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San Ramon Dynamos FC to host 1st round qualifying of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Published Sep 2, 2018

                            

 

San Ramon Dynamos FC to host 1st round qualifying of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

With the crisp crackle of fresh fall air, the San Ramon Dynamos begin their quest for Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup glory on September 22nd

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, in its 106th year, is the oldest ongoing national cup soccer tournament in the United States. 2019 Open Division Local Qualifying includes 95 amateur clubs from 25 states and the District of Columbia to play in knock-out rounds taking place monthly September through April.  Advancing through qualifications gives these amateur clubs the opportunity to challenge professional competition, including Major League Soccer teams, in the U.S. Open Cup Rounds beginning May 2019. 

San Ramon’s Head Coach Rory O’Connor took a brief break from training to reflect on the meaning of the U.S. Open Cup and the bonds that arise between club and community in such a competition. "There is always something very special about the Association Cups in every country. One doesn't have to look back very far to see the last time an amateur team won the Open Cup here - '93 I believe (yes, San Francisco’s El Farolito). Any time David is pitted against Goliath, it gives the people from the small towns something to shout about, to get invested in if you like.” The Dynamos’ Gaffer added to the motivation behind his thoughts; “The Dynamos look forward to representing our little town on the national stage and we want to keep building until we make it far enough to get into the draw with the big boys from the MLS.”

First round qualifying kicks off September 22nd when the San Ramon Dynamos host their United Premier Soccer League Division rival JASA Redwood City at Dougherty Valley High School Stadium, 10550 Albion Rd, San Ramon, CA.  Ticket prices are $10 adults, $5 students and free for kids 10 and younger.

More information about the San Ramon Dynamos, United Premier Soccer League, U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Open Cup can be found at www.clubdynamosfc.com, www.upslsoccer.com, www.ussoccer.com and www.ussoccer.com/lamar-hunt-us-open-cup.

Story by Hans Starks