Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Open Cup game tonight

Just a reminder, the Wizards start Open Cup play tonight when they play the Minnesota Thunder. The Wizards are coming off of the loss on Sunday to Santos Laguna so they only have 1 day of rest, and that was spent traveling.

With Davy Arnaud and Jimmy Conrad flying off to join the National Team today and most of the normal starters having played the entire (or a big chunk) of the game on Sunday, you can expect a mostly reserve team lineup. Mike predicts the lineup and I think he is pretty close. I am hoping to see Chance Myers play some minutes. He has looked good in training but players need game minutes to really show their progress.

The Thunder are not very good this year but you can never count them out or dismiss USL teams, they have too much to prove and too much to gain to just roll over for MLS teams.

You can watch the game at this link.

Also tonight DC United plays the Ocean City Barons, an amatuer team from New Jersey. That is one of the great things about the Open Cup and similar tournaments around the world, true amateur teams can play their way in and end up facing the top teams. Most of the Barons are college players that out of school at the moment. Go Barons!!!

Tomorrow Seattle plays their regional rival (and future MLS) team Portland Timbers. Got to root for the Timbers in that match.

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