COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Wednesday, May 22, 2013) – The Colorado Rapids learned today its potential opponents for the team’s fourth round match in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, should the Rapids win next Tuesday’s third round clash with Orlando City SC of the USL Professional Division. If the Rapids advance past Orlando, they will face either the winner of the third round match between Sporting Kansas City (MLS) and the Des Moines Menace (PDL).
At this point, that the Colorado Rapids will travel for a U.S. Open Cup match is just about a given. Next Tuesday the Rapids will begin play in the 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in Florida when they visit Orlando City FC of the USL Pro league.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Tuesday, May 21, 2013) – The Colorado Rapids will visit Orlando City SC of the USL Professional Division (USL Pro) next Tuesday, May 28 in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The match, which will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. MT) at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, is the Rapids’ first match in the 2013 Open Cup.
In 2012 the U.S. Soccer Federation included all Division I, II, and III professional clubs in the U.S. Open Cup proper for the first time ever. The Division I field included all 16 U.S.-based Major League Soccer teams, which was the first time since 2006 that all Division I teams took part in the nation's oldest soccer tournament.
For the Colorado Rapids, 2012 was the club's first time back in the tournament since 2007. Over the previous four years, the Rapids had failed to advance past the Open Cup Qualifying rounds.
Cinderella will take the form of a team other than the Colorado Rovers in the 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
The Rovers, making their Open Cup debut and representing first-time entry U.S. Specialty Sports Association - the lowest level in the 68 team national tournament - fell to the Georgia Revolution 5-3 on penalty kicks Tuesday night at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch after the teams played to a 1-1 tie through overtime.
It's been 15 years since Ritchie Kotschau lifted the U.S. Open Cup trophy when he helped the Chicago Fire to their first title in October of 1998.
It's been seven years since he last played in the oldest soccer tournament in the United States, that coming on August 2, 2006 when he helped the Colorado Rapids eliminate Real Salt Lake with a 1-0 win in the Fourth Round of the tournament.
The 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will be the biggest yet.
On Tuesday, U.S. Soccer announced that the 2013 U.S. Open Cup will include 68 team - the most in the modern era of the tournamant.
For the second-consecutive year all U.S. based Division I, II and III teams will participate in the tournament proper: 16 from Major League Soccer, six from the North American Soccer League and 12 from USL PRO.
Commerce City, Colo. - Center back and acting team captain Drew Moor was a late scratch from the trip to Kansas City for the fourth round U.S. Open Cup match against Sporting KC, in which the home eliminated the Rapids with a 2-0 win on Tuesday night.
After being an unused substitute in Colorado's 3-1 third round win in Tampa, Florida over the Rowdies, Moor was itching to play on Tuesday at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. However, his left hamstring tightened up during Monday's workout and the coaching staff decided against taking the ironman defender as a precaution.
Colorado Rapids center back Scott Palguta following loss to Sporting KC in U.S. Open Cup:
On Colorado’s performance in a 2-0 loss…
"I thought our back four was pretty solid throughout the night. They didn’t give us too many problems through the run of play. It’s very frustrating because the goals we seem to be conceding against (Sporting KC) have been our fault. Going back to last year, they’ve scored two goals on us in four straight games, and they seem to be soft goals that can be avoided."