Yeah, “decimation” may be an overused bit of hyperbole. But, this is a sports blog, so such things are to be expected.
Seven. That’s how many MLS teams were eliminated last night. The previous record was set in 2007 when five were eliminated.
Since you asked, the five that year were DC United, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Chivas USA. Colorado was eliminated by Seattle in the next round by the then second division Seattle Sounders.
The knock against MLS teams in the Open Cup is that they don’t play their starters. We’re a far cry from the early years of the league when teams would play non-roster players or choose not to enter at all. They don’t play their starters, yes. But do these same teams often put players from their bench on the field in midweek matches, also yes.
As for New England’s performance, I am more than a bit gutted. If they had finished some decent shots they had in the first half…if they had been playing with ten men…if…
The saving grace is that they lasted more than a half hour longer in this tournament than say, Los Angeles or Chicago.
Okay, time for my silly table:
San Jose Earthquakes921+1
|New York Red Bulls||9||3||0||+3|
|San Antonio Scorpions||9||3||0||+3|
|Dayton Dutch Lions||9||4||2||+2|
|Sporting Kansas City||9||3||2||+1|
|CD Chivas USA||9||1||0||+1|
|Harrisburg City Islanders||7||2||0||+2|
|New England Revolution||7||0||0||0|
|Orlando City SC||6||9||3||+5|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||6||8||4||+4|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||6||4||2||+2|
|Los Angeles Galaxy||6||1||2||-1|
|Real Salt Lake||6||1||3||-2|
|Los Angeles Blues||4||1||1||0|
|El Paso Patriots||3||3||2||+1|
|Long Island Rough Riders||3||2||2||0|
|Chicago Fire PDL||3||2||2||0|
|Aegean Hawks FC||3||3||5||-2|
|Ventura County Fusion||2||3||4||-1|