U.S. Soccer announced the draw for the first two rounds of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday. Amateur teams will enter the tournament in the first round, while second-division pro teams, including Orange County SC, will join the proceedings in the second round.
Orange County SC will play away regardless in the second round, playing either PDL side FC Golden State Force at Citrus College in Glendora or USASA side Outbreak FC at Long Beach State, depending on the winner between the two sides in the first round on May 10.
Orange County’s Open Cup match will take place on May 17, a Wednesday. The scheduling is not necessarily kind to them, as bracketed around the USOC game is two distant road games on a Saturday, first against Tulsa Roughnecks in Tulsa, and then in Oklahoma City against OKC Energy FC. On the bright side, if they win the second round game, they would have a bye week in USL regular season play ahead of the third round game, which is scheduled for May 31.
But reaching that game is not a done deal, if recent history is any indication. Orange County haven’t advanced the last three years, and the last time they won a game in the tournament was in 2013. So first things first, they need to beat FC Golden State Force or Outbreak FC on May 17, then we can think about what’s next.
We’ll have plenty more coverage as that game approaches.
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