Hi folks! With all the MLS league matches taking place recently, you may have missed the start of the 2012 U.S. Open Cup tournament, the oldest soccer competition in the United States. Following the second round match Tuesday night, Chivas USA now know their opponent and the location of their opening match of the tournament. They will take on the Ventura County Fusion at Ventura College Tuesday, May 29 at 7 pm. The Open Cup is a knockout tournament, so if Chivas win, they advance to the fourth round, and if they lose, they are out.
You may recall that Chivas played the Fusion in their first preseason match of 2012 back on January 27. The Fusion won 1-0 in a 60 minute match, and that was the game that new signing Marvin Iraheta tore his ACL. Expect the lineups to look considerably different from that match, but it is interesting to note that Chivas played close to a full strength lineup in the first half. By the way, the Fusion belongs to the PDL, which is the fourth tier of the U.S. soccer pyramid, and are the only team from the PDL besides the Michigan Bucks to remain in the tournament (the only team lower in the pyramid still alive is Cal FC, an amateur team coached by Eric Wynalda).
Are you free Tuesday to attend the match? Will you be in Ventura County? If can go, do it! Tickets are affordable ($10 adult/$5 child in advance, $15 adult/$8 child at the door) and Chivas could use the support. It is also of note that Chivas are rather fortunate in this situation as they don't have to travel far to play this match, compared to the LA Galaxy, who have to go to North Carolina to take on the Carolina Railhawks, also on Tuesday. And by the way, if Chivas advance, they'll play the winner of that Galaxy-Railhawks match. But let's not get ahead of ourselves - Chivas need to beat the Fusion first.
Chivas have a history of making a run in the competition, as they made it to the semifinals in 2010 before falling to eventual champion Seattle Sounders (who have now won it the last three years), and the Open Cup is a way of not only getting silverware but also of getting into the CONCACAF Champions League. Can they make a run in 2012? The journey starts Tuesday!
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