Last night’s U.S. Open Cup action was a fun one, if you weren’t a LA or Seattle fan. Both teams fell to their USOC opponents, which was shocking on Seattle’s end since they have advanced the last four years. I was at the LA game in Cary, N.C., and sure it was their Reserve squad but I expected them to score at least ONE goal. Alas, no such luck. This is the fourth LA game I have been to; I went to DC in ’09, LA in ’10, NC last year and this year, and I have yet to see them actually win a game. They either end in a tie or they lose, apparently I’m bad luck or something. Anyways, on to last night’s game!
First half I was a spit fire fan. I cannot tell you how many times I wanted to jump over the little barricade and pull Colin Clark out wide where he was supposed to be. He absolutely killed the midfield action and if not for Greg Cochrane the left side would be empty. It was like this for the rest of the half. Railhawks had a couple of chances but Rowe had no trouble stopping them. Leonardo was in the same boat as Clark, they just couldn’t put their heads around how to play soccer.
I know you’re probably thinking “Kristian, this is the USOC it doesn’t mean anything.” Maybe to you it doesn’t, but as a fan I always want my team to win. It’s in my blood as an athlete that every game counts; no matter your opponent. Anyways, enough of that. Charlie Rugg had a good chance in the 40th minute, but missed the goal by a foot. First half ended with both teams level 0-0.
Second half I was ready for LA to give up a goal, it was bound to happen. In the 59th minute Railhawks player Austin Da Luiz brought the stadium to their feet as he netted the first goal of the night. From then on it was NC’s game, they never looked back and in the 61st minute Brian Shriver brought it home by scoring the second goal. Robbie Rogers made his appearance in the 62nd minute, but he didn’t accumulate any plays that helped LA out. It was just not LA’s night as the game ended with NC winning 2-0.
After the game Rafael Garcia told the media, ”I feel like we kind of let Bruce and the coaches down, but there’s no excuse. It wasn’t our day.” It was a tough loss for the players, but ultimately they just didn’t play to the best of their abilities and the score shows it. Maybe next year Bruce Arena should send the first team… Just a thought : )
LA’s next game will be Sunday at 4:30 p.m. EST versus New England Revolution. Omar Gonzalez will be on National team duty, as well as Robbie Keane. It will be an interesting game!