D.C. United Eye U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals With NYCFC Visit

A week after a dramatic late win over the Philadelphia Union, D.C. United host New York City FC at Audi Field on Wednesday night, hoping to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup for the first time since 2013. The winner of the game on Wednesday night — the first matchup between the two Eastern Conference foes in the Open Cup — will go on to face either the New England Revolution or Orlando City in the quarterfinal stage.

The game kicks off at 7 PM ET and will be streamed on ESPN+. 

The last time that United won at least two games in the Open Cup and advanced to the quarterfinal stage was back in 2013, when the Black-and-Red last hoisted the trophy. That year, United overcame a dismal MLS campaign to win the Open Cup, defeating Real Salt Lake 1-0 in the final to win the tournament for the third time. 

Last week, after a scoreless 90 minutes, the Black-and-Red fell behind in the 113th minute, thanks to a goal from Union substitute Anthony Fontana. That seemed to doom United to a defeat in their first Open Cup game at Buzzard Point, but there was still time for a wild comeback. 

Chris McCann headed in a Wayne Rooney corner kick in the 118th minute, and then D.C.'s captain converted a penalty kick in the 120th minute to send United into the Fifth Round. NYC got to the same stage of the tournament by defeating USL side North Carolina FC 4-0 last week.

With another week until United's next MLS game, head coach Ben Olsen is expected to once again field as strong as a side as possible. Against the Union, that meant starts for regulars Rooney, Luciano Acosta, Lucas Rodriguez, Steven Birnbaum, and Frederic Brillant, all of whom played for the entire 120 minutes. 

Defender Leonardo Jara also played 120 minutes but spent most of regulation playing in an unusual defensive midfield role. United were also bolstered by the return of left back Joseph Mora, who had not played since March 31 when he broke his jaw against Orlando.

Bill Hamid is expected to be absent once again, but Russell Canouse and Donovan Pines, both of whom missed out on participating in last week's win over Philadelphia, could play a part on Wednesday night. 

United and City have already faced off twice this year, meaning the only other time the two sides could meet is in the MLS playoffs in October. Back in March, United scraped a 0-0 draw against NYC at Yankee Stadium, before the Pigeons came to Audi Field in April and won 2-0.

After having just 15 players available in last week's win over NCFC, City head coach Dome Torrent has had his side bolstered by the return of Alexander Ring and Ben Sweat. Tony Rocha won't participate, but Torrent seemed to indicate that usual starters, Alexandru Mitrita, Heber, and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi should get starts on Wednesday. 

D.C. United Predicted Lineup: (4-2-3-1): Chris Seitz, Joseph Mora, Steven Birnbaum, Frederic Brillant, Leonardo Jara, Russell Canouse, Chris Durkin, Lucas Rodriguez, Luciano Acosta, Ulises Segura, Wayne Rooney 

Concacaf Nations League Concludes Wild October In Leagues B & C


Canada Shock The USA & Costa Rica Can't Win In League A Action

After not being part of the opening games of the Concacaf Nations League back in September, the four top-seeded teams in League A all played twice over the past week to kick off their tournament. Having watched from the sidelines on the first two matchdays, these seeded teams knew what they would need to put themselves into a good position heading into the final games in November.

FloSports Announces Multiyear Partnership with ECAC

AUSTIN, Texas — October 15, 2019 — Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced a partnership in collaboration with Collegiate Sports Management Group to provide live and on-demand coverage of 120 ECAC Championship Games across the FloSports network and potentially many more. Fans can watch the games annually through 2022.

Liga MX Sensation José Juan Macías Gives Mexico Another Attacking Talent

This past April, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) found themselves at a catch-22. 

Concaclusions, Ep. 6: Curaçao Impress Again & Mr. Showtime Strikes Again

The Concacaf Nations League kicked into full gear over the last week with opening acts by Mexico, the U.S., Honduras, and Costa Rica. Everything went according to plan for the big boys in the region, with the lone exception of Costa Rica, who find themselves in a dogfight with Curaçao and Haiti. 

Mexico Rides José Juan Macías In Bermuda Win, Looks To Panama Next

Gerardo Martino used Mexico's first Concacaf Nations League game to experiment with his side and give a couple of inexperienced players a chance at the international stage. Mexico is expected to sweep through Group B in League A and grab one of the semifinal spots of the tournament next year. The player who made the most of his chance was 20-year-old José Juan Macías, who scored two goals in El Tri's 5-1 rout of Bermuda on the road. 

Costa Rica Draw Latest In Unpredictable Results In Nations League

We are almost at the halfway point of the group stage of the first Concacaf Nations League, and surprising results continue to be the story of the tournament. The latest result came last night, when Costa Rica played on the road against Haiti in the Bahamas and walked away with only a point in a 1-1 draw — and they only managed that thanks to Keylor Navas. It wasn't the worst result for Costa Rica, who will still fancy their chances to group Group D in League A and advance to the semifinals of the tournament.

Keylor Navas Rescues Costa Rica vs Haiti In Concacaf Nations League

Even with a new manager at the helm and captain Bryan Ruiz absent, Costa Rica enter Concacaf Nations League play as the prohibitive favorites to take League A, Group D and advance to the next round in 2020.

Mexico & Bermuda Square Off In The Concacaf Nations League

It’s not a party without El Tri.

Attack-Minded Fullback Alan Mozo Could Debut For Mexico In Nations League

With only five weeks remaining in the 2019 Liga MX Apertura, it’s safe to say that it’s been a season of surprises in Mexico. The likes of Rayados and Chivas have been sore disappointments, while the likes of Querétaro and Necaxa have been pleasant surprises. But whilst surprises, for better or worse, have been the theme of the season, there have also been several realities confirmed.