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USL Championship Clubs Learn Draw for Third Round of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

By Staff, 04/08/22, 11:55AM EDT


15 teams advanced from opening games this week to earn chance at Major League Soccer opponents

TAMPA, Fla. – In-state and regional rivalries highlighted the draw for the Third Round of the 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Friday afternoon, bringing some top storylines for clubs across the USL Championship as they square off with competition from Major League Soccer when the competition resumes between April 19th and 21st.

Eight of the 15 Championship clubs in the Third Round draw were drawn at home, with Miami FC set to play host to South Florida rival Inter Miami CF in the first official meeting between the two sides. Miami FC Head Coach Anthony Pulis – who marshalled Saint Louis FC’s trip to the Quarterfinals of the Open Cup in 2019 – will bring familiarity to the contest, having served as an assistant coach at IMCF before his appointment this offseason to his current position.

Further up the Sunshine State, the Tampa Bay Rowdies will head to face Orlando City SC at Exploria Stadium as the two teams meet for the first time in the Open Cup since 2014, when Orlando was a member of the USL Championship prior to its move to MLS. Meanwhile in California, the defending USL Championship title holder Orange County SC will head on the road to face Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles FC with players including former Mexico international Erick “Cubo” Torres and United States international Michael Orozco set to feature for the visitors.

Elsewhere, San Antonio FC will get to play host to Major League Soccer’s Austin FC at Toyota Field, while Detroit City FC will host the Columbus Crew at Keyworth Stadium, and Hartford Athletic will play host to the New York Red Bulls at Trinity Health Stadium as all three clubs look to upset their top-flight opposition.

Another game that should get a major spotlight serves as the lone all-USL Championship contest of the round as Phoenix Rising FC plays host to New Mexico United in a rematch from the 2019 tournament at Wild Horse Pass. New Mexico earned victory in a penalty shootout against Phoenix when they met three years ago on the way to reaching the Quarterfinals, and the rivalry between the two sides that was established that campaign – New Mexico’s first as a club – still burns brightly. A former Championship rivalry will also be rekindled as the Championship’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC head to face current Major League Soccer club FC Cincinnati, while FC Tulsa will head to face FC Dallas in a rematch from the 2017 Open Cup Fourth Round

Reunions will serve as a major storyline as San Diego Loyal SC and Head Coach Landon Donovan were drawn away to the LA Galaxy, bringing the U.S. Soccer legend back to a venue at Dignity Health Sports Park that features his statue as one of the Galaxy’s legendary players. Rio Grande Valley FC and Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera will also head on the road to face Houston Dynamo FC, which Cabrera led as Head Coach to the 2018 Open Cup title. Former affiliates, the Toros will get to visit PNC Stadium for a first official meeting between the two sides.

Additionally, Louisville City FC will play host to former Head Coach John Hackworth and St. Louis City 2 at Lynn Family Stadium. Hackworth led LouCity to its second USL Championship title in 2019 and also the Championship Final in 2019 before his departure from the club early last season. Numerous players from those squads – including captain Paolo DelPiccolo, all-time appearances leader Niall McCabe and stalwart defender Sean Totsch – will now face their former coach, as will current LouCity Head Coach Danny Cruz, who served as Hackworth’s assistant when he joined the club.

Two USL Championship sides will play host to USL League One opposition as Sacramento Republic FC faces Central Valley Fuego FC and former player Villyan Bijev, who led the expansion side’s victory against El Paso Locomotive FC in its Open Cup debut. Birmingham Legion FC, meanwhile, will face League One’s South Georgia Tormenta FC with a place in the Fourth Round up for grabs.

2022 U.S. Open Cup – Third Round Draw
Home Teams Listed First
Tuesday, April 19

Flower City Union vs. D.C. United, 7 p.m. ET, Rochester Community Sports Complex
FC Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, 7 p.m. ET, TQL Stadium
Miami FC vs. Inter Miami CF, 7 p.m. ET, FIU Stadium
Detroit City FC vs. Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m. ET, Keyworth Stadium
Birmingham Legion FC vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC, 8 p.m. ET, Alabama Soccer Stadium
Chicago Fire FC vs. Union Omaha, 8 p.m. ET, Soldier Field
FC Dallas vs. FC Tulsa, 8:30 p.m. ET, Toyota Stadium
Houston Dynamo FC vs. Rio Grande Valley FC, 8:30 p.m. ET, PNC Stadium
LA Galaxy vs. San Diego Loyal SC, 10:30 p.m. ET, Dignity Health Sports Park
FC Tucson vs. California United Strikers FC, 10:30 p.m. ET, Kino North Stadium
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Bay Cities FC, 10:30 p.m. ET, PayPal Park

Wednesday, April 20
Rochester New York FC vs. FC Motown, 6 p.m. ET, Monroe Community College
Richmond Kickers vs. North Carolina Fusion U23, 6:30 p.m. ET, City Stadium
Greenville Triumph SC vs. Charlotte FC, 7 p.m. ET, Triumph Stadium at Legacy Early College
Hartford Athletic vs. New York Red Bulls, 7 p.m. ET, Trinity Health Stadium
Orlando City SC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies, 7 p.m. ET, Osceola County Stadium
Forward Madison FC vs. Minnesota United FC, 7 p.m. ET, Breese Stevens Field
Atlanta United FC vs. Chattanooga FC, 7:30 p.m. ET, Fifth Third Bank Stadium
Louisville City FC vs. St. Louis City 2, 7:30 p.m. ET, Lynn Family Stadium
San Antonio FC vs. Austin FC, 8:30 p.m. ET, Toyota Field
Real Salt Lake vs. Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC, 9:30 p.m. ET, Rio Tinto Stadium
Phoenix Rising FC vs. New Mexico United, 10:30 p.m. ET, Wild Horse Pass
Los Angeles FC vs. Orange County SC, 10:30 p.m. ET, Banc of California Stadium
Sacramento Republic FC vs. Central Valley Fuego FC, 10:30 p.m. ET, Heart Health Park

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