Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LIVE! US Open Cup, 2nd Rd

[UPDATE]: I was messing around with a few tools and things last night related to live updates and such for the US Open Cup. The 2nd round wrapped up last night and we saw five teams from 21 games upset teams at least one tier higher (USL) on the "US soccer pyramid" (that's in heavy quotes). NASL join next week in the 3rd round. I'm hoping to have something neat up here, live updates and comments and such, before we get to the MLS round on June 16-17.

Here are a couple games I tracked last night that I'll leave up (you can watch the replays). The Pittsburgh v West VA game is great for a couple reasons. One: I believe this is the first time a team from WVA has participated and, Two: The stadium in Pittsburgh is awesome. It will only get more awesome when some more professional TV crews start covering the games there.

Riverhounds won the match 3-0. If you want the goals they are in the 9th (Vincent), 10th (Moloto) and 87th (Kerr) minutes.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs. West Virginia Chaos

...another game to watch is the Wilmington v Chattanooga 1-1 tie. It went to penalties. The camera angles in this one resembled the Batman TV show in the 60s but you get use to it. I think this is a good representation of the good quality that can be found outside of MLS. I really, really wish these games would be played on grass more. Anyhow, Chattanooga (NPSL) won and moves on to play the Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) next week in Chattanooga.

Wilmington Hammerheads v Chattanooga FC

I think this is the greatest tournament running in the US right now. You've got teams from everywhere. Grass fields, turf fields, full sided fields indoors, amateurs, pros, 200 fans to 30,000 fans a game and everything in between. It's great!

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