The United States Soccer Federation has announced the match-ups for the first and second round of the 104th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Reading United A.C. was selected to host Clarkstown SC Eagles, an amateur club who play in the National Premier Soccer League. The match is scheduled to be played at Don Thomas Stadium in Exeter Township on Wednesday, May 10 at 7:30pm.
This will be Reading United’s ninth consecutive season participating in the U.S. Open Cup, a record for most consecutive appearances in the competition by an amateur club. In total, Reading has qualified for the competition eleven times. United has won five straight first round matchups dating back to 2012.
U.S. Soccer also announced the pairings for the second round of this year’s competition. The winner of the Reading United – Clarkstown match-up will face the New York Cosmos, the defending North American Soccer League champions. With a victory over Clarkstown, United would host the Cosmos, one of the most storied clubs in U.S. Soccer history, at Don Thomas Stadium on Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30pm.
Reading United claimed their place in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup by winning the Premier Development League’s Mid-Atlantic Division title in 2016. Under the leadership of first year head coach Stephen Hogan, Reading won 10 matches during the 2016 regular season and made a dramatic run to the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Open Cup is the longest running national soccer competition in the country, having been contested every year since 1914. Clubs from every level of the U.S. Soccer pyramid, from the professional clubs in Major League Soccer to amateur sides in the U.S. Adult Soccer Association. Clubs from Pennsylvania have won the competition a total of 14 times, with the legendary Bethlehem Steel side of the early 20th century claiming a record five titles. FC Dallas are the current champions, having defeated the New England Revolution, 4-2, in the 2016 Open Cup Final.