Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Crew Advance Past Indy Eleven in US Open Cup Play

A little bit of history was made here in the midwest as Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew beat NASL's Indy Eleven in this year's edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

It took 120 minutes to separate this one but a late penalty earned by Ethan Finlay set up Jairo Arrieta's made penalty put the Crew up 2-1 in the dying embers.

The closely contested match between competing league sides was played at a neutral site on the University of Akron's campus. A number of current Crew players spent time at the University recently under the managing care of now Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter, so there was a very pro-Columbus crowd on hand.

With the win, the Crew advance on to the 5th round of the tournament now to either face the Chicago Fire (away) or the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL Pro (home).

Personal Note: After the match I spotted Peter Wilt, President and General Manager of Indy Eleven and was able to briefly wish him success in the fall NASL season. Mr. Wilt was as nice as he could be after a loss and clearly cares deeply about Indy and soccer in that state.

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