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This Week in MLS: Seattle Sounders FC begin quest to make it four

This Week in MLS – May 29, 2012

  • Seattle Sounders FC begin quest to make Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup history
  • AT&T MLS Goal of the Week
  • Week 13 Match Previews
  • Quotables & Sweet Tweets
 
Seattle Sounders FC begin quest to make Open Cup history
The 16 U.S.-based MLS clubs are set to begin play in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup this week, entering in the third round of the tournament. After winning the tournament each year since joining MLS in 2009, Seattle Sounders FC will look to make Open Cup history by winning a fourth successive Open Cup title. While three teams have won three consecutive titles, no team has ever won four in a row. Seattle’s journey begins Wednesday as they host the Atlanta Silverbacks at the Starfire Sports Complex.A live webcast will be available on SoundersFC.com beginning at 10 p.m. ET.
 
Below is a full schedule of third round games this week:
 
Tuesday, May 29
D.C. United at Richmond Kickers (USL PRO): Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.; 7 p.m. ET
New England Revolution at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO): Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.; 7 p.m. ET
LA Galaxy at Carolina RailHawks (NASL): WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.; 7:07 p.m. ET
Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) at Columbus Crew: Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio; 7:30 p.m. ET
Colorado Rapids at Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL): Al Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla.; 7:30 p.m. ET
Chicago Fire at Michigan Bucks (PDL): Ultimate Soccer Arena; Pontiac, Mich.; 7:30 p.m. ET
Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) at Philadelphia Union: PPL Park; Chester, Pa.; 7:30 p.m. ET
New York Red Bulls at Charleston Battery (USL PRO): Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.; 7:30 p.m. ET
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) at FC Dallas: FC Dallas Stadium; Frisco, Texas; 8:30 p.m. ET
Houston Dynamo at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL): Heroes Stadium; San Antonio, Texas; 8:30 p.m. ET
Minnesota Stars FC (NASL) at Real Salt Lake: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah; 9 p.m. ET
Orlando City Soccer Club (USL PRO) at Sporting Kansas City: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.; 8:30 p.m. ET
Chivas USA at Ventura County Fusion (PDL): Ventura College; Ventura, Calif.; 10 p.m. ET
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at San Jose Earthquakes: Cagan Stadium, Stanford University; Stanford, Calif.; 10:30 p.m. ET
 
Wednesday, May 30
Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Seattle Sounders FC: Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.; 10 p.m. ET
Cal FC (USASA) at Portland Timbers: JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.; 10:30 p.m. ET
 
AT&T MLS Goal of the Week – to vote,CLICK HERE
  • Emilio Renteria (CLB)
  • Sebastian Grazzini (CHI)
  • Juan Pablo Angel (CHV)
  • Patrice Bernier (MTL)
  • C.J. Sapong (SKC)
 
Houston Dynamo: This is Home
Sporting Kansas City: Best and worst goal celebrations
 
MLS Week 13 Previews
(Home team listed first; all times Eastern)
 
Saturday, June 2
New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire, 7:30 p.m.
  • Inextinguishable:The Fire have a 10-game undefeated streak against the Revolution in league play. New England’s last victory in regular season play came May 6, 2007 at Gillette Stadium.
  • Sene Streak:Saer Sene extended his goal-scoring streak to three games (with four goals in that span) in New England’s 3-2 loss at D.C. United. Sene had five goals and one assist in May (six games).
  • Dominic Effect: Chicago Fire forward Dominic Oduro has scored the last three times he has faced New England, once in both meetings between the clubs and once in 2010 as a member of the Houston Dynamo.
  • First Encounters:Although they had a combined 15 years of MLS playing experience, Fire manager Frank Klopas and Revs boss Jay Heaps faced each other just once, a 4-1 victory for Heaps’ Fire over Klopas’ Miami Fusion in 1999. This is their first meeting as managers.
 
Quotables
 
“After nine games and zero points … it’s a big relief. Finally, other questions from you all.”
-- Toronto FC head coach Aron Winter after his club’s first league win of the season, 1-0 vs. Philadelphia Union
 
“Throughout the week, we’ve been talking about it. First place, first place, first place.”
-- D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, to The Washington Post, after D.C. United’s 3-2 win vs. New England that moved the club into first place in the Eastern Conference for the first time since 2009
 
“Anyone that scores goals is happy when they score a goal, but it’s good for him because he hasn’t scored since the second game of the season.”
-- Seattle Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid to The Seattle Timeson David Estrada’s tying goal in a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA
 
“That was bad positioning on my part. He used his body well. He took me out of position. It was a good learning opportunity for me.”
-- Chicago Fire rookie defender Austin Berry on Emilio Rentería’s goal that gave the Columbus Crew a 2-1 win
 
 
Sweet Tweets
@keikamara– May 23
Here a sneak peak to the #ESPNmag shoot 2day. Picture perfect don't need instagram. Thanks 2 that intern 4 being ready http://pic.twitter.com/wAkErGL7
 
@SeanDennisonMLS – May 23
NYT bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey references @SoundersFC@RealSaltLake. Book set in SEA. @SoundersFCwoven into social fabric of the city.
 
‏@reggie_bush – May 23
#ThrowbackThursdayshooting Adidas Commercial in Madrid, Spain with David Beckham http://instagr.am/p/LBaJSGsnIr/
 
@IanDarkeESPN–May 26
What a return to USA team for Landon Donovan with hat trick v Scotland. Statement of his quality
 
@MiaHamm– May 26
Boys look great tonight! Keep pounding them @landondonovan,You make it look easy.
 
@impactmontreal– May 24
Forward Marco Di Vaio becomes the first ever Montreal Impact Designated Player http://bit.ly/MJWdBZ#IMFC#MLS#MarcoDiVaio
 
@SoccerByIves– May 24
Have to give San Jose credit. They ALWAYS push till the final minute, they snatch so many points from the 80th minute on.
 
@ChrisWondo– May 24
Last night is the reason why I love bein a Quake. The boys fought until last minute stuck together and never gave up. Proud of u guys!!!!
 
@SJEarthquakes– May 23
EQ Exclusive: "Alan Gordon is an animal" - A compilation of his late-game heroics for San Jose #FlashGordonhttp://youtu.be/bwEMp96GmtQ
 
‏@RobStoneONFOX – May 26
Is it just me or has #USMNT@landondonovanbeen working the biceps? Curls for the girls. Another nice goal. Could have 3 already.
 
@LAGalaxy – May 23
RT @cmlosoyaMike Magee once reached the top of a Stairmaster. #mikemageefacts
 
@SportingKC – May 23
CJ Sapong ( @BigAfrika88) watching the SKC Reserves vs. Brass game through binoculars. How's that for a critical eye? http://pic.twitter.com/UkGleOS4
 
‏@LAGalaxy – May 23
#lagalaxy& fans donated over 1,200 tickets to Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, VA, & USO for Armed Forces Appreciation tonight