Since today the U.S. Open Cup released pairings, here’s what we found out about our local teams in a snapshot.
REGIMENT TAKE ON CHAOS
Fort Pitt Regiment will take on WV Chaos (PDL) on Wednesday, May 13, in Charleston, WV in the Second Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
This will likely be the first official match for both teams this season as their schedules won’t begin until after May 13. In fact, both squads are still finalizing rosters and holding tryouts.
This will be the first-ever appearance for the Fort Pitt Regiment in the U.S. Open Cup. Last year was their first full season in the NPSL. It also marks the debut of the Chaos in the Open Cup as well, even though they’ve been in existence since 2003. They qualified thanks for a 1st place finish in USL PDL South Atlantic Division in 2014.
RIVERHOUNDS WILL AWAIT THE WINNER
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds will await the winner — and since neither team bid to host a third round game, as the Hounds will be the host on May 20 at Highmark Stadium of the Third Round match up.
Obviously, from a Pittsburgh soccer point of view, it would be historical match-up between the Regiment and Riverhounds. But lets not get too far ahead of ourselves just yet.
Some of the most entertaining soccer games ever played at Highmark Stadium have included the two U.S. Open matches the Hounds had vs RWB Adria in 2013 and 2014.
Here’s look at the Riverhounds U.S. Open Cup history with notes of their few (and far between) matches with MLS teams. Essentially, in every other year, they were eliminated by a fellow USL, A-League, PDL or other side. Last year was the first year since 2003, that the Hounds advanced far enough to take on a top division foe — in the Chicago Fire…
2000 2nd Round
2001 *Quarterfinals – Lost to Chicago Fire 3-2
(*last USL/A-League team remaining -also beat MLS Colorado Rapids in 2nd Round)
2003 3rd Round – Lost to DC United 2-1
2005 1st Round
2006 1st Round
2008 2nd Round
2009 1st Round
2010 2nd Round
2011 2nd Round
2012 2nd Round
2013 2nd Round
2014 4th Round- Wins over NY Red Bull U23s & RWB Adria, Lost to Chicago Fire, 2-0