Category: US Open Cup

Miracles And Magic In Round 3 Of The U.S. Open Cup

Did we expect to see this much excitement when US Soccer fixed their problems with the US Open Cup? Did we expect all this crazy, nutty, “What the hell is going on???” type of moments in Round 3 Proper? I certainly didn’t expect half of MLS to get eliminated in this round, but that’s what happened, and here are recaps of the best of them. PORTLAND TIMBERS 0:1 CAL FC (AET) Cinderella’s glass boots continues for Eric Wynalda’s Cal FC as it took them to stoppage time to get the victory. Artur Aghasyan in the 95th minute got a nice ... Read more

Backe Shows Commitment To U.S. Open Cup As Red Bulls Win

Last year’s U.S. Open Cup was considered a sham. Last year’s tournament was considered a mockery. When Hans Backe came over to the Red Bulls two years ago he said that all Cups mattered. Yet when he refused to take the trip to Chicago in the Quarterfinals last year, it made the supporters very angry. 2012 came around and this time Backe has repeated to the local New York media that he is taking the US Open Cup seriously. Tuesday night he showed that by putting eight regulars in the starting lineup. Heading south, the Red Bulls opponent would be ... Read more

Philadelphia Wins In Rainy U.S. Open Cup Affair

The new-look U.S. Open Cup saw most of the American-based Major League Soccer clubs in action on Tuesday evening. At PPL Park, the Philadelphia Union rode two goals from Freddy Adu to outmatch the visiting USL-Pro side Rochester Rhinos, 3-0. With manager Peter Nowak suspended for an infraction at last year’s Cup play-in versus D.C. United, coach John Hackworth took the helm for the Union, and set out what proved to be the most attacking formation observed in quite awhile. The system was a fluid 4-3-3, led up front by Lionard Pajoy. Adu and Josue Martinez swapped roles on either ... Read more

The U.S. Open Cup Venue Change Controversy

As we approach the matches for Round 3 Proper of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the discussions continue about the venue switch for the Seattle Sounders vs. Atlanta Silverbacks match. Here’s the backdrop: if the Silverbacks won their second round match against the Georgia Revolution (which they did), they were drawn to host the three consecutive defending champions Seattle Sounders at Silverbacks Stadium. You would have to believe the gate receipts would be massive in the capital city of the state of Georgia. But while the North American Soccer League side was already starting to promote the game, ... Read more

More Action and More Upsets In The 2012 U.S. Open Cup 2nd Round

If you think the U.S. Open Cup couldn’t get any crazier or exciting, you would be very wrong at that. Round 2 proper of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup just raised the level and it was fantastic. Even though there was only one match that went into Extra Time, we’ve had a few winners inside second half stoppage time. Several games were blowouts and once again the card count was raised. 29 were issued in round one, but this time it was raised a bit higher (27 Bookings, 6 sending offs) and the stakes were raised as the next ... Read more

Wild And Wacky Night In The First Round Of The US Open Cup

When US Soccer made their format changes to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, the hope was to make this cup competition more meaningful than ever before. But after what happened in Round 1 Proper is making your head spin with delight and joy. The statistics are just coming straight out of left field and then some when you have one game that was a blowout, to four going into extra time and a grand total of 29 cards being issued (22 bookings and 7 sending offs) you started to think you were in Atlantic City or Las Vegas. But ... Read more

U.S. Open Cup Reinvigorated Through Needed Change

It’s taken nearly three months for US Soccer to carry out the draw of matches for the revamped Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Everyone can finally celebrate the near-arrival of the latest edition of the historical event. Whether they plan to hold viewing parties or hang out on their computers, laptops or tablets to see who will face whom, there has been new life breathed into this competition.  At the same time as the match-ups have been determined, the US Adult Soccer Associations Region IV qualifiers finally finished up this past weekend. The Portland Timbers U-23’s & Kitsap Pumas were ... Read more

Why the New Format Will Save the US Open Cup

The U.S. Soccer Federation yesterday announced an expanded Open Cup format and schedule, one that will incorporate all MLS and lower division teams in a newly and hopefully more condensed way.  In essence, the changes allow the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to mirror the English FA Cup, where lower division and semi-pro teams have a chance to play against the top level of the country’s soccer hierarchy. The Open Cup in 2012 will expand from 40 to 64 teams, which means all 16 U.S. MLS teams, 10 USL Pro, and 6 NASL teams will be included in the tournament. ... Read more