Minnesota faces Menace Tuesday in 100th Open Cup
With the second-round still to play, the allure of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup got brighter this week when the US Soccer Federation released the draw for third round of the 100th edition of the United States’ oldest soccer tournament. Major League Soccer’s 16 US-based clubs join the tournament in the third round, and reigning US Open Cup champion Sporting Kansas City awaits the winner of next Tuesday night’s second round game between Minnesota United FC and the Des Moines Menace.
The Menace, of the fourth-division USL Premier Development League, earned the right to face Minnesota at 7:00 p.m. next Tuesday, May 21, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. Des Moines defeated the Madison 56ers 1-0 at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday night. The second round match between Minnesota and Des Moines will be the first outdoor game of the season in Minnesota.
Tickets for the game at the University of Minnesota’s intimate outdoor soccer stadium will be $10 for adults and $5 for youth age 17 and younger. An online presale will run Thursday through Sunday for Minnesota United FC season ticket holders only, with remaining tickets available at the door on Tuesday.
The winner of that game will face the reigning US Open Cup champions at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Before his team can face the test of dethroning Sporting KC, Minnesota United FC head coach Manny Lagos knows not to look past the PDL’s Menace.
“Now that we know who’s playing after that, we have to be ready and mentally focused to do our job Tuesday night,” he said. “It won’t be easy when you have a bunch of young guys who are going to play their hearts out against you, so you have to step on the field with the same type of mentality and intensity”
Pitting teams from all levels from amateur through professional, the Open Cup is a single-elimination knockout tournament first contested in 1914. The winner of the competition earns a cash prize and a berth in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League, the premier international club competition in North and Central America and the Caribbean.
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