undermine the tournament while others see it as an opportunity. Commissioner Don Garber recently just said it was a poor reflection of what the United States is trying to do with soccer at the highest level.
which is organized by U.S. Soccer, pits MLS teams against lower-tier pro and amateur teams. Its quite the conundrum, but the facts are these - the winner raises a trophy and gets a spot in CONCACAF Champions League.
LAFC hosted rival LA Galaxy in an Open Cup version of El Trafico, perhaps the least anticipated of them all ever since they faced off in empty stadiums during the pandemic season.
defending MLS Cup champs and Supporters Shield winners, went with a squad full of prospects from their MLS NEXT Pro team. Some of their usual starters were watching from suites at the stadium, others probably at home.
with so much turmoil around the Galaxy, any victory is valued. Theyre still trying to establish a mentality and build some cohesion as they try to dig themselves out of multiple holes. The only way that happens is winning.