“I think eventually our goal is to get to a higher level,” Melin told TheCup.us in 2018. A year later FC Denver has used their 2018 US Open Cup matches to springboard into another successful qualification run in 2019 and now is a club growing in all directions.
FC Denver advanced after eliminating local rival GAM United on a freezing Sunday night on the Metropolitan State University soccer stadium in downtown Denver.
FC Denver outscored Colorado Premier League rivals Azteca FC, 4-2 in their first ever appearance in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
Two goals in the second half of extra time was enough for FC Denver to eliminate UPSL side Indios Denver and qualify for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup competition for the first time.
FC Wichita defeated Azteca FC 1-0 in extra time of a long, rainy first round Open Cup match in central Kansas. The lone goal came in the 104th minute when Travis Pittman redirected Deri Corfe’s deflected shot into the visitor’s net.
Since dethroning Colorado’s most notable US Open Cup participant in years past, Azteca FC has changed their look and increased their status in the local soccer scene.
The Littleton-based Colorado Rush will make the First Round’s biggest road trip, traveling more than 900 miles to Arizona to take on FC Tucson (PDL).
Azteca FC will join the Colorado Rush as the only two remaining open division amateur teams from Colorado remaining in the competition.
The second round of the qualifying will wrap up this weekend with fourteen games.
On Saturday, Oct. 22, outside of Dick’s Sporting Good Park, the top two Colorado amateur teams line up for the right to represent the region in the 2017 US Open Cup.