US Open Cup Preview: Quakes at RSL

US Open Cup Preview: Quakes at RSL

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 30, 2008
  • 6 Comments

Getty ImagesMy mind totally blanked on this but there is soccer tonight. Yes, midweek soccer in Major League Soccer, but this game isn’t going to count in the MLS standings because it is a “qualifier” for the 2008 edition of the US Open Cup.

Based on last year’s standings and the fact that San Jose is an expansion club is the reason for the pairing tonight between San Jose and Real Salt Lake. The best six from last year auto-qualified for the third round of this Cup, while the other six (Toronto not included) are left to duke it out to produce two survivors. Winner of this game will get Columbus and the winner of that game will go to Chicago. On the other side of this “play-in” round is a LA v. Colorado winner that will end up facing KC.

Anyways, back to tonight’s game. I will keep this brief since kickoff is fairly close away here. You have two clubs that are out to prove a lot right now. One (San Jose) is trying to get over the expansion aspect of the season and is learning to play consistent on a weekly basis. The other (RSL) is wanting to prove that they belong with the big boys of MLS. Neither is really doing that right now but a win to get closer to the US Open Cup could very well be a good starting point.

As much as I think the Quakes can win this game I can’t shy away from the home side in this one due to recent play from RSL. I think Jason Kreis’ side will come out in this one and be able to keep their home field advantage against the expansion Quakes. RSL will want to prove that they haven’t fallen back into their old losing ways and advancing in this Cup will certainly help that out. RSL is very tough at home, especially on that nasty turf.

I expect both to play some reserve players…probably will see some back-up keepers in this one for both sides. RSL has to get Chris Seitz some playing time and this is a great time to do it.

No TV for this game nationally (surprise, surprise…this game wouldn’t exactly be TV ratings central). Your best bet may be trying one of these three radio stations, but I’m not sure about that either: English – KALL 700am (Salt Lake), Spanish – KTUB 1600am (Salt Lake), KLOK 1170am (San Jose).

WVH Prediction: RSL 3, San Jose 1

  • Cannon Girl

    Burpo was on goal tonight for SJ and call me partial again, but I believe my boys would have walked away with no less than a tie had my Joe been goalkeeping. The upside to this is that he'll be fresh for Saturday's homer against Dallas. For all his hard work he deserves a break. However many wins or losses this season, I'm backing my Joe and his Quakes 100%. They're a good team with a lot of heart and positive energy. Nite Drew.

  • Cannon Girl

    Burpo was on goal tonight for SJ and call me partial again, but I believe my boys would have walked away with no less than a tie had my Joe been goalkeeping. The upside to this is that he’ll be fresh for Saturday’s homer against Dallas. For all his hard work he deserves a break. However many wins or losses this season, I’m backing my Joe and his Quakes 100%. They’re a good team with a lot of heart and positive energy. Nite Drew.

  • RSLFan

    I was at the game. GI Joe couldn't have stopped 2 of the 4 goals. No way, no how. Not even 5 years ago when he was in his prime. SJ couldn't have come away with a tie, it was an LHUSOC play-in game. No draws allowed. It was a great game. It started snowing so bad about the hour mark, they had to bring on the orange ball. Beckerman was all over the pitch, he scored both his goals by the 33rd minute. RSL scored twice in the 33rd minute, literally 30 seconds apart.

  • RSLFan

    I was at the game. GI Joe couldn’t have stopped 2 of the 4 goals. No way, no how. Not even 5 years ago when he was in his prime. SJ couldn’t have come away with a tie, it was an LHUSOC play-in game. No draws allowed. It was a great game. It started snowing so bad about the hour mark, they had to bring on the orange ball. Beckerman was all over the pitch, he scored both his goals by the 33rd minute. RSL scored twice in the 33rd minute, literally 30 seconds apart.

  • Cannon Girl

    Way, how. My Joe is still in his prime, and more than likely will be five years from now. He's solid and still the best goalkeeper in the league.

  • Cannon Girl

    Way, how. My Joe is still in his prime, and more than likely will be five years from now. He’s solid and still the best goalkeeper in the league.