In a reveal show that went faster than I could tweet, the draw for the fourth round of the US Open Cup was just revealed on 120sports.
The draw saw seventeen MLS clubs enter the competition. Fifteen were drawn against non-MLS teams, while two MLS clubs, the Timbers and Sounders (juicy) will play each other. The committee normally attempts to keep teams within similar geographical zones when pairing opponents, but there were a few that were naturally forced to play an opponent out of its region.
One of those matches is the Armada match. They were drawn against the Columbus Crew, winners of the competition in 2002.
The good news is that the Armada won the hosting coin flip and will host the match on either the 15th or 16th of June. The question now is where the Armada will play their game, because the Suns have a home game on the 15th, and I’m not too sure the Baseball Grounds can be converted to Community First Park quickly enough for a match on the 16th. The other options in town are Everbank Field, which would be ok, and Hodges Stadium at UNF, which would be a little less ok.
Of course, all of these questions could be pointless if the Armada don’t beat the Richmond Kickers on May 27th to advance to the fourth round anyways. We’ll have more on the team’s journey through the tournament over the coming weeks.
US Soccer also released dates and times for the matches here. Looks like the matches will be on the 16th and 17th, not the 15th and 16th like I had previously stated.
And the Armada, should they beat Richmond, will play at Hodges Stadium at UNF at 730pm on the 17th of June.