By Jeremiah Paschke-Wood One thing that you notice if you follow the MLS with any great regularity, is that the lower-echelon MLS teams have been in qualifying for the U.S. Open Cup. Cup tournaments are generally the bread and butter of most international professional teams, giving them an opportunity to pick up silverware even in … Continue reading What is the U.S Open Cup?
By Jeremiah Paschke-Wood *Game to watch ^Game not to watch All times Pacific, as usual. Friday Houston v DC United. (5:30 p.m.) After getting crushed by the Red Bulls at home, United travels to Houston, who are undefeated in five (two wins, three draws), only conceding four goals during that span. For United’s part, Charlie … Continue reading MLS weekend preview: April 29-May 1
By Jeremiah Paschke-Wood The MLS announced today that Colorado Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan would be suspended 10 matches and fined the lofty sum of $5,000 for his tackle last week that broke the leg of Seattle winger Steve Zakuani. Now I’m sure debate will rage (as much as it can rage over a league that … Continue reading MLS suspends Mullan for 10 matches; chances of signing Nigel De Jong gone forever
By Jeremiah Paschke-Wood Heartbreak for Real Salt Lake as their 34-match unbeaten run at home comes to a close with a close loss to Monterrey in the second leg of the Champions League final. Humberto Suazo, predictably, scored the long goal with a tap-in off a cross from Sergio Santana. Fabian Espindola had two great … Continue reading CONCACAF Champions League Final, 2nd Leg: Real Salt Lake 0, Monterrey 1 (2-3)
By Jeremiah Paschke-Wood I know there are a few weeks left, but since we already know who is going to win the title (Manchester United), the likely Champions League teams (United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City), the likely Europa League teams (Birmingham City, Stoke, Tottenham or Liverpool), and at least one of the relegated teams (I’m … Continue reading English Premier League team of the season
By Jeremiah Paschke-Wood A woeful performance by Schalke, who surprised Inter Milan and everyone else to reach the semifinal, but were overrun and outclassed by Manchester United. All the press in Europe (and here to the small extent people in the U.S. cover soccer) are falling over themselves in praise of Schalke’s Bayern Munich-bound goalie, … Continue reading Champions League semifinal, leg 1: Schalke 0, Manchester United 2
By Jeremiah Paschke-Wood With a win or 0-0 or 1-1 draw in the CONCACAF Champions League final (Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Salt Lake; TV broadcast on Fox Soccer), Real Salt Lake will become the first American team to play in the Club World Cup in December. The Claret and Cobalt (Yes, that’s apparently their … Continue reading RSL has its chance to make history