Open Cup: Kljestan donates to Christos FC

Baltimore-based Christos FC, one of six amateur teams still alive in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup needs to raise $7,500 for its trip to Chicago for the third round and it's using fundraising platform GoFundMe. One of its biggest contributors: New York Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan.

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Christos, a longtime USASA power making its first appearance in the Open Cup, beat the former Open Cup champion Richmond Kickers, 1-0, to set up a date at another amateur team, the PDL's Chicago FC United, on May 31.

Players will have to take two days of work to travel to the game. As if Sunday night, Christos was close to reaching its goal of raising $7,500 for the airfare, hotel and other expenses.

Kljestan contributed $500. One other person contributed that amount: former Clemson keeper Josh Campbell.
11 comments about "Open Cup: Kljestan donates to Christos FC".
  1. Nick Daverese, May 22, 2017 at 8:50 a.m.

    Everyone uses gofundme to contribute to causes they like. There was a girl who posts on another site I was interested in. Her Grand father died and they did not have enough money to pay for his final expenses. So I donated to that.

    That team is in an amature soccer league. An adult league usually helps with expenses to get their teams who do well to the open cup. What about their league?

  2. Quarterback TD replied, May 22, 2017 at 9 a.m.

    I believe in donations but what happens the next time and the next time ? These players should pay for themselves if they commit to this.. hold some tournaments or something to raise money..

  3. Nick Daverese, May 22, 2017 at 9:17 a.m.

    Our club had a lot of money and we do fund raisers every year like our diner dance man of the year fund raiser. But as you do well the costs get higher and higher. You win the cup you advance into foreign tournaments. After a while all amature teams run out of money. Our team pay roll was a hundred thousand a year we had fund raisers to raise that. I used to love our dinner dances at the El Caribe on Strickland Ave here in Brooklyn. We also had a book to commemorate the occasion. Businesses and families could buy pages in it Gold page was ten thousand, silver, bronze, and regular white. You could also buy half pages of each. We were encouraged only buy from businesses who buy pages in the book.

  4. Quarterback TD replied, May 22, 2017 at 10:14 a.m.

    At least you are trying to raise funds by helping yourselves these guys are outright begging. I am not saying not to beg just do something to help yourself first.. Don't give money to a drug addict and expect him not to come back for more.

  5. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, May 22, 2017 at 10:46 a.m.

    I knew this negative crybaby would cry even about this. People are choosing to help this amateur team get to their open cup match and you compare these amateur players to drug addicts?

  6. Brian Kraft replied, May 22, 2017 at 11:09 a.m.

    Amateur soccer...drug addiction...pretty much the same thing. Just say "No!"

    Bravo QTD. This one will be hard to top, but you'll find a way!

  7. Glenn Maddock, May 22, 2017 at 8:11 p.m.

    This is absurd that MLS doesn't cover travel for amateur clubs. they have no money. MLS should cover all expenses or just play all their matches on the road.

  8. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, May 23, 2017 at 10:14 a.m.

    MLS should pay for two amateur clubs with no affiliation with MLS? Why? Maybe US Soccer but not MLS.

  9. beautiful game, May 22, 2017 at 11:07 p.m.

    QTD, it's a personal choice...obviously u could care less...your choice.

  10. Nick Daverese, May 23, 2017 at 1:51 a.m.

    In some countries the government covers the cost for some tournaments. Turkey has three adult clubs in New York City. Yet they don't have any youth teams within those clubs. One of the clubs here in Brooklyn has their own club house. I was talking to their club coach. He told me that the Turkish government actually pays the rent for their club house I could not believe it.

  11. Nalin Carney, May 23, 2017 at 8:20 a.m.


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