Sporting AZ traces its roots back to 1989, when they were founded as the Phoenix Hearts and after a known as the Arizona Sahuaros, a team that made six US Open Cup appearances (1998, 1999, 2006, 2008-10).
Meet the Underdogs
The new Wolves head coach, Felipe Bernal, is eager and grateful for the opportunity to coach the Wolves in the Open Cup.
Long a mainstay on the Maryland-DC soccer scene, Christos FC, the Cinderella team of the 2017 US Open Cup, has grown deeper roots in the Baltimore area but hasn’t changed its approach because of, or in spite of, their recent success.
FC Denver hopes that qualifying for the US Open Cup will be a first step toward FC Denver gaining national recognition.
Every year there’s a surprise team in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. A squad of players that makes it farther than anyone thinks they should. A team vying for that title this year is the Kendall Wanderers from Massachusetts.
The head coach of the amateur Rochester River Dogz, a “farm team” for the NPSL's Rochester Lancers, Doug Miller doesn't mind using his former team's historic run as the last non-MLS team to win the competition as motivation for his players.
La Maquina of Southern California have slowly become less of an underdog, and more of a team filled with experience and expectations when it comes to the US Open Cup.
NTX Rayados find themselves back in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup for the seventh year in a row, the longest streak of any open division local entry in the Modern Era (1995-present).
Winds FC qualified for the US Open Cup for the first time by defeating fellow UPSL club Newcastle United and SoCal Premier League standouts Outbreak Soccer and punching their ticket with a win over the San Pedro Monsters FC.
In a battle of tournament underdogs, the NASL’s Miami FC will host the USL’s Cincinnati FC Wednesday night in a Lamar Hunt US Open Cup quarterfinal. The game, rescheduled from July 12 due to inclement weather, will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET and be live streamed online (it will be embedded above when it’s made available). The winner will become the 13th lower division side to reach the Open Cup semifinals since 1996.