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Third round of the US Open Cup has MLS seeing red

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So the third round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup was completed over the weekend it was quite the upset special.  I don’t know what to think about the MLS teams going down so early.  Cleary the US Open Cup is not anything compared to the FA Cup but it is our nations national championship.  Shouldn’t the MLS make a better showing?

Is it because they are not playing their starters?

Let’s compare the rosters of the Red Bulls vs. Crystal Palace game with the roster from the previous MLS match (vs Chivas). Bold players played in both matches.

6/29 vs Chivas

Jon Conway
Hunter Freeman
Jeff Parke
Andrew Boyens
Kevin Goldthwaite
Carlos Mendes
Dane Richards
Seth Stammler (Luke Sassano 80)
Dave van den Bergh
Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Mike Magee 60)
John Wolyniec (Oscar Echeverry 54)

7/01 vs Crystal Palace Baltimore

Zach Thornton
Chris Leitch (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 46)
Kevin Goldthwaite
Carlos Mendes
Jeff Parke
John Gilkerson (Andrew Boyens 46)
Luke Sassano
Gordon Kljestan (John Wolyniec 46)
Mike Magee
Danleigh Borman (David Roth 63)
Chris Megaloudis

Cleary the MLS is not taking the US Open Cup very seriously….but, when you are traveling to a stadium that seats 2,000……how can you.  All that this shows is that it is a really great time to be a soccer fan in the US.  No, the MLS is not the best league in the world.  It is not even sniffing the top 10.  However, I bet in 10 – 20 years time you won’t we able to see top flight soccer in a US Open Cup match with just 1,653 other people.

Stay tuned for the quarterfinals….it’s heating up now!

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