Seven teams from the American Premier Soccer League will begin their U.S. Open Cup journey today as the first round of the open qualifying gets underway.
South Florida FC, Red Force FC, FC Kendall, Boca Raton FC, Hurricanes FC, Miami United, and Inter United will all represent the ever-growing APSL in the national tournament.
Boca Raton FC and Hurricanes FC will kick it off tonight at 7:30 pm at Seacrest Soccer Complex as the two APSL teams will face each other in what will be an exciting matchup.
The action will continue tomorrow as a handful of APSL teams open up the Cup run.
Red Force FC will square off versus FC Ginga at 11 am at Cypress Park.
South Florida FC will face Miami United FC at 5 pm at Brian Piccolo Soccer Park.
Inter United will take on Orlando Storm at 7 pm at Lake Myrtle Sports Complex.
FC Kendall takes on Leu Blacks at Amelia Earhart Park at 8 pm.
“It’s exciting to see how our league has grown in the last three years,” says Commissioner Bert Mahecha. “We are very proud of all the teams that are participating the Open Cup this season.”
If the teams advance past the qualifying rounds, they will await the draw of the MLS, 2nd & 3rd Division teams that will take place in January of 2018 to determine their next opponent.
Although soccer in the United States doesn’t have the same history as other countries around the world, the U.S. can still claim the third-oldest continuously running national tournament.
The first U.S. Open Cup, then called the National Challenge Cup, was played in 1914 and has continued every year since. England’s FA Cup is the oldest association tournament in the world, beginning play in 1871.