Jul 1, 2015; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer (14) celebrates with teammate Soni Mustivar (93) after scoring his second goal against FC Dallas during the first half at Sporting Park. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Four Dom Dwyer goals power Sporting KC past FC Dallas

Dom Dwyer paced Sporting Kansas City to a lopsided 6-2 win over FC Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, scoring four times at Sporting Park.

COLOGNE, GERMANY - JUNE 10:  Michael Bradley of USA looks on during the international friendly match between Germany and USA at RheinEnergieStadion on June 10, 2015 in Cologne, Germany.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Michael Bradley named USMNT captain for Gold Cup

U.S. Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named Michael Bradley captain of the U.S. for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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‘Chicharito’ to miss Gold Cup with broken collarbone (UPDATED)

Mexican star Javier Hernandez is set to miss the CONCACAF Gold Cup after undergoing surgery on Thursday to repair a broken collarbone suffered on Wednesday night

U.S. Open Cup Rewind: Galaxy slip past Quakes; RSL tops Timbers


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After falling to their local rivals over the weekend, the LA Galaxy made sure to not repeat any of those mistakes in Wednesday night’s rematch.

Looking to avenge Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes, the Galaxy used early finish from Jose Villarreal to pick up a 1-0 win to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.

Against an Earthquakes defense without several regulars, the Galaxy needed just six minutes for Villarreal to get on the board by scoring his first U.S. Open Cup goal. The Galaxy immediately went over the top on a ball from Kenny Walker, which Villarreal brought down before calmly slotting past goalkeeper Brian Meredith for the game’s lone goal.

The goal proved to be more than enough, as neither team started any of its Designated Players.

With the victory, the Galaxy earn a visit to Real Salt Lake in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals after RSL’s 2-0 defeat of the Portland Timbers. Continue reading »

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Four Dom Dwyer goals power Sporting KC past FC Dallas

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For the second time this season, Sporting Kansas City handily defeated FC Dallas and it was Dom Dwyer who led the way this time.

Dwyer stole the show in Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 match by scoring four goals in a 6-2 win at Sporting Park. Dwyer’s hat trick was completed in the 41st minute with a converted penalty, and he added another goal on a free kick from 20 yards away in the 70th minute.

The forward’s first two goals were assisted by Benny Feilhaber, who now has three U.S. Open Cup assists on the year.

Krisztian Nemeth slotted a Jacob Peterson pass into the net just before halftime and chipped Chris Seitz from the touchline in the 59th minute for Sporting’s other two goals.

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Red Bulls hoping for best after seeing Chris Duvall exit with injury

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HARRISON, N.J. — There was joy in the New York Red Bulls’ locker room after yet another win against a fellow club from the Big Apple, but there was also some concern and sadness after seeing a fallen comrade.

The Red Bulls routed the New York Cosmos in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night, but a lot of the conversation after the 4-1 victory at Red Bull Arena centered around the health of Chris Duvall.

Duvall suffered a nasty-looking injury in the 83rd minute of the Round of 16 match after both he and Cosmos defender Hunter Gorskie each slid in hard for a 50-50 ball. Duvall came off worse for wear, requiring several minutes of attention before being taken out of the game on a stretcher while covering his face with his hands.

The play dampened the spirit of the Red Bulls, who should have been celebrating their second win over a fellow New York club in four days instead of worrying about the potential long-term loss of their starting right back.

“That’s what we’re all thinking about right now,” said Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch of the injury. “It’s good to get the win and move on, but we’re all kind of hopeful that Chris isn’t as bad as it looked. He’s been a very important guy, and hopefully it’s just a bad contusion.”

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Michael Bradley named USMNT captain for Gold Cup



Michael Bradley has played some of the best soccer of his national team career since being handed the captain’s armband by Jurgen Klinsmann earlier this year in place of the absent Clint Dempsey, and now it appears he has done enough to merit holding onto that armband a while longer.

Klinsmann revealed on Wednesday that Bradley will be the U.S. Men’s National Team captain for the Gold Cup, and not Clint Dempsey, who had been captain before missing some recent national team call-ups.

The decision comes on the heels of Dempsey’s suspension by MLS and U.S. Soccer for his actions in a recent U.S. Open Cup match that saw him ejected after ripping up a referee’s notebook.

“I had a very, very good conversation with Clint about what happened during the Open Cup, but also about how we want to approach things,” Klinsmann told USSoccer.com. “For the time being we thought it’s the best thing to give the captaincy to Michael Bradley and let Clint focus on what he’s all about.

