When Brockton FC United takes the pitch in the first round of the 2022 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, they’ll be playing for more than just their club
Meet the Underdogs
D’Feeters Kicks Soccer Club (DKSC), in their first ever Open Cup qualification, will represent the DFW metroplex.
Florida Soccer Soldiers were founded in 2018, just one year ago, and have already marched their way to the top of the UPSL. Now they have their crosshairs on the US Open Cup.
Call them professionally amateur. Milwaukee’s Bavarian SC has long been among the country’s top amateur clubs – their crest is packed with eight stars, each representing a national championship won by the club founded by German immigrants in 1929 as Fussball Club Bayern and re-named in 1956.
West Chester United’s road back to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup for the first time since 2016 has been a meandering and arduous one with trips to Wisconsin, New York City and Boston all while juggling a roster of players with a wide variety of off-the-field commitments that interfere with weekend travel.
Dallas, Texas-based NTX Rayados find themselves competing in their seventh US Open Cup in eight years. To put the streak in perspective, no other Open Division Local (Open Division teams not in USL League Two or the NPSL) team in the Modern Era has more than four consecutive appearances.
Academica Soccer Club has been a staple of the California Central Valley soccer community for more than 40 years. The club is located in Turlock, Calif. between the cities of Modesto and Merced, and while Academica has a rich history, 2019 will mark the first time they have qualified for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
“I think eventually our goal is to get to a higher level,” Melin told TheCup.us in 2018. A year later FC Denver has used their 2018 US Open Cup matches to springboard into another successful qualification run in 2019 and now is a club growing in all directions.
Last year, we talked about how Red Force was a family affair. After their success in local tournaments and qualifying for the 2018 edition of the US Open Cup for the fourth time in six years, they are looking to shed the title of “underdog”.
FC Kendall were founded as Uruguay Kendall FC in 2008 “to represent the Uruguayan roots of its founders and majority of its players in the local league of Kendall.”