Fuel Soccer Talk: Monaghan’s two goals lead Sky Blue; Which NPSL teams have inside track for US Open Cup?; US Youth Soccer partners with TiPEVO

NWSL: Sky Blue ends Chicago’s five-game winning streak

Sky Blue FC earned a 2-1 win to snap the Chicago Red Stars’ five-game winning streak Wednesday night. Sky Blue rookie Paige Monaghan scored both goals in the victory.

Sky Blue FC 2 | Chicago Red Stars 1

  • Sky Blue FC sealed three points at home with a 2-1 victory against Chicago Red Stars. Sky Blue’s record moved up to 3-11-13 with 12 points, while Chicago sits at 9-6-2 and 29 points.
  • Rookie forward Paige Monaghan scored her  first two goals of her NWSL career. The second of her goals lifted Sky Blue to the win, coming in the 93rd minute of the game. Sam Kerr had leveled the score in the 91st minute.
  • The win for Sky Blue ended Chicago’s five-game winning streak. Sky Blue, which has three wins on the season, have earned two of them against the Red Stars.


Which NPSL teams will qualify for 2020 US Open Cup?

The 2019 National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) season was just as much about off-the-field activities as it was on-the-field play. A new proposed professional league with up to 11 members, a tournament to launch the project off, new teams kicking off, and more, were all some of the pieces that made the year interesting. However, as the summer season comes to a close, many things have changed as the future of the league and some of the best teams remains uncertain. Despite this, we now have a clearer picture as to what teams have the inside track to qualify for the 2020 edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

How this list is made is determined by using the format previously used in the 2019 US Open Cup Handbook and the newly released 2020 US Open Cup Open Division Handbook.

After years of either steady or increasing berth totals for teams between 2011 and 2018, the NPSL experienced its first decrease in tournament slots in 2019 going from 18 (22 after including last minute Play-in teams) to 14. With expansion coming across the board from Major League Soccer, to USL League One, and the newly-created National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), it would seem likely that the number of berths for both NPSL and USL League Two would go down.

There is hope however, as it was announced last month in the 2020 Open Cup Open Division Handbook that the First Round of the tournament would kick-off in late March or early April 2020. While there is no set format for the tournament yet, it is possible this early start could function as a round where more local qualifiers or Open Division teams join the tournament early – similar to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament’s First Four. Only one other Open Division team is a known participant in next year’s tournament: Connecticut side Newtown Pride FC who won the 2019 National Amateur Cup earlier this month.


US Youth Soccer kicks off exclusive partnership with TiPEVO

US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sport organization in America and the leader in youth soccer, is proud to announce an exclusive partnership with data-solutions company, TiPEVO. The partnership will promote TiPEVO-powered online information platforms that will help players and parents game plan all aspects of their youth soccer experience – including the new official US Youth Soccer Club Directory to be launched in the coming weeks.

“With TiPEVO’s help, our goal is for youth soccer to harness the power of technology as US Youth Soccer continues to lead by example, raising the bar for other sports to follow,” said Chris Moore, CEO of US Youth Soccer. “Improved access, understanding, and clarity align perfectly with our mission of making soccer the preeminent youth sport in the United States and our vision of providing the path for every player.”

TiPEVO’s advanced data technology will provide US Youth Soccer the opportunity to redefine the way information is discovered and communications occur throughout youth soccer. At the heart of the platform is a totally re-engineered US Youth Soccer Club Directory that will serve as a centralized platform to discover accurate and comprehensive information about every club and program in the country whose teams and players participate in US Youth Soccer programs, events, and competitions. Elements of the platform include transparent consumer reviews and a safe communication tool to be used between parents and clubs.

For more information about this partnership visit US Youth Soccer  and 

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