Wednesday, May 16, 2012

LA Galaxy in NC? DC United in Richmond?

Here are especially notable May 22 fixtures impacting the next two rounds of the US Open Cup:

MAY 22, 2012

Carolina RailHawks v. PSA Elite
WakeMed Soccer Park
Cary, North Carolina

If RailHawks beat PSA Elite, LA Galaxy will travel to WakeMed. !! May 29th.

Chicago Fire PDL v. Dayton Dutch Lions
Toyota Park Practice Field
Bridgeview, Illinois

Winner will take on the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium, May 29.

Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC v. Richmond Kickers
Maryland Soccerplex Stadium
Boyds, Maryland

If Richmond Wins... DC United will play at Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va. May 29th.

The organizers of the US Open Cup have changed it up a little bit this year by eliminating the silent auction type bid process for home team (Sounders broke that system).

It's a big deal. The US has more than a handful of nice soccer stadiums. Potentially seeing MLS teams in Virginia and North Carolina is really exciting and gives 2 of my 3 favorite states a chance to tell the nation how deep their beautiful rivers run.

I fully support any measures taken that march the sport of Soccer in the United States towards Promotion and Relegation. The sport in this country doesn't necessarly need an "all or nothing" attitude when creating new top level teams. Give the smaller teams a chance to succeed, they might surprise you. I truly believe this. So much so, I've taken a good bit of time writing about it...

Part 1

Part 2

US Open Cup Bracket, Link.

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