El Paso Locomotive FC, alongside the United States Soccer Federation and the United Soccer League, announced today that it will participate in the 2022 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
Locomotive will host Central Valley Fuego FC of USL League One, at Southwest University Park, as one of the USL Championship teams to enter the tournament in the second round. Details regarding date, kick-off time and ticket information will be available at a later date.
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup makes its triumphant return with the 107th edition of this storied tournament. The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is held in a single-match knockout format with competition from amateur and professional leagues across the United States. El Paso Locomotive FC will have the opportunity to play against high caliber opponents ranging from Major League Soccer, USL Championship, USL League One and USL League Two.
“The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is one of the understated gems of American sports tournaments,” said El Paso Locomotive FC’s general manager of business operations. Andrew Forest. “It’s an inter-league tournament that includes MLS, amateur teams and everyone in between. The clashes, the excitement and the fact that there has to be a winner in every game makes this tournament a Fast-paced, fan-friendly experience with a playoff-like atmosphere in every game.
This will be El Paso Locomotive FC’s second foray into the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup and the second time they have hosted the second round of the prestigious US tournament. In its freshman year of 2019, Locomotive hosted USL League One side Forward Madison FC in a game that saw El Paso drop out of the competition. Prior to the tournament’s two-year hiatus, El Paso Locomotive FC was scheduled to face Detroit City FC in the 2020 edition, although the two clubs will have the opportunity to meet on the field during the USL Championship regular season in June. Los Locos has also been selected as one of four elite USL Championship clubs chosen to represent the league in the shortened 2021 version of the Open Cup, having reached the conference final of the USL Championship in 2020.
With the exciting return to a full tournament schedule in 2022, Southwest University Park will once again play a role in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, as Locomotive welcomes new opponent Central Valley Fuego FC.
Announced as the 2022 expansion club from Fresno, Calif., Fuego FC offers a thrilling matchup unknown as they enter their inaugural year in USL League One on April 2.
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