*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.

Much more.....

*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.

Have you voted in our poll about who will win the title? Click here to cast your ballot.

For your entertainment, here’s my video preview: