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Lansing United to Play in 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: February 05, 2015

Lansing United will make its first-ever appearance in the Lamar Hunt United States Open Cup on May 13, 2015. United will be one of 12 participants from the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). Lansing qualified for the 102nd edition of the U.S. Open Cup after winning the Great Lakes Western Conference championship in 2014. United will learn who they play and the venue at which they will play when the draw is announced on April 8.

“It is an honor to represent Lansing and the NPSL in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup,” said Lansing United President/CEO Jeremy Sampson. “This tournament is an opportunity for teams like ours in the fourth division to compete against the best teams in the United States.”

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 101 consecutive years dating from 1914.

“Obtaining a bid to the U.S. Open Cup in our second year of existence is paramount. It’s really a reflection of all the work that went into our inaugural season. Work from players, club staff and most of all the the community,” head coach and GM Eric Rudland said. “It’s going to be surreal to hear the Sons of Ransom signing on a national stage.”

Lansing will begin play in the first round against a team from USASA or the PDL. A victory on May 13th would set up a game with a team from third division (USL Pro) on May 20th.

“Competing in the U.S. Open Cup also gives us the opportunity to showcase the talent on our roster,” Rudland said. “It could bode well for pushing players on to the next level.”

A record number 91 teams will compete in this year’s tournament up from 80 last year. This year’s winner will earn $250,000, a berth in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions’ League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will take home $60,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will earn a $15,000 cash prize. Seattle Sounders FC won their 4th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship in 2014.