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MLS Notes: Columbus can’t host USOC final, Johnson honored again and more



The Columbus Crew might have the best Major League Soccer record among the four U.S. Open Cup semifinal teams, but even if they make the final, they won't be hosting the match.

U.S. Soccer announced Thursday that the three possible venues for the U.S. Open Cup final are Qwest Field in Seattle, RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., or the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Columbus faces D.C. United in one semifinal, and Chivas USA and the cup-holding Seattle Sounders meet in the other match that will determine the championship game and venue.

Should Seattle defeat Chivas, Qwest Field would host the final no matter what happens in the other semifinal. Should Chivas defeat Seattle and Columbus defeat D.C., Chivas would host the final. Should Chivas defeat Seattle and D.C. defeat Columbus, D.C. would host the final for the third straight season.

Here are some more items involving Major League Soccer teams:


For the third time in the last four weeks, Chicago rookie goalkeeper Sean Johnson has earned Major League Soccer's Save of the Week award.

Despite yielding four goals to the Houston Dynamo, Johnson earned more than 70 percent of the fan vote for his effort in denying Brian Mullan's clean strike with a diving save in the 15th minute of a then-scoreless match.

Here's video of the award-winning save:


D.C. United Designated Player Branko Boskovic has been called into the Montenegro national team for its Euro 2012 qualifiers in early September.

Boskovic will be available for D.C. United's match against Chivas USA this weekend, but he will miss the team's U.S. Open Cup semifinal match against the Columbus Crew on Sept. 1 and its league match against the Crew on Sept. 4.

Montenegro faces Wales on Sept. 3 and Bulgaria on Sept. 7. Other members of its qualifying group are England and Switzerland.


Kei Kamara (Sierra Leone), Shavar Thomas (Jamaica) and Roger Espinoza (Honduras) also earned national team call-ups this week. Kamara will feature for Sierra Leone in its African Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt on Sept. 5.

Espinoza rejoins Los Catrachos after appearing twice for them in the World Cup. Honduras faces Canada in a Sept. 7 friendly in Montreal.

Thomas will suit up for the Reggae Boyz in their Sept. 5 friendly against Costa Rica and their Sept. 7 friendly against Peru.

Also called up for Jamaica from MLS were Lovel Palmer (Houston Dynamo), Donovan Ricketts (L.A. Galaxy), Ryan Johnson (San Jose Earthquakes), Omar Cummings (Colorado Rapids) and Dane Richards (N.Y. Red Bulls).


Five MLS players find themselves on Canada's roster for its two friendlies with Peru and Honduras. Dwayne De Rosario, Julian de Guzman and Nana Attakora-Gyan (Toronto FC), Will Johnson (Real Salt Lake) and Dejan Jakovic (D.C. United) will dress for manager Stephen Hart on Sept. 5 and Sept. 7.


What do you make of U.S. Soccer's decision regarding the U.S. Open Cup final? What did you think of Johnson's save? Hope Boskovic shows well in Euro qualifying? Pleased to see so many MLS players earning national-team duty?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. No, no…I love both CCL and the Open Cup. I was referring to the true friendly the team just announced against CD Chivas _Guadalajara_, not an Open Cup match. We now play KC, Chivas Guadalajara, Chivas USA, Saprissa, and the Dynamo between 10/9 and 10/23.

    Fair point about the time slot last year. I forgot all about that.

  2. Props for the turn out on Wednesday, I stayed up and tuned in and will admit that it’s nice to see folks turning out for CCL group stage matches. Shows that the ticket prices are fair, and the marketing is present. Wouldn’t expect much less from your club. I will still counter that the Sounders did not have an evening time slot available for the tournament last year, and I really can’t remember if it was 1 or 2 pm that they had on the table. Like I said, I still can’t imagine a crowd for a midweek match in the middle of the day drawing the 20K plus that everyone was certain they’d get. That’s what I was saying.

    I was also going to remind you that the silly “friendlies” you played in the Open Cup last year got you the berth in Champions League… I’m guessing you’re one of those *MLS Cup is the only thing that matters” guys?

  3. Hey, I’m a Yankees fan and I can admit a lot of Yankees fans are arrogant and think they deserve to win the World Series every year. It’ll do you good to be able to poke fun at yourself a lil

    I actually have no animosity towards Seattle but some kind of YOU ARE JEALOUS HATERRRRRRS line isn’t helping the cause

  4. Can rename the chicken or egg dilemma to the people hating the Sounders or Sounders fans being arrogant dilemma?

    I don’t know in which direction the causal relationship travels

  5. I dunno, DadRyan, we did just get 23K for a weekday CCL group stage match—although there was admittedly a decent Monterrey contingent. Not a big deal either way. Thanks for the well-wishes. I am not thrilled about this silly Chivas friendly. Not at all.


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