Following the example of MLS, USL, NISA, the CONCACAF Champions League, and pretty much every major and minor sporting league in the region, the USSF announced on Friday they would be temporarily suspending the 2020 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Twenty US-based Major League Soccer clubs entered the Fourth Round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup and by the time the dust settled, three teams from the United Soccer League joined 13 from the country's top division in the Round of 16.
In their relatively storied Open Cup history, North Carolina FC (nee the RailHawks) had never lost to an amateur team. That run continued as they routed Lansdowne Bhoys 3-0 on Wednesday night behind goals from Connor Tobin, Marios Lomis, and Bernhard Luxbacher.
The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) released its 2018 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Finalists’ Handbook (which can be downloaded in its entirety here) this week. The 105th edition of the competition will feature 94 teams and is scheduled to kick off May 9. The tournament features a Modern Era record 33 different states represented and a record 37 different state associations.
The 1993 US Open Cup Champions will not get a chance at a second title this year as El Farolito, a San Francisco-based amateur club, has been disqualified on account of moving leagues. After decades of thriving in the famed San Francisco Soccer Football League (SFSFL), El Farolito decided to take its talents to the continually-growing National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).
With the NPSL’s regular season over and the Final Four set, we now have a solid idea as to who, and who may not, qualify for next year’s Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
GPS Omens, of the Bay State Soccer League, took down GPS Portland Phoenix of the PDL, 2-0, to advance to the Second Round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. It was the second-ever Open Cup meeting between these two members of the Global Premier Soccer organization and Omens made good on avenging their 2013 Second Round loss.
The last time these two teams met, former UNC-Greensboro standout and Montreal Impact draftee Hakan Ilhan put a scare into the then-RailHawks before the NASL team pulled away at the end. This game between the Carolina Dynamo and North Carolina FC was not that close, as NCFC hammered the Dynamo 6-1 in North Carolina’s first-ever trip to MacPherson Stadium in Brown’s Summit, North Carolina.
After pulling off a surprising upset in the Second Round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, Christos FC, an amateur club from Baltimore, are heading to Round 3. Now, they are asking for help to get there.
The stage is set for an all-North Carolina battle as Carolina Dynamo of the PDL dispatched Legacy 76 (NPSL) 2-1 to advance to the Second Round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.