U.S. Open Cup


Cosmos, Miami FC petition USSF for 2018 U.S. Open Cup entry

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NASL’s decision to cancel the 2018 regular season has caused significant ramifications, with the latest forcing several clubs to be excluded from the U.S. Open Cup.

The New York Cosmos and Miami FC — both of whom participated in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup have not been named among the eligible teams for the 2018 edition following NASL’s cancellation of the league season.

Now, the two teams have petitioned to U.S. Soccer and its new president, Carlos Cordeiro, to rethink its decision and allow the clubs to play despite not belonging to a professional league.

Both clubs do boast reserve teams though — New York Cosmos B and Miami 2 — which is the lead argument from each organization as to why U.S. Soccer should grant the teams an exemption and a spot in the tournament.

Cosmos B and Miami FC 2 will both play in the NPSL once again in 2018, with both rosters largely comprised of senior team players.

As it stands, 94 teams have been placed in the 2018 Open Cup field, as announced by U.S. Soccer on Wednesday.

Both open letters from the respective clubs can be found below.

FC Dallas, New England aim for second Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles

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While many eyes train on the UEFA Champions League — with tantalizing matches on the docket between Arsenal and PSG as well as Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester City — history will be made well into Tuesday night.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final will kickoff in Texas at 10 p.m. EDT, and FC Dallas’ match-up with the New England Revolution will be the first final rematch since 1982, when Maccabi Los Angeles faced New York Pancyprian-Freedoms.

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FC Dallas will hope to grab a U.S. Open Cup title in its third try since rebranding, having won the title as the Dallas Burn in 1997.

One of those losses came to New England in 2007. Revs coach Jay Heaps was a player on that New England squad.

Though their seasons have been mighty different, New England comes into the match on a hot streak. The Revs beat NYCFC 3-1 this weekend after a 2-0 win over Colorado, both very impressive wins for the East’s No. 7 side. And Dallas just lost at home to the Rapids 1-0.

This year, Dallas won in its trip to New England. That was a 4-2 decision that was knotted 2-2 at half before Fabian Castillo and Tesho Akindele scored to give Dallas its three points. Akindele scored another for Dallas, which got a pair of assists from Kellyn Acosta. Lee Nguyen had a goal and an assist for the Revs.

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The Revs are hoping to become the 15th team to win multiple USOC crowns, having dispatched MLS peers Chicago and Philadelphia after knocking off NASL sides New York Cosmos and Carolina Railhawks.

FC Dallas handled a trio of MLS sides: The Galaxy, Houston, and Colorado. It started its journey to the final needing penalty kicks to edge Oklahoma City Energy FC of the USL.

NE Revs top Chicago Fire, book place in 2016 US Open Cup final

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The New England Revolution became the first side to book their place in the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final, by beating the Chicago Fire, 3-1 at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday.

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Kei Kamara, whom the Revolution acquired not long before they began this year’s Open Cup campaign, Je-Vaughn Watson and Teal Bunbury scored the goals to put Jay Heaps’ side into next month’s final for the first time since 2007, in which they’ll face either FC Dallas or the LA Galaxy (second semifinal to be played Wednesday night).

The Revs struck first, from the penalty spot, after Rodrigo Ramos tripped Kelyn Rowe on the corner of the penalty area in the 15th minute. Kamara converted the ensuing spot-kick for a 1-0 lead.

Chicago pulled level on a busted play along the Revs’ backline in the 40th minute. Michael de Leeuw poked the ball past a pair of defenders for David Accam, who was suddenly in all kinds of space near the penalty spot. The Ghanaian, one of Chicago’s few true bright spots this season, cut inside and slotted the ball past Brad Knighton to make it 1-1.

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That scoreline lasted less than 90 seconds, though, as Watson headed home a bouncing ball in the face of goal. Chris Tierney whipped in the initial free kick, and Kamara headed the ball goal-bound only to see it denied three yards off the line. Matt Lamspon went to ground on Kamara’s header, leaving a simple finish for Watson.

Bunbury put the game away with a slow bouncer out of reach of Lampson in the 85th minute.

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Drawn the fourth-ranked team in terms of priority to host the Sept. 21 final, the Revs will go for their first major trophy since 2007 away from home, no matter who advances from Wednesday’s semifinal.

U.S. Open Cup roundup: Revs need PKs to oust Union; Dallas, Fire onward

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Three of four semifinalists have been decided — in very different fashions — as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s quarterfinals were staged Wednesday.

The L.A. Galaxy and Seattle Sounders are just underway in California, and the winner will face FC Dallas. That’s because — surprise!! — Fabian Castillo continued his incredible MLS career with a late winner to knock Houston out of the Open Cup via a Texas Derby-sized quarterfinal victory at BBVA Compass Stadium.

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That game took time to decide, as a 0-0 score line existed well into the second half.

Earlier, the New England Revolution ensured that the final would not be hosted in Pennsylvania for the first time in three years by defeating the Philadelphia Union in kicks.

After 120 minutes saw the teams deadlocked at 1-1 thanks to Je-Vaughn Watson’s 44th minute goal and a 90th minute equalizer from Philly’s Fabian Herbers. But Brad Knighton saved PK efforts from Sebastian Le Toux and C.J. Sapong’s to push the Revs into the semis, where they’ll face…

The Chicago Fire. David Accam’s wonderfully mazy run stands as the highlight of the night, but it was far from the Fire’s lone product in a 3-0 win over the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

WATCH: Accam just clowns defenders to feed De Leeuw for goal

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David Accam is just clowning U.S. Open Cup defenders.

The Chicago Fire man produce a great effort to make the score 2-0 over the NASL’s Four Lauderdale Strikers on Wednesday night with this juke-filled, patient, mazy dribble like letters on a Scrabble board.

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Watch the 25-year-old Ghanaian cut a defender one way, then work another and the keeper before cutting back to new Fire man Michael de Leeuw for the finish.