We are one full day from the biggest match in the Jesse Marsch era for the New York Red Bulls as the boys are getting ready to play the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup against Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park.
After their run began in the 4th round on June 14th at home against NYCFC, shootout victory over the Philadelphia Union on June 28th, a late game winner on the campus of Harvard against the New England Revolution in the Quarterfinals and then a comeback extra time winner at FC Cincinnati in the Semi-Finals.
The Red Bulls are ready to attempt to win the National Championship of US Soccer and get their first cup in club history, but for the final time we have to remember that big run back in 2003 as this club known then as the MetroStars started that feet.
Bob Bradley began his run to the clubs 2003 final by facing the Mid-Michigan Bucks in a big third round match up that saw new starting keeper Jonny Walker coming over from Colo Colo of Chile to take over for the departed Tim Howard in goal.
At Hurley Stadium in Berkley, Michigan it was an early Amado Guevara goal that gave the visitors the early lead in the 5th minute, but the destruction was late by scoring three goals within a six minute span. John Wolyniec, Mike Nugent & Jose Galvan converted.
Then of course the crazy seven goal fourth round match at the Columbus Crew. Three men scored a brace as Edson Buddle earned his early, Brian Masionneuve who shamed himself scoring an own goal for his first and then made up for it late in the first half.
But with Steve Jolley converting one almost ten minutes after the restart and Eddie Pope getting his late in the second half, the Metro advanced to the Quarterfinals. The Golden Goal extra time Quarterfinal winner by Amado Guevara against the New England Revolution.
Then Woly Magic with a late strike to beat deadly rivals in DC United to make that big move to the US Open Cup final and hosting it at Giants Stadium against the Chicago Fire. But as you already know that goal by Damani Ralph ended that run and the Fire celebrated a title at home.
So now we come fourteen years later and see this Red Bulls side going for their own hopes and dreams to try and earn the first cup ever since this club and this league called Major League Soccer was created back in 1996.
Members of that Chicago Fire side are now managing this Red Bulls team as they are getting ready to manage a cup final. Head Coach Jesse Marsch, Assistant Coach Chris Armas & Sporting Director Denis Hamlet who was the assistant back then.
Just like in 2003 the road to the final is all about luck and confidence to reach your goal. That goal is to win a championship and to be crowned the best in all of American Professional Soccer.
Tomorrow we will see the best lineup penciled in by Jesse Marsch as he knows that his players are facing a well managed side from Peter Vermes and his Sporting Kansas City, this will be an epic final against two solid sides that know what is in front of them.
The US Open Cup that bares the name of one man who showed unlimited support for the game in this country as Lamar Hunt has deserved his name to be recognized and honored for all these years.