The final amateur team left in the 2015 U.S. Open Cup have reached the big time in round four, as PSA Elite will face off against defending MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy on Wednesday evening at the StubHub Center (game starts at 7:30 pm PT). Reaching the fourth round for the second consecutive year, PSA will attempt to better their run last time around by beating an MLS team in what would be their biggest upset yet.
Obviously, it's not going to be an easy game for PSA Elite, even if the Galaxy play a reserve-heavy lineup, something they most likely will do. But since Bruce Arena's team are playing at home in the Open Cup for the first time since 2010, the comfy confines for the hosts will probably make the game that much tougher for PSA Elite.
Fortunately, Jon Spencer's team won't have to travel far for the game themselves, and this game will narrow the Southern California sides in this year's USOC to just one team. But can PSA Elite pull off an improbable upset over the Galaxy?
We'll have to see how the game itself shakes out, and it must be noted that PSA have beaten two PDL and one USL team on their way to this point -- certainly not the level of an MLS team, even the benchwarmers.
But Arena noted in comments to reporters that he didn't know "a whole lot" about PSA Elite, something that does not appear to be a coincidence. After all, the single biggest advantage an amateur team has over the pro teams in the U.S. Open Cup is the element of surprise. While snippets of information about the team have come out in the first three rounds of the tournament, there isn't extensive information available about them, save for those who actually watched the games.
So we'll see if PSA Elite can play their best, perhaps catch their opponents off their game a bit, and spring by far their biggest upset yet. It will be a tall task, but given the track record of the respective teams in this competition, it's certainly not impossible.
How to Watch: Tickets should still be available for the game (at $10/each), or you can watch on LAGalaxy.com or U.S. Soccer's YouTube page. We've embedded the stream below for your convenience as well.
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