Union Set Sights on Lamar Hunt US Open Cup
Fans of Union Dubuque will have much more to look forward to, even after the Spring season concludes on July 22nd.
The board of Union Dubuque F.C. voted recently to pursue plans to enter local qualifying for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, the most historic soccer competition in America, and the third oldest cup competition in the world. The first edition of the tournament was held more than 100 years ago in 1913. Since then, the US Open Cup has invited teams from all levels of American soccer to compete in a knockout-style competition to crown an American champion, and is similar in style and function to the FA Cup in England and Wales.
The format of the US Open Cup allows for Union to compete initially against the best amateur clubs in the country. However, should Union progress far enough, there is the opportunity to face opposition from Major League Soccer and United Soccer League teams, either in Dubuque or on the road.
While the intentions of the club are clear, several logistical hurdles must be overcome in order to proceed with plans to enter the Cup, such as finding an open venue to play on the dates and meeting the standards mandated by US Soccer, as well as filling out a roster with players who are eligible to compete in the Fall.
If you are an area soccer player with experience at a high level and are interested in joining the club for our Fall competitions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.