Minnesota Stars Could Host Seattle Sounders with Tuesday Night US Open Cup Win
The Minnesota Stars FC are being called road warriors these days. They have battled through a brutal NASL schedule that inflicted on the team a 4-game road trip that started on May 19th in Fort Lauderdale and won’t end until June 9th in Cary, N.C.
In the meantime the Stars lost a flip of the coin to host their first US Open Cup match against the Des Moines Menace on May 22nd and sold their home venue rights to Real Salt Lake on May 29th. With those two games in the mix, that’s over 10,200 miles the team has traveled. In that time and with all the travel, the team has managed a 3-0-2 record with the biggest victory being last Tuesday’s defeat of Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto in front of over 17,000 fans, which is the largest crowd ever at at a non-final USOC match.
Add to all of the Stars’ travel Tuesday night’s USOC game in San Jose, California against the Earthquakes and it makes 6 away matches in 16 days, traveling over 13,300 miles. Yes, road warriors!
So it had to be a relief to the Stars front office, coaching staff and its players when US Soccer announced on Saturday that if the team should win its game against the San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday night, they will get to host the winner of the Seattle Sounders v Cal FC match. That Quarterfinal USOC game would take place on June 26th.
Here are all the potential 5th Round USOC Quarterfinal matchups and their potential venues.
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule QUARTERFINALS – Tuesday, June 26
New York Red Bulls (MLS)/Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) Winner at D.C. United (MLS): RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.; 7:30 p.m. ET
New York Red Bulls (MLS)/Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) Winner at Philadelphia Union (MLS): PPL Park; Chester, Pa.; 7:30 p.m. ET
Michigan Bucks (PDL)/Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) Winner at Sporting Kansas City (MLS): LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.; 7:30 p.m. CT
Michigan Bucks (PDL)/Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) Winner at Colorado Rapids (MLS): Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.; 7 p.m. MT
Chivas USA (MLS)/Carolina RailHawks (NASL) Winner at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL): Heroes Stadium; San Antonio, Texas; 7:30 p.m. CT
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) at Chivas USA (MLS): Home Depot Center Track & Field Stadium; Carson, Calif.; 7:30 p.m. PT
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL): WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.; 7:07 p.m. ET
Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)/Cal FC (USASA) Winner at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS): Kezar Stadium; San Francisco, Calif.; 7:30 p.m. PT
Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)/Cal FC (USASA) Winner at Minnesota Stars FC (NASL): National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.; 7:30 p.m. CT