US Open Cup roundup: Upsets! NASL’s Cosmos top NYC, Revs fall to USL side

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To say Wednesday was a bonkers night in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup somehow understates things, which is one of the main reasons we love this tournament.

Three matches went to extra time, two to penalties, and two underdogs found wins against Major League Soccer sides in the competition’s fourth round.

[ MORE: Tuesday’s Open Cup roundup ]

While Tuesday saw MLS sides sweep their competition of eight USL sides and one NASL side, the lower leagues struck back with a vengeance.

First, the USL’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds pushed DC United to extra time before Kofi Opare and Nick DeLeon each netted to give the MLS visitors a 3-1 win.

Then Orlando City, aided by a trio of Carlos Rivas penalties — yes, you read that right — overcame blowing a 4-2 lead over the Charleston Battery with 107 minutes in the books by converting one more penalty than their USL competition, 8-7.

Colombian midfielder Jorge Herrera will be celebrating both his country’s 1-0 win over Brazil and his club’s 1-0 win over the New England Revolution after his 55th minute goal led the Charlotte Independence into the fifth round.

Finally, a Brazilian and a Zimbabwean led the NASL’s New York Cosmos to a riveting 3-2 win over New York City FC, this one in penalty kicks. Kwadwo Poku gave NYC a 2-0 lead on his second of the night just after halftime, but Leo Fernandes and Lucky Mkosana scored to tie it.

Mkosana’s 90th minute tally sent the thing to extra time, which led to nothing but a missed Pablo Alvarez PK. The Cosmos seized that opportunity, winning this edition of the East River Derby, 4-3 in kicks. An to wrap things up, a Robbie Keane hat trick led the LA Galaxy to a 6-1 rout of PSA Elite in the final game of the fourth round.

The draw for the fifth round is Thursday, and the next batch of games is June 30 and July 1.

Wednesday’s results

Richmond Kickers 1-3 Columbus Crew
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1-1 (1-3 AET) DC United
Charleston Battery 4-4 Orlando City SC  (Orlando wins 8-7 on PKs)
New England Revolution 0-1 Charlotte Independence
New York Cosmos 2-2 New York City FC (Cosmos win 4-3 on PKs)
Houston Dynamo 2-0 Austin Aztex
Los Angeles Galaxy 6-1 PSA Elite 

Tuesday’s results

Seattle Sounders 1-3 Portland Timbers (AET)
San Jose Earthquakes 2-2 Sacramento Republic (San Jose win 6-5 on PKs)
Real Salt Lake 2-1 Seattle Sounders II
Colorado Rapids 4-1 Colorado Springs Switchbacks
Chicago Fire 1-0 Louisville City FC (AET)
FC Dallas 4-1 Oklahoma Energy FC
Sporting Kansas City 1-0 Saint Louis FC
Philadelphia Union 0-0 Rochester Rhinos (Philadelphia win 3-1 on PKs)
New York Red Bulls 3-0 Atlanta Silverbacks

UEL, LIVE — Arsenal meets Eintracht before Man Utd, Wolves play

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The Europa League group stage begins play on Thursday, with Arsenal in Germany to face Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Bundesliga side is missing a lot of familiar faces after a tumultuous summer saw Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller, and Ante Rebic.

[ LIVE: Europa League scores  ]

Arsenal will follow suit with some youth, as Emile Smith-Rowe, Bukayo Saka, and Joe Willock drawing starts.

Kickoff is at 12:55 p.m. ET, with Manchester United and Wolves set to kick-off their respective matches against Astana and Braga at 3 p.m. ET.

Full slate

12:55 p.m. ET
CFR Cluj v. Lazio
LASK v. Rosenborg
Getafe v. Trabzonspor
PSV Eindhoven v. Sporting Lisbon
Basel v. Krasnodar
APOEL Nicosia v. Dudelange
Copenhagen v. Lugano
Standard Liege v. Vitoria SC
Qarabag v. Sevilla
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Arsenal
Rennes v. Celtic
Dynamo Kiev v. Malmo

3 p.m. ET
Wolfsburg v. Oleksandriya
Espanyol v. Ferencvaros
Rangers v. Feyenoord
Porto v. Young Boys
Slovan Bratislava v. Besiktas
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Wolfsberg
Partizan v. AZ Alkmaar
AS Roma v. Istanbul Basaksehir
Gent v. Saint-Etienne
Manchester United v. Astana
Wolves v. Braga
Ludogorets Razgrad v. CSKA Moscow

Report: Man City’s David Silva in “likely” Inter Miami move

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Arguably the greatest player in Manchester City history could become the first star player of Inter Miami.

