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April 30, 2013 at 9:09 AM

U.S. Open Cup field set, tournament kicks off next week (Tuesday links)

usoc logoThe 2013 U.S. Open Cup is nearly here as the 68-team field was finalized over the weekend (theCup.us has all the tournament coverage you need, as always).

Two play-in round games are scheduled for May 7. Then the subsequent rounds will play out.

PDL teams join in the first round on May 14, when the Sounders FC U-23s will host Doxa Italia at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner. MLS teams (including Sounders FC) join in the third round on May 28.

The finals are set for Oct. 1 or 2.

Let’s get to some links:

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— Be sure to check out ABC Nightline’s video feature on Robbie Rogers, a piece that has come back to the forefront with the news of NBA center Jason Collins coming out as gay. This SI.com report refers to Rogers as being unretired and trying out with the L.A. Galaxy. I had understood it as him having an open invite to train with the team (less a formal tryout), but it’s something to keep an eye on. Here’s another interesting soccer angle on the big picture.

— Here is a reminder that some Italian legends like Fabio Cannavaro will be in the Pacific Northwest later this year for a soccer camp with WestSound FC. The tour will also raise awareness for cancer research.

— In some MLS news, the Columbus Crew look set to make a big announcement later this week, the league’s referees have unionized, ex-Sounder Cordell Cato scored his first MLS goal over the weekend, and a couple recent big names linked to a move to this league are Park Ji-Sung and Jermaine Pennant.

— Also, ex-AEG boss Tim Leiweke has big plans with his new Toronto FC team, and D.C. United management is expressing faith in its GM and coach after a 1-6-1 start.

— No charges have been filed against an unnamed Timbers player, who is being investigated for rape. Reports on the subject here, here and here.

ProSoccerTalk and Soccer By Ives recap the NWSL weekend. The Equalizer has news on Abby Wambach being cleared to play after a head injury and Shannon Boxx being set to miss the next 4-6 weeks injured.

— Some website has Bob Bradley ranked as the fifth-best national team coach in the world. Finding Jurgen Klinsmann on the same site takes a little effort (he’s in the 50-100 range).

— In some miscellaneous links, here’s a piece on the U.S. U-20s after camp, one study says referees favor home teams (surprise, surprise), and did you see the fans that put up a brick wall in front of the team’s offices?

— Lastly, a very cool video from the Montreal Impact on its win over Chicago…

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