October 3, 2007

The New England Revolution finally win a trophy

Congratulations to the Revs for winning the Open Cup final tonight in Dallas in a really entertaining match. Wells Thompson scored what eventually became the winning goal, and the Revs held off a furious comeback attempt from the Hoops.

A guy like Steve Ralston definitely deserves this, he's been a class player in MLS since Day One. He's adjusting quite nicely to playing in the middle, huh? I even felt happy for Taylor Twellman for a minute or two. I'm sure Waldo was pleased for his boy.

I really want to see this tournament turn into a bigger deal. The early rounds, with the amateur teams taking on the pros, is always fun to see. We saw two teams from USL-D1 make the semis this year, with Carolina and Seattle giving the MLS teams all they could handle. Those semifinals have to start finding their way to TV, that would be a nice step to make this tournament more important.

My favorite Open Cup moments go back to watching the final in 1996 when DC completed the double, reading about expansion Rochester defeating Tampa Bay in a 4-3 legendary match earlier in that same tournament, and then seeing the Rhinos actually win the whole thing in 1999 after knocking out four MLS teams.

Now that the Revs have opened their trophy account, are they up for a double dip this year?

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