Photo courtesy Erik Schelkun / FC Cincinnati
CHICAGO – U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday the draw for the Second Round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as clubs across the USL learned their potential opponents when they enter the tournament on May 16.
Among the potential matchups is a clash between FC Cincinnati and Premier Development League’s Michigan Bucks, should the Bucks advance past Detroit City FC in the First Round. The three-time PDL champion Bucks have had a strong history in the Open Cup, including victory against Indy Eleven a season ago, which would put a major spotlight on a game that would see FCC launch its bid to replicate its deep run in the tournament in 2017.
The 1995 Open Cup champion Richmond Kickers will also face an intriguing contest against either perennial PDL Playoffs-contender Reading United AC or regional qualifier Christos FC, who meet in one of the First Round’s high-profile games. 2008 Open Cup finalist the Charleston Battery will welcome either the PDL’s South Georgia Tormenta FC – which next season is set to join USL Division III – or the Myrtle Beach Mutiny as the Battery open their bid for another strong cup run.
Nashville SC’s first foray into the Open Cup as a professional side could see it play a former adversary with the PDL’s Charlotte Eagles slated to visit Tennessee should it overcome Inter Nashville in the First Round. A potential rematch is on the cards for Tulsa Roughnecks FC, which could once again face OKC Energy U23 in the Second Round after the Roughnecks claimed a 5-3 victory at the same stage in 2017.
Out west, Sacramento Republic FC will await a potential meeting with the PDL’s San Francisco City FC in what would be the first competitive meeting between the two clubs, while Las Vegas Lights FC could make its debut against strong PDL club and Open Cup regular FC Tucson – another side set to join USL Division III upon its launch in 2019.
2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
May 16, 2018
North Carolina FC vs. Brooklyn Italians/New York Cosmos B/Lansdowne Bhoys winner, 7 p.m. ET, Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.
Charlotte Independence vs. AFC Ann Arbor/Ocean City Nor’easters winner, 7 p.m. ET, Sportsplex at Matthews, Matthews, N.C.
Erie Commodores FC vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, 7 p.m. ET, Gannon University Field, Erie, Pa.
Rochester River Dogz vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, 7 p.m. ET, Capelli Sport Stadium, Rochester N.Y.
Reading United AC vs. Richmond Kickers, 7 p.m. ET, Don Thomas Stadium, Reading, Pa.
Richmond Kickers vs. Christos FC, 7 p.m. ET, City Stadium, Richmond, Va.
Kingston Stockade FC vs. Louisville City FC, 7 p.m. ET, Tenney Stadium, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Louisville City FC vs. Long Island Rough Riders, 7 p.m. ET, Woehrle Athletic Complex, Jeffersonville, Ind.
FC Motown vs. Penn FC, 7 p.m. ET, Ranger Stadium, Madison, N.J.
New York Red Bulls U23 vs. Penn FC, 7:30 p.m. ET, Red Bull Training Facility, Whippany, N.J.
Western Mass Pioneers vs. Seacoast United Phantoms/Kendall Wanderers winner, 7 p.m. ET, Lusitano Stadium, Ludlow, Mass.
Seacoast United Phantoms vs. Elm City Express, 7:30 p.m. ET, Seacoast United Sports Park, Amesbury, Mass
Kendall Wanderers vs. Elm City Express, TBD, Home Team TBD
FC Cincinnati vs. Michigan Bucks/Detroit City FC winner, 7:30 p.m. ET, Gettler Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Charleston Battery vs. Myrtle Beach Mutiny/South Georgia Tormenta FC, 7 p.m. ET, MUSC Health Stadium, Charleston, S.C.
SIMA Aguilas vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies, 7 p.m. ET, Montverde Academy, Montverde, Fla.
Jacksonville Armada FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies, 7 p.m. ET, Southern Oak Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. The Villages SC, 7:30 p.m. ET, Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Miami FC 2 vs. Miami United FC/FC Kendall, 7 p.m. ET, FIU Soccer Stadium, Miami, Fla.
Miami United FC vs. FC Miami City, 7:30 p.m. ET, Hialeah, Fla.
Red Force FC vs. Miami United FC/FC Kendall, 8:30 p.m. ET, Tropical Park Stadium, Miami, Fla.
FC Miami City vs. FC Kendall, TBD, Home Team TBD
New Orleans Jesters vs. Indy Eleven, 8 p.m. ET, Pan American Stadium, New Orleans, La.
Mississippi Brilla vs. Indy Eleven, 8 p.m. ET, Clinton High School, Clinton, Miss.
Nashville SC vs. Charlotte Eagles/Inter Nashville FC winner, 8:30 p.m. ET, Vanderbilt Soccer Complex, Nashville, Tenn.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC vs. FC Wichita/OKC Energy U23 winner, 8 p.m. ET, Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium, Tulsa, Okla.
Duluth FC vs. Saint Louis FC, 8 p.m. ET, Public Schools Stadium, Duluth, Minn.
Dakota Fusion FC vs. Saint Louis FC, 8 p.m. ET, Jim Gotta Stadium, Moorhead, Minn.
NTX Rayados vs. OKC Energy FC, 8:30 p.m. ET, Richland Community College, Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth Vaqueros vs. OKC Energy FC, 8:30 p.m. ET, Farrington Field, Fort Worth, Texas
Midland-Odessa Sockers FC vs. San Antonio FC, 8:30 p.m. ET, Grande Communications Stadium, Midland, Texas
San Antonio FC vs. Lakeland Tropics, 8:30 p.m. ET, Toyota Field, San Antonio, Texas
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. FC Denver/Azteca FC, 9 p.m. ET, Weidner Field, Colorado Springs, Colo.
FC Arizona vs. Phoenix Rising FC, 10 p.m. ET, John Riggs Stadium, Meza, Ariz.
Sporting AZ FC vs. Phoenix Rising FC, 10 p.m. ET, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Chandler, Ariz.
Fresno FC vs. Orange County FC/Santa Ana Winds FC winner, 10 p.m. ET, Chukchansi Park, Fresno, Calif.
Orange County SC vs. FC Golden State Force/L.A. Wolves FC winner, 10 p.m. ET, Champions Soccer Stadium, Irvine, Calif.
Kitsap Soccer Club vs. Reno 1868 FC, 10 p.m. ET, Gordon Field, Bremerton, Wash.
Reno 1868 FC vs. Portland Timbers U23, 10:30 p.m. ET, Greater Nevada Field, Reno, Nev.
Sacramento Republic FC vs. CD Aguiluchos USA/San Francisco City FC winner, 10:30 p.m. ET, American River College, Sacramento, Calif.
Las Vegas Lights FC vs. FC Tucson/La Maquina FC, 11 p.m. ET, Peter Johann Soccer Field, Las Vegas, Nev.