The US Open Cup begins today. After last year's humiliating defeat at the hands of the Charlotte Eagles, FC Dallas will begin their quest for redemption by (hopefully) smashing the Fort Lauderdale Strikers into a fine pulp. With the gaffer taking a strong group of players on the trip, there is no doubt Hyndman is keen on avoiding the early exist from last year.
The Strikers are struggling mightily so far in their spring season, but one should never underestimate the allure of a knockout tournament, where a lucky bounce is all that separates you from elimination at the hands of a minnow.
Match day/time: Tuesday, May 28th, 6:30 p.m. CT
Venue: Lockhart Stadium
National TV: None
Local TV: None
Internet Broadcast: FC Dallas
Twitter handles to follow: @fcdallas, @strikers, @archlobster (I will be trying to provide some commentary amidst cooking!)
FC Dallas: Chris Seitz, Jair Benitez, Walker Zimmerman, George John, Lodon Woodberry; Fabian Castillo, Bobby Warshaw, Je-Vaughn Watson, Michel, Eric Hassli, Blas Perez
FCD Bench: Kyle Zobeck, Bradlee Baladez, David Ferreira, Matt Hedges, Stephen Keel, Zach Loyd, Ramon Nuñez.
Ft. Lauderdale Strikers: Glaeser, Guillaume, Thomas, Gordon, Guerrero, Gonzalez, Ståhl, Pecka, Restrepo, Salazar, King.
Strikers Bench: Brown (GK), Arcila, Ramos, Johnson, Chavez, Rubens, Hassan
The boys need all the positive vibes you can send their way.