Does the US Open Cup now matter?

It seems like only a few weeks ago MLS fans were discussing the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and its lack of support.  After four USL teams advanced over MLS teams in Round 3, the theme of “we didn’t try because we don’t care” returned to MLS chatter.  In the quarterfinals, the MLS was undefeated (besides KC who played MLS Seattle) and opinion seems to have changed a bit.

It’s the first MLS majority semifinals since 2006.  Are those in the MLS, (fans, coaches, and players) finally making a statement that they are better than USL and DO care about Open Cup?  Are they tired of hearing of USL success in the Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League?

I believe it has nothing to do with the USL, but because traditional MLS heavyweights Houston Dynamo, DC United and upstarts Seattle Sounders were the three to advance.  Houston, who hasn’t made any serious bids to host Cup matches, has now stated that they would like to throw their name in the hat to host the final.

Houston is particularly interested in their semifinal matchup because it is a chance to settle the score in Seattle.  The Dynamo would love to get revenge for last Saturday when it felt like the world was against them.

Heck, maybe it’s just the matchups that are exciting and not the Open Cup itself.  Or maybe it’s just me that’s excited.  Anyhow, I can’t wait to watch the games next week.  Go Dynamo.

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