Thursday, July 12, 2007

Another surprise in US Open Cup as DC is dumped in the fields of Pennsylvania

MLS saw their third team fall out of contention for the US Open Cup last night when DC United was shocked by USL-Second Division side Harrisburg City Islanders. United, like most MLS sides, played a second-tier team for this early round and they paid the price as they lost 1-0 on the road.

Here is the way the Washing Post reports Steve Fisher's goal:
But just before the break, (DC goalkeeper Jay) Nolly misread a corner kick, allowing Fisher to easily head Schofield's service into a vacant net.

"I came out and kind of collided with [Boswell] and his guy," Nolly said. "I didn't get full jump on it; I thought I could have come and got it. It was just over my fingertips."

Said Soehn, "If he's coming to get it, he's got to get it."

So in just their fourth year of existence, the Islanders now have a huge triumph as they are the first USL-2 team to beat DC United.

This game is yet another example of how much fun the Open Cup can be. Now, if only US Soccer could find a sponsor to increase the prize money at the end.

Here is the full third round schedule:
Game Number, Date, Teams, Venue, Time
25 July 11, DC United (MLS) 0-1 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2)
26 July 10, NE Revolution (MLS) 4-2 Rochester Rhinos (USL-1)
27 July 10, Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) 0-1 Richmond Kickers (USL-2)
28 July 15, Chicago Fire (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (USL-1), SAS Soccer Park; Cary, N.C. 5 p.m. ET
29 July 9, Atlanta Silverbacks (USL-1) 1-1 FC Dallas (MLS) FC Dallas wins on pks 4-3
30 July 10, Houston Dynamo (MLS) 0-1 Charleston Battery (USL-1)
31 July 10, California Victory (USL-1) 1-3 Colorado Rapids (MLS)
32 July 18, Chivas USA (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (USL-1), Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash. 7 p.m. PT

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish it were as big as the FA Cup, but I doubt that's ever going to happen. Maybe in 10 or 15 years, if MLS manages to become as big or bigger than hockey is right now, US Soccer and ESPN or some other network can promote this to be a big deal. Right now it doesn't even really matter to me as a fan. Galaxy is eliminated, but I'm far more concerned with how they do in MLS.

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