Saturday, June 2, 2012
Chivas could be coming home
By Scott French
Chivas USA is one victory away from its first home game in this year's U.S. Open Cup, as long as things also go the right way down in Texas in Tuesday's fourth round.
The Goats would play their June 25 quarterfinal match at Home Depot Center against the third-division Charlotte Eagles if both advance.
If Thousand Oaks' Cal FC can overcome another Major League Soccer foe, it might get a third, with a date against the San Jose Earthquakes in San Francisco.
U.S. Soccer on Saturday released the pairings for the quarterfinals. Chivas takes on the second-tier Carolina RailHawks in a round-of-16 game in Cary, N.C., and Cal FC, fresh off its upset of the Portland Timbers, faces three-time defending Open Cup champion Seattle Sounders in Tukwila, Wash.
Chivas also could travel to San Antonio to take on the Scorpions, a first-year team in the second-division North American Soccer League. San Antonio will be home Tuesday against Charlotte, a USL Pro side, and the likeliest results -- note the 99th edition of the Open Cup has had plenty of unlikely results -- would send the Goats to Texas.
Cal FC, if victorious, would play the Minnesota Stars in Blaine, Minn., if the NASL team upsets San Jose on Tuesday night at Stanford University. The Quakes plan to play their quarterfinal at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.
Chivas has played only two home Open Cup home games, neither at HDC. It lost on penalties to Texas amateurs FC Roma in Santa Barbara in 2006 and beat the second-tier Austin Aztex, 1-0, at Cal State Fullerton two years ago. The Goats lost in their tournament debut, in 2005, to the Galaxy at HDC's Track and Field Stadium. It was L.A.'s home game.
Here are the quarterfinal assignments (all times Pacific):
- Chivas USA (MLS)/Carolina RailHawks (NASL) at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL), 5:30 p.m.; or Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) at Chivas USA (MLS), 7:30 p.m./Carolina RailHawks (NASL), 4:07 p.m.
- Cal FC (USASA)/Seattle Sounders (MLS) at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS), 8 p.m./Minnesota Stars (NASL), 5:30 p.m.
- New York Red Bulls (MLS)/Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro) at D.C. United (MLS)/Philadelphia Union (MLS), 4:30 p.m.
- Michigan Bucks (PDL)/Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS), 5:30 p.m./Colorado Rapids (MLS), 6 p.m.
And here are Tuesday's fourth-round pairings (all times Pacific):
- Cal FC (USASA) vs. Seattle Sounders (MLS) at Starfire Sports Complex (Tukwila, Wash.), 7 p.m.
- Chivas USA (MLS) vs. Carolina RailHawks (NASL), WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary, N.C.). 4:07 p.m.
- Minnesota Stars (NASL) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) at Cagan Stadium, Stanford University (Stanford), 8 p.m.
- Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) vs. San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) at Heroes Stadium (San Antonio), 5:30 p.m.
- New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at Skyline Sports Complex (Harrisburg, Pa.), 4:30 p.m.
- Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. D.C. United (MLS) at Maryland SoccerPlex (Germantown, Md.), 4:30 p.m.
- Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) vs. Michigan Bucks (PDL) at Oakland University Soccer Field (Rochester, Mich.); 4:30 p.m.
- Colorado Rapids (MLS) vs. Sporting Kansas City (MLS) at Livestrong Sporting Park (Kansas City, Kan.), 5:30 p.m.