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Second round matches set for 2018 U.S. Open Cup


With the conclusion of the first round on Wednesday night, we now know which amatuer sides will be challenging the U.S.-based USL clubs in the second round.

FC Cincinnati, who fell in the semi-finals last year, will begin their Open Cup run against Detroit City FC, who took down the Michigan Bucks in penalties in the first round. It will be Le Rouge’s second time reaching this stage of the tournament. They lost to Louisville City in the second round back in 2016.

Speaking of the defending USL champions, they will host the Long Island Rough Riders of the PDL.

There will be two matches without a USL team, meaning there will certainly be at least a pair of amateur sides in the third round of the tournament. Miami FC 2 will face another intra-city foe as they face Miami United. Elm City Express, defending NPSL champions, will take on Seacoast United Phantoms in the other amateur on amateur clash.

Finally, a pair of Florida based former NASL foes will square off as the Tampa Bay Rowdies head to the north coast of the state to take on the Jacksonville Armada.

Here’s the full list of matches to be played on May 16:

North Carolina FC vs. Lansdowne Bhoys
Charlotte Independence vs. Ocean City Nor’easters
Erie Commodores vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Reading United AC vs. Richmond Kickers
Louisville City FC vs. Long Island Rough Riders
FC Motown vs. Penn FC
Elm City Express vs. Seacoast United Phantoms
FC Cincinnati vs. Detroit City FC
Charleston Battery vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC
Jacksonville Armada vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
Miami United vs. Miami FC 2
Mississippi Brilla FC vs. Indy Eleven
Nashville SC vs. Inter Nashville FC
Duluth FC vs. Saint Louis FC
NTX Rayados FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy
Midland-Odessa Sockers vs. San Antonio FC
Colorado Springs Switchbacks vs. FC Denver
Sporting Arizona FC vs. Phoenix Rising
Fresno FC vs. Orange County FC
Orange County SC vs. FC Golden State Force
Reno 1868 FC vs. Portland Timbers U23s
Sacramento Republic vs. San Francisco City FC
Las Vegas Lights vs. FC Tuscon

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