For a third year in a row the Colorado Rapids could host their USL neighbors Colorado Springs Switchbacks in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round, after the draw was made in Chicago on Thursday.
The Switchbacks won their second round encounter 2-0 over PDL team FC Tucson on Wednesday, and next take on Oklahoma City Energy in round three for the right to meet the Rapids. OKC Energy were comfortable 5-1 winners over USASA Region IV champions Moreno Valley FC, of southern California.
While the Switchbacks sit fourth in the USL’s Western Conference on 13 points (3-3-4) - albeit 10 points behind leaders San Antonio FC - OKC lie next-to-bottom with a 1-4-1 record.
The Rapids first met the Switchbacks at the same stage of the U.S. Open Cup in 2015, when goals from Dillon Serna (2), Dominique Badji and Joseph Greenspan gave them a 4-1 win. Things were a little tighter in 2016, when a Serna strike six minutes from time was the difference in a 1-0 victory.
For the past three seasons the Rapids have gone out of the competition at the fifth round stage. Last year they lost 2-1 at eventual winners FC Dallas. The Rapids' best run in the Open Cup came in 1999, when they lost 2-0 in the final to Rochester Rhinos.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks and Oklahoma City Energy will play their third round match at Weidner Field on May 31.