Wednesday’s Links

TOP READ: Mid Season musings from Chris Webb of United Mania

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US Open Cup.com says it was the same old story as only one lower seeded team broke through on the tournaments first day.

Postponed until today: The DC area derby between Aegean Hawks and Real Maryland, and the Maryland derby between Crystal Palace Baltimore and Ocean City.

Brian Quarstad brings us the highlights of Minnesota’s 3-2 win over 402.

Compiled player ratings for US National Team players in qualifying courtesy of Beau Dure.

MLS Attendance stats from Futbol USA.

The state of the Puerto Rico Islanders from Pasion Naranja.

Match Fit USA on MLS’ technical limitations.

Ecuador’s press is carving up Diego Maradona in advance of today’s qualifier.

Phil Schoen, a frequent guest on the MLS Talk Podcast which I host has a very interesting read on changes the US must make this summer.

Attacking 90 has the top 10 takeaways from the US win over Honduras

MLS Talk Podcast #86 hosted by yours truly with a popouri of guests discussing USMNT, and US Open Cup

My piece on the EPL and WPS winning the TV ratings battle on FSC and MLS gaining a greater share of the Spanish language audience than the English audience (I should point out I did not include specific telefutura broadcast numbers in this piece but TF’s Sunday afternoon MLS games have consistently gotten higher viewership than ESPN’s primetime matches the past two seasons. MLS wants to be a big player in the american sports landscape but truthfully they have greater upside potential among latins than among european football fans or casual american sports fans.)