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AC St. Louis Visits Des Moines Menace in US Open Cup June 15

Today the USSF announced its pairing for the 16 games in the first round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.  AC St. Louis will travel to West Des Moines, Iowa to play the Des Moines Menace of the Premier Development League at 7:30 pm CDT on Tuesday June 15.  Other teams playing in this round include other USSF D2  clubs, USL-2 clubs, PDL  and USASA clubs that have through elimination rounds played earlier.  The winners of each game will play again on June 22.  The winner of the AC St. Louis-Des Moines Menace match will play the winner of the Kansas City Athletics (USASA)-NSC Minnesota Stars match.

I’m disappointed that AC St. Louis wasn’t awarded a home game in this round.  The Des Moines Menace play in the same PDL Heartland Division as our local St. Louis Lions.   Des Moines defeated the Lions, 2-1, about ten days ago at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines before a crowd of over 3400, so one can fairly say that they deserve to be awarded a home game, too.  GO AC !!!!

The following is reprinted from an NASL.com article by Goodman Brown.

 Soccer has announced the draw for the first two rounds of the 2010
Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

The First Round matches will all be played on June 15. The 32 teams
that make up the first round were divided geographically and the
match-ups were determined by a blind draw.

The Second Round of the 95-year-old Tournament will pit the winners
from the 16 First Round matches with the result that the 8 Seco0nd
Round winners will meet the 8 Major League Soccer teams in the Third

All times EASTERN – All matches played June 15


Game 1: N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms (USASA) at Long Island Rough Riders
(PDL) – 7:30 p.m. ET – Cy Donnelly Stadium; South Huntington, N.Y.

Game 2: Brooklyn Italians Soccer Club (USASA) at Harrisburg City
Islanders (USL-2) – 7 p.m. ET – Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg,

Game 3: Real Maryland FC Monarchs (USL-2) at Reading United A.C. (PDL)
– 7:30 p.m. ET – Don Thomas Stadium; Reading, Pa.

Game 4: Crystal Palace Baltimore (USSF-D2) at Richmond Kickers (USL-2)
– 7 p.m. ET – University of Richmond Stadium; Richmond, Va.

Game 5: Capital Area Soccer League Elite (USASA) at Charleston Battery
(USL-2) – 7:30 p.m. ET – Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

Game 6: Charlotte Eagles (USL-2) at Carolina RailHawks (USSF-D2) –
7:05 p.m. ET – WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

Game 7: Dayton Dutch Lions FC (PDL) at Rochester Rhinos (USSF-D2) –
7:05 p.m. ET – Marina Auto Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.

Game 8: Detroit United Soccer Club (USASA) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds
(USL-2) – 7 p.m. ET – Chartiers Valley High School; Bridgeville, Pa.

Game 9: Kansas City Athletics (USASA) at NSC Minnesota Stars (USSF-D2)
– 8 p.m. CT – National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.

Game 10: AC St. Louis (USSF-D2) at Des Moines Menace (PDL) – 8:30 p.m.
ET – Valley Stadium; West Des Moines, Iowa

Game 11: Central Florida Kraze (PDL) at Miami FC (USSF-D2) – 7:30 p.m.
ET – Lockhart Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Game 12: FC Tampa Bay Rowdies (USSF-D2) at Legends FC (USASA) – 9 p.m.
ET – Richland Stadium; Dallas, Texas

Game 13: Dallas-Fort Worth Tornados (PDL) at Austin Aztex (USSF-D2) –
8:30 p.m. ET – House Park; Austin, Texas

Game 14: Arizona Sahuaros (USASA) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL) –
10:05 p.m. ET – Ventura College; Ventura, Calif.

Game 15: Sonoma County Sol (USASA) at Portland Timbers (USSF-D2) – 10
p.m. ET – PGE Park; Portland, Ore.

Game 16: Bay Area Ambassadors FC (USASA) at Kitsap Pumas (PDL) – 10
p.m. ET – Bremerton Memorial Stadium; Bremerton, Wash.


Game 17: Winner 1 vs. Winner 2

Game 18: Winner 3 vs. Winner 4

Game 19: Winner 5 vs. Winner 6

Game 20: Winner 7 vs. Winner 8

Game 21: Winner 9 vs. Winner 10

Game 22: Winner 11 vs. Winner 12

Game 23: Winner 13 vs. Winner 14

Game 24: Winner 15 vs. Winner 16

Second Round hosts, times and venues to be announced at a later date.

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