It's been an interesting week in US Soccer. Week 15 in Major League Soccer was a short week with US Open Cup play this week. The NASL finished it's spring season. There were a few shakeups in USL standings and the US Women's National Team began it's World Cup play.
The US Women's National Team is two games into group play winning their first game and tying Sweden on Friday night. Abby Wambach was a sub in the Sweden game along with Alex Morgan. Both were subbed in to the game in the second half but were unable to score.
Questions remain about Alex Morgan's health due to her low amounts of playing time. Wambach however, was healthy and questions came up as to whether this was her being benched or a strategical move by coach Jillian Ellis. The US lead their group and play Nigeria Tuesday night in Vancouver.
Week 15 in MLS was a short one with only five games due to US Open Cup play beginning Tuesday night. Although it was a short week, there were a few shakeups in the standings. NYCFC won again and is now tied with Montreal and Chicago Fire with 14 points and one win keeps them out of playoff contention. Seattle is back on top of the Supporter's Shield standings and although DC United fell to Orlando on Sunday, they remain at the top of the Eastern Conference.
It was another exciting week in the NASL. With another expansion franchise being added and a star leaving Minnesota, it built up to be a big final week in the Spring Season. All the New York Cosmos had to do was win or tie their final game and they did just that against Jacksonville on Saturday night. Indy Eleven won their second game with their new coach and expansion franchise Jacksonville finished in the middle of the table for their first season as a team. The Fall season will begin on the 4th of July.
Again in the USL there wasn't much movement standings wise but there certainly were some exciting games. The leader of the Eastern Conference hosted Louisville City FC and held on to their top spot. OKC Energy beat Tulsa taking the top spot in the West over Seattle Sounders 2. Eight teams will take on MLS teams this week for US Open Cup play.
This week will certainly be a fun one for US Soccer. With the United State's potentially moving on to the next round of the World Cup and the next round of the US Open Cup watching US Soccer this week will certainly be entertaining for all fans of soccer in the United States.
Matt Lampson played the full 90 minutes for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, allowing two goals. Carlos Alvarez of the Charlotte Independence burst through the defense and was able to chip Lampson. The second goal was a penalty kick by Jorge Herrera after Danny Earls drew a second yellow card and a PK. Lampson is now expected to return to Crew SC.