US Open Cup Semifinal Pairings Announced

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  1. Sean Donahue

    Sean Donahue Member

    Aug 31, 2001
    Massachusetts
    http://usopencup.com/home/196193.html


    SEMIFINAL POSSIBLE PAIRINGS
    Date Teams Venue;Location Time

    September 5 Richmond Kickers (USL-2) at New England Revolution (MLS)
    Veterans Stadium; New Britain, Conn. 7 p.m. ET
    OR
    September 4 Carolina RailHawks (USL-1) at New England Revolution (MLS)
    Veterans Stadium; New Britain, Conn. 7 p.m. ET

    OR
    September 4 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) at Carolina RailHawks (USL-1)
    SAS Soccer Park; Cary, N.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
    OR
    August 31 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) at Richmond Kickers (USL-2)
    University of Richmond Stadium; Richmond, Va. 7 p.m. ET
    ----------------------------
    September 4 FC Dallas (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (USL-1)
    Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash. 7 p.m. PT
    OR
    September 4 Charleston Battery (USL-1) at Seattle Sounders (USL -1)
    Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash. 7 p.m. PT
    OR
    September 4 Colorado Rapids (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL-1)
    Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
    OR
    September 4 Colorado Rapids (MLS) at FC Dallas (MLS)
    Pizza Hut Park; Frisco Texas 7:30 p.m. CT
     
  2. DREWWW

    DREWWW Member

    Jan 24, 2006
    H2Otown, Masachewsez
    Come on you REVS!!!!!!!!
     
  3. Sean Donahue

    Sean Donahue Member

    Aug 31, 2001
    Massachusetts
    From what I gather the stadium seats 8,848
     
  4. ElmCityBrewCrew

    Jul 8, 2002
    Elm City, CT
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Awesome!

    I haven't been to that place since I saw the CT Wolves take down the Mutiny in the Open Cup.
     
  5. The Magpie

    The Magpie Member

    Nov 19, 1998
    Cambridge, MA
    You're gonna love this:

    Tonight (August 1st) is the 10 year anniversary of the Revolution's 4-3 (overtime) loss to the Long Island Rough Riders in the 3rd round of the U.S. Open Cup. It was Jeff Causey's first game in goal I believe, Thomas Rongen watched the match from a small booth in the scoreboard, the Revolution goal-scorers being John Kerr, Darren Sawatsky, and Joe-Max Moore. The Revs were up 2-0 in the match, but lost in OT on a goal by eventual ex-Rev Dahir Mohammed in the 108th minute.

    It was a crushing, embarassing defeat...

    ... and the venue: Veteran's Stadium in New Britain.

    I was there, and man did the result suck.

    The Magpie
     
  6. wolfp10

    wolfp10 Member

    Sep 25, 2005
    I guess Rentschler was booked for the night?

    Here are directions...

    From I-91 North or South:

    * Take I-91 to Hartford
    * Take I-84 West
    * Continue on 84 West
    * Take Exit 39A for Route 9 South
    * Take Exit 25 for Ellis Street
    * Turn left at the light onto Ellis Street
    * At the next light, turn left onto South Main Street
    * The park is about one mile on the right

    From I-84 East or West:

    * Take Exit 39A for Route 9 South
    * Take Exit 25 for Ellis Street
    * Turn left at the light onto Ellis Street
    * At the next light, turn left onto South Main Street
    * The park is about one mile on the right

    It is a big high school stadium. Running track around the field.
     
  7. REV IT UP

    REV IT UP Member

    New England Revolution
    United States
    Jul 12, 2004
    San Francisco
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    NO F*ckin way! September 5th? my classes start on the 6th! New Britain is only line an hour from me. There must be a way to get to this game...

    RRREV IT UP
     
  8. revs

    revs Member

    Apr 22, 2003
    MA
    Fookin A! My classes start the 4th! damnit! I guess i'll be making my first road trip of the year earlier than planned :D
     
  9. Flyin Ryan

    Flyin Ryan Member

    May 13, 2004
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Looking forward to our teams meeting if both of us win.

    (jinx alert)
     
  10. DKM REVS

    DKM REVS Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    MA
    Really sorry if this was posted somewhere before but a quick update about the game on 8/8.


    Revs to Host Open Cup Quarters at Gillette Stadium
    The Revs will welcome USL-2 side Harrisburg City Islanders to Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 8
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution will host the Harrisburg City Islanders of the United Soccer Leagues Second Division (USL-2) in the quarterfinal round of the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Revs will welcome the City Islanders to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Please note that this is a change of venue and date from what was previously released and promoted by U.S. Open Cup organizers.
    The Revs advanced to the quarterfinal round behind a 4-2 victory over the USL-1 side Rochester Rhinos on Tuesday, July 10, at PAETEC Park in Rochester, N.Y. Tied at 2-2 in the final minute of regulation, Taylor Twellman scored the game-winning goal in the 90th minute for the Revolution, before captain Steve Ralston added a penalty kick in stoppage time.
    Harrisburg earned its place in the quarterfinals by defeating MLS power D.C. United, 1-0, on Wednesday, July 11, in Landisville, Pa. With the victory, the City Islanders earned their first-ever victory over an MLS team.
    When the club faces Harrisburg on Aug. 8, the Revolution will make its second straight appearance in the Open Cup quarterfinals, and its fourth appearance overall.
    Tickets information is available by calling 1-877-GET-REVS. Tickets will be $10 each and $7 for Center Circle season-ticket members holders.
     
