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Preview: Reading set for U.S Open Cup match against Rochester

Another year.

Another chance for Reading United to pull off a U.S. Open Cup upset. Last season, Reading defeated Harrisburg City Islanders at home in the second round and advanced to take on the New York Red Bulls.

This season, a streaking Reading team looks to continue their recent U.S. Open Cup success as they travel north to face USL-PRO side Rochester Rhinos in the third round of the tournament on Tuesday, May 27.

Coming off a 3-0 win against PDL rival Baltimore Bohemians in league play on Saturday, Reading head coach David Castellanos looked ahead to the team’s next match and arguably toughest opponent yet this season.

“It’s tough,” Castellanos said of the prospect of facing Rochester, who won the US Open Cup in 1999, the last non-MLS club to do so. “You are playing a team with a rich tradition. For us, the pressure is on them. They are expected to win. We are going to go up there and put up a fight.”

Rochester Rhinos defeated Western Mass Pioneers 2-1 in extra time on May 14 to advance to the third round and are currently 3-2-4 in league play. In their last game, they fell 1-0 at home to Sacramento Republic, ending a seven-game unbeaten streak.

With an overall record of 3-0-1 in 2014 that includes three USL-PDL games and one Open Cup match, Reading will rely on former Union academy player Darius Madison, who scored a goal and three assists in Readings 5-2 win over Greater Binghamton FC Thunder in the second round on May 14. The University of Virginia junior will be key to Reading’s offensive chances against their toughest opponent, yet.

“It’s going to be a real test,” Madison said. “I’m excited to get to play against Johny Mac (McCarthy), an old rival of mine. Hopefully, we get the result we are looking for.”

Defender Oumar Ballo, who scored the game-winner against Baltimore, shared similar thoughts about the upcoming Open Cup matchup.

“The confidence is real high right now,” Ballo said. “We are looking forward to these upcoming games. Going forward from now on we are very confident in ourselves and our work rate. As long as we have that (work rate), we should move forward no problem.”

Tuesday night’s game kicks off at 7:35 p.m. Follow @readingunited and @RochesterRhinos on Twitter for updates from the game.

If Reading win they will take on DC United in the fourth round at the Maryland SoccerPlex on June 17 at 7 pm.

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