BOSCONS, Texas — Bosch Trio 3000Talies 2017 was held this past weekend at the University of Texas at Austin, and the three teams that had been battling it out were the first to do so in more than 20 years.
The game featured a pair of teams that have been on the fringes of the competition for years, the reigning national champions, the Houston Dynamo, and their new-look, upstart team, the New York Cosmos.
Houston defeated New York 4-1 in a thrilling 4-3 win, and they’re now the reigning MLS Cup champions, having secured the trophy for the first time since 2002.
The New York side, meanwhile, were the underdogs for much of the tournament, and as a result, didn’t have a full-time player in their starting lineup.
They did have one more in the lineup, a rookie who had never played professionally before, but he only made it into the game once and didn’t play in the final.
With just a single game to play in 2017, there was still plenty of time for both teams to work their way into the playoffs and take down the Dynamo.
The Dynamo, however, were coming off a 4-0 win against the Portland Timbers that came down to a penalty kick.
That meant they’d be facing the New England Revolution on Wednesday.
The Dynamo, who had been eliminated from the playoffs by Portland in their last game, won the shootout 3-2, but the Revs would score on a goal by Julian Buescher in the 88th minute.
“That was a tough game for them, but we knew that the goal was going to be a goal and we knew we were going to get the penalty kick,” said Dynamo defender Alex Bono.
“We knew that that would give us the victory, but that was just one of those games that was a hard game to win.
We just tried to get a better result.
They came out and scored on the penalty, but it was one of our better games of the year.”
The Dynamo did not give up a goal in the next two games, beating the Columbus Crew 2-1 and the Houston Dash 2-0.
The Dash went on to beat Seattle 2-2 in the third round.
Houston would go on to win the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the MLS Cup, while the Cosmos finished third in the Eastern Conference.
This is the fourth year that the two teams have been competing in the Lamar Hunt Open Cup, which is the MLS championship series.
There was a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding the event, and this was the first year that teams that didn’t make the playoffs, like the Houston-New York Dynamo, had to make the final round.
The New York squad had just three points in the first three rounds, but came out on top in the shootout.
On the other side of the ball, the Cosmos have struggled to score goals and are currently in the basement of the Eastern conference standings.
The team had been in the playoffs since 2012, and is one of only three teams in the league to not have reached the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
Despite having to play the first game of the playoffs at home, the Dynamo, Cosmos, and New York were all on good form in the second half of the game.
New York managed to take a late equalizer in the 81st minute, and after conceding the penalty that led to the penalty shootout, the team scored twice in the last five minutes of the match.
The Cosmos were unable to score in the 80th minute, but Houston scored the winner in the 89th minute to send the match into extra time.
At the end of the extra time, the referee ruled that the penalty shoot-out should be kept open because it was a one-goal game.
The referee said he believed that the Cosmos should have been awarded the penalty for the goal, but there was no challenge.
Both teams were left to fight for a spot in the semifinals, and it was up to each team to come out on the field with a full lineup.
In the second leg, the teams had to battle it out on turf at the Lamar Henry Soccer Complex.
Bosching had a full team in place, and while New York looked more dangerous, they didn’t quite get the result they wanted.
However, it was the home team that took the game in the 78th minute when a shot from midfielder Sebastian Lletget found the back of the net, and he then added an assist in the 90th minute for his first career goal.
If there’s one thing I learned from my last three years as a professional soccer player, it’s that teams do what they can to beat you.
It was just another day