Short Corners: Wrong players, not tight schedule, to blame for Open Cup loss

When Chris Tierney went down with a knee injury last Wednesday and the diagnosis of a torn ACL came through two days later, my first thought was, “Well, they can’t really go for the Open Cup now? How can you go for two competitions when you don’t really have quality depth at left back?”

The next night, Brad Friedel said, “We’ve got a really good squad; whoever I put on the field, we fully expect to win. We’re going to Louisville to win the game ... No matter who gets on the field, we expect to have a good performance and hopefully progress in the Open Cup.”

As it turned out, that didn't happen: New England's mainly second-choice squad lost, 3-2, to a talented Louisville City side, and now only have to concentrate on maintaining its league positioning from now until the end of October.

Here are two takeaways from the match: