Sporting Kansas Citycoasted to a 3-0 victory
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With the win, KC moves on to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals to face the USL Pro's Richmond Kickers -- who pulled off the only upset in the third round,beating Columbus 2-1
Sporting are just three games from the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophy.
The other results from last night:
Chicago Fire 1, Rochester Rhinos 0
New York Red Bulls 2, FC New York 1
Real Salt Lake 2, Wilmington Hammerheads 0FC Dallas 3, Orlando City 2
Seattle Sounders 2, Kitsap Pumas 1
Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Los Angeles Blues 1
• Today at 2 p.m., I'll be hosting a live chat on KansasCity.com. So, please, check in later this afternoon to ask questions and talk Sporting KC.
Not trying to lead you into any potential questions, but I'm prepared to answer the following: Better mascot, Blue or Dynamo? Steak sandwich vs. bacon-wrapped hotdog? Is Julio Cesar the answer at defensive midfielder? What's wrong with Teal Bunbury? Has Stephane Auvray played his last game? What's the best chant in the Member's Stand from a non-biased perspective?
• This is kind of cool:Sporting's Matt Besler is the leading vote getter on the MLS All-Star text message ballot.
Voting closes on July 5th, the player with the highest vote totals via text will receive a place on the team.
•Jimmy Nielsen, Aurelien Collin and Omar Bravo were all in the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week.
•The Gold Cup on Fox Soccer drew approximately 8.9 million viewers
-- which is better than Game 7 of the Stanely Cup Finals and the final round of the U.S. Open.
Imagine what would've happened if that had been on Fox and not Fox Soccer?
• The U.S. women got off to a slow start,but found their feet to take out North Korea 2-0
• Of course, according to North Korea's coach, the reason for the loss was thathis team was struck by lightning before the tournament
That's not a link to The Onion. He really said it.
Per the BBC:
"When we stayed in Pyongyang during training our players were hit by lightning, and more than five of them were hospitalised," said coach Kim, without naming the affected players specifically.
"Some stayed in hospital and then came to Germany later than the rest of us. The goalkeeper and the four defenders were most affected, and some midfielders as well. The physicians said the players were not capable of participating in the tournament.
• Eight Mexican players suspended for breach of discipline at the Copa Americaafter inviting "female guests" into their hotel rooms
. (The players also had their bags stolen.)
Why couldn't this have happened two weeks ago?
• Mexico jumped 19 spots in the latest Fifa rankings, moving from 28th to 9th. The United States dropped from 22nd to 24th.See the top twenty here.
• Many have been calling for Bob Bradley's head in the wake of the loss to Mexico.Is a USA coaching change in the works?
• Transfer season is here. Among the notable moves taking place:American defender Oguchi Onyewu is headed to Sporting... Lisbon. Jozy Altidore seems headed to Holland.Manchester United inks goalkeeper David de Gea.Sunderland beat a bunch of teams (including Liverpool) to sign England U-21 player Connor Wickham.Barcelona have allegedly made a new offer for Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas. That's not a repeat from last month, January, last August or before the World Cup. Barca have given a contract extension to rising Spanish starlet Thiago Alcantara.