Hosted by Chattanooga FC, the event kicks off Friday, May 27 with a pair of First Round matches. Knoxville Force and Jacksonville United FC meet in the first match followed by Rocket City United versus FC Tulsa.
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.
Every year, TheCup.us introduces all eight of the USASA clubs who qualify for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to American soccer fans everywhere.
The clubs profiled in this feature don’t often make headlines during the long qualifying process, but all of them have a goal once the tournament begins: to become this year’s Open Cup Cinderella story.
With only a few exceptions, expansion teams always take time to get off the ground. Atlanta FC of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) appears to be one of those exceptions. In only their second year of existance, they have punched their ticket to the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup and will face the USL First Division’s Charleston Battery in the First Round at Blackbaud Stadium on June 9.
If seeing the underdogs prevail is your thing, then you went to sleep disappointed last night.
Of the fourteen matches first round U.S. Open Cup matches last night, only one was won by a team from the lower division, and even that wasn’t much of an upset.
Atlanta FC’s dream of a run in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup fell short as they unable to pull off the upset against the Charleston Battery (USL-1) falling 2-0 at Blackbaud Stadium. Goals from Randi Patterson and Tsuyoshi Yoshitake propelled the Battery to the Second Round.