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US Open Cup Semifinals Set

The defending US Open Cup Champion New England Revolution needed Penalty kicks to defeat USL-2 side Crystal Palace USA of Baltimore after the game was level 1-1 at the end of 120 minutes. The Revs will now play DC United in the semifinals. The Red and Black used an extra time goal from Brian Namoff to seal the victory.

In the match Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Marc Burch were both sent off for an altercation towards the end of the first period of extra time. The matchup between these two sides is set for RFK Stadium on August 12th. For all of DC United’s league and international success, the club has not won this competition since its first season, 1996.

Seattle needed penalty kicks to defeat Kansas City after a scoreless draw. Seattle now travels to Charleston for the semifinals, after the Battery crushed FC Dallas 3-1 at Pizza Hut Park. The Charleston-Seattle match is set for Blackbaud Stadium on August the 12th. The winner of this year’s US Open Cup gets an automatic birth in the 2009-2010 CONCACAF


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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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