The Harrisburg City Islanders knocked the New York Red Bulls from the U.S. Open Cup last night. Dominic Oppong did his best Asamoah Gyan impression by scoring in extra time to lift the ‘Burg’s best and brightest to the next round. Great coverage from Derek Meluzio at Pennlive.com
The Deseret News has an interview with Robbie Findley as he returns to MLS after showcasing his dribbling-over-the-goal-line skills at the World Cup.
ESPNRadio (via MajorLeagueSoccerTalk) has a brief interview with maligned U.S.-Slovenia referee Koman Coulibaly in which the Malian ref says he probably will not be centering any more matches during the cup and refuses to reveal what he saw on the Maurice Edu goal that made him blow the whistle.
The Union’s July 10 game against San Jose has been pushed back from 5:30pm to 6pm so it can be televised on Fox Soccer Channel; FSC will probably air Proactiv commercials at 5:30. Just guessin’.
9.4 million people tuned into Univision to watch Argentina’s Carlos Tevez score an illegal goal and a stunning goal as the blue and whites defeated Mexico in the Round of 16. This is the largest audience ever for the Spanish-language channel, narrowly edging out the 9 million who watched the series finale of Destilando Amor in 2007. An additional 5.4 million people saw the Mexico-Argentina match on ESPN.
SoccerAmerica breaks down who showed up and who didn’t for the US team in South Africa. I agree with surprisingly few of these assessments.
Roy Hodgson (who I am henceforth nicknaming: The English Owl) is set to be named the new manager at Liverpool. He’s known as a great motivator and a player’s manager, two traits never ever ever ever associated with Rafael Benitez. I will have a breakdown of the issues Hodgson faces when the announcement becomes official.
Everybody is up in arms because Cristiano Ronaldo spat in front of a cameraman after losing to Spain yesterday. Don’t modern cameras have zoom lenses? If a guy runs for 90 minutes and ends up on the losing end of a game that knocks him out of the biggest tournament in his sport, I’m pretty cool with him spitting wherever he likes. He doesn’t spit at the cameraman, just on the ground in front of him. Is it a warning? Maybe. But it’s nothing to get upset about. Where is he supposed to spit? Related note: Did anybody see Heinze hit the cameraman when he got too close after Argentina’s first goal against Mexico?
Four Philadelphia Independence players made the WPS All-Star teams.