Tuesday night is one MLS executives surely would like to forget.
Seven MLS teams were eliminated from the US Open Cup by 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th division clubs. No, the MLS teams didn't all field their best players, but still. For a league trying to convince fans it is the best soccer America has to offer, Tuesday's results won't help. In fact, many fans were Tweeting that perhaps a pyramid relegation system, like they use in other parts of the world, might be a good idea if the NASL and USL teams can knock off seven MLS teams in one night.
Here are the results:
Carolina Railhawks d. LA Galaxy 2-1
San Antonio Scorpions d. Houston 1-0
Minnesota Stars d. Real Salt Lake 3-1
Dayton Dutch Lions d. Columbus Crew 2-1
Charlotte Eagles d. Dallas FC 2-0
Harrisburg City Islanders d. NE Revolution on PKs after 3-3 regulation
Michigan Bucks d. Chicago Fire 3-2
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers led the San Jose Earthquakes through 63 minutes, but wound up losing 2-1. Great effort by the Strikers. Definitely earned some respect across the country.
Big game tonight: USA vs. Brazil! 8 p.m. ESPN2. I plan to park myself on the sofa with my family, and switch back and forth between Heat game and soccer.
Question: What do you conclude from Tuesday's US Open Cup results? Share your thoughts.