Welcome to this edition of The Roundup. Look for some changes in the coming weeks, including a possible name change as well as a bigger focus on Americans abroad. MLS news will remain the primary focus of this column though.
Bonus points to the first person to spot the big musical reference in the column this week.
DC United defeated the Charleston Battery by a 2-1 scoreline to win the 2008 US Open Cup. The win ensures that DCU will participate in next season's CONCACAF Champions League.
Luciano Emilio opened the scoring in the 4th minute, but Charleston equalized just six minutes later. The game stayed in a 1-1 deadlock until DC sub Fred scored in the 50th minute. "Right", said Fred. "We can't let ourselves lose the Cup to a USL team."
The victory was DC's second US Open Cup triumph.
The New England Revolution and Chivas USA were bounced from the CONCACAF Champions League.
New England had a decent chance to advance, trailing 2-1 on aggregate after the first leg. They then decided to give up four goals to Joe Public FC, from Trinidad.
The Revs lost 6-1 on aggregate, and went home with their tails between their legs. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride for New England.
Chivas' matchup ended in a loss, but with a far more respectable scoreline. Tauro FC led 2-0 on aggregate after the first leg, and Chivas was only able to manage a draw in the return. They may have been lucky to escape with even that much, because Jonathan Bornstein was sent off in the 51st minute, leaving Chivas with ten men to finish the match.
For more on the CONCACAF Champions League, read Thomas Leemon's excellent wrap-up here.
Also, check out former Trinidad and Tobago international Shaka Hislop's take on the matches at the Guardian.
Team USA! USA! USA! climbed three spots in the latest FIFA rankings, settling in at number 28. Unfortunately for the Americans, Mexico climbed eight spots to number 24 overall. This climb happened despite El Tricolor having a tough time dispatching Honduras (No. 60 in the rankings) in a World Cup Qualifier on August 20th.
Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach have signed US midfielder Michael Bradley to a four-year deal. Bradley comes over from Eredivisie side Heerenveen, where he scored 15 goals in 33 appearances last season. Bradley figures to inject some life into the attack as Monchengladbach fight to survive after being promoted last season.
And lastly, we need to have a moment of silence for 14-year-old Brandon Mitchell. Mitchell collapsed while cooling down at the end of a soccer practice in the Sacramento area. He was pronounced dead later at an area hospital.