I'm back from vacation. So, here are few notables that occurred during my absence.
Rocket City United updates
RCU releases their 2009 roster and will take part in the US Open Cup qualifying tournament. They'll be taking on other tops teams from South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. They'll be split into two groups of four playing a game each day over the Memorial Day weekend with the group winners advancing to the actual US Open Cup Tournament. Modeled similarly to the on the English FA Cup tournament, the US Open Cup is in its 95th year and open to all US Soccer affiliated clubs. It's a single elimination tournament and if teams continues to win, they get to play against the pros. It's great drama when the underdog pulls off the upset against the "big" clubs.
World Cup in Alabama update
As I mentioned in my prior post on the subject, several of the stadiums put forth in a list by US Soccer World Cup Bid organizers are not suitable for World Cup soccer matches. The list has now been pared down to 58. The only Alabama stadium surviving the cut down is Legion Field in Birmingham.
Just for fun
I'm not a big fan of the show "Lost", but I still thought this US Soccer/Lost cast look a like comparison was hilarious.