We know the New England Revolution are in the U.S. Open Cup Final but we have to wait until tonight to find out their opponent. Both the LA Galaxy and FC Dallas present their own challenges and storylines, so who would they rather face?
Seth: FC Dallas
Neither opponent is a favorable one for the Revolution, so I'm going with the option that offers the best storylines.
The Revolution captured their first U.S. Open Cup in 2007 when they beat Dallas in Frisco, TX. Nine years later, the team sheet will look completely different since Taylor Twellman is now in the booth while Jay Heaps roams the sideline. Regardless, winning a second trophy in a parallel way would be a good story.
More than that, the Revs employ two former Dallas players in London Woodberry and Je-Vaughn Watson. Woodberry is a Homegrown that became a castaway shortly after signing. Watson left Dallas this offseason, eventually landing in New England. While lifting a trophy is most paramount to athletes, doing so against your former club can make it a little sweeter.
Jon: LA Galaxy.
Athletes all have a competitive desire that keeps them going, and what's better than getting redemption at the Western Conference's bad boys out in California?
After all, and with a gut-wrenching feeling, Revs fans vividly recall the 2014 MLS Cup. It all started with a Gyasi Zardes goal, Chris Tierney equalized late and then Robbie Keane slipped home the game-winner in extra time. While Bruce Arena's side will always have that trophy, revenge is potentially on the line.
Now it's up to the Revs to go make the most of the opportunity before them. New England's core—and coaching staff's— legacy could depend on it.
Nick: LA Galaxy
It would be something of a redemption story if the Revs had a chance to visit LA for the Open Cup final, as the club lost an extra-time heartbreaker during the 2014 MLS Cup final. Of course, the stage is much smaller—an Open Cup win pales in comparison to a league championship—yet there would be something satisfying about defeating the team that has given the Revs playoff fits over the past two decades.
When it comes down to it, I don't want to play either of these teams; they've accumulated a combined 6-3-1 record over their past ten matches and look primed for deep playoff runs. But if I can have it my way, I want another shot at Gyasi Zardes, Robbie Keane and the club that stole an MLS Cup trophy from the Revs three seasons ago.