That’s the story coming out of England, where The Independent reports that David Silva will “likely” join Inter Miami CF for its inaugural MLS run in 2020.

It’s well-known that Silva is leaving Man City this summer after one last-go at his first UEFA Champions League title.

[ MORE: Man City bests Shakhtar ]

David Beckham has been recruiting some of the top names in the game, and has been linked with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Silva, 33, checks all the boxes. The Spanish star won two EUROs and a World Cup, and is still playing at a very high level. He has five assists in six matches for City this season.

If healthy, it would be foolish to expect anything but dominance out of Silva, though beware the think pieces out there about how he “might find it tougher than he thinks.” We’re talking about a world beater who posted 10 goals and 14 assists for City last season.

Even at his age, he’d carry one of the top resumes of any player to join Major League Soccer (Beckham, Steven Gerrard, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic would like a word).

He has 71 goals and 134 assists in 402 matches for City, and would eventually line up against fellow City Football Group club NYCFC.

NBC Sports’ Premier League Fan Fest heading to Austin

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Everything is bigger in Texas. And this will be no different.

NBC Sports and the Premier League have announced details for the first Premier League Mornings Live Fan Fest event of the season, and we are heading to Austin, Texas in October.

Just like the events in Washington D.C., New York City and Boston last season, fans will be able to watch all of the PL action together with the live studio show taking place in front of them.

This time it takes place at Scholz Garten in downtown Austin.

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The two-day celebration of Premier League fandom will take place on Saturday Oct. 26 and Sunday Oct. 27. The Scholz Garten venue is inclusive of a full street closure, courtyard space, and indoor bar.

All sections of the venue will be packed with fun activities and of course plenty of viewing areas for fans to watch all of the action.

The event will feature the NBC Sports studio broadcast live onsite with special appearances throughout the day. We’ll also have free merchandise and giveaways throughout the day, plus food, drink and plenty more.

Premier League Interim Chief Executive, Richard Masters, said: “After a successful season of Premier League Mornings Live, we are delighted to be visiting Austin, Texas, for the first event of 2019-20. Last year we saw how passionate our American fans are, as we brought the Premier League experience to Washington D.C., New York and Boston.

”This season we are once again working with NBC Sports and bringing many of our clubs, partners and some famous faces to unique locations in different cities. Those attending in Austin can expect some great activations and I am sure there will be plenty of entertaining football for them to enjoy as we have some exciting fixtures taking place over the weekend.”

Report: Newcastle United tracking Atlanta United’s Martinez

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A report out of Newcastle says the Magpies may be returning to Atlanta United’s ranks for a January transfer swoop.

MLS record goal scorer Josef Martinez is the name mentioned as among Newcastle’s targets, though journalist Lee Ryder says there may be trepidation given Miguel Almiron’s failure to find goals at St. James’ Park.

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Martinez, 26, scored twice more Wednesday evening for the Five Stripes, including a sensational solo goal. He has scored in 15-straight league matches and is five goals away from matching his MLS single season record set last season.

Atlanta signed Martinez through the 2023 season. Transfermarkt puts his market value around $11 million, comparing him with players like Jurgen Locadia, Yoshinori Muto, and Manolo Gabbiadini.

Newcastle broke its transfer record to land Almiron last season, then smashed it sign Joelinton from Hoffenheim in August. The Magpies have also splashed cash on Allan Saint-Maximin and there’s a clear focus on upgrading the attack.

Maybe the Magpies would view the move as a bargain which could help Almiron get back to his form of last season, but it seems there would be numerous hurdles to clear before a firm bid would be made for Martinez. If Saint-Maximin or Almiron finds form, would there be room for Martinez running underneath Joelinton? Or maybe we’re wrong and Mike Ashley is ready to spend to provide adequate depth?

Lots of questions here.