The Tampa Bay Rowdies play FC Cincinnati tonight, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 7:30pm. They will be playing at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida in the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Okay, I have to admit that I don’t really know that much about soccer and nothing at all about the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open. I know American football, basketball & baseball pretty well. I know enough to follow the basics in soccer so I do hope to learn a bit more tonight when I attend the game. By the way, the Tampa Bay Rowdies were formed in 1974 and have been playing at Al Lang Stadium since 2011. (Nice for me since it’s less than 10 minutes from my house.)
So here’s what I found out about the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup from the Rowdies website, http://www.rowdiessoccer.com/home
“About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Dating back to 1914, the U.S. Open Cup is the oldest cup competition in United States soccer and is among the oldest in the world. (Good to know) Open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States, the annual U.S. Open Cup is a 100-plus-year-old single-elimination tournament.
In a nutshell, the U.S. Open Cup is very similar to domestic cup competitions popular throughout Europe, South America and the rest of the world. Cup competitions, which usually run concurrent with a country’s league season, are open in the early stages to any club that qualifies, giving local amateur teams a chance to compete against the best teams a country has to offer.
Entry into the tournament is staggered by league, with NASL teams entering in the Third Round this year. The Open Cup Final this season is the Eighth Round, so the Rowdies are six wins away from winning the Open Cup. The winner of the match advances to face Columbus Crew SC in Columbus on Wednesday, June 15. And tonight’s match must produce a winner. If the match is tied after regulation, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played. Regardless of any goals scored in the extra time periods, both 15-minute periods will be played in full. If the match is still tied after 30 minutes of extra time, the match will proceed to penalty kicks to determine a winner.”
Okay, so let’s go Rowdies!! I will be the one wearing green & yellow. Ha ha ha.