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Open Cup Rewind: The Brooklyn Italians - More than a Club

Borough Park is not Williamsburg. The corner of 58th St. & 18th Ave is Brooklyn-Brooklyn and the headquarters, the still-beating heart, of the Brooklyn Italians Soccer Club. “It used to be Italian people as far as you could see in this neighborhood,” said Ludo Masucci, current club director, unlocking the front door and nodding to a family of Hasidic Jews who pass. “All the w Read more
U.S. Open Cup Apr 20, 2018

The Beljulji Brothers & Fargo’s Fusion

During the Yugoslav wars and chaos of the 1990s, Sunaj Beljulji (pronounced Bell-Jull-Jee) found himself growing up in a Bosnian refugee camp, kicking around a soccer ball at age three with his older brothers. For three years after that, he and his nine siblings did what was necessary to survive, and to find makeshift fields and free corners to play the game that kept them dreaming. READ: Kra Read more
U.S. Open Cup Apr 17, 2018

Open Cup Rewind: ’95 Kickers – ‘Lightning in a Bottle’

Rumors swirled in 1995 about a new shot at a big-time professional league in the States. The old North American Soccer League’s magnificent collapse was still fresh and Major League Soccer was just a promise. A tease. It was in this fateful year, on the cusp of a new frontier for the game in America, that a top crop of young players, talented amateurs from the country’s best college pr Read more
U.S. Open Cup Apr 13, 2018

Second Round Pairings and Host Scenarios Set for 2018 U.S. Open Cup

CHICAGO (April 11, 2018) – The Second Round pairings and host scenarios have been set for the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship. On May 16, the 22 teams from the United Soccer League (USL) will enter the tournament to play against Open Division winners (Local Qualifiers, PDL and NPSL) from the First Round of games scheduled for May 8-9 across the United Stat Read more
U.S. Open Cup Apr 11, 2018
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Kramer Runager - Remember the Name

When a Santa Ana Winds FC assistant coach pronounces his name wrong, Kramer Runager’s quick to set him straight. It’s Runager (like RUN-ah-GRR not ROON-ah-GRR). He’s not vain. And he’s far from a diva, but it’s clear that his name – his dad’s name and his granddad’s too – matters much to this 27-year-old striker. READ MORE: Then & Now Read more
U.S. Open Cup Apr 11, 2018

Then & Now: 20 Things to Know About the Open Cup

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has survived, uninterrupted, since 1914. And through those 104 years is woven the story, always changing and often bizarre, of soccer in America. A competition equal parts circus and showpiece, there’s a lot to love about this old tournament. Here’s a rundown of 20 fun facts from the good old days when there were laces on the ball to today, the 105th U.S. O Read more
U.S. Open Cup Apr 9, 2018

First Round Pairings for 2018 U.S. Open Cup Announced

CHICAGO (April 4, 2018) – U.S. Soccer today announced the pairings for the First Round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship. The First Round will commence after a three-game Play-In Round May 5-6, which was added to accommodate the Jacksonville Armada, Miami FC 2 and New York Cosmos B. The First Round will consist of one match on May 8 followed by 25 o Read more
U.S. Open Cup Apr 4, 2018

All Eyes on Open Cup: Round-by-Round Breakdown

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has a lot of moving parts and balls are always up in the air. This year, the 105th consecutive edition of the tournament, consists of eight Rounds (eleven for the Open Division amateurs who played out a grueling qualifying process). 94 teams from every tier of American Soccer will take part in #USOC2018, with combatants drawn from the dizzy heights of Major League Socc Read more
U.S. Open Cup Apr 4, 2018

A Long Road Home - 104 Years of the U.S. Open Cup

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is an unbroken thread that runs from the early 20th century to today. From the industrial leagues of the 1920s and 30s, to the ethnic flavor of the post-World War II era, and the dominance of MLS since the league’s birth in 1996, the Open Cup tells the confusing, chaotic and unlikely story of soccer’s success on American shores. Join ussoccer.com for a look Read more
U.S. Open Cup Apr 3, 2018

2018 U.S. Open Cup Play-In Round Opponents Determined for Jacksonville Armada, Miami FC 2 and New York Cosmos B

CHICAGO (April 2, 2018) - Jacksonville Armada, Miami FC 2 and New York Cosmos B confirmed their participation in the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup before today’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. Their inclusion requires a Play-In Round be played on May 5-6. NEWS: Armada, Miami FC 2 & NY Cosmos B invited to #USOC2018 NEWS: Format Finalized for #USOC2018 Official 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Read more
U.S. Open Cup Apr 2, 2018
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