“Clint is about scoring goals,” Klinsmann said. “We need Clint Dempsey badly with the National Team. We need him in a good spirit. What happened was a mistake, but it was the first red card in his career and a lot of people went at him. I think the best thing for everyone right now is to let him concentrate really on playing and doing what he does best. It’s his performance on the field. It’s his delivery for the U.S. National Team, and he has always delivered”

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‘Chicharito’ to miss Gold Cup with broken collarbone (UPDATED)

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Mexico’s hopes of challenging the U.S. Men’s National Team for the 2015 Gold Cup title took another major blow on Wednesday night.

Just two days after losing its top defender, Hector Moreno, to an injury that will cost him the Gold Cup, now Mexico is faced with the reality of having also of lost star striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez after he suffered a broken collarbone in a friendly against Honduras on Wednesday in Houston.

The Mexican Federation confirmed on Thursday that Hernandez was set for surgery in Houston to repair the injury.  Mexico’s team doctor Gerardo Aguilar told Univision Deportes that after surgery to repair Hernandez’s broken collar bone, it will take at least three to four weeks for Hernandez to recover, ruling him out of the competition.

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Red Bulls’ latest derby win strengthens their case as New York’s best team

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HARRISON, N.J. — The New York Red Bulls may have gotten some payback, but they also strengthened the case for why New York is red.

The Red Bulls continued to assert themselves as the alpha dogs in the Big Apple on Wednesday, putting together a thorough 4-1 win over the Cosmos in the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup. The victory came three days after the Red Bulls knocked off New York City FC in league play for the second time this season, and had them bristling with confidence as they left Red Bull Arena with even more bragging rights.

“Certainly we have shown, not just in the last two games, but I think we have shown that we are a good team and deserve to be treated as the premier club in New York City,” said Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch. “That has meant a lot to us and we have taken a lot of pride in stepping on the field and showing that.”

It is hard to argue that at the moment. The Red Bulls boast a 3-0-0 record in matches against fellow New York teams this season, winning by a combined score of 9-3.

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Cosmos looking for growth, lessons following major setback in loss to Red Bulls


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HARRISON, N.J. — Since the start of the 2015 season, the New York Cosmos have stated their intentions of making a deep run through the U.S. Open Cup, but after Wednesday night, that dream is now dead.

The Cosmos were defeated, 4-1, by their local rivals, the New York Red Bulls, ending the team’s cup run while also putting a stop to any hopes of claiming a highly coveted spot in the CONCACAF Champions League.

For months, head coach Giovanni Savarese discussed the importance of the cup. As the only mechanism that could see the Cosmos earn a berth in continental competition, the Cosmos were notably disappointed to see their goal crushed in the quarterfinal stage for the second straight season.

“We have enough players and a good enough team to have performed better today,” Savarese said. “I thought we showed that we could play. We came here away, we didn’t back up. We played. We pressured them high and looked for combinations to get them in trouble and we did it a lot of times throughout the game. Unfortunately, the little things could have looked better and that’s where we got penalized.

“For us, it’s difficult because we take this cup very seriously. We see it as the only way for us to go to the CONCACAF competition, so we take it hard. Getting eliminated, for us, it’s a difficult moment because we try our best to try and make it all the way.” Continue reading »

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Thursday Kickoff: U.S. requests extradition of 7 FIFA officials; Bacca headed to Milan; and more



The U.S. Department of Justice is following through on their plans to bring seven disgraced former FIFA officials to the USA for trial.

The Swiss Federal Office of Justice confirmed in a press release that the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland submitted extradition requests for the seven men arrested on May 27 at the Baur Au Lac hotel in Zurich, Switzerland early in the morning. Those seven men include former CONCACAF president and FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, as well as Uruguay’s Eugenio Figueredo, also a former FIFA vice president.

According to reports, the seven arrested men have been confined to their cells for 23 hours a day, and have received no special privileges.

According to the press release, the Zurich Cantonal Police will grant the seven arrested a hearing on the extradition requests. The FOJ will then grant the former officials a 14-day period of which to respond to the request.

The seven men were included in a 47-count indictment unsealed on May 27 that alleges the men and organizations indicted colluded to acquire more than $150 million in bribes, kickbacks, and other schemes involved in selling the media and broadcast rights of FIFA tournaments.

Here are some more stories to kick off your Thursday:

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