CHESTER, Pa. –The LA Galaxy learned on Wednesday that they’ll travel to North Carolina for a second straight year as they open their U.S. Open Cup campaign in the third round of the tournament. The fact that the Galaxy must travel across the country midweek did not sit well with LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena
Arena addressed LA’s Open Cup draw, which will see the Galaxy face either the PDL’s Carolina Dynamo or NASL side Carolina Railhawks on May 29, following the Galaxy’s 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Union.
“Ridiculous. What more can I say? You have the premier club in the country and we’re being shuffled off like that again. They’re basically saying, they’re telling us that the Open Cup is not important when they do things like that. It’s really ridiculous, but it's life. What are going to do?,” Arena said. “They’ve got to figure out how to get it regionalized. Trips across the country midweek after a Sunday night game don’t work. It doesn’t make any sense. It really doesn’t in my opinion and I know that someone has to do it, but it is odd that we’re doing it every year. It’s stupid. If they want the U.S. Open Cup to mean more, the premier clubs in the country can’t be shuffled around like that like we’re an amateur team, but that’s life.”
The Open Cup match will be sandwiched between LA’s match against Seattle Sounders FC on May 26 at The Home Depot Center and their June 2 game against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium.
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