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Chula Vista FC Open Cup records
Overall: 2-1-0 | Home: 0-0-0 | Away: 2-1-0 | vs. Amateur: 1-0-0
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 7-3 at Sacramento Republic of USL in Round 3)
Best finish: 2015 Third Round (Lost 7-3 at Sacramento Republic of USL)
Leading goalscorer: N/A
Albion SC Pros Open Cup records
Overall: 0-0-0 | Home: 0-0-0 | Away: 0-0-0 | vs. Amateur: 0-0-0
Last entry: N/A (First entry)
Best finish: N/A (First entry)
Leading goalscorer: N/A
Two of San Diego’s top clubs will meet in the First Round of the 2017 US Lamar Hunt US Open Cup with a chance to advance to the Second Round when Chula Vista FC will visit the Albion SC Pros on Wednesday night. The two sides are meeting for the first time in any competition in 2017, and the stakes and intensity will be high as these crosstown rivals meet on the pitch.
While there is no guarantee as to who fans will see on the pitch for these two San Diego County powerhouses, it seems likely that both the Chula Vista and Albion coaches will concoct strong sides given what is on the line. It will be an opportunity for both clubs to showcase their top teams.
The rhythm of the game will be something to watch as both clubs expect end-to-end action. Chula Vista will aim to set the pace and earn an advantage in Albion’s final third. Albion look to capitalize on the intensity of the match and advance to the next round against fellow-San Diego club.
The match comes at a time where San Diego is at the heart of conversations surrounding Major League Soccer expansion. Back in January, a group of local investors announced their plan to bring MLS to San Diego. Fans should expect a lively match.
“We are looking forward to the game, especially when it is a local derby,” said Hector Diaz, Chula Vista FC’s Director of Coaching. “As we talk about MLS coming to San Diego, this game will be the closest to that atmosphere.”
There should be plenty of local talent on display.
Keep your eyes on Alberto Diaz, who was a nominee for TheCup.Us Lower Division Player of the Tournament in 2015, CalSouth Adult Player of the Year in 2015. Diaz, a longtime member of the Chula Vista side and plenty of experience on the pitch, was named CalSouth Youth Player of the Year in 2011.
On the Albion side look for Tre Hayes to bring flair to the attacking front, having just earned two goals and two assists this past weekend in their NPSL matchup versus City of Angels FC.
“We’re excited. We know it’s a big moment for the club and for the city of San Diego,” said Albion head coach Ziggy Korytoski.
Follow live match updates on Twitter via @hashtagmarisa on Wednesday night.