U.S. Open Cup Bound Cougs Play Ogden Tonight

Just days after qualifying for a prestigious national soccer tournament, BYU's men's team goes on the road tonight to face its in-state rival, the Ogden Outlaws. Ogden is also headed to the U.S. Open Cup as the second qualifier from the PDL's Western Conference. BYU prevailed 1-0 when the two clubs squared off last month.

Imagine a baseball tournament that pitted the top major league, triple-A, double-A, and single-A teams against each other. That is exactly what the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup does but with soccer teams.

The tournament draws all 12 Major League Soccer teams, eight teams from the United Soccer League's First Division, six teams from the USL's Second Division, eight Premiere Development League clubs, and eight clubs from the U.S. Adult Soccer Association. As the first qualifier in the PDL's Western Conference, BYU will take on the Arizona Sahuaros, the second qualifier from the USASA's Region IV.

The Cougar's first round match will take place on Wednesday June 14th. Despite being the higher qualifier, BYU must travel to Grand Canyon University Soccer Field in Phoenix, Arizona for the game that begins at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

BYU (4-1) has three matches to prepare for their U.S. Open Cup debut, with the first coming tonight when the Cougars travel to Ogden, Utah to take on the Outlaws (3-2). Ogden is in its first year in the PDL, which makes its invitation to the U.S. Open Cup so much more impressive.

This is the Cougars second trip to Ogden. BYU won the earlier meeting in what was the season opener for both clubs. Cougar goalkeeper Mike Lacey saved a penalty kick to preserve a 1-0 victory for the boys in blue.

The game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Ogden High School.


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