Via The Cup – The Fourth Round of the 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup kicks off on Wednesday, June 12 with eight games. Four lower division teams are still alive, but only one of them are hosting in a Major League Soccer-dominated schedule. Round 4 is filled with dramatic storylines with every game either being a rivalry from league play or a David vs. Goliath match. Read in-depth previews at TheCup.US
Jack Jewsbury and Portland will host the Tampa Bay Rowdies. NASL fans may want to follow @NASLinStLouis who contributed to this report. He pays particular attention to Missouri players working to reach the higher leagues.
Sporting KC, defending US Open Cup Champions, defeated Orlando City last year in their 4th round match up 3-2. Kevin Smith offered a look at Vianney grad Erik Ustruck following that game. Erik and Orlando City lead the USL Pro league and visit Sporting Park tonight for a game at 7:30 pm.
Lawrence Olum (St. Louis Lions USL-PDL 2006) is on Sporting KC’s 2013 roster and has seen action in 6 matches with tonight’s game a likely opportunity to see more playing time. The Sporting KC staff previews the game.
Chris Schuler’s Real Salt Lake will be playing the Charleston Battery (USL Pro) in the 4th round of the US Open Cup on June 12th, at 8:30 p.m. Chris has logged over 1000 minutes played in 12 MLS games so far in 2013. Game preview.
Jack Jewsbury’s Portland Timbers will play Mike Ambersley’s Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) in the 4th round of the US Open Cup on June 12th, at 9:30 p.m. For more on this match, check out the preview from NASL.
Jack has logged 996 minutes played in 12 MLS games so far in 2013. Mike has logged 98 minutes in in only 3 games played for the Rowdies in 2013, after first seeing action May 25th following injury rehab.
Will Bruin’s Houston Dynamo will play Dallas FC in the 4th round of the US Open Cup on June 12th, at 8 p.m. Will is leading the Dynamo in shots and goals, 2nd in assists and 2nd to Brad Davis in shots on goal.
Here is the full Fourth Round Schedule for the evening Wednesday. Winners will advance to the Quarterfinals on June 26th. Here is the full Lamar Hunt US Open Cup schedule.[table “” not found /]