July 17, 2002

Round three of the US Open Cup kicked off yesterday: with the MetroStars defeating the A-League's Hampton Roads Mariners. There will be seven A-league/MLS matchups today. The US Open Cup goes back to 1914 . The tournament has a history of upsets such as the D3 San Francisco Bay Seals making it to the semi-finals in 1997, and the Rochester Rhinos defeating three MLS teams in 1999 to win it all.

posted by eckeric to soccer at 06:48 PM - 4 comments

I just got back from the Crew/Richmond match. Fun game. Richmond got a bit testy once we were up 3-0 and began fouling like crazy, but all in all I was very impressed with Richmond. The A-League has a much higher caliber of play than I assumed they would. I will definately check out some of the A-League games on Fox Sports World now. The best part? The Fire lost!

posted by elsoltano at 09:51 PM on July 17, 2002

Cool. I am quite jealous that you were able to make it to that game. I was hoping for a few more upsets, but it looks like most of the games were pretty exciting. Half of the games went to overtime, and the Seattle game looked pretty wild with several lead changes. San Jose had to catch up to tie, and then finally won in 109th minute. It will be fun to see how the Rampage do next round.

posted by eckeric at 10:43 AM on July 18, 2002

A couple of match reports from A-League fan sites:

posted by timberlog at 12:10 PM on July 18, 2002

Hmmm somehow lost those!! http://www.geocities.com/hrmarinersfan/ http://seattlepitch.tripod.com/matches/2002/jul17.html

posted by timberlog at 12:11 PM on July 18, 2002

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