CHICAGO – The U.S. Soccer Federation announced its second-round pairings of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday afternoon, and Nashville SC will play the winner of Charlotte Eagles of the Premier Development League (PDL) vs. Inter Nashville FC of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) on May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Vanderbilt University Soccer Complex. The game will be Nashville SC’s first in the prestigious national tournament.
All tickets to the match will be general admission and $15. As a perk, Season Ticket Members will have priority access to purchase tickets to this unique tournament when they go on sale at a later date. Nashville SC season tickets are still available, but are limited, with less than 300 remaining. If tickets remain after Season Ticket Member access, they will be made available to the general public.
The U.S. Open Cup, in its 105th year, includes soccer teams from all divisions of U.S. Soccer. United Soccer League (USL) teams, like Nashville SC, are automatically advanced to the 2nd round of the tournament while Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs enter the tournament in the 4th round.
It remains to be seen if Nashville SC would host any other games in the U.S. Open Cup should it advance past the second round. In the third round, Nashville SC would likely match up against another USL club, and in the fourth round, a MLS team. The U.S. Open Cup Committee determines the host for each round.
If Inter Nashville were to advance to play Nashville SC, it would mean the first meeting of the two soccer teams in Nashville. Inter Nashville is based out of Antioch, Tenn. and made its debut in 2017. The game against Charlotte Eagles will be the first U.S. Open Cup game for the NPSL side.
Local qualifying teams and clubs from two lower divisions, the PDL and NPSL, compete in the first round for the right to play a higher division club. Much like the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, teams big and small are all competing in the same tournament.
The tournament often creates a number of amazing storylines. Just last year, Christos FC, an adult soccer team headquartered out of a discount liquor store in Baltimore, Md., advanced to play D.C. United in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup and scored the opening goal in the match. USL club FC Cincinnati advanced all the way to the semifinals last season before being knocked out in extra time by New York Red Bulls of MLS.
Nashville SC will try to extend its winning streak in its next USL game on Saturday on the road in Indianapolis against Indy Eleven. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. CT.