U.S. Open Cup Preview: Real Salt Lake - Portland Timbers
Neither MLS Western Conference power has won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup before, but the winner will go on to host the 100th edition of the final.
By Avi Creditor
|Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Beltran, Maund, Borchers, Wingert; Beckerman, Grabavoy; Gil, Morales; Findley, Saborio.||
OUT: Rich Balchan (L shoulder surgery), Carlos Salcedo (gall bladder removal), Josh Saunders (L ACL tear), Chris Schuler (L foot), John Stertzer (R shoulder surgery), Kwame Watson-Siriboe (R ACL tear)
ROAD TO THE SEMIFINALS
3rd round - Def. Atlanta Silverbacks 3-2
4th round - Def. Charleston Battery 5-2
Quarterfinals - Def. Carolina RailHawks 3-0
|Portland Timbers (4-3-3): Ricketts; Harrington, Kah, Jean-Baptiste, Jewsbury; Chara, W. Johnson, Valeri; Nagbe, R. Johnson, Wallace.
OUT: Brent Richards (ACL surgery), Bright Dike (ACL surgery), Mikael Silvestre (ACL surgery), Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (concussion), David Horst (R tibia plateau surgery)
ROAD TO THE SEMIFINALS
3rd round - Def. Wilmington Hammerheads 5-1
4th round - Def. Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-0
Quarterfinals - Def. FC Dallas 3-2
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Neither side has captured a U.S. Open Cup before, but the winner will host the final after a random coin flip at the U.S. Soccer headquarters determined the championship match site.
- Either D.C. United or the Chicago Fire will be waiting in the final.
- Former RSL midfielder Will Johnson has had a tremendous season for Portland, captaining the team to an 8-3-11 record thus far in league play and earning a start in the MLS All-Star Game.
- Newly acquired RSL center back Brandon McDonald is cup-tied and unable to play after appearing in an earlier match in the competition with D.C. United.
- RSL has yet to play an MLS team in the Open Cup, defeating two NASL and one USL PRO side en route to the semifinals
- RSL and Portland are two of the top teams in the MLS Western Conference. RSL leads the table with 38 points (11-7-5 record), while Portland is three points back with a game in hand.
- Surprisingly, the teams have yet to meet yet in league play, but they will do so three times in the next two months including two more games in August.
- Portland forward Frederic Piquionne is the leading scorer in the Open Cup, with five goals. Four of them came in the club's 5-1 demolition of USL PRO's Wilmington Hammerheads in the third round.
Top 3 Predictions
Real Salt Lake 3-1 Portland Timbers
- 27.27 %
Real Salt Lake 2-3 Portland Timbers
- 27.27 %
Real Salt Lake 2-1 Portland Timbers
- 18.18 %
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Nov 24, 2013||Portland Timbers 0 - Real Salt Lake 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Nov 10, 2013||Real Salt Lake 4 - Portland Timbers 2|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Oct 19, 2013||Portland Timbers 0 - Real Salt Lake 0|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Aug 30, 2013||Real Salt Lake 4 - Portland Timbers 2|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Aug 21, 2013||Portland Timbers 3 - Real Salt Lake 3|
|Real Salt Lake|
|Dec 7, 2013||Sporting Kansas City 1 - Real Salt Lake 1||MLS|
|Nov 24, 2013||Portland Timbers 0 - Real Salt Lake 1||MLS|
|Nov 10, 2013||Real Salt Lake 4 - Portland Timbers 2||MLS|
|Nov 7, 2013||Real Salt Lake 2 - Los Angeles Galaxy 0||MLS|
|Nov 3, 2013||Los Angeles Galaxy 1 - Real Salt Lake 0||MLS|
|26||Juan Sebastián Velásquez||Midfielder|
|14||Yordany Alvarez Oropeza||Midfielder|
|-||Olmes Fernando García Flórez||Striker|
|21||Diego Ferney Chará||Midfielder|
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed