The U.S. Open Cup is plugging along with the field whittled down to the last 32 teams from all levels of American soccer. There were six games on the schedule for Tuesday with the last 10 of this round on tap for Wednesday. Let’s take a closer look at some of the more intriguing games on Wednesday’s schedule so you can bet against US Open Cup Odds, as the field shrinks to 16 this week.
Soccer Betting Preview for the U.S. Open Cup May 11th Games
Richmond Kickers vs Charlotte FC
Charlotte FC is an MLS expansion franchise that’s new to the Open Cup. In the last round, they needed extra time to get past a USL1 squad on the road and find themselves in a similar position in this round. The Kickers are one of the more dangerous squads in USL1, especially at home.
Union Omaha vs Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC
Neither of these USL1 clubs has gotten off to a good start this season. However, both upset an MLS team in the previous round, so both teams will be confident and excited to reach the last 16 of the Open Cup without having to face another MLS team.
New York City FC vs Rochester New York FC
Rochester won the U.S. Open Cup in 1999 and remains the only non-MLS team to pull off that feat. However, they are facing an uphill battle against NYCFC, which has had some uneven results this season but has scored the fourth-most goals in MLS thus far.
New England Revolution vs FC Cincinnati
A year ago, this would have been the best team in MLS facing one of the worst teams in the league. But New England has struggled thus far while Cincinnati has had some bright moments. Keep in mind this will be the Revolution’s first game of the competition, so we don’t know how committed they are to making a Cup run.
Nashville SC vs Atlanta United FC
Atlanta United is the defending champs of the U.S. Open Cup, so they should be motivated to maintain their crown despite being hit by the injury bug this season. Nashville, meanwhile, has been inconsistent and unconvincing early in the MLS campaign.
Minnesota United FC vs Colorado Rapids
Neither team has looked that great early in the MLS season, but the Cup gives them each a fresh slate. That’s particularly true for the Rapids, who got a pass to this stage of the competition.
Houston Dynamo FC vs San Antonio FC
San Antonio has looked great early in the USLC season. They also took down Austin FC in the last round, so SAFC won’t be intimidated by another MLS club, especially one that has just three victories in 10 games during the MLS season.
Seattle Sounders FC vs San Jose Earthquakes
The Sounders enter the Open Cup fresh off a CONCACAF Champions League title. But Seattle may not be in a cup run, especially since the Sounders have had a poor start to their league season.
Sacramento Republic FC vs Phoenix Rising FC
Both sides have had a good start to the USLC season and will be ecstatic to avoid an MLS club in this round. However, Sacramento has been far more convincing in the club’s previous Open Cup games this season.
California United Strikers FC vs LA Galaxy
The Strikers have proven to be one of the top teams in the NISA this season, so this could be a tricky game for the Galaxy, especially on the road. However, the Galaxy has elite talent if they want to use it and is also tied for the fewest goals conceded in MLS thus far, so good luck to the Strikers penetrating the Galaxy backline.
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