The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest ongoing competition in American soccer. The Cup’s 101st year in existence will also be Detroit City FC’s first as a participating team.
On May 7th at 7pm, Detroit City FC will host RWB Adria in the first round of the eight round tournament. The match will be held at Stevenson High School in Livonia, MI.
Tickets are $10 and will be available at the gate and can also be pre-ordered online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/670338.
US Open Cup tickets are not included as part of DCFC’s season ticket packages.
Detroit City FC is hosting the game at Stevenson rather than their NPSL home of Cass Tech because the Cass Tech pitch size does not currently meet USOC standards. Livonia Stevenson High School is located at 33500 Six Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48152.
The Open Cup is so named because all United States Soccer Federation affiliated teams may participate, from amateur adult club teams to the professional clubs of Major League Soccer. Le Rouge will join four other NPSL teams in the first round of the tournament. Six other NPSL teams will begin play in the second round.
If DCFC advances to the second round of the tournament, they will face the Michigan Bucks, a Pontiac-based team in the Professional Development League (PDL) on May 14th.
According to their team website, RWB Adria is a Chicago, IL base team was founded in 1959 by Croatian immigrants. The most high profile player to have played for RWB Adria is the legendary Portuguese footballer Eusebio who had a stint at the club in the late 1970s. RWB Adria has also participated in the U.S. Open Cup four times: in 1991 (where the club was a semi-finalist), in 1996, in 2007, and in 2008.