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Local clubs play U.S. Open Cup qualifiers Sunday

Two local teams will continue their efforts this Sunday to make the U.S. Open Cup.

Phoenix SC and United German Hungarians Majors each qualified for the U.S. Adult Soccer Association Region I finals, which gives them a chance to qualify for the nation’s penultimate knockout cup.

Phoenix gained its spot by winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Association Open Cup in December with a 2-1 win over UGH.

However, UGH Majors impressed enough to earn itself a bid for placing second, as did second-place finishers in several other qualifying tourneys, a change in qualification that surprised many and displeased some. Historically, it’s typically been just the qualification winners that moved on.

UGH Majors somehow earned a home game and will host Club Atletico Virginia, who won the DC/Virginia Open Cup.

Despite winning the EPSA tourney, Phoenix will have to travel to Queens, N.Y., to play New York Pancyprian Freedoms, who won the eastern New York title and have qualified for the U.S. Open Cup three times in the last 11 years.

For the full Region 1 draw, click here.

On the Major League Soccer side of qualifying, Philadelphia Union will play the New York Red Bulls sometime in April, with the winner advancing to play the New England Revolution. A date and time are expected to be set this week.

One Comment

  1. UGH advances after winning on PK’s.
    Pancyprian defeats Phoenix 3-2, after Phoenix player wrongly sent off in the 15th minutes.

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