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First round wrapped up last night with teams from USL League 1 and League 2 playing teams from NPSL, USPL, and any other number of local qualifying leagues.

 

USL Championship enters in the second round, which starts next Tuesday.

 

Louisville City will host Reading United AC of USL League 2 on May 15 at Lynn Stadium in Louisville. Reading beat out Lone Star Philadelphia FC of NPSL 2-1 last night.

 

Highlights of the first round included Miami FC (a former NASL team and almost certainly the most well-funded team in NPSL) losing out to Florida Soccer Soldiers, a local qualifier from North Miami Beach, and NTX Rayados, a local qualifying team from Dallas that made it all the way to the Fourth Round last year before losing to MLS' Houston Dynamo, advancing on penalties over Little Rock Rangers of NPSL.

 

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Potential matchups for Round Three will be drawn early next week, before the Round Two games begin.

 

MLS will enter the competition in the Fourth Round (which is ridiculous), and that round won't begin until mid-June.

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But first, Round Two tonight and tomorrow.

 

Entire tournament is being streamed on ESPN+ for the first time. Used to have to troll the internet for janky feeds from someone's computer camera up in the stands.

 

I think Charlotte Independence is the most likely USL Championship side that goes out. Florida Soccer Soldiers have some serious talent and they took down arguably the best team in NPSL, Miami FC, last round. This round is always good for at least a couple amateur clubs knocking out pro teams.

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I think Charlotte Independence is the most likely USL Championship side that goes out. Florida Soccer Soldiers have some serious talent and they took down arguably the best team in NPSL, Miami FC, last round. This round is always good for at least a couple amateur clubs knocking out pro teams.

 

Nailed it. Soccer Soldiers drew Charlotte 2-2 and then advanced on penalties. To this point, they’re the only non-professional team to advance to the third round.

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  • 2 weeks later...

11 matches today and tomorrow to determine the last remaining lower division sides as MLS finally enters the tournament in Round 4 next month.

 

Highights:

 

Louisville City FC (USLC) vs. Birmingham Legion FC (USLC) at UofL's Lynn Stadium on Wednesday night.

 

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC vs. Indy XI. Two really good USL Championship teams at the stadium with probably the best view in the league, Highmark Stadium, with a riverside location that looks right at the Pittsburgh skyline.

 

The three games featuring teams below Division 2:

Saint Louis FC (USLC) vs. Forward Madison FC (USL1)

North Carolina FC (USLC) vs. Florida Soccer Soldiers (USASA)

Las Vegas Lights FC (USLC) vs. Orange County FC (NPSL)

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Third Round Complete. Highlights:

 

Louisville City 1:0 Birmingham Legion

City substitute Brian Ownby -- returning from injury and playing for the first time in two months -- drew a penalty in the 90th minute and Sean Totsch hammered it home to secure a ticket into the final 32.

 

Nashville SC 1:1 Charleston Battery (Battery advance on Penalties)

In their last Open Cup before moving to MLS, Nashville came up just short. Heroic defending by Charleston and the Battery keeper saved Nashville's first two penalty attempts.

 

Las Vegas Lights 3:5 Orange County FC

Orange County is now the last non-professional team alive, taking out USL's Las Vegas Lights. OCFC nabbed two surprise goals inside the first 10 minutes of the game, then after Vegas came back to tie it up at 3-3, Orange County hammered home two shockers in stoppage time to go through. That $25,000 bonus for being the last team from their level alive will help offset some of those travel costs for sure.

 

Fourth Round draw will take place Thursday. 11 winners from the Third Round will be paired against the 21 MLS entrants. Four-team pools arranged geographically then a blind draw to create the matchups. Of local interest, the "Central Pool" is comprised of Louisville City FC, Saint Louis FC, Chicago Fire, and FC Cincinnati.

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Louisville City FC will travel upriver on either June 11 or 12 to play FC Cincinnati.

 

Dirty. River. Derby.

 

Let's do this.

 

FCC tried to run to MLS to get away from the Champs and still couldn't do it. :D

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Louisville City FC will travel upriver on either June 11 or 12 to play FC Cincinnati.

 

Dirty. River. Derby.

 

Let's do this.

 

Do you think that match will play before a packed house? It will be an insane atmosphere.

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Do you think that match will play before a packed house? It will be an insane atmosphere.

 

Packed is hard to imagine, but definitely much better than your normal mid-week Open Cup crowd.

 

I'll be there with bells on.

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Complete Fourth Round Draw (dates and times to still be announced, either June 11 or 12)

 

  • New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. New England Revolution (MLS)
  • NYCFC (MLS) vs. North Carolina FC (USLC)
  • D.C. United (MLS) vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS)
  • Columbus Crew SC (MLS) vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (USLC)
  • Memphis 901 FC (USLC) vs. Orlando City SC (MLS)
  • Charleston Battery (USLC) vs. Atlanta United (MLS)
  • Saint Louis FC (USLC) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS)
  • FC Cincinnati (MLS) vs. Louisville City FC (USLC)
  • Colorado Rapids (MLS) vs. New Mexico United (USLC)
  • Minnesota United FC (MLS) vs. Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
  • Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. Austin Bold FC (USLC)
  • FC Dallas (MLS) vs. OKC Energy FC (USLC)
  • Real Salt Lake (MLS) vs. Los Angeles FC (MLS)
  • LA Galaxy (MLS) vs. Orange County FC (NPSL)
  • San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) vs. Sacramento Republic FC (USLC)
  • Seattle Sounders (MLS) vs. Portland Timbers (MLS)

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Packed is hard to imagine, but better than your normal mid-week Open Cup crowd.

 

I'll be there with bells on.

 

I could see it packed, especially since this town likes and remembers rivalries. This year's MLS season has had its challenges, especially recently. I expect the Open Cup will allow fans to remember successes from the USL years, even if the players are mostly different.

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Worth noting... a remarkable number of guys on the field for Louisville City last night with local connections:

 

Richard Ballard (duPont Manual alum)

Sunny Jane (Trinity alum)

Chris Hubbard (Trinity alum)

Napo Matsoso (St. Francis High School and UK alum)

George Davis IV (UK alum)

Paolo del Piccolo (UofL alum)

Geoffrey Dee (UofL alum)

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Got my tickets this morning. A little disappointed. Unlike previous games at Nippert, where visiting supporters were given Section 101 right on the goal line in the lower level, they have us up in Section 215 in the top corner. Boo.

 

Last time I was in Nippert Stadium, everyone there was super excited because FCC's MLS bid had come through earlier that week.

 

Louisville walked out 2-0 winners. It was awesome.

 

Hoping for more of the same.

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