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U.S. Open Cup: LAFC, Louisville City, Orlando City, Chicago Fire reach quarterfinals

LAFC win.

LAFC needed a late Latif Blessing goal to escape a scare from USL side Sacramento Republic and advance to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

The quarterfinals took shape as USL club Louisville City and MLS' Orlando City and Chicago Fire also advanced, to join the Philadelphia Union, Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City and the Portland Timbers.

Sacramento, spurned in the latest round of MLS expansion, took the lead twice only to be pegged back by LAFC goals from Benny Feilhaber...

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U.S. Open Cup round of 16 draw: Louisville City to host fellow USL club Nashville SC

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Louisville City

At least one club from the second-tier USL will advance to U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals as Louisville City were drawn against Nashville SC in the round of 16.

U.S. Soccer conducted the draw on Friday, the morning after Nashville, whose owners were granted an MLS expansion team last year, advanced by defeating the Colorado Rapids.

Nashville SC will travel to face last season's USL champions Louisville City, which ousted the New England Revolution on Tuesday night.

The draw was split into four geographic...

Nashville MLS franchise hires former Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre to run club

MLS commissioner Don Garber credits the ownership group, stadium plan and community as Nashville's keys to becoming the newest MLS franchise.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Former Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre believes he found the right fit with the chance to build Major League Soccer's Nashville expansion franchise from the ground up.

"Watching from afar and living in the U.K., everybody's got one eye on them because it's really coming into its own," Ayre said of MLS after he was hired Monday as Nashville's first CEO.

Ayre became Liverpool's managing director in March 2011 following the club's purchase by Fenway Sports Group and was promoted...

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Nashville SC moves first USL home game to NFL stadium

Nashville SC will play at the Titans' Nissan Stadium.

Nashville SC will play the first league home game in its history at Nissan Stadium, the home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans.

The expansion club said a demand for tickets led to the shift for its first home game in the second-tier USL, on March 24 against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

The move comes after a crowd of 9,049 watched Nashville's first preseason friendly against MLS club Atlanta United on Saturday.

That game was played at First Tennessee Park, the Triple-A baseball venue where...