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Open Cup Perspective: Knox Cameron, Mid Michigan Bucks


As Round Three of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicks off tonight with six out of eight matches being played across the country, there will be two lower-division teams - the Mid-Michigan Bucks (PDL) and Pittsburgh Riverhounds (A-League) - looking to knock off the big boys from the MLS. U.S. Under-20 National Team forward Knox Cameron plays for the Detroit-based Bucks and would like nothing more than to pull the first big upset of the tournament when they host the MetroStars at 7:30 p.m. ET at Hurley Field in Berkley, Michigan. Check out a quick note from Cameron on his thoughts as the big game approaches...

It's the day before the game and I can't believe we are less than a day away from such an important game. That's all the guys on the team have been talking about since we defeated the Long Island Rough Riders in our last Open Cup match on June 25. We were all joking about how we would feel during the pre-game warmups; some guys admitted that they would be nervous, while others claimed that they will remain calm.

As for me, I think it's a combination of both. I think I will have some pre-game jitters, but I will do my best to look very calm.

Practice went well Tuesday. We just scrimmaged for about a half hour, then went over set pieces, both attacking and defending. We also took P.K's just in case the game went that far. All the guys realize how important the game will be. Everyone is very focused and head coach Don Gemmell is doing a good job of keeping our minds on the task at hand. We are also enjoying all the support we have been getting leading up to this game, and we believe it will come in handy on Wednesday. All the preparations have been taken care of, now its just time to get on the field and do what we do best.

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