U.S. Open Cup primer: United at Real Salt Lake

October 1, 2013
(USSF) (USSF)

A trophy? During this dreadful MLS season? It’s possible. In my print/web story, I preview D.C. United’s visit to Sandy on Tuesday night for the U.S. Open Cup championship.

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium.

Kickoff: 9 p.m. ET.

Attendance: RSL expects between 18,000 and 20,000. (Capacity is 20,213.)

TV: GolTV.

Live stream: None.

GolTV owns the rights to both broadcast and online coverage but will not offer a web feed. It also declined to allow the U.S. Soccer Federation, the tournament organizer, to provide a live stream. GolTV is in the second year of a three-year deal with the USSF. Announcers will call the game from a Miami studio.

For supporters in Washington who do not receive GolTV, United has arranged viewing locations in D.C. and Richmond.

Referee: Juan Guzman. (officiating details)

Game-time weather: 70 degrees, 0 percent chance of rain.

Format: If level after 90 minutes, the sides will play two 15-minute extra-time periods (no golden goal) and, if necessary, penalty kicks.

DCU in USOC finals: 2-1-1. (Defeated Rochester in 1996 and Charleston in 2008, lost to Dallas on PKs in 1997 and Seattle in 2009).

RSL in USOC finals: 0-0-0.

DCU in 2013 regular season: 3-21-6.

RSL in 2013 regular season: 15-10-6.

DCU away in all competitions: 1-13-4.

RSL home in all competitions: 13-3-3.

Previous meeting this year: DCU, 1-0, on Lionard Pajoy’s second-half goal March 9 at RFK Stadium.

My prediction: 2-1, Real Salt Lake.

Your thoughts?

 

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
Comments
Show Comments