1-1 in the opening exchanges of the second half when Ugandan defender Michael Azira scored a rare goal from 20 yards. The leveler was a false dawn, however, as hopes of a second straight Open Cup comeback for the Rapids were dashed in short order. Diaz was again the creator in the 57th minute when his entry pass picked out Reggie Cannon who crossed low through the box for Hollingshead to clean up with a tidy finish at the back post. Outstanding goalkeeper Zac MacMath kept the Rapids alive with some stellar saves and a little luck as Tesho Akindele and Michael Barrios both hit the frame with the score stuck at 2-1. But an injury to Shkëlzen Gashi and a red card for Kortne Ford forced the visitors to finish the game with nine men.

Javi Morales rounded off the scoring in the dying moments with a pin-point free-kick that nestled in the bottom corner to settle the affair at 3-1. FC Dallas are now in fine fettle heading into the Quarterfinals and aiming for a second-straight Open Cup crown. Up next, they’ll face the winner of Wednesday’s contest between Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City.

 

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U.S. Open Cup Jun 27, 2017

Auction Underway for Autographed MNT Rainbow-Number Jerseys to Benefit You Can Play Project

CHICAGO (June 27, 2017) – The U.S. Men’s National Team autographed, game-issued and pride-inspired rainbow numbered jerseys from the June match vs. Venezuela are now available via an online auction with all proceeds going to benefit the You Can Play Project.

In recognition of LGBTQ month in June, U.S. Soccer, along with the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association and the Women's National Team Players Association partnered with the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, coaches, and fans without regard for sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

The online charity auction launched today, Tuesday, June 27 and will last eight days, concluding on Wednesday, July 5. The bidding will start at $300 for each jersey. 

The U.S. players wore the pride inspired jerseys during the U.S. MNT game vs. Venezuela on June 3 in a friendly played at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

The U.S. WNT jersey auction will take place soon. The U.S. Women wore the rainbow-numbered jerseys in its two June friendly matches, first vs. Sweden on June 8, in Gothenburg, and again vs. Norway on June 11 in Sandefjord.

In addition, fans can purchase customized jerseys with the rainbow numbers through ussoccerstore.com, and a special “One Nation. One Team.” hat with rainbow lettering is also on sale.

Proceeds from all three opportunities will be donated to the You Can Play Project.

As a long-time supporter of the LGBTQ community, U.S. Soccer promoted the hashtag #OneNation in support of the victims of the Pulse Night Club shooting in June of 2016. U.S. MNT captain Michael Bradley wore a special rainbow armband with the One Nation inscription, and auctioned off the armband and his jersey

Panini America is the official trading card partner of U.S. Soccer. Through Panini Authentic, the company’s memorabilia division, these match-issued and autographed U.S. Soccer jerseys have been authenticated, hologrammed and packaged for this special auction.


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MNT Jun 27, 2017

2017 Development Academy Playoffs Reach Knockout Round

ADVANCEMENT SCENARIOS

After completing the first two days of games of the U-15/16 and U-17/18 Academy Playoffs at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind., 64 teams are set to officially conclude the 2017 Summer Showcase and Playoffs, participating in their final playoff group games taking place on Monday, June 26. The 32 games are set to kick off starting at 2:30 p.m. ET, ending with a winner-take-all U-17/18 showdown between hometown favorites Indiana Fire and MLS powerhouse Orlando City SC at 7 p.m. ET from the Grand Park Stadium Field.

Known as the most intense day of the year for Development Academy competition, the third and final round robin set of group games features no shortage of drama. With 46 teams still alive, each one of them will be fighting to win their respective group and advance to the Knockout Round on July 6 and 7.

Check out the complete group standings here and learn about the Development Academy's tie-breaker protocol here.


FOR ALL THE MARBLES

In the U-15/16 age group, nine teams have been officially eliminated from contention, and three of the 23 teams still in the hunt control their own destiny, needing solely a win to advance: Weston FC (Group E), Crew SC Academy Wolves (Group F) and New York Red Bulls (Group H). Their three opponents, who also control their own fate, can advance from the group with a win or tie: Sporting Kansas City (Group E), FC Dallas (Group F) and Seattle Sounders (Group H). Each of those games will be streamed and fans can find links to each live broadcast here.

Additionally, at the U-17/18 age group, Monday's matchups will be the last game of the 2016-2017 Academy season for nine clubs. Of the 23 remaining teams, another set of three teams controlling their own destinies and needing a win are Real So Cal (Group E), Orlando City SC (Group G), Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Group H). Two direct opponents and one additional team can punch their tickets to the knockout phase with a win or tie: Colorado Rapids (Group F), Indiana Fire (Group G), Real Salt Lake AZ (Group H).

