ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The pairings for the Second Round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup have been announced which will see Saint Louis FC face the winner of Des Moines Menace (USL League 2) vs. Duluth FC (NPSL) on May 14-15. Saint Louis FC will host the game if Duluth FC advances and travel to Des Moines should they win in the First Round with the exact date of the game still to be determined.
The Second Round of the U.S. Open Cup introduces 25 USL Championship teams to face the winners of the First Round which consists of six USL League One sides and 32 Open Division Teams. Home teams for each round are determined by a random selection process among those clubs that have applied and whose venues meet the minimum tournament standards. Should Saint Louis FC face Duluth FC in the Second Round, information on tickets will be released as soon as possible. New for the 2019 edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, every game of this year’s competition from the First Round to the Cup Final will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Saint Louis FC has faced Des Moines Menace and Duluth FC each once before in the U.S. Open Cup. Saint Louis FC hosted Des Moines Menace in 2015 and won 2-1 on the way to advancing to the Fourth Round to face Sporting KC. In 2018, the club would travel to Duluth FC and win 2-0 before being eliminated in the Third Round by Louisville City FC. Saint Louis FC has competed in the U.S. Open Cup in each of the club’s four seasons with the following results:
Second Round – Saint Louis FC 2-1 Des Moines Menace
Third Round – Saint Louis FC 1-1 (3-1) Minnesota United
Fourth Round – Sporting Kansas City 1-0 Saint Louis FC
Second Round – Saint Louis FC 2-0 AFC Cleveland
Third Round – Saint Louis FC 0-2 Minnesota United
Second Round – FC Wichita 3-4 Saint Louis FC
Third Round – Michigan Bucks 1-2 Saint Louis FC
Fourth Round – Saint Louis FC 0-1 Chicago Fire
Second Round – Duluth 0-2 Saint Louis FC
Third Round – Louisville City FC 1-0 Saint Louis FC
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer's National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 105 consecutive years dating from 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.