We're down to the final two games of this season's I-95 cup, and it's a tight race (minus D.C. United, of course). A look at the table below will show you that the New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, and our beloved New England Revolution all stand a chance at glory (even if there's no physical cup and the whole thing is basically made up by small factions of supporters).
This weekend's match between the Revs and the Red Bulls could be the decider if either team secures all three points. For the Revs, they would leapfrog New York in the standings and the Union would be unable to make up the 4-point deficit with their remaining I-95 Cup match against D.C. United on October 12th.
However, if New York and New England tie and the Union beat United by a large enough goal margin (a Jack McInerney resurgent rampage perhaps?), then they could be the victors in the end. For D.C. United, however, the U.S. Open Cup will be the only "silverware" they earn this season (not too shabby, I guess).
The implications of Philadelphia winning that game exceed the fictitious I-95 cup, however. The Union currently sit just one point ahead of the Revs in the Eastern Conference table, so they'd need the Union to lose in order to increase New England's chances at a playoff spot. Basically, it would be doubly advantageous for the Revolution if United win that one. It would also be good if the Union lose several other games in October as well.
Our dearest boys in blue likely don't know that the I-95 Cup is on the line this weekend against the Red Bulls (unless any of them read this blog). And although they need to secure as many points as possible from their final four games anyway, they might just be able to get the job done (and not even know it).