Last night, Chivas USA found out who they will be playing in the third round of the 2013 U.S. Open Cup tournament, after the LA Blues defeated the Ventura County Fusion 5-1 at Titan Stadium in Fullerton. The emphatic win gives Chivas and the Blues their first competitive match-up since the Blues were founded in 2010, although these teams have played each other numerous times in reserve and preseason games the past few years.
Chivas USA are coming off one of their best-ever runs in the Open Cup last year, where they fell to the Seattle Sounders in the semifinals (matching their progress in the 2010 USOC, when they also lost in the semifinals to the Sounders).
The third round berth in this year's tournament matches the Blues' best-ever, in 2011, where they lost to the LA Galaxy. Chivas USA did not qualify for the full 2011 tournament.
As this is a knockout tournament, the winner advances to the fourth round, so despite the gap in leagues, upsets are always a possibility in the Open Cup. If you are interested in going to the game (and you should be, since it is such a great tournament) it will be held next Tuesday at 7:30 pm PT at Titan Stadium in Fullerton. The stadium is the Blues' regular home field, so Chivas will officially be on the road, but given the location and the fact that the Goats hosted their only home game of the 2012 tournament at Titan Stadium, it shouldn't be too hard to make Chivas feel right at home, if folks do indeed show up for the game. You can buy tickets online here, and for $8, you can't beat that deal.
Today, U.S. Soccer announced the draw for the fourth round, since they don't use a hard bracket like the NCAA basketball tournaments and the draw is adjusted every round. If Chivas do advance on Tuesday, they will face the winner of the LA Galaxy and Carolina RailHawks match that is taking place next Wednesday. The Galaxy and RailHawks faced each other in the same stage of the tournament last year, with the RailHawks upsetting the Galaxy, and Chivas traveled to play Carolina in the fourth round, beating them on a last-minute penalty by Juan Pablo Angel. Regardless of whether the RailHawks or the Galaxy win this year, Chivas will have another "road" match, although the travel could be substantially different, but this is all dependent on Chivas actually beating the Blues first.
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