U.S. Soccer

Miami FC vs. FC Cincinnati

WATCH | 7:30pm ET | Riccardo Silva Stadium (Fla. International Univ.); Miami, Fla.
Miami FC vs. FC Cincinnati (Wednesday, Aug. 2) 

This one’s for all the romantics out there. Who can ask for more from an Open Cup match than the two remaining second-tier sides squaring off head-to-head for a place in the Semifinals? Alessandro Nesta’s flashy, free-scoring Miami FC go into the game as reigning Spring Champions of the North American Soccer League (NASL) after a 7-0 demolition of SF Deltas at the weekend. They will be fancied against United Soccer League (USL) representatives FC Cincinnati when the two meet in this obvious clash of styles and soccer cultures. Miami, led by the goals of Brazilian ace Stefano Pinho and the all-around play of Kwadwo Poku, have swashbuckled their way through the 2017 Cup, scoring 11 goals in their four games. On the other side of the coin, the men from Cincinnati reached the Quarterfinals with a combination of huge home support, watertight defense and true grit. “It’s about getting the preparation right beforehand and the determination right on the night,” said Cincinnati’s goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt who hasn’t conceded a single goal in all four of FC Cincinnati’s Open Cup games. The winner of this one in South Florida will make history, becoming the first non-MLS side since the Richmond Kickers in 2011 to reach the last four.