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05 / 19

The Open Cup Trek Continues Against Louisville City FC

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: May 19, 2015

Lansing United continues their inaugural U.S. Open Cup trek Wednesday as the city of Lansing welcomes a professional soccer club within its city limits for the first time in history.

The Hoops earned a berth into the Second Round of the Open Cup after defeating RWB Adria in a penalty shootout last Wednesday at the East Lansing Soccer Complex, earning Second Round hosting rights and a match against third-tier United Soccer League (USL) club Louisville City FC.

“As a staff and as a club, the mantra we use is that it’s always about the next game,” head coach/GM Eric Rudland said. “So for us, we’re fortunate that our next game is against a pro team.”

Only seven National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) teams remain in the Open Cup after last week’s First Round and United is the only NPSL club hosting a Second Round match.

Louisville, an USL club in its inaugural season after acquiring the USL license from Orlando City Soccer Club prior to their move to MLS, enters the Second Round after a First Round bye, along with 20 other USL clubs. As last Wednesday’s match was United’s first Open Cup match in club history, this Wednesday will also be Louisville’s inaugural match in the prestigious national club tournament.

Louisville currently sits in fourth place in the USL Eastern Conference and is coming off back-to-back shutout victories with a 3-0 win over Wilmington Hammerheads FC last Tuesday and a 4-0 win over Toronto FC II on Saturday.

“They are definitely a good attacking team going forward,” Rudland said. “They create chances going forward, they send guys out of the back line, and they try to create numerical advantages in the center of the park, as well as in the wide channel.”

Louisville’s preseason kicked off in early March and the club has played eight regular season games since going 4-1-3 while United kicks off the regular season Friday against the Indiana Fire.

“It’s a young season for us,” Rudland said. “We know that we’re not in the driver’s seat when it comes to matches under our belt, but that’s when you look at playing at home in front of our fans and hope that that variable comes into play and really pushes our guys to perform at a high level and take some pride in playing at home.”

Wednesday will only mark Louisville’s fourth away match in which LCFC is winless this season going 0-1-2 so far. United is undefeated at the East Lansing Soccer Complex going 7-0-3 over the past two seasons in regular competition.

Tickets are still available for Wednesday’s match against Louisville City FC and can be purchased online or at the gate. All tickets are just $10 and season ticket scarves will not grant you usual access per U.S. Soccer.

The Second Round U.S. Open Cup match Wednesday will not be live streamed, but fans can still follow the match live on the @LansingUnited Twitter account for minute-by-minute action.

The winner of Wednesday’s match will earn a trip to Indianapolis to play second-tier North American Soccer League (NASL) side Indy Eleven on May 27.