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Third round of the US Open Cup has MLS seeing red

July 2, 2008

So the third round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup was completed over the weekend it was quite the upset special.  I don’t know what to think about the MLS teams going down so early.  Cleary the US Open Cup is not anything compared to the FA Cup but it is our nations national championship.  Shouldn’t the MLS make a better showing?

Is it because they are not playing their starters?

Let’s compare the rosters of the Red Bulls vs. Crystal Palace game with the roster from the previous MLS match (vs Chivas). Bold players played in both matches.

6/29 vs Chivas

Jon Conway
Hunter Freeman
Jeff Parke
Andrew Boyens
Kevin Goldthwaite
Carlos Mendes
Dane Richards
Seth Stammler (Luke Sassano 80)
Dave van den Bergh
Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Mike Magee 60)
John Wolyniec (Oscar Echeverry 54)

7/01 vs Crystal Palace Baltimore

Zach Thornton
Chris Leitch (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 46)
Kevin Goldthwaite
Carlos Mendes
Jeff Parke
John Gilkerson (Andrew Boyens 46)
Luke Sassano
Gordon Kljestan (John Wolyniec 46)
Mike Magee
Danleigh Borman (David Roth 63)
Chris Megaloudis

Cleary the MLS is not taking the US Open Cup very seriously….but, when you are traveling to a stadium that seats 2,000……how can you.  All that this shows is that it is a really great time to be a soccer fan in the US.  No, the MLS is not the best league in the world.  It is not even sniffing the top 10.  However, I bet in 10 – 20 years time you won’t we able to see top flight soccer in a US Open Cup match with just 1,653 other people.

Stay tuned for the quarterfinals….it’s heating up now!

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Austin Aztex announce coaching hire

February 21, 2008

Austin Aztex Soccer Club today announced the appointment of Adrian Heath as Head Coach.

Heath has an outstanding track record in the game both as a player and as a Coach. He played professionally in Europe for over eighteen years, beginning his career with his hometown club Stoke City before moving onto play for Everton, Espanyol, Aston Villa & Manchester City. At Everton, Heath won two League Championships, the F.A. Cup and European Cup Winners Cup in a six year span; his performances for the club earned him a place in the Everton Hall of Fame.

Heath played for two seasons in Spain with Espanyol before returning to English soccer with Aston Villa and then Manchester City. He finished his playing career with Burnley.

After an illustrious playing career Heath turned his skills and attention to Coaching. He has Coached and been an Assistant Coach for more than twelve years, working at the likes of Sunderland AFC, Leeds United, Everton & Coventry City. He currently holds the highest available Coaching qualification, the UEFA Pro License.

Click here to view the full press release.