Wednesday, June 17, 2009

6/17/09: Marina Auto Stadium Anyone? Crew Draw Rochester In Third Round Of Open Cup

Formally known as PAETAC Park, the Crew will square off in their first Open Cup game of the year on June 30th at Marina Auto Stadium vs. the Rochester Rhinos.

The Rhinos continued U.S. Open Cup play Tuesday night at Marina Auto Stadium when they hosted the Cleveland City Stars in a second round match. Rochester came from behind and would need overtime again to put away the Stars 2-1 to advance to the third round of the tournament.

In the 59th minute, Rochester defender Darren Kenton was called for a foul in the penalty area on Cleveland midfielder Ryan Stewart. Stewart would step up for the penalty kick and put it in, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The Rhinos would find their break-through in the 82nd minute when substitute midfielder Ryan Heins ripped a shot from 20 yards to put the ball in the back of the net and tie the game. The goal was his first of the year and Gregor was credited with the assist. The two teams would end regulation time knotted at one goal a piece, sending them into overtime.

Six minutes into the second overtime interval, Menyongar fired over the top of the bar inside the Cleveland penalty area. But just two minutes later, the Rhinos went up 2-1. Ambersley played a corner kick into the box and defender Kenney Bertz beat his defender in front of the net to head the ball home and give him his first goal of the season.

The Rhinos held off Cleveland for the rest of overtime, advancing into the third round of the U.S. Open Cup. They will host the defending MLS Cup Champion Columbus Crew at Marina Auto Stadium on June 30th at 7 p.m.

Rhinos midfielder Chris Nurse challenges a City Star player. (pic via:

My thoughts: Rather be playing Cleveland since that is an easy trip for most Crew fans. Rochester is 3 hours and 15 minutes from my home in Pennsylvania though, so might think about heading up there if I have a little cash.

Crew could use a deeper run in the Open Cup as well. Last year the Crew, in the tournament named after Lamar Hunt, lasted one game against Chicago losing 2-1 in overtime in Peoria, IL. This tournament is a good way for the Crew to test their depth and give players like Lenhart, Garey, Grendi, Nyazamba, Burns, and etc. more minutes. But, I would still like the Crew to take it serious for once as well(been a while since they have). The more trophies we can get this year, the better.


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  2. I wonder if Nyazamba is going to play at all this year.