PSP talks with Ethan White ahead of DC United’s US Open Cup showdown with the Philadelphia Union.
US Open Cup
Last season the Union needed a US Open Cup run to keep spirits high as they spun down the Nowak rabbit hole. A year later, the team they beat to keep the 2012 USOC run alive is equally desperate for a catalyzing victory in cup competition.
It took a stoppage time goal for the Union to defeat lower division Ocean City. Why was this Open Cup game so difficult?
A close game turned wild in the final minutes, as Brian Carroll’s last gasp winner ended Ocean City’s inspired run in the U.S. Open Cup.
Take one innocent mistake. Add U.S. Soccer’s inept bureaucratic management. Stir. Get angry. Take on The Man. Now you have Ocean City’s protest vs. U.S. Soccer. PSP dives into this mess before tonight’s match.
In the second round US Open Cup battle of the Union affiliates, amateur side Reading United scored early and held on to defeat pro side Harrisburg City Islanders.
A 67th minute goal from Ken Tribett proved to be the difference as amateur side Ocean City Nor’easters upset professional side Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the second round of the US Open Cup.