Not up for the Cup: Why so few amateur Cascadian clubs enter the US Open Cup —  TheCup.us

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Not up for the Cup: Why so few amateur Cascadian clubs enter the US Open Cup — TheCup.us

by Devon Rowcliffe

The US Open Cup is perhaps the most compelling sport competition in the United States. An opportunity for amateur clubs to pit their skills against the best professional sides in competitive play – the only such tournament in the “big five” American team sports – is what makes it truly special. A pub team that plays in mismatched kits down at your local park on Sundays could, in theory, end up facing the Major League Soccer champions.

In one of the country’s key soccer regions, Washington and Oregon, despairingly few amateur clubs participate in the Open Cup. Why is this? Will recent changes to US Open Cup qualification entice more of these amateur Cascadian clubs to join?

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Queen’s Park Stadium has significant heritage value — New Westminster Record

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Queen’s Park Stadium has significant heritage value — New Westminster Record

by Devon Rowcliffe

While I support the refurbishment of Queen’s Park Stadium, as well as the continuation of its intended use of hosting high-level sport, I do not support one aspect of the current proposal: for the wooden stand on the stadium’s east side to be demolished.

This wooden stand is built in the tradition of British pitched-roof grandstands, and has significant heritage value.  

While it is not currently listed or designated for heritage protection by the City of New Westminster, there are very few such stands remaining anywhere in Canada, and thus it should be protected for the enjoyment of future generations.

The stadium’s wooden stand is a miniature version of similar stands in the United Kingdom that are today protected by English Heritage and Historic Scotland.  

It resembles stands designed by renowned Scottish architect Archibald Leitch, who built the stadiums of such famous soccer clubs as Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

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A Supporter’s Lament: Franchise Relocation Shouldn’t Result In Club Oblivion — AFTN

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A Supporter’s Lament: Franchise Relocation Shouldn’t Result In Club Oblivion — AFTN

by Devon Rowcliffe

With the possibility of DC United becoming the second MLS club to move cities in less than a decade, I would like to share several ideas for preventing Major League Soccer clubs from ever having to relocate in the future.

But first, a personal introduction. I am, admittedly, “that guy”. Constantly unleashing my puritanical moaning across the internet about Houston Dynamo and Orlando City SC – or more specifically, chastising the fact that both clubs were born out of franchise relocation. (And bear with me when I use the F-word – franchise – for I am not using it as a synonym for “club”.)

I detest relocation. It makes my skin crawl. In my mind, it is the most fetid act of betrayal in professional sports.

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