Youth Sides Fighting For Spotlight in US Open Cup

Why the US Open Cup is important to those on the amateur level
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Wednesday, May 14, 2014

US Open Cup Corner - 2012 Lamar Hunt USOC

When I was getting involved with soccer/football back in the 1994 World Cup, I was anxious to see a professional Division I league return. Major League Soccer came 2 years later. After the inaugural season of MLS, I found a merchandise catalog in 1997 that had a picture of DC United huddling around a trophy that wasn’t the Alan I. Rothenburg plaque.

I asked my friends in soccer if they knew what that big metal trophy was. And while I got a bunch of “I don’t knows” or “No clue” I finally found out that this was the Thomas R. Dewar Cup and the tournament was the US Open Cup – a tournament in which all clubs professional and amateur who are affiliated with US Soccer battle for a championship.

Since learning about this, I’ve enjoyed seeing those moments when David tries to knockout Goliath, and hoping to see your own side winning this title for glory and a trip to the CONCACAF Champions League. I have seen the Red Bulls on the road twice in Harrisburg, 3 trips to Long Island and once at Rutgers as the home team till they finally got Red Bull Arena.

I have seen several third round games, a few quarterfinal games and a semi-final game involving the local club. I saw their first championship final that was in Giants Stadium, in which RBNY lost to the Chicago Fire. But for the first time since getting involved with the US Open Cup, I went to my first early round match as the Red Bulls Under-23 squad hosted the Vermont Voltage of the PDL at their training facility.

What I saw was 2 youth sides going toe-to-toe trying to find ways to get a victory and move on into the second round to face a professional side in the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

After everything was all settled, it was the Red Bulls youth squad that would make the trip to Western Pennsylvania. I felt that I was making my own bit of history. But even if it wasn’t the Red Bulls youth squad that would be a part of this, I would be hunting down any video streams that would be available to view and follow.

This is why I love the US Open Cup. This is why dreams and do come true when you see those sides that are not suppose to advance come through. Or when the favorites fight hard and prove their worth to make sure they will fight and live another day. One game is all it takes to have the biggest joy or the cruelest joke, that’s why I love the US Open Cup.

Daniel FEUERSTEIN

Nationality:
USA
College:
Ramapo College
Club Domestic:
Red Bull NY
Club Foreign:
PSG, ManU, Maccabbi Haifa
Original New York Cosmos fan, reborn soccer fan since 1994 USA World Cup. Feuerstein’s Fire podcast host. Covers NY Red Bulls for SN, and promotes all levels of American soccer from both sides of issues.
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