Wednesday, August 08, 2007

2007 US Open Cup Quarterfinals end tonight - Can New England make it to the semis?

Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) vs. New England Revolution (MLS)
The US Open Cup quarterfinals come to a conclusion tonight as the New England Revolution welcome USL second division side the Harrisburg City Islanders to town. The Islanders have been on a roll in the second division as well as in the Cup, but with the Revs taking the tournament very seriously and a favorable schedule that has them playing LA at home on Sunday, look for New England to try and smack them around like Seattle did to Colorado last night.

New England will hope to use their home pitch advantage in much the same way that other clubs have in the tournament to earn a trip to their first US Open semifinal match since 2001.

For the Islanders, they will need a far amount of luck to win this one. I'm guessing they will use the standard 'hold them off and try to sneak something in' method most underdogs use, but I think this would be foolish. The Revs have been shaky on defense in the last few weeks so why not take it right to them. If they can disrupt the midfield distribution, they stand a fantastic chance.

You will be able to hear an audio stream of the match at the Revs website.

Game Number Date, Teams, Venue, Time
33 August 8, Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) at NE Revolution (MLS), Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass., 7:30 pm ET
34 August 7, Richmond Kickers (USL-2) 0-1 Carolina Railhawks (USL-1)
35 August 7, FC Dallas (MLS) 2-1 Charleston Battery (USL-1)
36 August 7, Colorado Rapids (MLS) 0-5 Seattle Sounders (USL-1)

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