Chivas USA have a big fourth round matchup in the U.S. Open Cup Tuesday against the Carolina RailHawks, and that should be the focus ahead of the game. But the tournament organizers have shifted the matchups beyond the fourth round, and if Chivas were to advance to the quarterfinal round, their opponent will be different than previously sketched out.
Originally, the winner of the Chivas/Carolina match were set to face the winner of the Seattle Sounders/Cal FC game. For obvious reasons, this would have been a tasty matchup for Chivas. Seattle are three-time defending champs, and they knocked Chivas out in the semifinals in 2010, so Chivas would try to overcome that history and knock the dominant club in the tournament off their perch. And then there's Cal FC. While Eric Wynalda, Cal FC's manager, has taken pains to insist they should not be called "Eric Wynalda's team," that's what everybody is doing anyway. A match against Chivas would give Wynalda a chance to prove he deserves to be a top-level coach, and he has claimed he should have been given the Chivas coaching job, not Robin Fraser. He's since publicly walked back from that comment, but still, he'd have plenty of motivation to stick it to Chivas.
But again, we can't really think about any of that unless Chivas beat the RailHawks and advance to the quarterfinals. Here is the listing of the fourth round matches (all to be held Tuesday, June 5):
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. D.C. United (MLS)
Michigan Bucks (USL-PDL) vs. Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro)
San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) vs. Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro)
Chivas USA (MLS) vs. Carolina RailHawks (NASL)
Minnesota Stars (NASL) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Seattle Sounders (MLS) vs. Cal FC (USASA)
The latest bracket can be found here.
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