  11. DREWWW

    DREWWW Member

    Jan 24, 2006
    H2Otown, Masachewsez
    From boston I90 to 84west is much quicker than 91 to 84, just an FYI
     
  12. patfan1

    patfan1 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 19, 1999
    Nashua, NH
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I can't make this game. But I'm glad the Revs found a way to "host" it. :)
     
  13. Gioca

    Gioca Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    Hartford
    Club:
    US Città di Palermo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    An odd choice for a Revs home game, considering New Britain is clearly Hartford FC territory.
     
  14. Tony Biscaia

    Tony Biscaia Member

    Feb 17, 1999
    Odd choice indeed... but you know, there just aren't any small soccer stadiums in MA. And, they know that we'd all just LOVE to drive to a game held at a faraway place on a weeknight.
     
  15. ngower

    ngower foolish grin

    May 24, 2006
    Nashua, NH
    I'd love to go, but the Revs have already put me in enough financial strain:( I really need to get my license...
     
  16. Gioca

    Gioca Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    Hartford
    Club:
    US Città di Palermo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I've also heard that New Britain is home to many Kickers supporters. Apparently there is a large ethnic Virginian community there.
     
  17. dcochran

    dcochran Member+

    Feb 17, 1999
    Tiverton, RI
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    OK, it's August. Revs are in the mix for the Supporters' Shield and leading their division with a game in hand. None of their critical players are out. Great win against KC last night. BUT -- They have three league games at home in ten days. It's the hottest time of the year. Right in the middle of the stretch they have the Open Cup q-final. Who plays? Who rests against Harrisburg? I'm thinking we're OK in the back though I might give Marshall Leonard a shot at left back. Midfield -- It would be good to give Shalrie and Ralston a breather. Dorman as well. I don't want to see Flood and Thompson, but we could. Up top, it would be good to rest Noonan and TnT. It would be great to see Christman and speed, but I haven't heard that anyone is pushing for minutes at forward. Bottom line -- If we play all our starters and we fade later in the season, this is a stretch that we can blame. If we sit anyone, folks will be down on the coaches for not taking the open cup seriously. Thoughts?
     
  18. Hagbard Celine

    Oct 7, 2003
    New Britain, CT
    I live in New Britain.

    But I'll be on vacation that week. :(
     
  19. ToMhIlL

    ToMhIlL Member+

    Feb 18, 1999
    Boxborough, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Good points. I would say go with a semi-reserve lineup. Up top, start Cristman and Noonan, giving Twelly a rest. If we are up a few goals, pull Noonan early in the second half.

    In midfield you can give a run-out to Thomson and Flood, but keep Joseph and Laro in for at least the first half. Rally gets the night off. It also might be a good game to let Leonard or Byrne go 90 ont he left.

    In the back, John has not been playing a lot lately, so no need to worry about burning him out.Or have him and Riley each play a half. Parky is solid in the back, and especially if we have a backup keeper, we'll need Parkhurst to keep things calm.

    This is a game that the reserve players should be able to thrive in. Harrisburg are a 3rd division team, so it's a bit different from being out of their element against some of the better MLS players.

    Bottom line: Don't burn anyone out, don't get injured, and most of all, win this game. We're in good shape for all three trophies this year, but this one seems to have the easiest path. This one is for the taking, so let's grab it!
     
  20. rkupp

    rkupp Member+

    Jan 3, 2001
    I think Flood, Christman, Riley and Thompson are pretty sure things to start. I also think we'll get to see Knighton in net - Reis hasn't missed a game all season.

    Byrne and Helton maybe. Probably Leonard.
     
  21. Sean Donahue

    Sean Donahue Member

    Aug 31, 2001
    Massachusetts
    DC's losing line-up to Harrisburg: Jay Nolly; Marc Burch, Bobby Boswell (Devon McTavish 45), Domenic Mediate; Stephen deRoux, Brian Caroll (Josh Gros 45), Clyde Simms, Rod Dyachenko (Justin Moose 65), Jeff Carrolll; Brad North (Mira Mupier 58), Nicholas Addlery.

    A mix of reserves and starters should be able to get it done, but too many reserves and I wouldn't be surprised to see another upset.
     
  22. Soccer Doc

    Soccer Doc Member+

    Nov 30, 2001
    Keene, NH
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The nice thing about the Open Cup is that you get a lot more substitutions. I see the Revs going at them strong and then when (if) they get a good lead sub in players that can hold on to win. I don't see them taking this one for granted. Both our coaches have seen to many Cup upsets to fall into that trap.
     
  23. MouseyTongue

    MouseyTongue New Member

    Feb 16, 2001
    a box in the Chairma
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Unfortunately, while Nicol does indeed have experience in similar cups, he has also been clear that only MLS Cup truly matters. Still, my hopes are buoyed by the fact that the Revs fielded a strong team in Rochester and they can't help but get excited about the potentially easy path to this final.

    I hope that Reis, Parky, Heaps, John, Joseph and Laro start. Beyond that Cristman could use the time to stay sharp so he should start and that could be enough offense for the night with a first team defense in the back. The extra sub helps to either bring in firepower or rest someone for the league match on the weekend. The bottom line is to take this game serious enough to win it. The Revs need to score early and dominate, not struggle to get by in the end.
     
  24. davidB1878

    davidB1878 New Member

    Jul 12, 2007
    Spokane, WA
    Club:
    Everton FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It is true that Harrisburg is a third division team, but keep in mind that they are a third division team that beat DCU...
     

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