* From Press Release *
Charlotte, NC — The Charlotte Eagles are set to host the Seattle Sounders U23’s in the second round of the US Open Cup on Tuesday, May 21st at 7 pm at Queens Sports Complex. The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is widely regarded as US Soccer’s National Championship.
The winner of the matchup on Tuesday will play Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire. If the Eagles win they will host the Fire at Winthrop University at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 28th.
Seattle comes to Charlotte after beating Doxa Italia of Manhattan Beach, California 5-1 in the first round of the Open Cup. Sounders U23 forward David Geno, 21,scored 4 goals in the first half as the Sounders took a 5-0 lead into the half. Geno, who just completed his junior season at East Tennessee State, was signed by the Sounders U23’s out of the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. In his Junior season Geno ended the year with 11 goals and 8 assists in 20 games played.
Who are the Seattle Sounders U23? Formerly known as the Tacoma Tide, the Sounders U23 are a United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League team that serves as the development platform for Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders. The head coach is Sounders FC director of youth development Darren Sawatzky. The team is comprised mostly of college-aged players who may have the opportunity to play for the first team Sounders down the line.
The US Open Cup is widely regarded as US Soccer’s National Championship, as the yearly tournament is open to all teams affiliated with the US Soccer Federation. The winner of the Open Cup is given a berth into the CONCACAF Champions League, CONCACAF is the governing body of North America, Central America and Caribbean soccer, where they will play for a chance to go to the FIFA Club World Cup and compete against the best teams in the world.
Tickets, if purchased online, are $7.50 for Adults and $5.50 for Youth plus fees. To purchase tickets for the Open Cup game CLICK HERE.
Don’t forget that the Charlotte Eagles and Lady Eagles are set to have a doubleheader Saturday, June 1st. It is the return of Mustache night as well as Princess night for the Lady Eagles game. So come dressed as your favorite princess or rocking your ‘stache for the game!
Keep that Orange Flag Flying High and we’ll see you Tuesday at 7 at beautiful Queens Sports Complex!