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Musket Rounds: 5 players whose stock could soar at Gold Cup, plus more daily links

Nine stories worth reading from the week in soccer.

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These nine stories will keep you up to date on the latest soccer news. Read about the most recent U.S. Open Cup Cinderellas, the five USMNT players who have the most to gain from Gold Cup and more.

Revolution News

Fagundez predicts free-kick goal, then delivers / The Bent Musket
Diego predicted the future ahead of the Revolution’s U.S. Open Cup win.

Revolution to host Red Bulls in U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals / The Bent Musket
After a 2-1 win over D.C. United, the Revs will square off with RBNY at Harvard University.

Major League Soccer News

How FC Cincinnati’s Mitch Hildebrandt became an overnight hero / goal.com
The goalkeeper stunned the Chicago Fire with three penalty kick saves, launching FC Cincinnati into the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.

Is it time to call the Dax McCarty trade a bust for RBNY? / FourFourTwo
Paul Tenorio evaluates the blockbuster deal.

Miami FC’s Kwadwo Poku adds to his legend vs. Atlanta United / SoccerAmerica
The Ghanaian-born forward struck three times in his team’s rout of The Five Stripes.

MLS expansion requirements may weed out applicants / Cincinnati Business Courier
Strict demands on expansion hopefuls may knock several teams, including FC Cincinnati, out of the race.

U.S. Soccer News

Five U.S. players whose stock could soar at Gold Cup / FourFourTwo
Could the tournament serve as a springboard for one of these breakout candidates?

How soccer’s ugly sexism is keeping women from coaching / SB Nation
Qualified women are ready to coach soccer—but they’re being shut out, writes Stephanie Yang.

Jesse Gonzalez switches allegiances from Mexico to U.S. / ESPN FC
The FC Dallas goalkeeper is now eligible to play for the United States.