The quest to become the first North American Soccer League team to capture the historic Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup lies with the league’s sole survivor when the Carolina RailHawks aim to knock off their third consecutive Major League Soccer opponent at Wednesday’s Quarter Finals stage.
The action in the centennial edition of the U.S. Open Cup is set for 9:30pm ET on Wednesday, June 26, when the Carolina RailHawks, who are coming off a 3-1 win in extra time against CD Chivas USA in the Fourth Round, look to eliminate host Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The Carolina-Real Salt Lake Quarter Final will be broadcast live on www.CarolinaRailHawks.com.
“The 100th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has been an important tournament for the entire organization, including the fans,” said RailHawks President Curt Johnson. “We are excited to be able to make the Quarter Final match available through CarolinaRailHawks.com to RailHawks fans and followers around the world.”
If victorious, the current NASL league-leaders Carolina, who are also first NASL club to reach the last eight of the U.S. Open Cup, will host the winner of the clash between MLS sides Portland Timbers-FC Dallas at WakeMed Soccer Park on August 7. The RailHawks also ousted defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy in the Third Round and Carolina Dynamo of the PDL.
“It’s a great opportunity that is in front of us,” said RailHawks coach Colin Clarke. “The U.S. Open Cup is a very important tournament and we approach it that way.”
The four Quarter Final winners will process to the Semi Finals on August 7, and the eventual tournament winner in October will be one of the four U.S. representatives at the 2014-2015 CONCACAF Champions League.
Did You Know?
This is only the second year the NASL teams are competing at the U.S. Open Cup and so far they have outscored opposition 48 to 35 in 27 games … Carolina RailHawks are the only NASL side to reach the Quarter Finals … Prior to 2012, RailHawks reached the 2007 Open Cup Semi Finals only to lose a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime encounter to the eventual champion New England Revolution (MLS).
NASL at 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Real Salt Lake vs. Carolina RailHawks
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah, 9:30 pm ET
Fourth Round Results
Carolina RailHawks 3 CD Chivas USA 1 AET
Portland Timers 2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 0
Third Round Results
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0 FC Dallas 2
Real Salt Lake 3 Atlanta Silverbacks 2 AET
Carolina RailHawks 2 Los Angeles Galaxy 0
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1 Seattle Sounders FC 0
Second Round Results
Carolina RailHawks 3 Carolina Dynamo 1
VSI Tampa Bay 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2
Georgia Revolution 2 Atlanta Silverbacks 3
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 Laredo Heat 1 (Strikers won 7-6 PK)
San Antonio Scorpions 2 FC Tucson 2 (FC Tucson won 4-3 PK)
Minnesota United FC 0 Des Moines Menace 1
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