Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Final USOC Play-In Tomorrow

The Rapids will get their first look at Red Bull Arena tomorrow as they take on NY for a spot in the U.S. Open Cup. The winner of tomorrow's game will enter with the other MLS teams in the Round of 16, while the loser is home for the season. In the Rapids case it would be the 3rd season in a row they would be eliminated one step from the full Cup.

The good news is that New York will be streaming the game live on their website. Kickoff is 6pm Mountain.

Its hard to really preview this game, since teams often use reserves or a mixture of reserves and starters. Gary Smith has said that he wants to win it though, so hopefully we'll see more starters than reserves. NYRB played Juventus over the weekend and has a game this coming weekend, so there's a bit of fixture congestion for them (though the friendly is hardly the same as a league match), while the Rapids have been off for a week and a half.

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