The Long Island Rough Riders will play Kingston Stockade FC at 8 p.m. on May 9 at John Burns Park in Massapequa, N.Y., in the first round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer announced.
Long Island is one of 20 Premier Development League clubs participating in this year’s Cup. Founded in 2015, Kingston Stockade FC is a member of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).
“We are very excited to host Kingston Stockade in the first round of the U.S. Open Cup,” Rough Riders head coach Stephen Roche said. “It will be a challenging fixture against a very good side that won their NPSL conference last season. Our lads are excited to get going and hopefully a lot of people come out to support us on May 9.”
Louisville City FC awaits the winner in the second round on May 16.
The Rough Riders, exclusive PDL affiliate of New York City FC, went 10-2-5 last season en route to the Eastern Conference Final. Long Island, which finished runner-up in the Northeast Division, defeated Mid-Atlantic winners New York Red Bulls U-23 in an Eastern Conference play-in game. The Rough Riders beat the Myrtle Beach Mutiny, winners of the South Division, in the conference semifinals, before losing to eventual PDL champion Charlotte on penalty kicks in the conference final.
The 26 winners from the U.S. Open Cup first round advance to the second round, which introduces United Soccer League (USL) teams to the competition. The 24 matches will be played May 16. Major League Soccer (MLS) organizations enter the Cup in the fourth round.
The U.S. Open Cup, now in its 105th edition, features 94 teams from every tier of American soccer in an eight-round tournament. Long Island last qualified for the U.S. Open Cup in 2016, losing 2-1 to Lansdowne Bhoys FC in the first round.
The 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 26. Sporting Kansas City defeated the New York Red Bulls 2-1 to hoist the 2017 trophy.
BY: Michael LoRé