Happy Memorial Day! I hope you enjoy your day off with some sort of soccer-related activity. Today’s DKA is a good way to start! We have the weekend’s MLS scores as well as US Open Cup news. Have at it!
Major League Soccer
It was another packed weekend for MLS, with several teams missing important players due to international duty.
Fortunes were reversed in a rematch of last year’s MLS Cup Finalists: HOU 2 LA 1.
The worst ever start in the league was finally broken: TOR 1 PHI 0.
The boys in yellow extended their unbeaten run to 5 straight: CLB 2 CHI 1.
There is a new leader in the Eastern Conference: DC 3 NE 2.
A stoppage time goal vaulted the sometimes-leaders of the Western Conference back into first: RSL 3 DAL 2.
Even a man down, Colorado managed to secure a result: COL 3 MTL 2.
A thunderstorm provided a fitting accompaniment to this Cascadia Cup match: POR 1 VAN 1.
Juan Agudelo scored his first goal for his new team: CHV 1 SEA 1.
The weary boys in black and blue were unable to come up with their usual last-minute magic: SKC 2 SJ 1.
US Open Cup
After failing to show up for his team’s 4-0 Open Cup loss to the Chicago Fire last year, New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe is now trying to show how serious he is about the competition and is calling on US Soccer to do the same by not scheduling matches on FIFA days. New York alone will be missing 5 starters due to international duty.
MLS teams will be playing their first games in the competition this week. Check out the match-ups here.
Italian police showed up at their national team’s training camp to question Zenit St. Petersburg defender Domenico Criscito as part of their on-going investigation into match-fixing in the Italian top flight. Criscito made the decision to withdraw from the Euro 2012 tournament in order to protect his team and clear his name as soon as possible. Thus far the Italian police have arrested 19 people, including 11 players.
Tweet to Start the Week
Say what you will about Alexi Lalas, he definitely has some of the most entertaining comebacks to criticisms levied at him via Twitter. Although I think he still has some work to do to earn this title.
Finally, I love seeing our players show support and appreciation for our military. Check out some of their tweets below:
I would like to join them in thanking our service members, past and present, for their devotion to and sacrifice for our country. I would encourage you to do the same!
Image courtesy of FOX Soccer.