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Lexington, Knoxville handed marquee matchups in Open Cup Second Round

By Staff, 02/16/23, 4:00PM EST


League One newcomers set to face in-state Championship opponents, eight teams receive home draw

USL League One newcomers Lexington Sporting Club and One Knoxville SC were handed marquee draws for their debuts in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, highlighting a slate of contests that will see the league’s clubs make their first step in the 2023 tournament.

Both One Knox and Lexington will face in-state USL Championship opposition in the Second Round, announced by U.S. Soccer on Thursday, with Knoxville set to play host to Memphis 901 FC at Regal Soccer Stadium and Lexington heading to face Louisville City FC at Lynn Family Stadium during the first week in April.

Eight of League One’s 12 teams will play at home in the Second Round overall. Among them is Central Valley Fuego FC, which will play host to fellow NorCal club Monterey Bay F.C. at the Fresno State University Soccer Stadium. 2022 League One title winner South Georgia Tormenta FC will also open its campaign at home against the Championship’s Rio Grande Valley FC at Tormenta Stadium.

Union Omaha will also play host to the Championship’s El Paso Locomotive FC at Michael G. Morrison Stadium as it looks to begin another run after becoming the first League One club to reach the tournament’s Quarterfinals a season ago, while Chattanooga Red Wolves SC will play host to the Championship’s Birmingham Legion FC at CHI Memorial Stadium.

In addition to Lexington SC, three other League One clubs will head on the road including a return trip for Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC to face Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Weidner Field after the Hailstorm’s upset victory a season ago.

Greenville Triumph SC, meanwhile, gets a trip out west to face the Championship’s Phoenix Rising FC in Arizona, while North Carolina FC will head north to face the Championship’s Loudoun United FC at Segra Field.

2023 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Second Round
April 4-6

Central Valley Fuego FC vs. Monterey Bay F.C., Fresno State University Soccer Stadium
Charleston Battery vs. Savannah Clovers FC, Patriots Point
Charlotte Independence vs. Appalachian FC or NC Fusion, American Legion Memorial Stadium
Chattanooga Red Wolves SC vs. Birmingham Legion FC, CHI Memorial Stadium
Club de Lyon FC vs. San Antonio FC, Austin-Tindall Sports Complex
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC, Weidner Field
Des Moines Menace or Beaman United FC vs. Chattanooga FC, Valley Stadium
Detroit City FC vs. Gold Star Detroit FC, Keyworth Stadium
FC Tulsa vs. Brazos Valley Cavalry FC, Tulsa, Okla.
or Tulsa Athletic vs. FC Tulsa, Tulsa, Okla.
Flower City Union vs. FC Motown or Manhattan SC, Rochester Community Sports Complex
Forward Madison FC vs. Bavarian United or Chicago House AC, Breese Stevens Field
Hartford Athletic vs. Hartford City FC or Lansdowne Yongers, Trinity Health Stadium
Indy Eleven vs. Michigan Stars FC, Michael A. Carroll Stadium
Las Vegas Lights FC vs. LA Force, Cashman Field
Loudoun United FC vs. North Carolina FC, Segra Field
Louisville City FC vs. Lexington Sporting Club, Lynn Family Stadium
Maryland Bobcats FC vs. Ocean City Nor’easters or West Chester United, Maryland Soccerplex
Miami FC vs. Jacksonville Armada FC or Miami United FC, Riccardo Silva Stadium
New Mexico United vs. Park City Red Wolves or UDA Soccer, University of New Mexico Soccer Complex
Oakland Roots SC vs. El Farolito or Inter San Francisco, CSUEB Pioneer Stadium
One Knoxville SC vs. Memphis 901 FC, Regal Soccer Stadium
Orange County SC vs. Ventura County Fusion or Capo FC, Championship Soccer Stadium
Phoenix Rising FC vs. Greenville Triumph SC, Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC vs. Rochester NY FC, Highmark Stadium
Richmond Kickers vs. Cleveland SC or Lionsbridge FC, City Stadium
Sacramento Republic FC vs. Project 51O or Crossfire Premier, Hearth Health Park
San Diego Loyal SC vs. ALBION San Diego, SDSU Sports Deck
South Georgia Tormenta FC vs. Rio Grande Valley FC, Optim Sports Medicine Field at Tormenta Stadium
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Nona FC or Club de Lyon, Al Lang Stadium
Union Omaha vs. El Paso Locomotive FC, Michael G. Morrison Stadium

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