U.S. Open Cup moves into third-round play

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Let’s talk about the U.S. Open Cup, a super cool little tournament that’s pre-dates World War I – but just cannot gain traction in its bid for greater sporty awareness.

If you’re asking yourself at this moment, “What’s a U.S. Open Cup?” then allow the Washington Post’s Steven Goff to explain why all good soccer fans should crane their heads at its mention.

For those in the know, here’s what you should currently know:

A total of 16 second-round matches played out last night as amateur and lower-tier sides continued working their way up the Open Cup rungs.

The Rochester Rhinos, Charleston Battery and Richmond Kickers, teams with some history of modest success in the tournament, all claimed victories Tuesday. So did Cal FC, an amateur side coached by former U.S. international Eric Wynalda. Cal FC traveled across country to take apart Wilmington of the USL Pro league, 4-0.

Full second-round results and recaps are here.

And here you’ll find the third-round schedule, where MLS sides join the reach for the Dewar Cup.

I’ll highlight the five most intriguing third-round matchups in a follow-up post.