[Crew/R] '17 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 5th Round Bomb

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Where will the Crew finish in the 2017 LHUSOC?

Poll closed Jun 13, 2017.
  1. CHAMPIONS --- Hello CCL!

    19.6%
  2. Runners-up --- Damn you, Dallas.

    2.0%
  3. Semifinals --- Death by schedule congestion.

    15.7%
  4. Quarterfinals --- Well, we need to rest our starters for the Eintracht game, right?

    17.6%
  5. Fifth Round --- TRADITION!

    31.4%
  6. Fourth Round --- USL is technically D2 now, brah.

    11.8%
  7. Withdraw Before Entry --- lol #whogivesashitaboutccl?

    2.0%
  1. chr1st

    chr1st Member+

    Jan 19, 2011
    Dayton
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Guess what, kiddies? America's Least Loved Soccer Competition™ is back!

    The First Round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicks off tomorrow, featuring a clash between soccering giants South Florida Surf (PDL) and Red Force FC (USASA). WHO YA GOT?!

    For all the ultras out there, here's the complete rundown of the First Round matchups:
    2017lhusoc-r1.png
    (thanks to the always excellent thecup.us)
     
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  2. puttputtfc

    puttputtfc Member+

    Sep 7, 1999
    Do we have a date for our away game in Chicago yet?
     
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  3. 110toyourleft

    110toyourleft Member+

    Jan 27, 2007
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Ill start blocking off Wednesdays for the flight to Chicago.
     
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  4. Tobias C

    Tobias C Member+

    Columbus Crew
    United States
    Mar 6, 2014
    Toledo, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I feel like we just might put in our best Open Cup performance in recent history this year, but wouldnt bet on it. We generally dont take it seriously.

    And in that case, im rooting for NPSL champions, AFC Cleveland.
     
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  5. Jamooky

    Jamooky Member+

    Mar 24, 2006
    Cleveland, OH USA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    AFC Cleveland all the way this year.
     
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  6. Psycho_Derek

    Psycho_Derek Member+

    Nov 18, 2005
    All in on "the villages sc".
     
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  7. Nostradumass

    Nostradumass BigSoccer Supporter

    Jun 5, 2007
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Losing to whenever we play Chicago should have been a poll choice.
     
  8. POdinCowtown

    POdinCowtown Member+

    Jan 15, 2002
    Columbus
    We have more depth this year than last. I think we can make it a round further. Hell, we might some day some year not even have to play at Chicago.
     
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  9. chr1st

    chr1st Member+

    Jan 19, 2011
    Dayton
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    YOU DARE QUESTION MY POLLING METHODS?!?




    ...damn, you're right...





    Columbus Screw You.
     
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  10. chr1st

    chr1st Member+

    Jan 19, 2011
    Dayton
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Ahahahaha! Not play at Chicago?!? In the Open Cup?! HAAHAHHHAAAAA!

    I do like our depth, too. It'll be interesting to see who we run out. Hansen, Finlay, Crognale, Francis, Abu, Jimenez, Afful, Raitala, Williams, and Maloney have seen some rotation. Also we have a potential starter in Manneh. I think that's gives some solid options through midfield and defense. We'll have Jahn up top, which isn't terrible.

    It's almost like we have a legitimate B squad.

    Am I... am I feeling optimistic? Damn you, Sunshine Brigade!
     
  11. hangthadj

    hangthadj Member+

    A.S. Roma
    Mar 27, 2001
    Beacon, NY
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    I'm looking forward to Kekuta Manneh joining Crew lore, much like Freddy Garcia as he lifts us to Open Cup Glory. Perhaps our newfound depth will Christian Martinez to reprise the role of John Wilmar Perez in another stunning semifinal comeback win over (Now Sporting!) Kansas City!

    Like Freddy, Kekuta's shooting star will spend only a short time in the Crew SC sky, but will leave behind the resplendent shine of a trophy.

    Fast forward to 2027...The US Open Cup is appointment television. It's as big as the FA Cup. Soccer has made it. Precourt welcomes back Freddy Garcia and Kekuta Manneh for pregame ceremonies celebrating the 10th and 25th anniversary of our Open Cup Glories. Kekuta is granted leave from Real Madrid's pre-season as we are still not on the international calendar. It's a huge moment. Rumors are that this will be the final Open Cup run at MAPFRE stadium as Precourt Sports Ventures have recently sent out their 12th Stadium Interest Survey. Legacy Club Members have a meet and greet with club legends Kekuta and Freddy before the game.

    The Crew has fallen on hard times. We have missed the playoffs for 5 consecutive years. There is some pressure on Berhalter, but only some. Believers keep stating, "But remember 2015, and the 2017 Open Cup. He deserves a grace period for that!" Nonetheless, excitement is at a fever pitch and MAPFRE is sold out.

    In an homage to our once proud past Columbus Crew SC dons the grey jerseys worn during our 2002 Championship run. After an exceptional pregame ceremony honoring Freddy and Kekuta the whistle blows.....

