The night before the Open Cup

It's the night before the Open Cup! What's a Sporting fan to do? I wish I was in Philadelphia--that's never before been true!

I'll be sleeping in my lucky Sporting shirt (wish I'd bought boxers too!),

And every dream within my head will be tinged in Sporting Blue.

I've been reading every preview, listening to every MLS podcast,

If my newfound knowledge would be useful, Vermes only needs to ask!

We should put our faith in Benny, trust Besler at the back,

And let Mustivar and Ellis stymie the Union counter attack.

Dom will get us many goals, and Nemo can chip in too,

Zusi will surely find the net before the match is through.

Naga will hold our shape together and scoop up each loose ball,

While Chance  and Seth both attack and defend, really do it all!

And for good measure, we can count on Melia between the pipes,

With a bench of young guys ready to earn their stripes.

I do not loathe the Union, unlike our last Open Cup Final foe

(I was there when we beat the Sounders only three short years ago),

But this is still the first time I've wished for anything to go wrong

For my favorite Rookie of the Year ever, our old friend CJ Sapong.

I'm so eager I can scarcely wait, less than twenty four hours yet to go,

Until we bring back our Cup! I know it will be so!