Okay, maybe not you personally, average TBM reader, but the New England Revolution certainly did.
In addition to the $250,000 prize for winning (which comes with a ticket to this thing called the CONCACAF Champions League, whatever that is) and the $60,000 to the runner up, each of the recognized lower leagues also have a prize package.
The team that advances the farthest in the tournament from each of USL PDL, USL Pro, and the NASL will receive a $15,000 prize from US Soccer. Laredo Heat SC won the prize for PDL by virtue of some tiebreaker mechanisms, there are three teams from the NASL still alive in the tournament, but the Rochester Rhinos are the last remaining USL Pro representative in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup.
Going into the Fourth Round, there were several USL Pro clubs still in the running. Last week Sacramento Republic FC lost 2-1 to San Jose Earthquakes. Harrisburg City Islanders lost to their MLS affiliate Philadelphia Union 3-1 in extra time on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, Colorado Rapids trounced the defending USL Pro champions Orlando City SC 5-2.
And, of course, the Rhinos beat D.C. United 1-0 on a fantastic finish by Colin Rolfe.
On Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds made it difficult but ultimately lost 2-1 to Chicago Fire and LA Galaxy were able to come from behind and defeat Arizona United SC 2-1. Oh yeah, and the Revolution beat the Richmond Kickers 3-2 in Virginia.
By downing the Kickers, the Revolution helped Rochester walk home with the giant Publisher's Clearinghouse style cardboard check worth $15,000.
I'm not sure if there's actually a giant cardboard check, but if there is I'll be sure to get a selfie with it.
Thanks to the Revolution for doing your part to ensure a big payday to the Rhinos this year.
(also consider throwing next week's game just for funzies, as well)