A year ago the Dayton Dutch Lions were still winless in league play as they narrowly advanced in the Second Round and stunned the Columbus Crew in the Third Round en route to a surprising run to the tournament Quarterfinals. This year the side is much improved and have a pair of three-goal wins in the tournament heading into their rematch with the Crew in the Third Round, but the hosts needed overtime before the amateur Dearborn Stars from the USASA collapsed under the weight of several red cards and three unanswered tallies at Dayton’s Miami Valley Hospital Stadium.
Dearborn Stars SC
The Dearborn Stars made their first appearance in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary and the amateur club made quite an entrance.
Will a club imitate Dallas Roma FC’s famous run in 2006? Or Cal FC in 2012? These questions are yet to be answered, but we can introduce you to the amateur sides that will be taking the field in Round 1.
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.
USASA Region II ruled the field the Athletics hosted their semifinal game at was too narrow and therefore ordered a replay.
USASA Region II submitted their two teams into the 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup with two semifinal matches on Sunday, April 21.
Here is a breakdown of this weekend’s games, and as always you can check Twitter (@USOpenCup) for updates, and remember if you’re at any of these games or have any Open Cup-related news/info/comments to make, be sure to use this year’s hashtag #USOC100.
In a rather unusual format, three first round winners will join one of the losing teams in the final four to be played on Saturday, April 20. The two semifinals winners will qualify for the 2013 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.