*D.C. United rookie Nick DeLeon wasn’t close with his father, but as he embarked on a pro career this year in the same stadium where Leroy DeLeon played 35 years ago in the NASL, they have repaired their relationship. My father-son soccer story can be read here.
*Sporting Kansas City ended the Seattle Sounders’ three-year reign as U.S. Open Cup champions — and earned a CONCACAF Champions League slot next year — with a penalty kick victory following a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes. Sporting now must catch their breath in time for Saturday’s key MLS match against visiting United.
*More than 49,000 spectators at Yankee Stadium watched Real Madrid crush AC Milan, 5-1, in an international friendly.
*Americans in UEFA Europa League qualifying today:
Defender Steve Cherundolo and Hanover take a 3-0 lead into the second leg at home against Ireland’s St. Patrick’s.
Forward Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna face a 2-1 deficit at home against Serbia’s Vojvodina.
*Americans in UEFA Champions League qualifying yesterday:
Midfielder Sacha Kljestan had a goal and an assist in the first half of a 6-0 home win over Lithuania’s Ekranas.
*In Copa Sudamericana, Tachica (Venezuela) and back-up keeper Diego Restrepo (didn’t play) were eliminated by Barcelona (Ecuador) with a 5-1 away defeat.
*The USA women go for gold at 2:45 p.m. ET today against Japan on NBC Sports Network, NBC Olympic Soccer Channel and nbcolympics.com. Barry Svrluga provides the written preview. If you are not able to watch, I will blog live here on the Insider during the match.
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For your entertainment, here’s my video preview: