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US OPEN CUP: Vaqueros face NTX Rayados at Richland College

By VFC, 04/04/18, 9:30PM CDT

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FORT WORTH _ The Vaqueros lost the coin flip and so will head across the Metroplex for the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Fort Worth was paired on Wednesday to face NTX Rayados in the first round of the 2018 tournament at 7:30 p.m. May 9 at Richland Community College.

Both sides bid to host the match and so a coin flip allowed the North Dallas area club to host the match.

“We are thrilled to play our opening round matchup against a nearby neighbor that will generate immediate interest in the matchup,” Vaqueros general manager Tobias Xavier Lopez said. “Our club can’t wait to begin writing our Open Cup history and that begins on May 9.”

Fort Worth qualified for the 2018 Open Cup by virtue of a No. 9 national ranking among NPSL clubs at the end of last summer’s regular season.

NTX Rayados reached the Open Cup first round by winning three matches during open amateur qualifying last fall.

The Vaqueros were founded in 2013 and began play in the fourth-division NPSL in the summer of 2014.

This year’s Open Cup marks the first appearance in the 104-year-old tournament. Founded in 1914, the Open Cup marks the longest on going soccer tournament in United States soccer history.

The 2018 tournament features single elimination competition with Major League Soccer clubs joining the fray in the fourth round. MLS’ Sporting Kansas City claimed the 2017 title, however, last summer’s tournament was highlighted by minor league side FC Cincinnati’s performance. The underdog Ohio squad defeated two MLS clubs en route to the semifinals.

“The intrigue of the Open Cup or in England the FA Cup is that upsets happen all the time,” Lopez said. “It’s one of the most compelling competitions in sports because it actually creates the giant-killer scenarios that sports fans crave.”