Colorado always seems to get drawn against teams from Florida these days in the US Open Cup, and two of them battled it out tonight for the right to move on in the Cup and face the Rapids at DSGP in mid-June. Tampa Bay didn't last very long against Orlando City in what, by all accounts, was one of the most hilarious games of soccer ever played on a non-regulation sized field.
Note: Tonight's match is being played on an irregularly-sized field. Neither the 18-yard or 6-yard box are full-size. They're 17 and 5-yards— Rowdies Gameday (@RowdiesGameday) May 28, 2014
UNDERWAY! Rowdies and Orlando City now in action at your local neighborhood kickball spot.— Rowdies Gameday (@RowdiesGameday) May 29, 2014
64' Big "ooh" from the crowd as a ball rolling along the ground hits a sprinkler head or something and pops up.— Rowdies Gameday (@RowdiesGameday) May 29, 2014
78' Tyler Turner has been shown a second yellow card, but ... uh, not been sent off?— Rowdies Gameday (@RowdiesGameday) May 29, 2014
Yeah. Orlando ended up winning the match 4-1, and will face the Rapids at DSGP on June 17th. This will be a re-match from last season, where the Rapids were knocked out in their first round by a spirited Lions side who put up three goals on Steward Ceus and a depleted Colorado team. This time around, Ceus won't be in goal, so that's on our side right from the outset. We'll see if Pablo Mastroeni actually takes the Open Cup seriously now that its in our backyard.