Clarence Goodson not available; who plays Tuesday?

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Jurgen Klinsmann’s choices along the back line Friday, by pretty much every assessment out there, were the only ones that fell in a favorable way.

So, just the doggone luck …

Today we discover that Clarence Goodson (pictured) will be ineligible due to yellow card accumulation. So the back line will change Tuesday at Crew Stadium – presumably along with changes in a midfield that flopped and an attacking arrangement that kicked butt for just under 40 seconds, but wasn’t much from there.

(I should clarify, the back line was going to change regardless, assuming Steve Cherundolo could return healthy.)

The big change Tuesday in Ohio will be at center back, where Goodson is not available to partner with Geoff Cameron. So let’s study the options:

Cameron will almost certainly hold his spot in the rear guard. He’s the rising man back there anyway, and the Stoke City newbie did his new team proud with that steady performance in Kingston. (Again, we must always tip to Klinsmann’s unpredictable ways. So, you never know …)

Carlos Bocanegra is the most obvious choice to station next to Cameron. But Jamaica’s attackers are fast and the longtime U.S. captain isn’t. Plus, Klinsmann clearly had concerns, otherwise Bocanegra would have started in Kingston. It was probably some combination of Jamaica’s speed and Bocanegra’s lack of quality competition lately that had Klinsmann leaning another direction.

Michael Orozco Fiscal has been a Klinsmann favorite from the start. No one knows exactly why, although the Californian did slip forward to record perhaps the most important goal during Klinsi’s time in charge, that little tuck-away in the 1-0 smash-and-grab last month at Azteca.

Maurice Edu partnered with Cameron in the win over Mexico, so that’s clearly an option. Even if the stakes are elevated, a contest against Jamaica on American soil is a far lesser test than facing down El Tri in Mexico City. That is to say, Klinsmann clearly trusts this combo.

Michael Parkhurst played at right back last week, and does so at times for his Danish club, quite a bit recently. But Cherundolo’s return along the right would hand Klinsmann this option, too.

Jonathan Spector’s versatility has probably dented his career; having never established himself at one spot, the Birmingham City defender was never able to find a polished groove, not at international level, anyway. Then again, that same versatility makes him valuable in these situations. Klinsmann could do a lot worse than putting Spector alongside Cameron.

U.S. Open Cup roundup: Poku lifts Miami; Red Bulls, Cincy win on PKs

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While MLS represents the majority of the remaining clubs in this year’s U.S. Open Cup, one side continues to defy the odds.

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Miami FC reached their first quarterfinal in club history after knocking off Atlanta United late on Wednesday, behind a goal and an assist from Kwadwo Poku. The victory for Miami sets up a date with FC Cincinnati — who pulled off an unbelievable shootout win against the Chicago Fire.

Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution both advanced on the night with wins over the Philadelphia Union and D.C. United, respectively. The Red Bulls and Revs will meet in the final eight as well.

Sporting KC kept its hope of hoisting a fourth U.S. Open Cup title alive on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. The 2015 winners will take on FC Dallas — who defeated the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday night.

Here are all the results from tonight’s Open Cup action.

Houston Dynamo 0-2 Sporting KC
New England Revolution 2-1 D.C. United
Miami FC 3-2 Atlanta United
New York Red Bulls 1-1 (5-3 on PKs) Philadelphia Union
FC Cincinnati 0-0 (3-1 on PKs) Chicago Fire
San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Seattle Sounders
LA Galaxy 2-0 Sacramento Republic

Report: City Football Group set to expand outreach with Girona deal

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City Football Group appears on the verge of adding to its global outreach, and it’s next destination looks to be in Spain.

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The group of investors, which are known for controlling Premier League side Manchester City, are reportedly nearing a deal to purchase a partial stake in Spanish club Girona — which is set to make its La Liga debut in 2017/18.

CFG is said to be gaining a near “50 percent” stake in the club, with the rest of the club owned by Media Base, a company owned by Pep Guardiola‘s brother, Pere.

Over recent years, CFG has vastly expanded its ownership outreach and currently has a stake in five clubs around the world, with Girona set to be the sixth.

MLS side New York City FC, Australian A-League side Melbourne City FC, Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos and Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay are all part of the CFG enterprise, alongside Man City.

New York Red Bulls ink goalkeeper Luis Robles to new deal

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The “Iron Man” will keep up his amazing journey with the New York Red Bulls, after signing a new deal with the club on Wednesday.

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Goalkeeper Luis Robles has extended his contract with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, as the American continues to raise his consecutive starts streak, which stands at 157.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed in the club’s release.

Robles joined the Red Bulls back in 2012 after playing in Germany, and the shot-stopper hasn’t missed a start ever since.

Report: Minnesota United adds Hearts midfielder Sam Nicholson

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Minnesota United has had its shares of ups and down in its debut MLS season, but the Loons are on the verge making an exciting young signing.

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ESPN FC is reporting that Minnesota will sign Hearts winger Sam Nicholson from the Scottish Premier League on a deal that makes him a Loon until 2019.

The young attacker is expected to join the MLS side when the summer transfer window opens on July 10.

Nicholson, 22, has played with the Edinburgh side since his youth days, and made his senior debut with the club in 2013. During his time at Hearts, Nicholson scored 16 goals in all competitions for the team.

Last season, Nicholson missed 16 matches due to a significant knee injury.

According to the report, Scottish sides Rangers and Aberdeen were also among those interested in acquiring Nicholson, while English Championship clubs Bristol City and Barnsley also reached out about the attacker.