San Antonio FC will once again be participating in the countries oldest national soccer competition, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Like in 2016, SAFC will join the competition in the Second Round along with 17 fellow USL clubs and 6 NASL clubs. Both the NASL and USL will enter the competition in the same round this year due to the equal sanctioning of the leagues as both Division 2 by the USSF early this January. FC Dallas are the defending Open Cup champions.
The Second and Third rounds will have the lower division and amateur sides fighting each other to earn a place in the Fourth Round where the 19 Major League Soccer clubs will enter the competition. The winner of the 104th edition will receive $250,000, a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions’ League tournament.
The first four rounds will have match-ups paired by geographic proximity. The Texas based clubs in the tournament are:
MLS: FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo
USL: San Antonio FC
NPSL: Dutch Lions FC
Open Division: NTX Rayados
This means that San Antonio will likely face either Dutch Lions FC or NTX Rayados in their Second Round match. If Dutch Lions FC and NTX Rayados play each other in the First Round, this would mean that assuming they move on, SAFC would play a team outside of Texas for their Third Round match-up before getting another shot at a MLS squad.
Here are San Antonio FC's 2016 results:
Second Round: 3-1 win over Corinthians FC of San Antonio
Third Round: 2-1 win over Des Moines Menace
Fourth Round: 0-4 loss to the Houston Dynamo
How do you think San Antonio will fair this year?
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