If you are not among the fortunate 50 or so Red Bulls fans making the trek to Annapolis, Maryland for tonight’s U.S. Open Cup match between the Red Bulls and Crystal Palace USA, don’t worry. Soccer by Ives will have you covered.
I will be making the trip for tonight’s match and will be providing running commentary throughout the evening. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Broadneck High School in Annapolis.
So what’s at stake tonight? A place in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals. The Red Bulls are taking this match seriously so don’t expect a reserve team lineup (insert your ‘that’s what they’ve been fielding every game lately’ line here). Zach Thornton will probably get the start in goal but he has been very solid this year when called upon (okay, it was just the Chivas de Guadalajara match, but still).
As for Crystal Palace, here is their squad. They are on a bit of a nice run, unbeaten in their past five matches, but they will have a tough time against a Red Bulls team that has been playing well lately (the 10-second brain cramp against Chivas USA notwithstanding).
For those of you going, or thinking about going, here is the location of the game, which is being played at Broadneck High School in Annapolis.
Once again, if you aren’t going to the game, be sure to check out SBI for your live coverage of the match.
What do you think about tonight’s match-up? Share your thoughts in the comments section.