The San Jose Earthquakes pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament in the Round of 16 when they defeated the #3 seed, Real Salt Lake. RSL had been unbeaten in the seven-match 2010 season, and had won the MLS Cup on top of that. It was a shock to see them dismissed by the Earthquakes in the first round of this tourney. But San Jose’s win against Real Salt Lake was proven to be no fluke when the Quakes knocked another favorite, the Houston Dynamo, out of the tournament by a 2-1 score in the Quarterfinals.
It was a heated battle between two very deserving teams fighting for promotion to the 2011 MLS APBA Soccer season, but ultimately only one could go through. In the first of the four Quarter-final matches of the 2011 MLS Open Cup tournament, 5th seeded Sporting KC was upset by the 13th seed, DC United, in Livestrong Park.
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 GAME RESULTS: SEATTLE SOUNDERS 2 – 0 CHIVAS USA Rosales 81′, Montero 87′ (Hurtado)
Click on the bracket below to see it at full size Chivas USA and the New England Revolution will each advance after dispatching the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC, respectively.
The 2010 MLS mini-season replay with APBA Soccer was so fun and satisfying to me that I’ve decided to jump in and continue on to 2011. I enjoyed the 8-team, 7-game format, so I’ve decided to play that way again. Right from the start of the 2010 season, I had plans to institute a system of relegation if I were to go ahead with any future seasons. Continuity in a league like this is important to me, it enhances the stakes of each season’s results. The relegation rules I decided upon were this: The top 4 finishers in the 2010 … Continue reading