RailHawks to Host Second Round of 100th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

May 21st match at WakeMed Soccer Park to kick off at 7:00pm

 

CARY, NC May 7, 2013 – The 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is coming to WakeMed Soccer Park on Tuesday, May 21st at 7:00pm when the Carolina RailHawks host a Second Round match against the winner of the Carolina Dynamo (PDL) and Chattanooga FC (NPSL).  The U.S. Open Cup is a knockout style tournament that begin in 1914 and is open to U.S. Soccer affiliated clubs, both amateur and professional.  The 2013 Open Cup will include the largest field with 68 teams participating.

Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

“As we have previously, we will continue to place a great deal of importance on the U.S. Open Cup.  We had a great run in the tournament including the victory over the Galaxy and it meant a great deal to our season,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke.  “We are delighted to be able to host the second round match and play another match in front of our home fans.  It is important to have the support of your home crowd in a cup style tournament like this.”

 

In 2012, the RailHawks hosted MLS Champion, LA Galaxy, in the Third Round of the competition in front of a sold-out crowd at WakeMed Soccer Park, who were entertained with a RailHawks 2-1 victory.  In the Fourth Round, the RailHawks hosted Chivas USA (MLS) and were ousted when Chivas USA converted a second half stoppage time penalty kick.

 

Individual tickets for the May 21st U.S. Open Cup match will go on-sale immediately following the RailHawks match against the San Antonio Scorpions on Saturday, May 11th at 7:00p.m.

 

 

See full NASL Release below:

 

Six North American Soccer League Teams Discover Their Lamar Hunt U.S.

Open Cup Opponents For Second Round Games To Be Played On May 21 

 

(MIAMI, Fla. May 7, 2013) – The six North American Soccer League teams that will participate in the centenary edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup are a step closer to knowing their Second Round opponents following today’s draw for the opening stages.

 

The NASL teams will kick off in the Second Round on Tuesday, May 21, having been paired with clubs who contest their First Round games on May 14 and 15.

 

“I love this competition,” said NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson.  “Everyone starts off with a fair chance to win the Cup and you never can predict who might get through to the final.  With this being the Centennial Anniversary of the competition, it would be an exceptional honor to have a NASL club win.  Our clubs are excited and will give it their all to capture the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.”

 

Some NASL clubs know they will face one of two opponents, while others must wait on a combination of results before learning their fate.

 

Current league leaders Minnesota United FC are one of three NASL clubs guaranteed a home draw and will host either Des Moines Menace (PDL) or Madison 56ers (NPSL).  Second placed Carolina RailHawks entertain either Carolina Dynamo (PDL) or Chattanooga FC (NPSL).

 

“As we have previously, we will continue to place a great deal of importance on the U.S. Open Cup,” said RailHawks coach Colin Clarke.  “We had a great run in the tournament including the victory over the Galaxy and it meant a great deal to our season.  We are delighted to be able to host the second round match and play another match in front of our home fans.  It is important to have the support of your home crowd in a cup style tournament like this.”

 

The defending champion Tampa Bay Rowdies will travel either the short distance to face VSI Tampa Bay (USL PRO) or Orlando City U23s (PDL).  San Antonio’s new Toyota Field will see the Scorpions host either FC Tucson (PDL) or Phoenix FC (USL PRO).

 

“We are excited to enter into this historic competition again,” said Scorpions coach Tim Hankinson.  “The U.S. Open Cup remains a major priority for our club, as it represents a championship on the national level.  We treat every opponent the same in terms of preparation, so we will train hard to be ready for our match on the 21st.”

 

Of the three teams heading out on the road, the Atlanta Silverbacks will travel to either Georgia Revolution (NPSL) or face Real Colorado Foxes (PDL) at a site to be determined, or travel to PSA Elite (USASA) or Laredo Heat (PDL).

 

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers could face a long trip of more than 3,200 miles from Florida to Washington depending on results in the opening rounds.  They could take on Laredo Heat (PDL), PSA Elite (USASA) or Doxa Italia (USASA) at home at Lockhart Stadium, or could travel to Sounders FC U-23 (PDL).

 

Making their U.S. Open Cup bow in 2012, the NASL teams kept alive the traditional romance of a cup competition, as Carolina, Minnesota and San Antonio all progressed to the fourth round, claiming the scalps of MLS opposition along the way.

 

Minnesota United went on the road and shocked Real Salt Lake 3-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium before losing in the fourth round to San Jose Earthquakes, earlier 2-1 winners over the NASL Fort Lauderdale Strikers.  Carolina RailHawks earned a fourth round clash with Chivas USA by ousting LA’s other team, the defending MLS champion Galaxy and striker Brian Shriver finished as the competition’s leading scorer with five goals in three games.  The San Antonio Scorpions beat Houston Dynamo, but the NASL club fell at the next hurdle to fellow giant-killer the Charlotte Eagles.

 

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Second Round draw featuring NASL teams

 

Des Moines Menace (PDL)/Madison 56ers (NPSL) winner at Minnesota United FC (NASL)

National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.

Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. CT

 

Carolina Dynamo (PDL)/Chattanooga FC (NPSL) winner at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)

WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

 

Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at VSI Tampa Bay (USL PRO)

Plant City Stadium; Plant City, Fla.

Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET

OR

Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at Orlando City U23s (PDL)

Seminole Soccer Complex; Sanford, Fla.

Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

 

FC Tucson (PDL)/Phoenix FC (USL PRO) winner at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL)

Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas

Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. CT

 

Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Georgia Revolution (NPSL)

RYSA Soccerplex; Conyers, Ga.

Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

OR

Real Colorado Foxes (PDL) vs. Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)

TBD

OR

Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at PSA Elite (USASA)

Irvine Stadium; Irvine, Calif.

Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. PT

OR

Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Laredo Heat (PDL)

Texas A&M International Soccer Complex; Laredo, Texas

Tuesday, May 21, at 8:15 p.m. CT

 

Laredo Heat (PDL)/PSA Elite (USASA) winner at Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)

Lockhart Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET

OR

Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at Sounders FC U-23 (PDL)

Sunset Chevrolet Stadium; Sumner, Wash.

Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. PT

OR

Doxa Italia (USASA) at Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)

Lockhart Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m.  ET

 

 

About the NASL

The North American Soccer League is a professional soccer league established in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The NASL member teams are:  Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Minnesota Stars FC, New York Cosmos, Puerto Rico Islanders, San Antonio Scorpions FC and the 2012 champion Tampa Bay Rowdies. Indy Eleven, Ottawa Fury FC and the Virginia Cavalry will begin play in 2014. For more information about the NASL, visit www.NASL.com. Follow the NASL on Twitter @NASLOfficial and Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/NASL.fans.

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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