Louisville City to enter U.S. Open Cup May 20 - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Louisville City to enter U.S. Open Cup May 20

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In addition to playing their inaugural season in US Soccer's third tier USL PRO league, Louisville City FC will also participate in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup this summer.

The U.S. Open Cup is a knock-out tournament founded in 1914, which automatically includes professional teams from MLS, NASL (North American Soccer League) and USL PRO – but also will include 44 amateur level teams through qualifying rounds.

The 91 total teams competing in the 2015 tournament is the largest field in the years since MLS was founded.

The Cup will begin with four amateur teams competing in play-in games, looking to get them into the official first round that will already include 40 other amateur teams.

Beginning in the second round, 21 USL PRO teams (including Louisville City) will be matched up with the surviving amateur sides.

Louisville City FC is scheduled to enter the draw on May 20 and could play host for that match, though not at Slugger Field due to a Bats game.

The surviving teams will be joined by nine NASL teams in the third round, followed by 17 MLS teams in the fourth round. The fifth round will consist of group play before a final round of 16 bracket will be drawn up.

USL PRO's Rochester Rhinos are the only USL PRO team to have won the Cup, winning in 1999 in their second trip to the finals. The Charleston Battery also reached the finals in 2008.

For a full explanation of the tournament, teams participating and a schedule, click here.

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