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June 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM

U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals take center stage (Tuesday links)

usoc logo.jpgAmid a seven-game MLS winless streak, the Sounders might be relieved to see a non-league game on the schedule, even if it does come on ridiculously short rest in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against the San Jose Earthquakes. Here is Tuesday’s schedule in the tournament:

Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at Philadelphia Union (MLS), PPL Park, 4:30 p.m.

Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS), LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, 5:30 p.m.

Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) at Chivas USA (MLS), Cal State Fullerton, 7:30 p.m.

Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS), Kezar Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

TheCup.us will be a good resource for your Open Cup needs with a quarterfinals preview and fun facts about the round. Sounders FC is aiming to become the third team in the MLS era to win four straight quarterfinals and it sounds like San Jose is ready to field a strong squad.

Also, SJEarthquakes.com has this interesting read on the soccer history of Kezar Stadium and Seattle coach Sigi Schmid has some memories there, as well.

Let’s get to some links:

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— The Sounders are definitely on a downward trend in power rankings leaguewide: MLSsoccer.com, SI.com, Soccer by Ives, ProSoccerTalk.

— Locally, here’s a video of the top 10 plays in the first half of the Sounders Women’s season, here’s a story on Sounders FC U-23s defender Anthony Arena, and here’s a look at a local PDL race that’s heating up.

— According to a German story found by MLS Rumors, which does a great job tracking down international reports, the Sounders have begun negotiating a transfer fee with FC Kaiserslautern for midfielder Christian Tiffert. It sounds like the player will be talking with the Sounders again next week and still has interest in Germany.

— One Sounder made the Castrol Index’s Top 20 for last week, and I’m sure his amazing goal Wednesday had something to with it.

— In some videos around the league, San Jose put some highlights to the “Goonies never say die” speech, here are all 52 goals from the last week of MLS, and what was Timber Joey trying to do Sunday near the Sounders fan section?

— The big MLS news recently was Philadelphia trading with Vancouver to grab the top spot in the allocation order to sign defender Bakary Soumare. The Union traded away their first-round pick next year, their No. 12 spot in the allocation order and allocation money. Vancouver also gave up a second-round pick. Here is an updated allocation order.

— In a couple other notes, Rangers midfielder Sone Aluko is the latest linked to a possible MLS move and UEFA president Michel Platini apparently isn’t excited about goal-line technology.

— Lastly, here’s a poll put together by our sports department…

If NBA and NHL teams come to Seattle, can this market support six pro franchises and college sports?

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