It has certainly been an interesting week in the soccer world and the play on the field in all of the United States' leagues didn't disappoint. The NASL came into U.S. Open Cup play on Wednesday and were embarrassed by the lower tier USL teams.
US Open Cup
The US Open Cup continued on Wednesday in the third round to decide what teams would take on Major League Soccer sides. NASL teams came into the action, taking on USL teams and five other amateur division clubs. The third round didn't go well for amateur teams, as all but one team, PSA Elite, were knocked out. PSA plays the LA Galaxy in the next round. The third round saw positive results for the USL teams, who were 6-0-1 against their matchups. The fourth round will begin June 16th with MLS sides entering the competition.
Week 13 in Major League Soccer saw some terrific scoring and FC Dallas lost the top spot in the Western Conference to a surging Seattle Sounders squad. Seattle now has seven points in their last three matches at home and take over the Western and the Supporters' Shield race. D.C. United also held on to the top spot in the East with the New England Revolution right behind them. Columbus Crew SC continued the team's winless streak with a draw on the road to Orlando City SC, while playing down a man for the majority of the match. The Black & Gold fell behind Toronto FC to fifth in the Eastern Conference. With three games this coming Wednesday, week 14 in Major Leauge Soccer starts early.
Coming off of a very disappointing performance in the U.S. Open Cup, the NASL teams looked to get back on the winning track. After all of the FIFA problems, ties to the Carolina Railhawks' owner Traffic Sports and Aaron Davidson were cut from the league, but that didn't stop the Railhawks on the field. They blasted expansion franchise Jacksonville Armada 4-0. Indy Eleven ended its losing streak, tying the Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-2 in stoppage time. In a matchup between the two top teams in the league, the New York Cosmos and Minnesota United, ended with a 1-1 tie and Minnesota dropping the second place spot to the Railhawks.
The New York Cosmos play the Cuban National Team on Tuesday on ESPN2, becoming the first American team to play in Cuba in 16 years.
This weekend in USL was a crazy one, with several MLS affiliates in play. The Rochester Rhinos held on to the top spot in the Eastern conference followed by the Charleston Battery and Richmond Kickers, all three MLS affiliates. In the West, Seattle Sounders 2 lead, followed by Sacramento Republic, both of them also affiliates of MLS teams. In the craziest game of American soccer all weekend, Pittsburgh Riverhounds came back from a 3-0 deficit at halftime, only to be down 5-3 in stoppage time. They scored three goals and end up winning the game 6-5 in stoppage time.
MLS action will start this Wednesday with three games and will have another game on Friday. The USL and NASL will wait for the weekend to begin league play again with several teams looking to make moves in the standings.