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July 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

USOC semifinals arrive (Wednesday links)

Chivas USA and ex-Sounders defender James Riley have arrived and are ready to take on the Sounders in a U.S. Open Cup semifinal at 7 p.m. tonight at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila. Riley talked about the big game in this preview.

One beat writer of the L.A.-based team has pondered if this is the biggest game in Chivas USA history, so you can imagine the visitors will come in motivated.

The Sounders of course are looking for another chance to add to the trophy case.

The other semifinal kicks off at 4:30 p.m., when the Philadelphia Union hosts Sporting Kansas City.

Let’s get to some links:

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— To start out with some women’s soccer. The USWNT has arrived in London, but more locally here’s a profile of Julia Roberts of the Sounders Women and it’s a big week between Issaquah SC and Emerald CIty FC in the WPSL playoff race.

Osvaldo Alonso didn’t make the Soccer By Ives Midseason Best XI, but he made the Best XI after that.

— D.C. United confirmed its new investors Tuesday and here’s a recap of the press conference.

— Here are part two and part three of a look at the youth development in this country. I had previously linked to part one.

Maradona is apparently looking for work.

— Lastly, New England midfielder Kelyn Rowe, a Federal Way native, was suspended a game and fined for this challenge…

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