CDL to play in 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

CDL FC MAKES CLUB HISTORY WITH INVITE TO PLAY IN 103RD EDITION OF U.S. TOURNAMENT

Cincinnati, OH – The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC qualify for 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup via their Premier Development League playoff performance in 2015. The U.S. Soccer Federation revealed the format and schedule on Friday afternoon with the kick off of the First Round of the tournament on May 11.

This will be the first appearance in club history for the CDL FC squad as they join 18 additional PDL teams as well as an additional 73 teams across the nation to play for the OPEN CUP. “We are very pleased to be a part of the 103rd playing of the U.S. Open Cup and look forward to representing the club well,” said CDL FC CEO Mike Mossel. “This tournament comes right at the start of our season, so we need to be competitive from day one on the pitch. Playing at the highest level of amateur soccer, the U.S. Open Cup will allow us to really measure ourselves with the best amateur soccer teams and if we advance, professional teams as well. We look forward to the challenge ahead as it will make our squad better.”

Sporting Kansas City is the defending U.S. Cup champion, having won a second title on the road against the Philadelphia Union last September in Chester, Pa. This year’s winning team will receive $250,000, a place in the 2017-18 CONCACAF Champions’ League and will join the current 102 names engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy. The runner-up will earn $60,000 and the highest advancing team from each of the lower divisions will take home $15,000 cash prize.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual tournament open to all amateur and professional soccer teams associated with U.S. Soccer. The inaugural cup in 1914 started 102 consecutive years of crowning a champion.

This year’s competition will feature a tiered-bracket/single game elimination format.   A record 48 amateur teams will enter in the First Round with 24 games scheduled for May 11th. Teams will be paired geographically and those matches will be announced April 6th. The following rounds will include 44 professional clubs with play continuing through the summer and culminating to the Final, scheduled for September 21st.

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