PLAYING SPOILER

Three U-15/16 squads may be mathematically out, but you can bet that won't stop them from playing the role of spoiler and ensuring that their Monday foe also does not advance.

Group

Spoiler

Current Group Leader

B

Cedar Stars Academy - Monmouth

Colorado Rapids

D

Capital Area Railhawks - CASL

Bethesda SC

G

Real Colorado

Sacramento Republic FC

At the U-17/18 level, the following five teams are also playing the role of villain:

Group

Spoiler

Current Group Leader

A

Bethesda SC

Crossfire Premier

B

FC Boston Bolts

LA Galaxy

D

Sacramento Republic FC

Texans SC Houston

E

Philadelphia Union

Crew SC Academy Wolves

F

Capital Area Railhawks - CASL

Baltimore Armour


UNDERDOGS ON TOP

Before the Academy Draw took place, the top 32 teams from each age group were seeded from 1 to 32 based on points-per-game-played average. Seeds 1-8 were placed into the top grouping, ensuring that none of the top eight teams would face each other in the same Playoff group. The same was done for seeds 9-16 (second highest group), 17-24 (third highest group) and 25-32 (bottom group). Entering Monday's showdown of games, three teams from the top groupings have been eliminated, while eight teams from the (25-32) bottom grouping, combined from both age groups, are still alive.

Lowest seeds still in the hunt (regular season seed earned)

U-15/16 Group A: Montreal Impact FC (27)
U-15/16 Group C: Houston Dynamo (30)
U-15/16 Group D: Oakwood Soccer Club (28)
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U-17/18 Group A: Crossfire Premier (27)
U-17/18 Group B: LA Galaxy (32)
U-17/18 Group C: Beachside Soccer Club (29)
U-17/18 Group E: Real So Cal (28)
U-17/18 Group F: Colorado Rapids (30)

DOUBLE DATE CONTENDERS

Of the record-high 23 Academy programs that made the Playoffs in both age groups, 14 clubs are still in contention to send both of their teams to the Knockout Round. Those clubs are:

Atlanta United
Chicago Fire
Colorado Rapids
Crossfire Premier
FC Dallas
LA Galaxy
Montreal Impact FC
Weston FC
New York Red Bulls
Real Salt Lake AZ
Real So Cal
Seattle Sounders FC
Sporting Kansas City
Vancouver Whitecaps FC

YOUTH INTERNATIONALS STILL ALIVE

With 90% of U.S. Soccer Youth National Team players coming from Development Academy clubs, it's always a safe bet that the third and final day of round robin play will feature some of the nation's top young talent. In 2017, five players from 2017's U-17 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying roster are still in contention with their Academy Clubs:

Taylor Booth Real Salt Lake AZ U-17/18
Christopher Gloster New York Red Bulls U-17/18
Zyen Jones Atlanta United U-15/16
Jaylin Lindsey Sporting Kansas City U-17/18
Bryan Reynolds Jr. FC Dallas U-17/18

U-20 World Cup rostered player Lagos Kunga, of Atlanta United, is also expected to play a pivotal role for his U-17/18 side.

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ACADEMY Jun 26, 2017

Arena Convoca a 23 Jugadores Para la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2017

CHICAGO (25 de junio, 2017) -- El director técnico de la Selección Masculina de EE.UU. Bruce Arena dio la lista final de 23 jugadores para la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2017. La U.S. MNT buscará su sexto título de CONCACAF con una mezcla de veteranos y talento joven. A menos de un año de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018, este torneo la da la oportunidad a los jugadores de demostrar su capacidad y por qué deben ser incluidos si EE.UU. clasifica.

"Es una nómina buena con una mezcla de jugadores experimentados, veteranos, y un buen grupo de jugadores nuevos también," dijo Arena. "Hay un buen balance en cada posición. Podemos jugar de diversas formas y creo que todos estos jugadores desean jugar con Estados Unidos y estarán trabajando duro. Será una concentración competitiva. Estarán muy motivados, listos para tomar dirección y tendrán la oportunidad de marcar una diferencia."

Los jugadores se empezarán a reunir el 25 de junio en Nashville. El equipo se trasladará a East Hartford, Conn., para un partido de preparación contra Ghana el 1 de julio en Pratt & Whitney Stadium. El inicio está programado para las 4:45 p.m. ET, y será transmitido en vivo por ESPN, UniMas y UDN (con una previa en UniMas y UDN empezando a las 4 p.m. ET). Los aficionados también pueden seguir el partido en vivo por Facebook, Twitter @ussoccer y @ussoccer_esp.

