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U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals Preview – Atlanta United FC vs. Indy Eleven

By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 07/08/24, 11:42AM EDT


Boys in Blue head to Georgia with aim of continuing historic run against former Open Cup winner

Indy Eleven will try to continue its deepest run in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in club history as it visits Atlanta United FC on Tuesday night. | Photo courtesy Matt Schlotzhauer / Indy Eleven

Indy Eleven will try to make club history as it faces opposition from Major League Soccer for the first time in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup since the 2016 edition of the tournament with a visit to Atlanta United FC on Tuesday night.

Here’s what you need to know about the Quarterfinal clash.

Atlanta United FC vs. Indy Eleven

Venue: Fifth Third Stadium
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Broadcast: AppleTV+

The Lowdown: Indy Eleven visits Atlanta United FC aiming to continue the deepest run in the club’s Open Cup history as it looks for its first win in the tournament against an opponent from MLS in its history, having lost 4-3 in a penalty shootout to the Chicago Fire in the Fourth Round in 2016 after a dramatic 1-1 draw after regulation and extra time.

The Boys in Blue currently sit in third place in the Championship’s Eastern Conference, having parlayed an eight-game winning streak into a surge up the standings over April and May. The side played to a 3-3 draw against Rhode Island FC on Friday night in its last league outing, however, as it conceded in second-half stoppage time to miss out on all three points.

Atlanta United, meanwhile, has gone through a turbulent season that saw the side part ways with Head Coach Gonzalo Pineda on June 3. Since then, former USL Championship All-League selection Rob Valentino has served as interim Head Coach, but the side is currently in 10th position in the Eastern Conference after suffering a 5-2 defeat on Saturday night against Real Salt Lake.

How They Got Here

Indy Eleven – Indy used an early goal by Douglas Martinez Jr. to come away with a 1-0 win away at Chicago Fire FC II in the Third Round before Augustine Williams and Jack Blake each scored inside the opening 10 minutes to power a 2-0 victory against San Antonio FC in the Fourth Round. The Boys in Blue then swept to a 3-0 victory against Detroit City FC in the Round of 16 as Williams scored his second of the tournament and goalkeeper Hunter Sulte recorded his second shutout.

Atlanta United FC – The 2019 Open Cup winner opened its campaign with a 3-0 victory against USL League One’s Charlotte Independence as Nicolas Firmino scored twice, and then came through a penalty shootout against the USL Championship’s Charleston Battery after a scoreless draw through 120 minutes as former Championship All-League selection Josh Cohen came through with two key saves.

Spotlight Players
Indy Eleven – Ben Ofeimu:
The young center back has been a sterling addition to Indy’s back line since his arrival from Miami FC in early April, and he’ll need to be at his best defensively while also offering a threat from set pieces for the visitors.

Atlanta United FC – Daniel Rios: The former USL Championship All-League selection has notched five goals and three assists in 15 appearances in MLS this season, and is coming off a goal and assist this weekend against Real Salt Lake.

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