Thursday, August 25, 2005

US Open Cup Quarterfinals recap

My father always told me, "If you are going to do something, do it 100%." Well I made him proud last night. I was 100% wrong with my predictions. Thank you, thank you. For a moment I thought Rochester and DC United might put me at only 50% wrong, but, thankfully, it was not to be.

The Fire almost lost to those Rhinos of Rochester. After full time and over time, the game stood at one a piece. The first two penalty kicks were good for both sides. However, Jonathan Bolanos hit the post during the third pk for the Rhinos. Chris Armas stepped up looking to be the hero and ended up nailing his shot. Chicago go through on pks 5-4.

Dallas might be stinking up the MLS of late, but they know how to pull games out in the Open Cup. Last night was their third straight overtime game in the Cup. There were a few good scoring opportunities for both sides, but after 120 minutes of play, the game was still knotted up at 1. To pks we go. It turns out DC is not so great with pks. Dallas goalie Scott Garlick was able to make a strong stop while other shots went wide. Dallas won on penalties 4-1.

Kansas City will not repeat as Cup holders. The USL's Minnesota Thunder controlled the field last night. KC was without five starters, so that might have made it a little easier on the Thunder, but the Thunder are a good team. Next up, hosting LA on Sept 14. Minnesota 3 - KC 1

LA did something so shocking last night, I sure it even scared them. They won away from LA and without Landon Donovan. This victory should not be undervalued. Could this be the sea change that carries LA for the rest of the MLS season or was it a one-night stand? LA 2 - San Jose 1

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