Hammerheads to host US Open Cup match in May

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Coming off the first result of the season, Wilmington Hammerheads FC enjoyed the weekend off as the local pro soccer club begins preparations for its next home match at 3 p.m. on April 26.

After four matches this year, the Hammerheads stand at 1-1-2, with four points in the USL Pro standings. Nick Zimmerman tallied two goals in the 3-0 win over New York Red Bull II to move Wilmington into the fourth spot among the 12-member eastern conference.

The U.S. Open Cup comes to Wilmington in late May. Photo courtesy- Wimlington Hammerheads FC
The U.S. Open Cup comes to Wilmington in late May. Photo courtesy Wimlington Hammerheads FC.

U.S. Soccer has also announced the pairings for the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play-in, first and second round matches.

The 91 teams competing in the 102nd edition of the tournament mark the largest field in the modern era (1995-present) and the fourth consecutive year that has seen a participation record set. This year also marks the fourth consecutive competition in which all U.S.-based Division I, II and III professional teams will participate in the tournament proper.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 101 consecutive years. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

Seattle Sounders FC are the defending U.S. Open Cup champion, having won a fourth tournament title (following triumphs in 2009, 2010 and 2011) after a 3-1 overtime, road victory against the Philadelphia Union on Sept. 16, 2014.

Wilmington Hammerheads FC will host a second-round match against the winner of  Ocala Stampede from the Premiere Development League and Chattanooga FC of the National Premier Soccer League on May 20 at Legion Stadium.