Monday, February 21, 2011
Leyton Orient earns Vegas trip
LONDON -- After Leyton Orient hit the FA Cup jackpot by securing a lucrative replay at Arsenal, the third-tier players have been rewarded with a trip to Las Vegas.
Chairman Barry Hearn promised the players a trip to the gambling resort if they could hold Arsenal and force a fifth-round replay at the Emirates Stadium.
And after Sunday's 1-1 draw, Orient manager Russell Slade says "the lads had Elvis Presley ("Viva Las Vegas") on when the chairman walked into the changing room."
Orient could earn about $1 million from the replay at Arsenal's 60,000-capacity stadium. Jonathan Tehoue's 89th-minute goal canceled out Tomas Rosicky's header for Arsenal, which had beaten Barcelona four days earlier in the Champions League.
The Vegas trip will have to wait until the end of the season in May.