29 Apr SC Corinthians USA to represent US Club Soccer in 2014 U.S. Open Cup
With a 5-0 victory over Juventus Black Saturday afternoon at Cuesta Junior College, SC Corinthians USA claimed US Club Soccer’s direct qualifying berth to the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.-based squad won the NorCal vs. SoCal playoff game representing the final stage of US Club Soccer’s qualifying process for the 101st edition of the country’s longest-running national soccer competition.
A May 7 first-round match against the National Premier Soccer League’s San Diego Flash SC awaits SC Corinthians USA. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT at Mira Mesa High School in Mira Mesa, Calif. If SC Corinthians USA wins, it will advance to the second round May 14 against either United States Adult Soccer Association’s PSA Elite or PDL’s LA Misioneros FC.
This marks the second time US Club Soccer has received a full slot in the competition.
SC Corinthians USA head coach Jorge Ferreira da Silva (“Palhinha”), whose personal accolades include being a two-time winner of the FIFA Club World Cup, directs a roster infused with talent from the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Honduras.
“We were not expecting to have this chance so quickly,” Palhinha said, “but once we got here, we were sure we would show how strong we can play into the field.”
The 2014 U.S. Open Cup includes professional teams from Major League Soccer, the North American Soccer League and USL PRO. The tournament will feature its largest number of participants (80) to date. The U.S. Open Cup champion claims $250,000 in prize money with the runner-up bringing home $60,000. The team advancing the furthest from each lower division will win $15,000.
ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer is an organization committed to the development and support of soccer clubs in the United States.
US Club Soccer offers youth and adult registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms at the recreational and competitive levels, as well as a variety of other programming, including the Olympic Development Program-sanctioned id2 Program and Player Development Programs.
Through US Club Soccer, all of a club’s programs – recreational, competitive and adult – are able to be united under one organizational umbrella, creating a “members for life” culture within each club. US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and the Army National Guard.