Crew final-bound, despite imperfect performance

Visitors catch some breaks, for a change, in USOC semifinal
USOC: Crew head to final

It wasn’t artistic or clinical, but all that mattered was the result: The Crew earned a berth in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup for the first time since winning it in 2002.

Taking advantage of two calls after yielding a penalty in the 13th minute, the Crew gutted out a 2-1 extratime semifinal victory over D.C. United in RFK Stadium on Wednesday.

“It wasn’t perfect soccer, but we won,” midfielder Brian Carroll said. “That’s great, and we’re moving on.”

Columbus lo da vuelta ante el United para pasar a la final de la Copa Abierta

Guillermo Barros Schelotto anotó el gol de la clasificación, 2-1
Columbus lo da vuelta

WASHINGTON – El D.C. United estaba a dos
minutos de sellar el pase a la final de la Copa Abierta 2010, pero un autogol
de March Burch a los 88’ dio vida a Columbus, que  consumó la remontada en tiempo extra con un penal de
Guillermo Barros Schelotto que puso el 2-1 definitivo en el Estadio RFK.

D.C. United focused on Schelotto's mastery

Crew playmaker poses problems ahead of USOC semifinal
DC focused on Schelotto

WASHINGTON – He may be a coaching novice, but Ben Olsen knows a thing or two about Latin American playmakers.

D.C. United’s interim boss spent most of his playing career in midfields guided by Marco Etcheverry and Christian Gómez and chased many others around the park in MLS and international play. He holds little back when discussing Columbus Crew maestro Guillermo Barros Schelotto ahead of their teams’ US Open Cup semifinal meeting at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night.

D.C. United defiende su historia ante el Crew

Los capitalinos se alistan para semifinales de la Copa Abierta
United defiende historia

Andy Najar

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WASHINGTON- En un partido que pudiera representar su última oportunidad lógica de avanzar a una final en la temporada 2010, el D.C. United recibirá al Columbus Crew el miércoles 1 septiembre a las 7:30pm ET en su sede del RFK en partido de semifinales de la Copa Abierta Lamar Hunt.

Las cartas ya están echadas para la plantilla que dirige el técnico interino, Ben Olsen, quien ha estado al frente del equipo en sus últimos cuatro compromisos en la MLS, con un récord personal de 1 triunfo y 3 derrotas, desde que fue despedido su antecesor Curt Onalfo.

Crew set to put everything into USOC match

Team's roster looking threadbare heading into semifinal
Crew ready for USOC

OBETZ, Ohio – There will be no saving the healthy starters for the back end of a two-game set at D.C. United, Crew coach Robert Warzycha said.

The first game Wednesday in RFK Stadium is a semifinal in the US Open Cup, with the winner facing either Seattle Sounders FC or Chivas USA in October.

“The Open Cup is another trophy we’d like to have,” Warzycha said. “We’re going to do everything we can to win the game.”

Commentary: Youth movement may be key to DC regaining throne

Quartet of Academy products have United optimistic for future
DC's youth movement

Once, they were kings.

D.C. United rose from the primordial soccer ooze back in the mid-1990s along with nine other MLS teams, and they climbed out as champions. Bruce Arena’s team ran roughshod over a league where the two universals were Murphy’s Law and D.C. dominance, winning three of the first four MLS Cups and two of the first four Supporters' Shields.

They won the double (MLS Cup and US Open Cup) in their first season. They won a continental title in their third. All told, D.C. won 12 titles in their first 13 years of existence.

Crew's Carroll: Toughness and success part of D.C. United

Former United midfielder expects a battle in USOC semifinal
Carroll: DC will be tough

OBETZ, Ohio — Tournament play is different than the regular season. Just ask Columbus Crew midfielder Brian Carroll.

In his early years with D.C. United, he became tournament tough, something that is helping the Crew now.

Carroll and his current club are a third of the way through Group B play in the CONCACAF Champions and into the last eight games of the MLS season but put that aside Wednesday for a semifinal of the US Open Cup vs. D.C. United at RFK Stadium (the winner faces either Seattle Sounders FC or Chivas USA).

Gulati: It's time to build on our experiences

US Soccer boss, Bradley, look toward next summer's Gold Cup
Gulati: Time to build

Bob Bradley

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NEW YORK — By extending head coach Bob Bradley's contract a further four years, the US Soccer Federation hopes to build on the national team's experiences and performances of the past four years, federation president Sunil Gulati said on Tuesday.

"I'm very pleased that Bob and I have been able to work out an extension," Gulati told media during a conference call. "We look forward to not only the next four years, but these upcoming games in October."

Power Rankings: Week 22

FC Dallas stay hot, Galaxy fall to lowest spot this season
Power Rankings: Week 22

What were you doing on May 20? Too long ago to remember? It seems like a lifetime ago for FC Dallas, who have reeled off a 12-game unbeaten streak since they lost way back when. They're at No. 2 this week after a scoreless draw in Columbus, while RSL hold down the top spot and LA plummet to their lowest ranking this year.

Match preview: U.S. Open Cup Semifinal

Wednesday, September 1, 7:30 PM - RFK Stadium
Preview: USOC Semifinal

Chris Pontius and Marc Burch discuss the team's preparations for the U.S. Open Cup Semifinal versus the Columbus Crew on Wednesday, September 1 at 7:30 PM. With a win, United would advance to it's third U.S. Open Cup final in a row.

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