Eight teams from the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) have qualified for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup and will attempt to become the 2010 tournament’s Cinderella story. Will we see another Dallas Roma FC run from 2006? No one knows, but once again, TheCup.us has taken the time to introduce soccer fans to these largely unknown clubs.
Meet the Underdogs
It’s a momentous occasion for the club from Hayward, Calif., a member of the NPSL Northwest Division. The Bay Area Ambassadors were in fifth place in the six-team NPSL Northwest heading into their opening round Lamar Hunt US Open Cup game, but overcame adversity and emerged as the winner of the Region IV tourney in Sacramento last month and thus earned a spot in the 96th edition of the tournament.
It’s a momentous occasion for the club from Hayward, Calif., a member of the NPSL Northwest Division. The Ambassadors were in fifth place in the six-team NPSL Northwest heading into this past weekend’s play, but overcame adversity and emerged as the winner of the Region IV tourney in Sacramento last month and thus earned an automatic Open Cup bid.
For the first time since 2001, the US Open Cup has a Michigan representative from the USASA. Detroit United, a newcomer from Region II, was founded in 2002 and looks to prove itself as they face the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
One of two newcomers from Region II of the USASA, KC Athletics is eager to show its worth when it faces the NSC Minnesota Stars in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Founded in 2001, the club has qualified for the tournament in their first-ever attempt and feature some former pros, and a manager who is their leading scorer.
When you’ve been the longest-lasting franchise in what is otherwise a no-man’s land for high-level soccer and you’re about to go to your fifth US Open Cup in 20 seasons of existence, the American soccer community knows who you are.
What started as a team designed to provide quality training competition for top-level club boys teams has turned into a pretty competitive side in its own right. CASL Elite will make its debut in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on Tuesday night, as the team based in Raleigh, N.C., hits the road to play […]
Legends FC are back in the US Open Cup for their third trip in the Professional Era. The club from North Texas, founded in 1992, have seen three recent players sign with Major League Soccer and they will take on FC Tampa Bay of the USSF 2nd Division in the first round.
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.
The third trip to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup for Lynch’s FC will mark the end of an era for the club. While the club shows no signs of slowing down, they will be without general manager Robert Apunte, who is hanging up his clipboard after 11 years with the club. During that time, […]
Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks manager Jonathan Knight brings his club, new sponsor and all, into the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup with a better view of their situation than in 2007. “You can’t measure the power of that experience.” Knight says of their 2007 trip to Harrisburg, which ended in a 4-0 loss for Hawks.
“I think in 2007 there was an unstated belief, a naiveté that we would get to this level every year.” The Hawks missed out on the 2008 Cup with a 3-2 loss to New York Pancyprian Freedoms in the USASA Region I semifinals, but now that they are back and more prepared for their 2009 trip to nearby Rockville, Maryland to face Real Maryland FC.