FC Dallas celebrate their U.S. Open Cup title

U.S. Open Cup win opens many doors for FC Dallas

It was a moment that has been seen in 19 years — FC Dallas lifting a major trophy after a win in a cup final. The celebration the ensued was incredible, but what's even better is what this could do for this team, both on and off the field, as it moves towards a potential American treble.

Dempsey actions agains official embarrassing

In the world of sports, there is an eternal struggle between referees and players, especially in soccer. Some players, particularly the star players, think they're above the rules and referees usually try to rein them back in. This usually results in heated confrontations, especially in big matches. Chelsea has perfected surrounding the center official en mass after calls they don't like. But what Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey did Tuesday night is deplorable.

Toyota Stadium looking from the east side as the teams walk out before a game

FC Dallas match an incredible experience

Well, the result of the match didn't turnout the way I, or the other 5,000-plus (that's a complete guess as I haven't seen an official attendance number) fans had wanted and hoped it would. After seeing the match tied at one after 90 and then 120 minutes, the Philadelphia Union sealed their spot in the U.S. Open Cup final with a penalty kick victory over FC Dallas Tuesday night. But while the result of the game was a bit of a letdown and disappointing, for being my first FC Dallas and professional soccer match, this was an incredible experience match by no other sport.

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

FC Dallas one win away from U.S. Open Cup Final

It's been well documented that FC Dallas went into a near-death spiral around the end of spring, going on an eight-match losing streak, but then coming back over the summer to go on a matching eight-game unbeaten streak in MLS action and an 11-match unbeaten streak in all competitions. At the heart of the turn around has been the Hoops' play in the U.S. Open Cup. In their three matches so far in the tournament, they've outscored their opponents 10-4, with their latest victory being a 5-2 win at the Carolina Railhawks back in early July. And with their semifinal match tonight against the Philadelphia Union, FC Dallas will be head back to the final for the first time since 2007.

MLS needs to start playing more matches each week

After the U.S. men's national team's disappointing exit in the Round of 16 in the World Cup, U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann had a fairly simple message for Major League Soccer in helping develop talent for the USMNT. "We need to add the work load," he said in a Facebook post. "We need to add the competition level. We need to make them understand what recovery time means."

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

FC Dallas faces ‘good’ problem with starters returning from injury

Things look so much better for FC Dallas. They've yet to lose a game since the calendar turned to June and have won five matches, including three in the U.S. Open Cup to get them through to the semifinals of that tournament. They've scored 17 goals in all competitions as well in the last 46 days. And it's all thanks to the fact that players are coming back from injury and the team is starting to gel.

Toyota Stadium looking from the east side as the teams walk out before a game

U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal opponent Railhawks no easy task for FC Dallas

It would be as if the Oakland A's were to play the Round Rock Express in some sort of all-classification American baseball tournament. That's what FC Dallas will be facing tonight when they travel to North Carolina to face the Carolina Railhawks of the North American Soccer League in the quarterfinal round of the U.S. Open Cup.

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

FC Dallas needs to bring U.S. Open Cup success over to MLS matches

The Open Cup has been a revitalization for the Hoops. They've scored five goals in those two matches, and while the defense could have been so much better against Houston, they've discovered talent and rhythm that can take them a long way in the future. Now the trick is bringing that over to the MLS action.

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

Texas derby takes on new meaning with showdown in U.S. Open Cup

The World Cup is dominating the headlines all over the world, and with good reason, but back here in the states, there's another tournament that is incredibly important for American club soccer. The U.S. Open Cup now moves into its fifth round this week with 16 squads remaining in the competition. And among the match ups, one sticks out as big battle for soccer supremacy in the state of Texas.

Toyota Stadium looking from the east side as the teams walk out before a game

FC Dallas wins one battle of Texas, prepares for another in U.S. Open Cup play

So the World Cup is dominating the soccer and sporting headlines this week and MLS regular season action is taking a break for the tournament, but back here in the states, one soccer competition continues this summer through it all. The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, comparable to the FA Cup in English football, is a tournament allowing the little clubs to potentially compete with big bad MLS boys to determine the best club team in the country. MLS teams enter the tournament in the fourth round and that's where FC Dallas found itself squaring off against the San Antonio Scorpions Tuesday night.