U.S. Soccer Federation announced matchups for the First Round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and it was revealed that Ventura County Fusion (PDL) will be hosting Moreno Valley FC (UPSL) on Wednesday May 10th at Ventura College Sportsplex with kickoff announced for 7:00 pm.
For VC Fusion this will be the 8th cup participation in a row, the most by a PDL team. A total of 21 Premier Development League franchises the most in league history will participate in this year’s edition of one of the oldest tournaments in US soccer history.
“It is always exciting to be part of the select group of teams participating in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, our players and coaches know of the importance of it and for us to not only participate, but once again be able to host it’s great for our team and fan base,” said VC Fusion GM Ranbir Shergill “Every year we wait first for the invitation and second for the pairings and this year as it always happens, we will be facing a formidable opponent in the first round when we host Moreno Valley FC.”
Moreno Valley FC earned their spot on this year US Open Cup by beating HD Rush (Victorville, Ca) by the score 5 to 1 back in October of 2016, in contrast with VC Fusion this is the first US Open Cup participation for Moreno Valley FC.
For “The Orange and Blue”, this is another chance to break the ceiling as they will try and reach the 4th round for the first time in history. Fusion has gone as far as the 3rd round three times in their history with the most recent in 2015 when they lost to Cal FC. The other two times 2012 (Chivas USA) and 2014 (Sacramento Republic FC).
The winner of VC Fusion versus Moreno Valley FC match will play Oklahoma City Energy (USL) in the second round of the tournament, Wednesday May 17th. If Fusion comes out victorious OKC Energy will be traveling to Ventura for that match.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup it’s an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer is recognized as U.S. Soccer's National Club Championship, and it is a competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 103 consecutive years dating from 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt. FC Dallas is the defending U.S. Open Cup champion, having earned the club’s second tournament title thanks to a 4-2 victory against New England Revolution Sept. 13, 2016, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.