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It hasn’t been updated on the Union’s site so take it as an unconfirmed report for the moment, but apparently Josh Yaro has received his green card and no longer counts as an international.

Analysis and observations of the Union’s USOC win over Harrisburg.

Two battles to watch this weekend: Sapong vs. Wright-Phillips and Bedoya vs. Klejstan.

The Red Bulls attack has been struggling this season. The Union will look to keep it that way.

Get to know NYRB. Reasons to watch.

Marcus Epps is pushing for first team minutes after impressing against Harrisburg.

The Union will be traveling to Harrison for their next round USOC matchup against Red Bulls. If they win, they will face either DC United or New England.


USOC darling Christos FC will be in Horsham this weekend for two regional finals. Junior Lone Star FC plays Landsowne Bhoys on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Bethlehem’s weekly conference call.


HELL IS REAL: Cincinnati beat Columbus in the U.S. Open Cup in front of over 30,000 fans as FC Cincinnati and its supporters proved they’re ready for the big time.

LAFC has set its aim high as they gear up for their inaugural season next year.

Orlando will be without Cyle Larin indefinitely pending Substance and Behavioral Health (SABH) assessment after being arrested for DUI. More details here. Don’t drink and drive, folks.

Around the globe

Harry Arter on playing after losing a child. This is a tearjerker.

This week’s TwitBag covers national teams and the USOC.

The USSF posted their 2015-16 tax return.

Expect to see the U.S. B-team at the Gold Cup. It is still not confirmed whether Jesse Gonzalez will be part of it.

Highlight of the day

NYCFC hits the crossbar twice. On the same shot.


  1. i want cincinnati to join the league for several reasons one of which would be to here about the hell is real cup every year.

    • Not to mention road trips to Cincinnati. German food + brewery tours + MLS makes for a good time.

    • solid addition. they should be in by 2019, this should be a no brainer. i’d punish Miami Beckham for another 2 years and bring them in 2018, but the league will welcome them with open arms, playing in a misshapen, sod-covered parking lot.

  2. Josh Yaro got his Green Card! Making room for Zlatan!

  3. Andy Muenz says:

    Not liking the Union chances in the next round of the Open Cup with Bedoya, Pontius, and Sapong all likely going to USMNT training camp the day after the DC United game (Hopefully they will play in that.) and NYRB not having any players on the US Gold Cup roster. I’m guessing Blake will be gone by the New England game on July 2 along with anyone who makes the 23 man roster for the US. Fortunately, New England has some players likely to be gone as well.

    • Jamaica has been very accommodating to us in the past. Hopefully that continues.
      I didn’t even think of the start of training camp. Rules state Arena has to submit his final 23 man roster to CONCACAF by the 27th. So maybe there’s a chance one of our guys can come back for the Cup game and/or the New England game.

      • Andy Muenz says:

        I’m guessing at the very least Blake will miss the KC game on July 6 since Jamaica plays on the 9th in San Diego and they probably want to give him a little time to acclimate.
        Also, I believe Jamaica has Caribbean Cup semis and finals on June 22 and 25 so Blake may miss the DC game too.

    • pragmatist says:

      I don’t discount those guys at all, and they obviously increase our odds when they play. But their absences pave the way for Jones, Epps, and Simpson to get minutes. For the first time possibly in franchise history, I’m ok with playing backups for 3 of our top guys.
      Blake’s absence concerns me, but I’m ok with the rest, at least for one game.

  4. OneManWolfpack says:

    Rumor has LAFC signing Mexican national Andres Guardado and now with Ronaldo saying he wants out of Spain entirely – things are about to get interesting out west. Wow. Good for the league though. Ronaldo – even though I doubt he’ll come here for next season – would be bigger than Beckham. Really though, Ronaldo would be crazy NOT to come here – it’s so much easier for rich people to avoid taxes in the US 😉

    • pragmatist says:

      Ronaldo will be here. It’s just a matter of when. Next year would likely put him in LAFC. Same with 2019. But 2020 puts him in Miami.
      He’ll be here. He will have too many non-salary-cap reasons to stay away.

    • Definitely a lot bigger than Beckham. Guy is probably the most popular athlete on the planet. Not probably. Is. And yes. U.S. is much easier on the wealthy tax payer than any place on Europe.

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