First off, over on Steve Goff’s Washington post blog we have this little tidbit of information.
*The U.S. Open Cup schedule is much more compact this year. Pending USSF approval, the round of 16 to the championship game will be held over an eight-week stretch between July 1 and Aug. 26. No more late-round matches in the fall, when MLS clubs are focused on the playoffs.
Usually the USOC has games every 4 weeks, or about once a month for the last 4 rounds. But now it seems that USSF could approve playing the 4 rounds in 9 weeks(I know the article says 8 weeks, but you go count it 😛 ). A huge change from recent years. You’d think this would affect MLS team that are in the SuperLiga, but a quick check of Houston Dynamo schedule, shows they are pretty much off of MLS action the entire month of July.