Open Cup: Timbers withdraw protest

MLS's Portland Timbers withdrew their protest about LAFC using too many foreign players in the latter's 3-2 win in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday.

U.S. Open Cup semifinals:
Wednesday, Aug. 8
Chicago vs. Philadelphia
LAFC vs. Houston
Dates, times and venues to be determined.

U.S. Soccer only allows pro teams competing in the Open Cup to field five foreign players. Its definition is those players who are not "U.S. Citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees and refugees." The rule is the same as MLS's rule on international players -- teams can have as many as eight on their roster -- except that Canadians who meet the Homegrown International Rule no longer count as domestic players on the rosters of U.S. and Canadian clubs.

The protest concerned the status of Canadian Mark-Anthony Kaye, who joined LAFC from USL champion Louisville FC and has enjoyed a tremendous season. He is not considered as an international player by MLS and was not listed as a foreigner player on U.S. Soccer's official lineup sheet.

Five MLS international players -- Laurent Ciman, Carlos Vela, Adama Diomande, Marco Urena and Diego Rossi -- played against Portland in addition to Kaye. In the two previous rounds, LAFC used four MLS international players -- foreign players to U.S. Soccer -- plus Kaye. (Urena and Vela were away at the World Cup.)

U.S. Soccer statement:

"After a thorough review of the Portland Timbers' official protest, it has been determined that the inclusion of additional foreign players was a result of a good faith misunderstanding among U.S. Soccer, Major League Soccer and Los Angeles Football Club. Each organization involved has agreed to determine an improved process to ensure this will not happen again. In recognition of this fact, the Timbers have gracefully withdrawn their protest."

LAFC statement from vice president of soccer operations and general manager John Thorrington:

“We are pleased the situation has been resolved. From the start, we proactively did our due diligence with U.S. Soccer to ensure our roster was compliant with U.S. Open Cup guidelines. We have stayed within those guidelines throughout the tournament and will continue to do so moving forward. We are excited to turn our attention to taking on the Houston Dynamo in the U.S. Open Cup Semifinals.”
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2 comments about "Open Cup: Timbers withdraw protest".
  1. Wallace Wade, July 21, 2018 at 10:43 a.m.

    Good faith misunderstanding? Sounds like someone at The Federation screwed up. What a mindblower! Hope Dynamo blow them out. 

  2. s fatschel, July 21, 2018 at 2:54 p.m.

    Yep sounds fishy. According to his web profile the player was not 16 at the youth academy.

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