An in-depth look at some U.S. Open Cup hopefuls

21 05 2010

I was asked by Josh Hakala, who runs the best U.S. Open Cup site on the Web (thecup.us), to preview this weekend’s USASA Region IV soccer tournament in Sacramento.

Check it out right here. The champion has to win five games in three days to claim the title, but the two teams that win four games are going to the U.S. Open Cup. And remember the Sonoma County Sol from last year’s Cup? See what they have to do to get in.

I had hoped to talk to the two local teams who are in the field of 12, the Arizona Sahuaros and Arizona Pros, but I didn’t hear back from them. Instead, I spent my Thursday learning a great deal about NPSL soccer and doing research on these teams. And I enjoyed every minute of it.

These are the kinds of things you take time for when you really care about the game. These teams – San Diego Boca FC, Doxa Italia, Sebastien Le Toux’s French Soccer Academy, etc. – aren’t the most recognizable. This isn’t Major League Soccer, USL, even PDL. But two of the teams will by Sunday qualify for the same tournament won by Seattle Sounders FC last year and get their chance for an upset or two, or more, in the top domestic tournament in America.

Tonight it’s back to the ballpark for Diamondbacks-Blue Jays. I’ll be working all weekend. Looking forward to tomorrow’s UEFA Champions League match and hoping Inter Milan gets it done.

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24 05 2010
Peter C

The Bay Area Ambassadors and the Arizona Sahuaros are the USASA Region IV representatives in the 2010 US Open.

The Sahuaros will be making their 5th appearance in the tourney and hope to have a home game in the first round. Last year they traveled to El Paso for their first round match. In ’08 they lost to the USL-1 Seattle Sounders 1-0 in extra time in a match at Grand Canyon U.

25 05 2010
mividadeportiva

Sorry Peter! Great news for AZ. I hope they get an Open Cup game here so I can go. I saw them play Grand Canyon.

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