APBA Soccer: 2011 MLS Open Cup Round of 16 Results

I haven’t posted about it in a while, but I have been playing my APBA Soccer 2011 MLS Open Cup tournament. It has been great fun.

The Round of 16 produced some terrific games. Here is the bracket at the completion of the round:
click on the bracket to see it at full-size


Rosales 81′, Montero 87′ (Hurtado)

The 15th seeded Chivas squad kept this game scoreless beyond the 80th minute. Both sides had their chances, Chivas had 13 shots, 6 on target, Seattle took 11 shots, 6 on target, but in the 81st minute Mauro Rosales took a corner that the defense cleared back out to him in Area C. With a powerful strike that curled into the near post, he broke up the scoreless draw. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado aided the Seattle cause just 6 minutes later when he gathered a loose ball and issued a beautiful (clutch) through-ball that found Fredy Montero open in Area D. The Columbian striker knew what to do with it from there.

Moor 10′(Nyassi), 84′(Larentowicz), Henry 25′

Fighting for the right to get back into the MLS upper division in my 2011 mini-season, the Colorado Rapids came out firing. They had 4 shots on goal in the first 10 minutes, the fourth a header into the back of the net by defender Drew Moor off a Sanna Nyasi corner kick. Colorado’s defense held NYRB to only 3 shots on goal in the entire game, though one of them was Thierry Henry’s wonderstrike from Area D in the 25th. Drew Moor found a brace when he slammed home a pass from Jeff Larentowicz in the 84th minute, and the Rapids advance to play the second-seeded Seattle Sounders in the Quarterfinals.

Saborio 25′, Wondolowski 86′, Lenhart 90’+1

In the biggest upset of the tournament by far, 3rd seeded (and Cup winners in my 2010 MLS mini-season) Real Salt Lake was knocked out on an injury-time goal from San Jose’s polarizing star Steven Lenhart. Saborio’s goal in the 25th minute had held all game until Chris Wondolowski dispossed Nat Borchers in the 84th minute, drove all the way into the box and then was fouled in Area A. He drilled home the PK and the game was tied. Lenhart broke the tie 7 minutes later after Luis Gil was called offsides and San Jose’s Indirect Free Kick found Lenhart in Area B. With a nifty turn and shot he beat Nick Rimando, handed RSL their first APBA Soccer PUB League loss ever, and sent San Jose on to the next round. The win was not undeserved, though. San Jose dominated in the stat sheet: 13 shots, 9 on goal to RSL’s 3 shots, 1 on goal.

Ching 21′ (Boswell), 30′ (Brad Davis), Freeman 90’+3

This match was all Dynamo from the get-go. Houston had the advantage in every aspect of the game and kept a 2-0 lead on Brian Ching’s brace from the 30th minute all the way until 2nd half injury time, when Hunter Freeman scored on the game’s last play. The 3-0 final was indicative of the balance of play in this match. The sixth-seeded Dynamo will face the Earthquakes (14th) in the Quarterfinal Round.

Donovan 83′

The Revs put themselves in a hole early when Marko Perovic earned a Red Card in the 20th minute. Still, they fought to a valiant 0-0 first half tie. In the 77th minute Shalrie Joseph took another red and while the game was still 0-0 at that time, it only took a few more minutes for LA to get the goal that sealed the deal. The 17 seed wasn’t going to defeat the #1 seed this time around, but they put on an heroic show.

Marshall 17′, Mwanga 73′

This fierce battle between the 8 and 9 seeds wouldn’t be settled after a full 120 minutes of football – it came down to Penalty Kicks. When Sebastian LeToux missed the first one for Philly, things looked dire for the home side, however, on Robbie Rogers and Emmanuel Ekpo each missed their shots for the Crew, and 4 of the 5 Philadelphia Union played scored on theirs. It’ll be Philadelphia Union in Los Angeles to take on the Galaxy in the Quarterfinals.

Jackson 9′(dos Santos), De Rosario 24′(Najar), dos Santos 26′, McDonald 51′(Pontius), 56′(DeRosario), Davies 62′

Dallas had a 2-1 lead going into the second half, but Brandon McDonald took matters into his own hands by netting two goals within the first ten minutes of the half. When Charlie Davies hit a long-range screamer into the net in the 62nd minute, DC United had sealed the upset. DC United, seeded #13 in the tourney, eliminated the #4 seed. Brek Shea had a fantastic game for the losers, with 7 shots, 4 on goal. Dallas has already qualified for the 2011 MLS mini-season, but DCU’s chance for first division football will go through Kansas City.

Jewsbury 15′, Kamara 53′(Bunbury), 79′(Sapong), 90’+3(Sassano)

Portland opened the scoring early with a beautiful curling free kick from Jack Jewsbury that avoided the wall and dipped in under the bar for their 1-0 lead. That lead held until the 53rd minute, when the match suddenly became the Kei Kamara show. Kamara had shot for a hat-trick in that second half of play, and Sporting KC (5th seed) defeated the Portland Timbers (12th seed). Sporting will play DC United in the Quarterfinals in a match that could very likely determine which of the two clubs will be playing in the 2011 MLS PUB League mini-season.

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  1. Paul – I am wondering how you consistently get average to above average scoring from your games.

    I have only played about nine games (so it could be because of the small sample size) using the 2011 MLS teams and I am averaging 1.8 goals per game compared to around 2.5 for the real life teams.

    I usually use the 4-4-2 defense alignment for most of the game and I have wondered if I should be using the offensive alignment in order to get more scoring.


  2. Hey Gary – it has to be a small sample size issue, because I am playing the game with straight out-of-the-box rules for this tournament, no house rules at all except that I only allow one clutch move per possession (meaning, if one team steals the ball with clutch points, the other team can’t just steal it right back, they have to earn possession back).

    I do try to play the formations that I think benefit each team best in any given game. For instance, with San Jose I’ve played the offensive 4-3-3 most of the time, and when Chivas played Seattle, I had Chivas in the 4-5-1 most of the game which kept the game 0-0 until the 81st minute.

    Lastly, I am using the optional Assist rule that adds onto the shooter’s Shot-On-Goal number based on the passer’s Assist rating and the chart in the book (i.e. Assist rating of 3 will add +1 to the shooter’s SOG chance).

    The linked-shot rule really opened things up for me when I used it in my last replay. That rule is: if possession begins in Area A or B, if the offense completes 2 passes, the next action is automatically a shot. Area C needs to link 3 passes, Area D needs 4. For possessions that start out of those 3 areas, the linked pass rule starts as soon as the ball gets into one of those areas.

    That will definitely get more shots, and more shots will equal more goals.

    • That makes me feel better. I will keep on playing using the same rules (I have been using the assist rule). My son and I are having a blast playing the game, even with the low scoring. I will keep you posted if things start turning around.

  3. do you feel the players cards are creating more shots? You are not using the modified defensive chart or special actions (roll of 50) charts from the forum? I have not played any games in a while with APBA except for the CL cards they put on the site so was wondering…………

    • Hey Bobby – For this tournament I decided to go straight out-of-the-box, since in the 2010 MLS replay I used those modified charts & rules the whole way, I wanted to see what kind of results I’d get using the official rules. So far, so good. The cards don’t feel supercharged at all, but shots and goals are very realistic.

      I guess I’ve only played these 10 games with this set, so if Gary’s results could be small-sample-size related outliers, then mine could be, too.

      • If you combine the results of my ten games (I played another one last night) with your ten games we get a grand total of 53 goals in 20 games (2.65/game) compared to MLS 2011 791 goals in 306 games (2.58/game).

        That’s pretty darn close as we start to increase the sample size.

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