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Fuel Soccer Talk: Historical implications in US Open Cup final; City’s Sane out six months; Clubbing with US Youth Soccer

Minnesota vs. Atlanta: Guaranteed history in US Open Cup Final

With Minnesota United’s semifinal win over Portland, the state of Minnesota will have a representative in the US Open Cup Final for the first time. The closest the state had playing for the silverware came in 2005, when Melvin Tarley’s Thunder went on one of the Modern Era’s most remarkable runs, beating three MLS teams (Real Salt Lake, Colorado Rapids, Kansas City Wizards) before clattering out to eventual champion, LA Galaxy in the Semifinals.

Likewise, Minnesota’s opponent in the final will also be the first team from Georgia to play in a Final. Atlanta’s 2-0 win over Orlando City SC on Tuesday night means that whoever wins the championship game on Aug. 27 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., they will be a first-time winner.

Fans of the 106-year-old Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup live by its magic moments. And the Semifinal Round of the 2019 competition tossed up a good few of those on August 6 and 7. Jonah Fontella of US Soccer takes a look back at eight moments of note from those two games in which the Uniteds (Atlanta and Minnesota) set a date with destiny, Ozzie Alonso joined the pantheon of Open Cup heroes and a pair of Walls were filled with equal parts agony and ecstasy. It’s a great read!!!

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Which side will make history?

PL News: City’s Sané out six months with knee injury

While Manchester City easily handled a talented West Ham United side in the Premier League opener this past weekend, the defending champs learned Leroy Sané could be ruled out until March by the knee injury he suffered in City’s win over over Liverpool in the Community Shield. Sane suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage and the 23-year-old forward will have surgery at the clinic of Ramon Cugat in Barcelona next week.

Pep Guardiola took the news in stride and said all the right things regarding Sane and his club. “Normally this kind of injury is six or seven months – hopefully in February or March he can be back,” said the manager. “It’s bad news as in three seasons we’ve had three ACLs (Benjamin Mendy and Ilkay Gündogan). He’s young and he will recover well hopefully in terms of the surgery. All the people will help him. He will feel alone and we help him to feel as comfortable as possible.”

Bayern Munich had its eyes on the talented forward during the summer transfer window.

“I didn’t think about him leaving,” Guardiola said. “I always said he’s our player and he didn’t tell me he wanted to leave. Always I thought he was ours.”

Who will need to step up for City to replace Sane?

US Youth Soccer: Clubs announced for Club vs. Club Divisions in Midwest

FRISCO, Texas — The US Youth Soccer Midwest Conference, one of the 13 Conferences within the US Youth Soccer Leagues Program, is excited to introduce Club vs. Club Divisions, beginning in the Spring 2020 season.

The standards-based Club vs. Club Divisions are available to top clubs in the 15U-19U age groups, with play being held in the Spring 2020 season for boys teams in the Midwest Conference. The Club vs. Club Divisions are expected to be added for girls teams in the 2020 Fall season.

Boys Clubs | Midwest Conference – Spring 2020 Club vs. Club Division

FC United (IL)
Galaxy SC (IL)
JB Marine SC (MO)
Libertyville FC 1974 (IL)
Lou Fusz Athletic (MO)
Midwest United FC (MI)
SC Wave (WI)
St. Louis Scott Gallagher (MO)

The clubs selected to participate in the Club vs. Club Divisions within the Midwest Conference have all proven to be successful in top US Youth Soccer competitive programs, including the US Youth Soccer Conferences, US Youth Soccer National League and US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.

“Each club that is participating in the inaugural season of Club vs. Club Divisions within the Midwest Conference has proven to meet a high standard in the philosophy, coaching and resources it applies to developing youth soccer players,” said Marc Frankland, league manager for the Midwest Conference. “The Club vs. Club Divisions provide a great environment to match up like-minded clubs in a competitive league structure, which meets specific club standards, with advancement opportunities to the National League and National Championship Series that are typical of the top divisions of the US Youth Soccer Conferences.”

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