Thursday’s Links

The US Open Cup draw was unveiled yesterday.  Here it is

The best first round matchups in my mind are as follows:

Reading- Harrisburg

Crystal Palace USA-Ocean City

Lynch’s FC-Miami FC Preview from Miami Soccer Fan

Pittsburgh-Rochester

402-Minnesota Thunder  Preview from Inside Minnesota Soccer

Portland-Kitsap Pumas

All of the matchups above the potential for upsets with the team from the lower tier league upsetting the team from the higher tier league. Some have greater potential than others, a subject we’ll get to as the matches draw closer.

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Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca take on Pumas in the first leg of the Mexican Clausura Grand Final tonight on Telemundo at 10 pm ET

Tim Howard and Everton continue to prepare for the FA Cup.

I’ll be paying a visit to USMNT camp today in Miami as the players assembled prepare for the daunting trip next week to Saprissa Stadium. Frankie Hejduk is out for this game worsening the problems on the US backline and taking away a valuable veteran presence in what could be the toughest game the US faces in qualifying.

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Houston does it again: Dom Kinnear pulls of another great trade by getting Dominic Oduro.

Austin Aztex supporters are leading a grassroots effort to build a stadium in the Texas capital.

WV Holligan reports on who Philadelphia Union’s first coach is likely to be. This has serious implications for the USMNT.

UPDATE: Simon Evans of Reuters makes it official.

Sean Franklin is out 4 to 6 months.

Gary Smith has some very insightful thoughts about the US Open Cup.

Daniel Feuerstein has a radical proposal to help grow the US Open Cup.

Episode of the Midnight Ride is now availible.

Colombia has snubbed Freddy Montero yet again from the national team.

Marcelo Lippi has called in the big guns for the Confederations Cup.

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Last night  in Rome, Barcelona crushed Manchester United with the ease Brazil would crush England in an international tournament. For coverage of that game please visit the Own Goal Network website, and our sister sites The Third Half, Forza Football, La Liga Weekly and Mad About Football.  Also Jamie Trecker, our friend from Fox Sports has some interesting thoughts. On the English football front listen to my interview with Jon Champion of ITV and Setanta Sports on the EPL Talk Podcast. The subject of the interview is a preview of the FA Cup Final.