US Open Cup: focus on lower leagues after season of MLS upsets

The cup will have a non-MLS semi-finalist after Miami FC and FC Cincinnati’s meeting. But victory in the competition is not a guarantee of future success

With MLS play halted for two weeks for the Gold Cup, the US domestic soccer schedule in July is thin. However, the US Open Cup continues to gather steam, with a full round of quarter-finals this week.

While there have been intriguing match-ups in the last eight across the country already, all eyes will be on Wednesday’s game between Miami FC and FC Cincinnati. Both teams come from the lower divisions – Miami play in the North American Soccer League and Cincinnati in the United Soccer League – and the game is a bellwether for the state of second-division soccer in the United States.

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