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Good Week For The Minnows

This is U.S. Open Cup week in America. The U.S. Open Cup is the America equivalent of the F.A. Cup and this years edition is seeing as many surprises as the F.A. Cup.

This week saw three MLS teams get knocked out of the tournament (New York Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo and Chivas USA) while the Kansas City Wizards and FC Dallas had to come from behind to scratch out a win.

The full results were:

  • Crystal Palace Baltimore 2, New York Red Bulls 0
  • New England Revolution 3, Richmond Kickers 0
  • Chicago Fire 4, Cleveland City Stars 1
  • D.C. United 2, Rochester Rhinos 0
  • FC Dallas 2, Miami FC 1
  • Charleston Battery 1, Houston Dynamo 1 (Charleston won, 4-3, on PKs)
  • Kansas City Wizards 4, Carolina Railhawks 2
  • Seattle Sounders 2, Chivas USA 0

The quarterfinals are now set and will take place next week. Based on schedules there is a good possibility that three lower level teams will be in the U.S. Open semi-finals. Since the winners of the U.S. Open Cup get a Champions League spot is it good that the minnows are dominating?

  • Crystal Palace Baltimore vs. New England Revolution
  • D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire
  • FC Dallas vs. Charleston Battery
  • Kansas City Wizards vs. Seattle Sounders

Yes that is right. The games are next week. Games are coming fast and furious and it is difficult for fans to keep track of them. I live in the Boston area and look at the Revolution schedule for the next couple of weeks:

  • 7/1/08    vs   Richmond Kickers
  •  7/4/08  @  Los Angeles Galaxy
  • 7/8 @ Crystal Palace Baltimore
  • 7/13/08  vs  Santos Laguna (SL)
  • 7/16/08  vs  CF Pachuca (SL)
  • Sun 7/20/08 @  Chivas USA (SL)

That is two league games on the west coast, two U.S. Open Cup games in the east plus two Superliga games in less than three weeks. Who plans this thing? As a fan with a limited budget what games would you attend?