It’s Open Cup day again.
Richmond Kickers vs. D.C. United, 4 p.m.
Carolina RailHawks vs. Los Angeles Galaxy, 4 p.m.
Harrisburg City Islanders vs. New England Revolution, 4 p.m.
Michigan Bucks vs. Chicago Fire, 4:30 p.m.
Columbus Crew vs. Dayton Dutch Lions, 4:30 p.m.
Philadelphia Union vs. Rochester Rhinos, 4:30 p.m.
Charleston Battery vs. New York Red Bulls, 4:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Colorado Rapids, 4:30 p.m.
FC Dallas vs. Charlotte Eagles, 5:30 p.m.
Sporting Kansas City vs. Orlando City SC, 5:30 p.m.
San Antonio Scorpions vs. Houston Dynamo, 5:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake vs. Minnesota Stars FC, 6 p.m.
Ventura County Fusion vs. Chivas USA, 7 p.m.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 7:30 p.m.
Let’s get to some links:
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— The U.S. men’s national team is off to a get start in 2012 and had a great showing Saturday against Scotland, but now attention turns to Brazil heading into Wednesday’s friendly. Here’s a good profile on Clint Dempsey, who probably won’t be ready to start that game, and another on former lower-division Sounder Herculez Gomez, who’s working his way back into the squad.
— Around the league, Montreal introduced their new DP Marco di Vaio, up in Vancouver they’re still waiting for the midseason addition of Barry Robson (Carlos Bocanegra too?) and wondering what’s going on with Eric Hassli, and David Beckham will become the first solo male to grace the cover of Elle UK magazine.
— Also, don’t mess with FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman.
— A couple good stories on Philly.com, one ponders the future of professional women’s soccer after the recent USWNT friendly there and another tells us of an Aug. 11 summer friendly between Real Madrid and Celtic FC.
— Internationally, there’s been more match-fixing drama in Italy. Also, many people are starting to get nervous about potential racism in the upcoming Euro ’12, particularly after a feature by BBC’s Panorama program.
— Lastly, here’s a nice goal from a charity match the other day in England. Sergio Pizzorno scored, ex-Sounder Freddie Ljungberg assisted and (also noteworthy from the match) Will Ferrell and Gordon Ramsay were injured.