Louisville City FC vs Birmingham Legion : Birmingham Legion FC hits the road Wednesday to face off against fellow USL team Louisville City for the third time this season, but this time is playing to advance in the U.S. Cup Open competition.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game, which takes place on the road for the Magic City team.
What is the U.S. Open Cup?
The U.S. Open Cup is recognized as U.S. Soccer’s national championship and is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams associated with U.S. Soccer.
The U.S. Open Cup is recognized as U.S. Soccer’s national championship and is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams associated with U.S. Soccer. Birmingham Legion FC will now advance to the third round against Louisville City FC, another United Soccer League squad.
“We have Louisville,” Soehn said. “We’ve played (them) twice with very different results. They really took it to us last time.”
West Chester, hailing from Pennsylvania, plays in the NPSL’s Northeast Region and advanced to the match with Birmingham after a shootout victory last week over FC Baltimore Christos.
For many players who compete over the summer in USL League Two, the amateur league is a chance for a change of scenery but for Reading United defender Lamine Conte playing Louisville City in the U.S. Open Cup will mean a trip back to the campus where he plays his college soccer.
“I know the field, I know the environment but I know that they are a professional team so we’re going to have to be sharper,” Conte said after the first round win over his former club, Philadelphia Lone Star last week. “If we win that it’s going to be a massive win for the whole organization.”
While Louisville City plays its league games at Louisville Slugger Field, the Cardinals home field, Lynn Stadium, will host Wednesday night’s second round Open Cup match.
Conte, who is originally from Guinea, transferred to the University of Louisville last fall from the University of Mobile and was part of the team that won the program’s first ACC Championship. The rising senior was hurt and didn’t play in a recent friendly against Louisville City.