Según las reglas del torneo, la lista final se debe entregar a más tardar el 27 de junio. Un jugador puede ser reemplazado hasta 24 horas antes del primer partido de la fase de grupos en caso de una lesión. Adicionalmente, un total de seis cambios se pueden hacer en las 24 horas después de haberse terminado la fase de grupos antes de la segunda ronda. En ambas instancias, los jugadores nuevos deben provenir de la lista preliminar de 40 jugadores.

NÓMINA POR POSICIÓN DE ESTADOS UNIDOS (Club; Partidos/Goles):
ARQUEROS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 54/0), Bill Hamid (D.C. United; 2/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5/0)

DEFENSAS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 39/1), Omar González (Pachuca/MEX; 39/1), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 2/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 11/0), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 2/0), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN; 1/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX; 6/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 47/5)

MEDIOCAMPISTAS (9):Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 8/0), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX; 5/2), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 60/2), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX; 17/2), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 6/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 0/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 0/0), Kenny Saief (Gent/BEL; 0/0), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 31/7)

DELANTEROS (3):Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 23/3),Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City; 0/0), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 15/2)

EL BOLETO DE ORO
Históricamente, el desempeño excepcional individual de jugadores relativamente nuevos a la Copa Oro ha resultado directamente en la inclusión del jugador en la próxima nómina mundialista. Jugadores como DaMarcus Beasley y Pablo Mastroeni (2002), Jimmy Conrad, Clint Dempsey y Oguchi Onyewu (2005), Stuart Holden y Clarence Goodson (2009), Matt Besler y Omar González (2013), han aprovechado esta oportunidad para hacer realidad su sueño mundialista.

UN BASE CON EXPERIENCIA
La nómina de la fase de grupos cuenta con una docena de jugadores con experiencia en Eliminatorias Mundialistas y 11 que han jugado en una Copa Oro, incluyendo seis con una medalla de la Copa Oro en sus vitrinas y el ganador del Guante de Oro 2015 Brad Guzan.

LA OPORTUNIDAD TOCA LA PUERTA
También hay una docena de jugadores que estarán trabajando con Arena a nivel de selección por primera vez, y la misma cantidad de jugadores con menos de 10 partidos jugados con EE.UU. Cuatro jugadores estarán en una nómina estadounidense de la selección mayor por primera vez.

"Cuando estas en medio de la Eliminatoria Mundialista y muy cerca de no calificar, pero con la Copa Mundial el siguiente año, tienes que tener un ambiente competitivo," dijo Arena. "Estos jugadores harán el esfuerzo por ponerse en la mejor posición para ser parte del grupo de ahora en adelante."

VACACIONES EUROPEAS
El grupo regular de jugadores de la U.S. MNT basados en Europa se encuentra en medio de un merecido descanso entre ahora y la Copa Mundial el próximo verano. Al haber completado la temporada con su club en mayo, el grupo directamente se reunió para los partidos de Eliminatoria Mundialista en junio. Después de una concentración de 14 días preparando para los rigores de la altura, EE.UU. salió con cuatro puntos después de dos partidos, incluyendo un empate de visitante en México. Ahora a las dos semanas de sus vacaciones, empiezan a regresar a la pretemporada con la esperanza de jugar en la temporada que viene.

LAZOS CON LA ACADEMIA DE DESARROLLO DE U.S. SOCCER
Nueve jugadores en la nómina de 23 han estado con clubes de la Academia de Desarrollo de U.S. Soccer. Tanto la LA Galaxy Academy (Paul Arriola y Gyasi Zardes) como la New York Red Bulls Academy (Juan Agudelo y Matt Miazga) son representados por dos jugadores cada una, mientras que otros jugadores incluyen a Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Joe Corona (Nomads SC), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC) y Kelyn Rowe (Crossfire Premier).

HISTORIA EN COPA ORO
Empezando con el torneo inaugural en 1991, la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos ha ganado la Copa Oro CONCACAF en cinco ocasiones, obteniendo el título regional en el 2002, 2005, 2007 y 2013. Al haber guiado a EE.UU. al campeonato en el 2002 y el 2005, el actual director técnico Bruce Arena es uno de solamente dos técnicos en ganar el torneo dos veces -- el otro es Bora Milutinović (USA 1991, México 1996). En 13 ediciones previas, EE.UU. ha marcado un registro de 51-8-8, avanzando a la final en nueve ocasiones y a las semifinales 12 veces.

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