2022 US Open Cup Round 3: Previewing all 24 games with ESPN+ video links

Major League Soccer teams have joined the 2022 US Open Cup with 17 teams entering the competition this week. The remaining eight US-based MLS teams will join the tournament in Round 4.

Twenty-nine lower division professional teams (15 USL Championship, 8 USL League One, 4 NISA, 2 MLS Next Pro) survived Round 2 along with two amateur teams (FC Motown of NPSL; North Carolina Fusion U-23s of USL League Two).

There are a number of juicy matchups, including Landon Donovan’s return to Los Angeles, Wilmer Cabrera’s return to Houston, a pair of rivalry matches in Florida, the first Columbus (Ohio) vs. Detroit (Michigan) matchup in decades, and New Mexico United and Phoenix Rising add another chapter outside of the USL Championship.

All games this round, and the rest of the tournament, will be broadcasted on the ESPN+ subscription service.

As always, TheCup.us will have reporters at every game and will be providing in-game updates on Twitter (@USOpenCup) and as we have done for more than a decade, the hashtag we recommend is #USOC2022.

Below you will find a brief preview of all 24 of this week’s games with links to each broadcast:

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Flower City Union (NISA) vs D.C. United (MLS)
Rochester Community Sports Complex – Rochester, NY
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET

By Chuck Nolan Jr.

There was once a time when D.C. United could almost be penciled for a spot in the Semifinals at the start of any Open Cup they entered. Nine out of their first 14 Cup appearances from 1996-2013 saw the club finish as a semifinalist of better. Since 2014, D.C. have fallen on hard times in Cup play, failing to advance past their second game in their last six appearances.

While this is Flower City’s first Open Cup tournament, D.C. United is well acquainted with clubs from Rochester in the Open Cup. Starting in the 1996 Final, D.C. has faced the Rochester Rhinos (now Rochester New York FC of MLS Next Pro) a total of five times. United won the first four encounters (1996 (3-0), 2000 (3-0), 2008 (2-0), 2009 (2-1)) before the Rhinos came out on top 1-0 in the Fourth Round for the 2014 competition. This will also mark the second trip to Rochester in Open Cup play for United since that 2014 loss.

Flower City earned their spot in the Third Round with a 1-0 extra time win over the Western Mass Pioneers of USL League Two on a goal from Oukas Fernandes in the 93rd minute.. It was the first ever Open Cup victory by a club from NISA (until Bay Cities FC became the second later that night, and California United Strikers and Chattanooga FC joined them the following day).

D.C. United got off to a good start to the MLS season, winning its first two games against Charlotte FC (3-0 and FC Cincinnati (1-0). After that they have lost four straight, the streak being extended this past weekend with a 3-2 loss to Austin FC where Austin scored three goals in the final ten minutes, including the winner in the 90th minute. Ola Kamara leads the team with four goals scored.

Flower City have had a rough start to their debut NISA season, losing all three of their games, scoring just once while allowing 10 goals. AC Syracuse Pulse agreed to postpone their NISA game with Flower City scheduled for this past weekend, allowing their Rochester rivals to be well rested for their Open Cup game.

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