Ramblings of a Soccer Junky
Thursday, September 15, 2005
  Well, half my prediction came true
My hero, Herculez Gomez did the business again as LA stormed past the Thunder (did I really type that?) last night. LA will host Dallas in the Final on Sept 28. Wait a second, Dallas is in the Final? Did they really win a game at PHP? Well, LA won in San Jose last round. I guess the Open Cup doesn't work like the league...and it shouldn't.

So, you have San Jose and New England within a point of each other in the league and easily the best two teams over the entire season. However, San Jose and New England both were dumped in the Cup in the Quarter Finals. Were they too focused on the league? Maybe. Of course, International commitments didn't help their squads much. But isn't it great that two other teams will be fighting it out for the first piece of silverware this season?

I don't see LA nor Dallas doing well in the playoffs...so this is their only chance of winning anything for their fans this season. Dallas should be hoping for more, but their form in the league recently has changed a lot there. But you never know what'll happen in the playoffs.

Hopefully a good crowd will show up at the HDC for the Final. My prediction could still come to fruition, LA will win the Cup and Sampson will stay as Galaxy head coach next season.
 
Comments:
It's actually quite heartening to see two teams that have started to bit the big one in league turn their attention to the Cup again.

It's a little sad that the teams take the U.S. Open Cup more seriously than the fans do.
 
I'd argue that the "hardcore" fans take it every bit as seriously...it's the part time fans (soccer moms and AYSO groups) that don't.
 
I'd argue that the hardcores take it much more seriously than many of the MLS teams.

Congrats to the Galaxy, btw. I was hoping for the miracle run to continue, but I suppose it had to come to an end. Tarley missing that penalty was a crucial moment early in the game--had he put that away, the game could have been very different.

And now we derby. ;)
 
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