- Aug 26, 2011
Any chance Hartford can host if they win tonight? I can't imagine an MLS team would expect to draw flies for a game against a USL opponent. I'll bet they could get a decent turnout at the Rent.A Hartford win tonight (@ Memphis) sets up their first ever match v. a MLS side in the next round of the US Open Cup. Still underdogs tonight, but would be great to see them draw either NYC or NE.
I read that all 11 winners tonight will get drawn v a MLS side in the next round of the Cup. Not a fan of that, but I sort of get why they are doing it (travel costs, regionalize the groups to a degree). I still prefer the FA way.
About 20 years ago I was in San Francisco on business and saw in the paper that a local semi-pro team, the Seals, was playing the Kansas City Wiz (MLS predecessor to Sporting KC) at USF. I went to the game and had a great time as the Seals beat a KC squad that had Preki, Mark Chung, etc. by a score of 2-1. The other detail I remember is watching the fog climb up the hill from the Pacific. When it arrived at USF's campus, the temperature must have dropped 20 degrees - and it was July.