US Open Cup
LA Galaxy @ Carolina Railhawks
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
WakeMed Soccer Park
Kick-off: 4:00 p.m
One year after being eliminated in the Third Round of the US Open Cup by the Carolina RailHawks, the Galaxy has the opportunity to seek revenge in this year’s edition of the tournament. Last year the Galaxy saw a 1-0 lead disappear in the final fifteen minutes of the game, ending LA’s quest for a third US Open Cup early.
The Carolina RailHawks are currently in first place in NASL. The second division team advanced to the Third Round of the USOC by defeating the Carolina Dynamo, also of NASL, by a 3-1 score this past week. The team is led by Colin Clarke, who was in charge of the Puerto Rico Islanders when they stepped into the HDC in the CCL Preliminary Round and defeated the Galaxy 4-1 back in 2010. Read more about the RailHawks here.
It’s well documented that the US Open Cup isn’t Bruce Arena’s favorite tournament, and the way games are scheduled doesn’t help either. Upon learning the Galaxy would have to travel to North Carolina the day after the home game against Seattle and just a couple of days before the game in Foxborough, Massachusetts, Arena said the draw was “ridiculous”. He continued, “What more can I say? You have the premier club in the country and we’re being shuffled off like that again. They’re basically saying, they’re telling us that the Open Cup is not important when they do things like that. It’s really ridiculous, but it’s life. What are going to do? They’ve got to figure out how to get it regionalized. Trips across the country midweek after a Sunday night game don’t work. It doesn’t make any sense. It really doesn’t in my opinion and I know that someone has to do it, but it is odd that we’re doing it every year. It’s stupid. If they want the U.S. Open Cup to mean more, the premier clubs in the country can’t be shuffled around like that like we’re an amateur team, but that’s life.”
There’s a possibility the Galaxy will host either Chivas USA or the LA Blues at the StubHub Center in the Fourth Round of the USOC. The Goats and Blues face each other on Tuesday, May 28, and the winner will face the Galaxy on June 12th if the Galaxy manages to eliminate their NASL opponent on Wednesday.
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