Thursday, April 14, 2011

RCU Preseason, Soccerfest Announced, No Alabama US Open Cup Teams, and

RCU Go on the Road to Play Preseason Friendlies

Rocket City United will take to the road this weekend when they play the University of Montevallo on Saturday and Christian Brothers University on Sunday.  RCU is continuing to assemble and evaluate playing talent and will use these two matches to that aim.  

UPDATE:  The Christian Brothers match on Sunday has been replaced with a match against Belmont University.  The match will take place in Pulaski at the Martin Methodist East Campus Soccer field. 

RCU Announces Season Kick-off Festival
RCU has announced that it will host a season opening Soocerfest at the Hogan Family YMCA in Madison on May 5th.  Two days later RCU will open the 2011 NPSL season in Knoxville against the new Knoxville Force.  There will be a player meet and greet and other fun for the family.

Despite Hosting Qualifying Tournament, Alabama Will Have No US Open Cup Teams Playing
The 2011 USASA Region III US Open Cup tournament qualifying tournament will be held in Tuscaloosa and despite the opportunity to compete on home soil, no Alabama clubs will be participating.  Instead teams from Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas will compete for a spot in the nationwide tournament.  Last year, RCU and Pumas of Birmingham took part.  However, the NPSL has been granted automatic berths into the US Open Cup and RCU will travel up to Chattanooga over the Memorial Day weekend in an attempt to gain one of those spots.

New Soccer Channel in the Works?

According to the Wall Street Journal, Univision is planning on launching a sports channel that will focus on soccer.  The new US Spanish language station will be called Univision Deportes likely cover Mexican League matches and other Latin American competitions.  That's more good news for soccer heads like us.

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