US Open Cup – Third Round Preview
The Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup gets underway tonight. There could be six PASS4Soccer clients featuring in the competition.
In the previous round, Macauley King and Johnny Fenwick both played the full 90 minutes for their teams. Meanwhile, Lewis Hilton was involved in a dramatic penalty shoot-out with Saint Louis FC.
Josh Bynoe was part of the Orange County FC team, which caused a giant upset in the Second Round as they beat their professional neighbours, Orange County SC, in the first ever Orange County derby.
A place against, possibly, a Major League Soccer (MLS) opposition in the Fourth Round is at stake for the teams battling it out tonight. Clients could potentially be going up against Zlatan Ibrahimović’s LA Galaxy or the current champions, Atlanta United, in the next round.
Five of the six players have had successful university careers – as well as graduating with a degree – and are now playing professionally in the United States. The other player, Bynoe, is currently still a student-athlete at university.
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – Third Round
Louisville City FC (USLC) vs Birmingham Legion FC (USLC) – May 30 (12:00am)
Midfielder Joe Holland played the final 15 minutes of Birmingham Legion’s victory in the last round of the U.S. Open Cup.
The Legion are winless in their last five league games. However, they beat amateur side West Chester United 4-1 to set-up the all-USL Championship clash with Louisville City.
Louisville are unbeaten in their last four games, in all competitions, and drew 2-2 with Bethlehem Steel last weekend.
In the last round, City beat USL League Two side Reading United. Birmingham and Louisville faced each other on May 13, with the latter coming away with a 3-0 victory.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (USLC) vs Indy Eleven (USLC) – May 30 (12:00am)
King played the full 90 minutes of Indy Eleven’s 1-0 victory over USL League One side Lansing Ignite in the last round.
Indy are unbeaten in their last five matches and in their league game last weekend, they drew 0-0 with Nashville SC.
Pittsburgh are also on an unbeaten streak themselves,. They haven’t lost a game since the opening day of the 2019 season – nine matches.
They’ve drawn four-straight matches in the USLC and beat USL League Two outfit Dayton Dutch Lions in the previous round of the cup.
Saint Louis FC (USLC) vs Forward Madison FC (USL1) – May 30 (1:00am)
Midfielder Hilton was involved in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out in the Second Round. He was introduced into the game when he was brought on as a substitute in the second-half of normal time.
Saint Louis, who are unbeaten in five games, and amateur side Des Moines Menace couldn’t be separated after 120 minutes of football, with the score being 1-1.
Hilton scored Saint Louis’ first spot-kick in the shoot-out. The USLC side escaped from Iowa with a 3-1 victory on penalties.
Forward Madison stand in the way of Hilton and Saint Louis as the USL League One side look to cause another upset on the road.
They travelled to El Paso Locomotive in the Second Round and came away with a 3-0 victory. But the team have lost back-to-back games in the league since then.
Austin Bold FC (USLC) vs San Antonio FC (USLC) – May 30 (1:30am)
Fenwick was the other PASS4 client to play 90 minutes in the Second Round of the U.S. Open Cup, for San Antonio.
The defender was part of the team that beat NPSL side Laredo Heat 2-0 at home, which set-up an all-USL Championship clash with Austin Bold.
San Antonio have only won one of their previous six matches, which was the cup win over Laredo. Meanwhile Austin have lost two of their last three games.
Austin picked up a 2-0 victory in the previous round at home to Tulsa Roughnecks. The two sides will battle it out for a place against, potentially, an MLS side.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USLC) vs New Mexico United (USLC) – May 30 (2:00am)
Midfielder Daniel Bruce didn’t feature for New Mexico United in the Second Round, but could against Colorado Springs Switchbacks.
New Mexico were another team involved in a dramatic penalty shoot-out. This was after the tie between themselves and Phoenix Rising couldn’t be decided in 120 minutes.
The score was 2-2 after extra-time and it was United, who came out on top, winning 4-3 on penalties.
Bruce’s side head into the Third Round off the back of a 3-1 win, away to Austin Bold. Colorado haven’t won a game in their last nine and have lost their last five matches.
In the last round, the Switchbacks beat Colorado Premier League side FC Denver 1-0 to avoid an upset and progress through.
Las Vegas Lights FC (USLC) vs Orange County FC (NPSL) – May 30 (3:30am)
Bynoe and his Orange County FC side produced one of the greatest upsets in U.S. Open Cup history in the previous round.
The attacking midfielder played 76 minutes of the derby match, which went all the way to penalties after the amateur team saw out extra-time to force a shoot-out.
OCFC beat their professional neighbours Orange County SC 5-3 on penalties and the NPSL side have been rewarded with a trip to Las Vegas Lights in the Third Round.
The amateur side are unbeaten in their last six games, winning their last five, while the Lights have won two of their previous five.
Las Vegas beat USL League Two outfit Cal FC 2-0 in the Second Round and, just like OCFC, they will have their sights set on a potential clash with an MLS team.
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