By MATT STYPULKOSKI
The 2015 U.S. Open Cup kicked off in late April with two preliminary-round games. Now the winners of those contests – Cal FC and Harpo’s FC – are set to join 40 other teams in the competition’s first round on Wednesday.
This year’s Open Cup is still several rounds away from the inclusion of NASL or MLS sides. In fact, even USL sides will not join the tournament until the second round.
That leaves the current population of clubs split among four amateur leagues – NPSL, PDL, USASA and USSSA – jockeying for a chance to play the professionals.
Here’s a list of Wednesday’s first-round matchups, including live-stream information where available (after the jump):
Fort Pitt Regiment FC (NPSL) at West Virginia Chaos (PDL), 7 p.m.
Greater Binghamton FC Thunder (NPSL) at Western Mass Pioneers (PDL), 7 p.m.
RWB Adria (USASA) vs. Lansing United (NPSL), 7 p.m.
SW Florida Adrenaline (PDL) at Miami United (NPSL), 7 p.m.
Triangle Brigade (USASA) Upward Stars (NPSL), 7 p.m.
Virginia Beach City FC (NPSL) vs. AC Connecticut (PDL), 7 p.m.
Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) at Long Island Rough Riders (PDL), 8, p.m.
Detroit City FC (NPSL) at Michigan Bucks (PDL), 7:30 p.m. WATCH
Ocala Stampede (PDL) vs. Chattanooga FC (NPSL), 7:30 p.m. WATCH
New York Greek Americans (USASA) at Jersey Express (PDL), 8 p.m.
Maryland Bays (USASA) at Reading United AC (PDL), 7 p.m.
Seacoast United Phantoms (PDL) vs. GPS-Massachusetts (USASA), 8 p.m.
Madison Fire (USASA) at Des Moines Menace (PDL), 8:30 p.m. WATCH
Tulsa Athletics (NPSL) vs. Midland/Odessa Sockers (PDL), 8:30 p.m. WATCH
NTX Rayados (USASA) vs. Laredo Heat SC (PDL), 9:15 p.m. WATCH
Harpo’s FC (USSSA) at BYU Cougars (PDL), 9:30 p.m. WATCH
Chula Vista FC (USASA) at FC Tucson (PDL), 9:30 p.m. WATCH
Kitsap Pumas (PDL) at FC Tacoma 253 (NPSL), 9:30 p.m. WATCH
Burlingame Dragons (Calif.; PDL) at Sonoma County Sol (NPSL), 10 p.m.
Cal FC (USASA) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL), 10 p.m. WATCH
Golden State Misioneros FC (PDL) at PSA Elite (USASA), 10 p.m.
What do you think of the matchups? Plan to attend any games? Who do you see emerging from the first round?
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