Real Monarchs, BYU Draws Announced for 2015 US Open Cup

April 8th, 2015 | by Nephi Henry

Three clubs from the Wasatch Front will play in this year’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and two of those Utah clubs learned their fate for the 2015 Open Cup when the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) performed the draw for the tournament’s first two rounds earlier today.

The first round starts locally with the BYU Cougars, who host their game at South Field in Provo, on May 13. Kickoff will be at 7:30 MDT, with BYU facing the winner of a play-in match between KC Athletics (USASA) and Harpo’s FC (USSSA).

The winner of BYU’s game will travel to Colorado Springs on May 20 to play the Switchbacks (USL) at Sand Creek Stadium.

“Our team is incredibly excited for this opportunity,” said BYU coach Chris Watkins in a statement. “We are grateful to our 2014 team who qualified this team and have left a legacy for all future teams to strive for.”

On the Real Monarchs’ side, the announcement will have fans of the club rooting for Brooklyn.

Because the RSL-affiliated club plays in the USL, they have a bye until the tournament’s second round on May 20. The Monarchs’ site depends on who wins the first-round match between the Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) and the Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) on May 13.

If Brooklyn wins in the first round, the Monarchs will stay home, facing the Italians at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 20. Otherwise, the Salt Lake club will travel to St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington, N.Y., to take on Long Island.

Round 3 will see NASL clubs join the tournament. MLS teams enter the fracas in Round 4, and the Final will be decided Sept. 29-30.

The USSF  has taken measures to not force MLS clubs to play their USL affiliates before the tournament’s final. In most cases, that measure has been honored.

The eventual winner of this edition of the U.S. Open Cup takes home $250,000, as well as a spot in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League.

Nephi Henry

Nephi Henry

Nephi is an Indiana native living in Provo, Utah. Among his earliest memories of soccer are the 1994 World Cup and the hair of Carlos Valderrama. A French studies major and folklorist at heart, Nephi tends to focus on the broad-strokes cultural trends found in the soccer world.

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