This morning's "big ups" list includes:
-DaMarcus Beasley, whose two tallies last night vs. El Salvador ties him with Cobi Jones for seventh on the US all-time goal scoring list with 15.
-FIFA, which now ranks the US as 16th in the world, up 13 spots from May's global rankings. In case you're wondering, Mexico is 26th.
-Steve Sperl of Milwaukee's amateur Bavarian SC, whose fifth-minute goal carried his club to a 1-0 upset of the USL-2's Cincinnati Kings in Open Cup play.
-Bryon Carmichael of the PDL's Ocean City Barons, whose tally near halftime allowed his team to beat the USL-2's Crystal Palace Baltimore, 1-0, also in the US Open Cup.
-The Guadeloupe side, who advanced to the Gold Cup quarterfinals for the first time when El Salvador lost to the US and Guatemala tied Trinidad last night.
-Bob Bradley, who hasn't lost a match in eight outings as US coach (7-0-1). His club finally looked hungry and dangerous last night, in a match that could have ended 7- or 8-0. The US will play the third place team from Group C (Mexico, Panama, Honduras, or Cuba) in the quarterfinals on Saturday, in Bradley's biggest match to date.
-Landon Donovan, who told the Boston Globe that he'd take part in the Copa America later this month. Earlier this year, LD was wavering on the trip to Venezuela, stating he wanted to help his LA Galaxy team to a decent place in the standings ahead of David Bechkam's arrival. Not music to Frank Yallop's ears, but great news for US fans.
-Taylor Twellman, who scored in front of him hometown fans, and Brian Ching, for the stellar feed that allowed TT to hit the net.
-Adam Spangler for his fantastic interview with the Bergen Record and Soccer By Ives' Ives Galarcep. Just a couple of guys talking about American soccer. A must must read.