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Roundup: Midweek MLS, US Open Cup, & Kljestan To Galaxy?

Lots of MLS action, big injury in Dallas, Kljestan rumors and Jozy won't be relegated

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Houston 1, Columbus 0

In midweek MLS action, Houston got past Columbus on a 1-0 victory. Brad Davis continues to try to make Jurgen's 30 man roster via his free kick delivery. This time he set Will Bruin up with a beautiful curled in ball for the only goal of the night. The ball went in off of Bruin's shoulder instead of his head but they all count the same.

Seattle 2, FC Dallas 1

Seattle came back to steal a late win from Dallas even though Dallas took an early lead in the 16th when Blas Perez got bundled up in the box and was brought down. Michel stepped up and buried the penalty. Seattle tied it up in the 62nd minute when Obafemi Martins (who was left off the Nigerian World Cup roster) set up Lamar Neagle for a close range finish. Kenny Cooper came back to haunt his old town in the 86th minute right after he entered the game with a finish once again provided by Martins.

San Jose 0, Colorado 0

The Rapids' Clint Irwin turned Chris Wondolowski's 88th-minute shot onto the post to preserve the shutout in what was only the fifth scoreless draw of the 2014 season so far.

FC Edmonton 2, Montreal 1

In the Canadian Championship semifinal, the NASL side from Edmonton defeated Klopas' Montreal in the first of two legs. After a slow first half, Edmonton struck first when center back Michael Nonni when miscommunication between Jon Busch and Karl Ouimette gave Nonni an easy goal. Jack MacInerney leveled the score in the 56th minute off a Patrick Bernier set piece. FC Edmonton won the first leg in the 60th minute when Boakai slipped in Toni Ameobi who finished past Busch to take a 2-1 lead.

Toronto 2, Vancouver 1

Toronto's star duo of Defoe and Bradley led Toronto a first leg victory in the other semifinal of the Canadian Championship. Jermain Defoe opened the scoring in the first half and then set up Michael Bradley in the second half to take a 2-0 lead. Kekuta Manneh gave Vancouver some hope for the second leg with a late goal in the 89th minute.

U.S. Open Cup first round

Wednesday evening saw the largest field in US Open Cup history kick off the 2014 edition of the tournament, as amateur play-in sides, NPSL partisans, and PDL semi-pros opened play. Most notable in Chicago was RWB Adria's defeat of Detroit City FC on penalty kicks.

In other results, FC Lehigh Valley Sonic United (NPSL) topped GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL), 1-0, after extra time; Western Mass Pioneers (PDL) drubbed Mass Premier Soccer (USASA), 4-1; New York Red Bulls U23 (NPSL) downed Vermont Voltage (PDL), 2-1; Red Force (USASA) edged Colorado Rovers (USASA), 2-1; and Ventura County Fusion (PDL) bested CD Aguiluchos USA (NPSL), 2-1. San Diego Flash (NPSL) won in a forfeit, as their opponents did not register players in time for the tournament.

The second round of the US Open Cup takes place next Wednesday, April 14. Two Chicago teams will be in action - RWB Adria travels back to Michigan to face the Bucks of the PDL, while Schwaben AC hosts another PDL team, the Dayton Dutch Lions.

Mauro Diaz hurt

FC Dallas is hit with a big injury problem when Mauro Diaz hurt his knee and will need surgery which will keep him out 6-10 weeks. He's been off to a great start with three goals and three assists and now won't be back until around July. Dallas will need to find a way to fill his shoes and replace his production.

Kljestan linked to Galaxy

With Sasha Kljestan struggling for time in Anderlecht, he has been rumored to be interested in joining the Galaxy. The Galaxy is already full with three designated players so he would have to come in on a semi-cheap deal. If he were to come back, it would be interesting to see if MLS would let him go to the Galaxy or go through their allocation process.

Jozy doesn't get relegated

Even though Jozy has struggled all year and Sunderland has for most of the season, the team got hot in the past few weeks and is officially safe from relegation. Jozy will either need to drastically improve or move on because he can't be the USMNT's starting forward going forward with a season like he has had. At least if he does stay at Sunderland, he won't be playing in the Championship