FRESNO - Fresno Football Club's inaugural run in US Soccer's oldest knockout competition, the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, will begin Wednesday, May 16, in a second round matchup with NPSL's Orange County Football Club. The Southern California club earned a spot through a 3-0 victory over Santa Ana Winds FC on Wednesday evening. OCFC is coached by former USMNT player Paul Caliguri, who enjoyed playing spells with SV Meppen, FC St. Pauli, Columbus Crew and LA Galaxy. Caliguri also recently ran for the presidency of the US Soccer Federation. The election was won by Carlos Cordeiro on February 10. Orange County currently sit in 2nd place in the NPSL's Southwest Conference with their only loss in 2018, a 3-2 defeat to LA Galaxy, occurring during the preseason.
"This an exciting opportunity for Fresno FC," said general manager Frank Yallop. "We're eager to be a part of the longest running club competition in this country and hopefully, we can win on Wednesday and go far in the tournament."
Los Zorros' leading scorer Jemal Johnson controls the ball in the 2-2 draw vs. Rio Grande Valley FC Toros at Chukchansi Park
Due to scheduling availability at Chukchansi Park, the match will take place at Clovis High School's Lamonica Stadium. All tickets are general admission, cost $10 (plus processing fees online) and are available at tickets.fresnofc.com or prior to the match at Lamonica Stadium. Children 3 and under are free. Season ticket holders should note that this match is not included in the 2018 season ticket packages. Parking is $10 and available in the South Lot of Clovis High School at the intersection of Barstow and Fowler. The winner of the match will advance to the third round, set to take place Wednesday, May 23, with matchups announced Thursday, May 17.
Fresno FC vs. Orange County FC
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Tickets: $10 plus processing fees, available at tickets.fresnofc.com.
Season ticket holders: The 2nd round match is not included in the 20-match 2018 package.
Parking: $10, available in the South Lot of Clovis High School off of Barstow and Fowler
TV/Radio: No stream or TV coverage is available for Wednesday's match; fans can follow the match with live updates at the Fresno FC Twitter
Fresno Football Club, the Central Valley’s first professional soccer club, is a member of the United Soccer League (USL). The club hosts home matches at Chukchansi Park in beautiful downtown Fresno. FFC exists to provide a top-class, inclusive and dynamic sporting experience in one of the nation’s most diverse regions. For more information, visit FresnoFC.com.