Reading United AC (USL League Two), one of the most successful Open Division teams of the Modern Era (1995-present) announced they are declining to enter the 2020 US Open Cup.
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With goals from Abdou Mbacke Thiam, George Davis IV, and Sunny Jane, Louisville City FC comfortably defeated USL League Two side Reading United AC 3-0 in front of 1,468 fans at Lynn Stadium on the campus of the University of Louisville.
Reading United is into the Second Round for the eighth consecutive year after staving off a late Philadelphia Lone Star surge that included a controversial offside call that went in the home team’s favor.
After coming up empty in their two previous trips to Pennsylvania in league play, the Richmond Kickers finally had something to celebrate on the four-hour bus ride back to Virginia on Wednesday night: advancing in the US Open Cup.
After going down a goal early against Christos FC in their Lamar Hunt US Open Cup First Round match, Reading United AC buckled down and went to work. Thanks to a second half goal and five successful penalty kick strikes, Reading ousted last season’s Cinderella 5-4 in PKs.
The City Islanders cruised to a 3-0 victory, setting the stage for its fourth Open Cup game against MLS’ Philadelphia Union in the past six years on June 14.
All three of Reading’s goals came in a six-minute stretch late in the first half. Paul Marie shook off a defender and made a run down the left side to even the score at 1-1 in the 38th minute.
For Reading United AC playing in the US Open Cup has become an annual tradition.
Two powers in the Fourth Division, Chattanooga FC and Reading United, played a classic Second Round US Open Cup match before 3,641 at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga.
The US Open Cup tends to catch many amateur teams at the wrong time, with the First Round usually also serving as the first competitive game for those teams.