A potential Lone Star State showdown between Austin Bold FC and San Antonio FC was one of the possibilities produced in the draw for the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday. | Photo courtesy Carlos Barron / Austin Bold FC
CHICAGO – U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday morning the potential pairings and hosting scenarios for the Third Round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, with regional rivalries between USL Championship clubs and two interconference matchups among the eye-catching games produced by the draw.
Every game of the Third Round will take place on Wednesday, May 29, to produce the 11 teams that will square off with Major League Soccer opposition next month in the Fourth Round. The contest will be aired live on ESPN+.
Among the notable matchups including Championship clubs are potential first meetings between OKC Energy FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and Saint Louis FC and El Paso Locomotive FC, which would pit sides from the opposite conferences in the league against one another in the Midwest. Energy FC would host the Rowdies on the campus of the University of Oklahoma should both sides advance past their Second-Round opponents, while Locomotive FC would head to face Saint Louis should those two sides move on.
The winner of the Second Round-contest between Sacramento Republic FC and Reno 1868 FC could face a much more familiar foe with Fresno FC the potential matchup for both sides should the Foxes advance into the Third Round. North Carolina FC and the Charlotte Independence could also square off once again should they advance, while Austin Bold FC would play host to San Antonio FC in a potential Third-Round matchup.
Other big games that could be on the docket include current Eastern Conference contenders Nashville SC playing host to the Charleston Battery and a third meeting of the season between Louisville City FC and Birmingham Legion FC.
Louisville City FC and Birmingham Legion FC would meet for a third time this season should both teams advance to the Third Round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. | Photo courtesy Jared Dunham / Birmingham Legion FC
Out west, Phoenix Rising FC or New Mexico United could face Championship rival Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, while Orange County SC would head to face Las Vegas Lights FC at Cashman Field should both avoid being upset on home turf in the Second Round.
2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Third Round Draw
Wednesday, May 29
North Carolina FC vs. Charlotte Independence / Florida Soccer Soldiers, 7 p.m. ET, WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C
or Richmond Kickers vs. Charlotte Independence / Florida Soccer Soldiers, 7 p.m. ET, City Stadium, Richmond, Va.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC vs. Indy Eleven / Lansing Ignite FC, 7 p.m. ET, Highmark Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pa.
or Indy Eleven vs. Dayton Dutch Lions FC, 7 p.m. ET, Sellick Bowl, Indianapolis, Ind.
or Dayton Dutch Lions FC vs. Lansing Ignite FC, 7 p.m. ET, DOC Stadium, West Carrollton, Ohio
Louisville City FC vs. Birmingham Legion FC / West Chester United, 7 p.m. ET, Lynn Stadium, Louisville, Ky.
or Reading United AC vs. Birmingham Legion FC / West Chester United, 7 p.m. ET, Gurski Stadium, West Lawn, Pa.
Saint Louis FC vs. El Paso Locomotive FC / Forward Madison FC, 8 p.m. ET, World Wide Technology Soccer Park, Fenton, Mo.
or Des Moines Menace vs. El Paso Locomotive FC / Forward Madison FC, 8:30 p.m. ET, Drake Stadium, Des Moines, Iowa
Nashville SC vs. Greenville Triumph SC / Charleston Battery, 8:30 p.m. ET, Dean A. Hayes Track & Soccer Stadium, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
or Greenville Triumph SC vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC 2, 7 p.m. ET, Legacy Early College, Greenville, S.C.
or Charleston Battery vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC 2, 7:30 p.m. ET, MUSC Health Stadium, Charleston, S.C.
OKC Energy FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies / The Villages SC, 8:30 p.m. ET, John Crain Field, Norman, Okla.
or Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. NTX Rayados, 7 p.m. ET, Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, Fla.
or NTX Rayados vs. The Villages SC, 8:30 p.m. ET, Mountain View Community College, Dallas, Texas
Memphis 901 FC vs. Hartford Athletic / New York Cosmos B, 8 p.m. ET, Mike Rose Soccer Complex, Memphis, Tenn.
or New York Red Bulls U-23 vs. Hartford Athletic / New York Cosmos B, 7:30 p.m. ET, MSU Soccer Park, Montclair, N.J.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC vs. San Antonio FC / Laredo Heat SC, 8 p.m. ET, Case Soccer Complex, Tulsa, Okla.
or Austin Bold FC vs. San Antonio FC / Laredo Heat SC, 8:30 p.m. ET, Bold Stadium, Del Valle, Texas
Phoenix Rising FC vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC / FC Denver, 10:30 p.m. ET, Casino Arizona Field, Tempe, Ariz.
or Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. New Mexico United, 9 p.m. ET, Weidner Field, Colorado Springs, Colo.
or FC Denver vs. New Mexico United, 9:30 p.m. ET, TBD
El Farolito vs. Sacramento Republic FC / Reno 1868 FC, 6 p.m. ET, Boxer Stadium, San Francisco, Calif.
or Sacramento Republic FC vs. Fresno FC, 10:30 p.m. ET, Papa Murphy’s Park, Sacramento Republic FC
or Reno 1868 FC vs. Fresno FC, 10:30 p.m. ET, Greater Nevada Field, Reno, Nev.
Las Vegas Lights FC vs. Orange County SC / Orange County FC, 10:30 p.m. ET, Cashman Field, Las Vegas, Nev.
or Orange County SC vs. Cal FC, 10:30 p.m. ET, Championship Soccer Stadium, Irvine, Calif.
or Orange County FC vs. Cal FC, 10:30 p.m. ET, L.A. Harbor College, Wilmington, Calif.