Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Opening Up a Busy, Busy Night

Yes, the US closes out Gold Cup group play in friendly Foxboro tonight vs. El Salvador (FSC, 7pm ET). For pure drama, though, fans should also tune to the opening round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, kicking off in fifteen cities from Danbury, Connecticut to Tukwila, Washington. 30 amateur and lower-level pro clubs will do battle in the nation's knockout tournament that will eventually include eight top MLS sides. Key matchups to follow tonight include:

-PDL stalwarts Michigan Bucks taking on the USL-2's Richmond Kickers in Virginia

-Jersey's own Ocean City Barons (PDL) hosting first-year club Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL-2) a mere steps from the boardwalk

-DuNord favorite Minnesota Thunder (USL-1) welcoming amateur side El Paso Indios USA

-An upstate/downstate New York fight between the Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) and the Rochester Rhinos (USL-1)

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