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  • @TheVipersNest: Gonna say this and probably get people violently disagreeing with me, but if @TheNYCosmos want to join #MLS a groundshare at RBA makes sense

It only makes sense for the owners’ pocketbooks. Queens is the place for the team from the start. I say that as something that grew up in the area and despite the enormous obstacles in getting any project started in the Metro area, the Cosmos, should they actually ever field a team, should set their stake as close as possible to their permanent home, and Harrison is not that.

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  • Jonathan Wilson: Argentina’s failures at the Copa America are system-based – This story remains relevant despite Argentina’s recovering to play in the knockout phase.
  • US Open Cup: Cinderella Richmond is in the semifinals and will play 4 time winner Chicago. Seattle will continue its three-peat quest when it faces Dallas in the other semifinal. But a lot of attention, about a tourney that is perennially starved for attention, is about the unceremonious elimination of the Red Bulls, who fielded a team that stood little chance of advancing. Below are a few posts that discuss the issue. The lack of respect shown the tourney by most of MLS and much of the fan community is an old story. With all of its high profile stars sitting out, RBNY didn’t do anything that other teams haven’t done in the past, but because the players are so high-profile, it has grabbed a bit more attention than similar circumstances that have come before. Maybe in itself that speaks to the inexhorable, albeit snail paced, penetration of one part of soccer culture in the USA. Anyway, check out the posts below for the though exercise if nothing else.
  • US Open Cup and RBNY: Red Bulls Embarrass Themselves in US Open Cup Loss – The Viper’s Nest
  • US Open Cup and RBNY: Why The New York Red Bulls Don’t Care About The U.S. Open Cup – Dave Martinez
  • US Open Cup and RBNY: The Red Bulls And The Value Of The Open Cup – J Hutchesron

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  • Jason Davis: The Cost Of Consistency In MLS
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      Missing Players
    • A few changes since my initial post on this subject. The Guadeloupe friendly v Racing Club de Lens has been canceled, so Stephane Auvray will not miss SKC’s match v Chicago. Also, Chivas USA had three players called up to their respective national teams and they will miss both the next MLS match and a US Open Cup play-in match.
    FIFA Dates
    Mar 25-27
    MLS US Open
    Colorado Cummings 3/26 – CHV
    Chivas USA Boyens, Moreno, Umana 3/26 – COL 3/28 – PTL
    Houston Taylor 3/25 – SEA
    Sporting KC Kamara, Thomas 3/26 – CHI
    Los Angeles Donovan 3/26 – RSL
    New York Agudelo, Coundoul, Miller
    Marquez, Ream, Richards
    3/26 – CLB
    RSL Alvarez, Johnson, Soborio 3/26 – LA
    San Jose Stephenson 3/26 – FCD
    Vancouver Boxall, DeMerit 3/26 – PHL

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    More US Development Academy Winter Showcase Pics

    And some more pics from the USSDA Winter Showcase

    Rapids v South Central Premier

    RBNY v Indiana United


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    Playoff Brouhaha

    Oh the whines and cries of so many folks as the West dominates the MLS standings heading into the playoffs.
    It’s not a bad argument to want the playoffs to be seeded as in a single table format. We in the US are accustomed to that and it makes logical sense as the best chance to end up with the two best teams, at least based on seeding, in the final.
    Now here is the reality of the potential matchups.

    First, with the current standings, the matchups would be …

    LA v Seattle – LA won both league matches
    RSL v Dallas – The teams split their two matches

    RBNY v San Jose – The teams split their two matches
    Columbus v Colorado -  The teams split their two matches

    If higher seeds win …

    LA v RSL – The teams split their two matches

    RBNY v Columbus – Columbus won both matches

    LA v RBNY – The teams split their two matches

    NOTE -
    #2 RSL won and drew v #5 RBNY, RSL and #6 Columbus split their matches
    #3 Dallas lost and drews v #5 RBNY, Dallas #6 Columbus drew their matches
    #4 Seattle and #5 RBNY split their two matches, Seattle won and drew v #6 Columbus

    Where is the dominance of the higher seeds? They won 4, lost 3 and drew 5 vs lower seeds from the east.
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    Now if the playoffs were based on seeding 1-8 …

    LA v San Jose – San Jose won 1 and 1 draw
    Seattle v RBNY – The teams split their two matches

    RSL v Colorado – They drew once and play this weekend
    Dallas v Columbus – Two draws

    If higher seeds win …

    LA v Seattle – LA won both league matches
    RSL v Dallas -  The teams split their two matches

    LA v RSL -  The teams split their two matches