Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rapids To Host USOC 4th Round Game

Tonight the USSF revealed the draw for the U.S. Open Cup 4th Round.  The Rapids were drawn at home(!) against the winner of the 3rd round game between the Colorado Springs Switchbacks and Real Monarchs, played in SLC.  The Monarchs are FSL's USL reserve team.  The Rapids will host the winner on June 16th at 7pm.  We're still awaiting ticket information.  This was the most logical matchup for the Rapids as the USSF tries to keep things regionalized until later rounds to save money.  The one MLS vs. MLS matchup will be Seattle vs. Portland.

This gives the Rapids a bit of a busy schedule to end June:
6/16 - Switchbacks/Monarchs (U.S. Open Cup)
6/19 - Dallas
6/24 - @Orlando (which I'll be at)
6/27 - @KC (if they don't find a reason to wimp out again)

4 games in 11 days but at leas the first two are at home.  Of course Pablo Mastroeni and Marc Burch will be suspended for the USOC game due to being ejected against Atlanta in the loss that ended our run last season.

The Charlotte Independence play a 3rd round game against thee Carolina Railhawks with the winner going to New England in the 4th round.  Any of the Rapids players who play for Charlotte in their 3rd round game (or later) can't play for the Rapids in the USOC and vice versa.

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