Richmond is coming off a 3-0 loss to Orlando City in the USL PRO Semi-Finals. To anyone who thinks they took it easy going into the U.S. Open Cup game tonight, the Starting XIs they used against Columbus Crew in the 3rd round, Kansas City in the Quarterfinals, and Orlando City for the USL PRO Semi-Finals and more analysis is after the break along with your in-game comments.
6/28/2011 vs. Columbus Crew: Pascale, Gorres, Kalungi, Yomby, Hertel, Vercollone, Wallace, Heins (87'), Hiroyama (54'), Nyazamba (78'), Delicate
Subs: Elcock, Bangura, Bulow
7/12/2011 vs. Sporting KC: Pascale, Gorres, Kalungi, Yomby, Hertel, Heins, dos Santos (45'), Callahan (65'), Nyazmaba (65'), Elcock, Bangura
Subs: Vercollone, Bulow, Wallace
8/27/2011 vs. Orlando City: Pascale, Gorres, Kalungi, Yomby, Vercollone, Callahan, Hiroyama, Wallace, Elcock, Heins, Delicate
Subs: dos Santos, Bulow, Bangura
Jeff Crandall is reporting that Richmond's David Bulow is out due to yellow card accumulation. As Adam Soucie mentioned in his Q&A preview with us, Bulow is one of the USOC all-time scoring leaders and a major supersub for Richmond's squad. The Fire might be tired from Saturday but there are little excuses as Richmond used their best players on Saturday night too.
The one wrinkle for Chicago is they have to limit the international players on their gameday roster to 5. Marko Maric is out so I'm guessing two of Cristian Nazarit, Yamith Cuesta and Josip Mikulic will be out today. That's not too bad but it does tie Frank Klopas' hands a little bit.
If Chicago wins and FC Dallas defeats Seattle tonight, the U.S. Open Cup Final comes to Toyota Park for the first time since 2006. Let's do this again. #kingsofthecup