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U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal preview: Cali Clasico, Second-tier showdown

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The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup holds its quarterfinals this week, with a match on the schedule each of the first four nights of the week.

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Need your MLS fix during this Gold Cup break? How about a Cali Clasico later this evening to whet your appetite?

San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy — 10:30 p.m. ET Monday

The hosts are short several players on Gold Cup duty, and LA has been good on the road in MLS play. Giovani Dos Santos’ presumed return should be enough to tip the field toward LA, but this has been anything but a predictable Galaxy squad.

Sporting KC vs. FC Dallas — 8:30 p.m. ET Tuesday

Few MLS teams are deeper than these two, but KC’s loss of Graham Zusi, Matt Besler, and Dom Dwyer isn’t just an absence of skill, it’s an absence of grasping the value of this tournament.

Miami FC vs. FC Cincinnati — 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday

It’s the NASL versus the USL in a battle one league will trumpet and another will disavow by the time it ends. MFC will have to get by last round’s hero — FCC goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt.

New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls — 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday

Can the Revs deal with the absences of Kelyn Rowe and Juan Agudelo? There will be plenty of pressure on Lee Nguyen, Diego Fagundez, and Kei Kamara to thrive in a rematch of a fun-if-sloppy game on July 5.

VIDEO: Drogba scores stunning last-gasp free kick for Phoenix

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Didier Drogba is at it again.

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Drogba, 39, is still scoring clutch late goals as the part-owner of USL side Phoenix Rising curled in a sumptuous free kick to grab his team a late equalizer against Orange County Blues at the weekend.

Look at the video below to see Drogba’s latest goal, as he also scored on his debut for Phoenix and had five goals in five games for the second-tier team.

Quite remarkable from the former Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray, Shanghai Shenhua and Montreal Impact forward.

SJ’s Silva likely suffered shock before rescue from Lake Tahoe

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) A professional soccer player who nearly drowned in Lake Tahoe likely suffered cold water shock, a condition that regularly overwhelms swimmers in the icy waters of the mountain lake, authorities said Friday.

Matheus Silva, 20, emerged from a coma Thursday, the San Jose Earthquakes said. The Brazilian defender was responsive and able to speak but will undergo additional testing.

Swimmers drown or nearly drown each year in the lake along the Nevada-California border from cold water shock syndrome, in which people lose the ability to float because their muscles cramp, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Eric Guevin said. There are two to three similar cases each year.

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“He’s probably a real strong swimmer. This is frequent with athletes who don’t have a lot of insulation or fat,” Guevin said. “It is a point where they lose the control of their body and their muscles.”

Silva was swimming early Tuesday with teammates about 20 yards from the shore of the public beach near Zephyr Cove Resort when he cried out for help and then went underwater, the fire marshal said.

His teammates and a person on a paddleboard rescued him and started CPR before emergency crews arrived.

Surface water temperature in the famed lake hovers around the mid-50s this time of year. Silva wasn’t wearing a lifejacket, which is recommended in the cold water.

Silva’s pulse and breathing came back with emergency aid at the scene, Guevin said. He was taken to a nearby hospital before being flown to a facility in Reno, Nevada. Family members and Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli were by his side.

“The entire Earthquakes organization is grateful for the invaluable effort by the doctors, players and staff at Reno 1868 FC and bystanders on the beach that contributed to Matheus being alive and well today,” Fioranelli said.

Silva was playing this season on loan for Reno 1868 FC, which is part of the United Soccer League. The soccer club beat the LA Galaxy II on Monday night, but Silva didn’t play in the 9-0 win.

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Quakes player Silva awake from coma, SJ releases statement

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One of the scarier stories this holiday weekend has taken a positive turn, as San Jose Earthquakes’ 20-year-old Matheus Silva has emerged from a coma following a near drowning.

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Silva, on loan to USL side Reno 1868, needed to be revived at a beach early July 4 after an early morning swim turned into terror for the player and his teammates.

From SJEarthquakes.com:

Matheus began struggling to stay afloat as he returned to shore and called out for help. His teammates rushed into the lake and nearby paddle boarders also came to his aid, pulling the 20-year-old out of the water and bringing him to shore. He did not have a pulse at this time.

A bystander on the beach began performing CPR, eventually reviving Matheus and restoring his breathing and heartbeat while first responders were alerted.

Silva remains in intensive care but is responsive and able to speak, according to the Quakes. The Monteverde Academy product will begin physical therapy on Friday.

Eight remain: Ranking the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinalists

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We’re down to the Final Eight for the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, though the paths to the final don’t make this a simple power rankings.

The two remaining Division II sides face each other in the quarters, meaning a non-MLS team will make the USOC semifinal for the first time since the 2011 Richmond Kickers.

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Meanwhile, two of Major League Soccer’s best will tangle in a match that ensures either 2016 champs FC Dallas or 2015 winners Sporting KC will exit the tournament. And the winner of the Red Bulls and New England Revolution will face either FC Cincinnati or Miami FC and be heavily-favored to advance to the final.

Here’s how we rate ’em:

8. New England Revolution — The Revs may have the opportunity to face a non-MLS side in the semis, but they’ll first have to get by the Red Bulls in a Gold Cup window which sees New England without Juan Agudelo, Kelyn Rowe, and Je-Vaughn Watson (RBNY is without Kemar Lawrence).

7. FC Cincinnati (USL) — It doesn’t matter whether you rate the USL or NASL higher, traveling down to Florida will put FCC at a significant disadvantage.

6. Miami FC (NASL) — As fine as MFC has looked in its last two USOC outings, Alessandro Nesta’s bunch has to complete two more MLS upsets to win it all.

5. San Jose Earthquakes — Face the same problems as New England, missing a trio of players for the Gold Cup as a Cali Clasico date awaits with the LA Galaxy.

4. LA Galaxy — A slight advantage over San Jose, but then will stare down one of the deepest teams in MLS whether it faces FCD or SKC in the semis.

3. Sporting KC — Both SKC and FCD will miss significant players for the quarterfinal, but SKC’s losses — Matt Besler, Dom Dwyer, and Graham Zusi — sting the slightest bit more.

2. FC Dallas — Depth is there to help Dallas become the first back-to-back winners since Seattle clinched a trio of titles in 2011.

  1. New York Red Bulls — The path is clear to the final: Beat a New England team missing a trio of stars and then handle a second-tier side.