    90 minutes later the Crew has crashed out of the Open Cup for a record 14th time vs the Chicago Fire.
     
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  12. chr1st

    chr1st Member+

    Jan 19, 2011
    Dayton
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This, though lacking in Frankie references, is terrific fanfic. Do you have a Patreon account I can subscribe to?
     
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  13. cleazer

    cleazer Member+

    May 6, 2003
    Toledo, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    MLS teams enter in the 4th round this year. The round of 32 will feature 19 MLS teams and 13 survivors from the earlier rounds. So there will be 3 MLS vs MLS matchups. There's a small chance we'll face Chicago right off the bat, but I think it's unlikely since there should be a decent number of midwest teams left by the second and third rounds.

    First round is played tonight and tomorrow.
    Third round draw should be announced on Thursday.
    Second round will be played next Wednesday.
    Fourth round draw should be revealed next Thursday.

    So the Crew should have an idea of who we could be playing in about 9 days. Though we might be able to guess who our most likely opponents are after the games are played next Wednesday night.

    Fourth round is scheduled for June 13-14 this year.
     
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  14. hangthadj

    hangthadj Member+

    A.S. Roma
    Mar 27, 2001
    Beacon, NY
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    I do not charge for subscription. All my insight, analysis, and predictive fanfic is available for free on Big Soccer Dot Com. I only wish to pay forward all the joy that Columbus Crew has brought me, and hope that others will as well.
     
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  15. west ham sandwich

    Feb 26, 2007
    C-bus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I have no idea which round it will be, but the correct answer is Lose at Chicago
     
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  16. TRUJDUB

    TRUJDUB Member+

    Nov 22, 2015
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    If Stuver and Abu play we will loose and if they don't we will win it all.

    Can someone ask GB if it's important for the club to be in CCL? I Wonder if that is even a team goal.

    Glory to Columbus
     
  17. KHT_Crew

    KHT_Crew Member+

    Mar 29, 2003
    Queen City, OH
    Apparently you are not familiar with the buzzsaw that is the Des Moines Menace. Actually watched them play a few US Open Cup matches, including a take down of (then) 2nd Division Minnesota a couple of years back.
     
  18. cleazer

    cleazer Member+

    May 6, 2003
    Toledo, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Reading this thread, I get the impression that half of you clowns care more about qualifying for the CCL than actually winning the LHUSOC.

    You don't deserve it.
     
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  19. chr1st

    chr1st Member+

    Jan 19, 2011
    Dayton
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This is an interesting observation. Should we love the tournament for what it is or because it's a means to an end?

    I love the LHUSOC. It has a rich history. It's a big shiny trophy with our club founder's name on it. It's the only competition that gives every club in the country an opportunity to prove it's the best in the nation. Every year seems to produce some great Cinderella stories. All around, I love it and think winning it should be a priority.

    That being said, it'd be disingenuous of me to pretend I don't also recognize it's the easiest path to the CCL. And I desperately want to see the Crew back in the Champions League. For that reason, I also think it should be taken more seriously.

    I don't know which I find to be more valuable: adding another trophy to our cabinet (and the bragging rights that go along with it) or winning a spot in the CCL (another tournament I greatly enjoy).
     
  20. chr1st

    chr1st Member+

    Jan 19, 2011
    Dayton
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We got a pretty fun little match last night to begin the tourney. The Surf managed to triumph over Red Force in a 4-2 outing. All hail the victors, Mighty South Florida Surf!

    First Round action continues tonight.

    If you've got a hankerin' for more soccerations, streams of the matches are to be had: http://bit.ly/2r2UDmf
     
  21. KHT_Crew

    KHT_Crew Member+

    Mar 29, 2003
    Queen City, OH
    I must be too old school... I am more interested in winning the Cup than competing in a tournament that has a knockout schedule favoring other federations in mid-season while we are just warming up...
     
  22. puttputtfc

    puttputtfc Member+

    Sep 7, 1999
    Yep. This is a great tournament wish it had more exposure.
     
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  23. Tobias C

    Tobias C Member+

    Columbus Crew
    United States
    Mar 6, 2014
    Toledo, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    #23 Tobias C, May 10, 2017
    Last edited: May 10, 2017
    AFC Cleveland defeat Des Moines Menace 3-1 and move on to the second round to take on FC Cincinnati
     
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  24. KHT_Crew

    KHT_Crew Member+

    Mar 29, 2003
    Queen City, OH
    Ha. Apparently I was their good luck charm.
     
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  25. cleazer

    cleazer Member+

    May 6, 2003
    Toledo, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Two of the matchups in the second round next week are Cincy/Cleveland and Louisville/Pittsburgh (area teams).

    If US Soccer pairs those two winners together for the 3rd round, it would be crazy not to pair the Crew up with the survivor of the 4, whoever that may be.
     
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