US Soccer announced the First Round matchups of the 2017 US Open Cup yesterday, the 104th edition of the tournament. While the opening round will take place on May 9th and 10th, the absence of a third division this year means the NASL and USL will both drop in on May 16th and 17th.
Another round would follow prior to any potential match-up with an MLS side.
“How ’bout them Carolina RailHawks?!” The last year of the RailHawk was full of ups and downs for the new look North Carolina FC. After staying local for the preseason and playing mostly neighboring universities and USL sides (along with Toluca of Liga MX), Carolina started the 2016 Spring by winning their first four league contests. The club’s first loss would come on their visit to Hofstra in a match that would end with the Cosmos in front, 1-0. The RailHawks would not win again and spiral down the standings over the last five weeks, finishing the Spring in seventh place.
After a tumultuous offseason that put the very existence of the NASL in question, silly season is finally upon us as the eight remaining active clubs begin the work of preparing their rosters for the 2017 season.
TICC spent some time tracking down as many of the roster changes across the league as we could find.