Welcome to our continuing series of Meet the USASA features where we annually profile the clubs representing the United States Adult Soccer Association in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Advancing from the four regional tournaments, these often unknown clubs have great stories to tell and each year, our goal is to allow fans to get to know them as they attempt to become this year’s Cinderella story.
ASC New Stars
The draw for the USASA Region III Open Men’s tournament to be held in recently tornado-ravaged Tuscaloosa, Alabama May 27-30 that will also determine the region’s two Lamar Hunt US Open Cup berths was held at the University of Alabama Recreational Center Thursday evening. The draw set the stage for the next four days of competition, which kicks off Friday morning at 10:00 am ET.
Just one month after tornadoes tore through the Southeast and brought heavy destruction to Tuscaloosa, Ala., the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup qualifying tournament for Region III is set to begin Friday, May 27. Eight teams from the United States Adult Soccer Association will compete for two slots in the first round of the US Open Cup, which begins June 14.
The draw for the competition will take place, as it is annually, on the eve of the tournament, May 26. The tournament will be held on Memorial Day weekend in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at the University of Alabama Recreational Center.
Bear Bryant and the Alabama Crimson Tide are associated with the type of football normally played in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, but this weekend the other game of football will hold court at the University of Alabama Recreational Center. Eight amateur teams will compete to determine which two will represent the USASA’s Region III in this summer’s Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
The southeastern part of the country will take part in US Open Cup qualifying as Region III of the USASA confirmed their participants in the annual competition. 10 teams from Texas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Oklahoma will battle for two spots in the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
In the lone upset in this year’s opening round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, Hollywood United became only the second USASA club to defeat a USL First Division team in the tournament, knocking off the Portland Timbers with a dramatic, stoppage-time goal from Earl Alexander.
Darren Spicer’s natural hat trick in the first half was all the Charleston Battery needed for a 3-0 victory over the visiting ASC New Stars.
The Houston-based USASA club nearly jumped out to the lead after 12 minutes, as Esteban Lotero found Alex Bolan with a through ball. Bolan beat Charleston goalkeeper Keith Wiggans, but the shot just missed wide right.