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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.

Hull City’s Hernandez, Uruguay pick up consolation win over Jamaica (video)

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A 21st minute goal from Hull City striker Abel Hernandez lifted Uruguay to its only win of Copa America Centenario, 3-0 over Jamaica, on Monday in Seattle.

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Je-Vaughn Watson gave away an own goal and Mathias Corujo scored with minutes to play to cement the three points for Uruguay, which finishes third in Group C, behind advancing Mexico and Venezuela and ahead of Jamaica.

The Reggae Boyz didn’t go away, and it was 1-0 into the 66th minute when the own goal arrived.

AT THE HALF: Jamaica off to shock 2-0 halftime lead over USMNT (Follow live)

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Darren Mattocks and Giles Barnes netted minutes apart to give Jamaica a 2-0 lead in the 36th minute, and the United States men’s national team is 45 minutes away from losing its Gold Cup title bid, and putting its Confederations Cup hopes into jeopardy.

The U.S. controlled possession off the kickoff and quickly won a corner that came to nothing.

The next real chance came when Kyle Beckerman made a needless sliding foul on Rodolph Austin about 20 yards out from goal, but a Wes Morgan foul short-circuited the Jamaican chance.

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Je-Vaughn Watson had a rip from distance after the U.S. had trouble clearing an 11th minute corner kick, but it moved wide of the far post.

The USMNT found a bit of good fortune when a shaky Ale Bedoya troubled his touch during a solid build-up, but that allowed Fabian Johnson to bomb forward, pick up the ball in the 18 and win a corner. That beget another corner, which Jamaica sent to midfield.

Johannsson and Bradley worked well to provide Zardes a chance outside the 18 in the 24th minute, but the L.A. Galaxy youngster blasted over goal.

The AZ striker took a ball off Ryan Thompson’s foot on the doorstep, but poked the loose ball wide. Moments later, Thompson danced into the box before his shot forced Johnston into a diving save.

Then, Guzan was victimized by Mattocks. The Jamaican leapt in front of Brooks and flicked a header over the U.S. keeper to make it 1-0 in the 32nd minute.

Guzan gifted Giles Barnes a free kick on the edge of the 18 when he carried his distribution just past the line, and the linesman whistled it. Barnes buried it past Guzan to make it 2-0.

At the other end, Thompson kept it clean with a sliding stop of Clint Dempsey just before halftime.

LINEUP

USMNT: Guzan; Evans, Alvarado, Brooks, Johnson; Bradley, Beckerman; Zardes, Dempsey, Bedoya; Johannsson

San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 FC Dallas: Red cards go back and forth in draw

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One game in 100 words: Much like the Colorado Rapids-Real Salt Lake 0-0 draw that occurred earlier in the day, both sides in this game had their fair share of shots (10 each) but had trouble getting their scoring prospects between the pipes. The real story here was the amount of red cards given out; there were three—one to Mark Sherrod, the second to Je-Vaughn Watson and the third to J.J. Koval in the 88th minute. By definition of what referees look for in a red, all of them made sense, though Sherrod’s seemed like a mistimed hop-and-land. FC Dallas remains in the top six. San Jose stays outside of the Western Conference’s playoff contention in eighth place.

 

Three moments that mattered

20’ — Bingham the stonewall— Michael Barrios broke free down the left wing and approached the net looking to fire one home. He nearly did just that, cutting inside the box past Quakes defender Victor Bernardez, but goalkeeper David Bingham was quick on his feet for the save. It wasn’t a very steep angle taken by Bingham to parry away the seething right footer; rather, he relied on sheer reflex as he had plain vision of the strike.

53’ — First red — San Jose midfielder Cordell Cato ran up the left wing and sent in a standard cross when he approached the end line. Forward Mark Sherrod was covered well by FC Dallas defenders, and goalkeeper Dan Kennedy fell on his side to swallow up the attempted assist. After the play, though, Sherrod kept moving, jumped in the air and his right foot smashed Kennedy in the head.

75’— Second red — Je-Vaughn Watson should have approached this tackle more cautiously, no doubt, although you could argue he did so competitively, not out of malicious intent. Cato slid into the loose ball that Watson was chasing and the Dallas defender hoped to chip the ball over him; instead, the Earthquakes man beat him to the ball and was hit “studs up” with Watson’s foot. An automatic red card. Now both teams were down to 10 men.

 

Lineups

San Jose: Mark Sherrod; David Bingham; Marvell Wynne, Victor Bernardez, Clarence Goodson, Jordan Stewart; Fatai Alashe, Cordell Cato (J.J. Koval 82′), Chris Wondolowski; Matias Perez Garcia (Adam Jahn 59′), Shea Salinas (Shaun Francis 89′)

Dallas: Tesho Akindele, David Texeira; Dan Kennedy; Atiba Harris, Walker Zimmerman, Matt Hedges (Moises Hernandez 80′), Je-Vaughn Watson; Michel (Fabian Castillo 60′), Victor Ulloa, Mauro Diaz, Michael Barrios (Ryan Hollingshead 75′)

 

Aussies exhale: Cahill says hip’s fine after Watson’s “karate kick”

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The tackle was horrific. Je-Vaughn Watson’s flying boot met Tim Cahill’s midsection (“just above the groin”), and the Australian star buckled onto the turf in pain. How he was able to return after the offense, one that earned Watson a red card, was surprising to say the least.

The bad news is that Cahill is in a lot of pain, but that’s a minor hiccup upon considering the New York Red Bulls midfielder looked in much worse shape.

Would his World Cup be in jeopardy? His MLS season?

Fortunately, nope. From The Herald Sun:

Cahill, 34, revealed he was almost subbed at the break such was the concern from the Red Bulls’ medical staff in what was his first start since returning from a hamstring strain.

But after a light session today he was confident of backing up for Sunday’s home clash with Chicago Fire.

“I’m ok, it was a bit touch and go and I had to come off after about 60 minutes, when it happened it scared me because it hit me on the pubis,’’ Cahill said.

“It was a karate kick, I get those challenges once or twice a year.”

It’s just bruising and scratches for Cahill, and Watson could be facing much more than that. It was a brutal move that almost looked intentional, but at-best was wildly out-of-control play. But Socceroos can breathe easier today. In a group with the Netherlands, Chile and Spain, they’ll need every bit of good fortune moving forward.