Thursday's soccer news has MLS getting one spot in the 2017 US Open Cup final a forgone conclusion. Sporting Kansas City took it at the expense of the San Jose Earthquakes, advancing 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Danny Hoesen put San Jose up on the road in the 4th minute. Diego Rubio equalized in the 32nd. That score held through extra time. In the penalty stage, both teams missed with their first attempts. Penalties went to a sixth round with Sporting goalkeeper Tim Melia saving Victor Vernardez's shot. Sporting will host the winner of Tuesday's Cincinnati vs Red Bulls semifinal.
"I have all the confidence in the world that our players are going to make their PKs," Melia said. "I just have to do my job and make a save or two and they're going to do the rest."
ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle explains why the Galaxy is part of DC United's move for Paul Arriola. The Comeback's Ty Duffy asks how we'll know that MLS is really improving. The LA Times' Kevin Baxter on what it means that elite Mexican players are choosing MLS.
The Guardian's Paul Wilson makes the argument that Liverpool isn't in a position to hold onto any player if the price is high enough. BBC Sport's John Bennett profiles Lille coach Marcelo Bielsa. FourFourTwo counts down the worst new shirts in world soccer. The NY Times' Rory Smith explains what Premier League status means for smaller places in England. ESPN FC's Adam Hurrey explains what happened when FIFA decided to implement the back pass rule. The European Club Association announced that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge won't seek another term as president.
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