Loyal and Albion set for U.S. Open Cup clash

U.S. Open Cup

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Credit: SD Loyal

San Diego Loyal are starting their initial Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup campaign with a hungry opponent in the same city. Albion San Diego will play host in Early April (5th-7th, date TBA) at Canyon Crest Academy.

In Loyal’s first two seasons, the U.S. Open Cup has not been contested due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Albion have previously played in the tournament under Albion SC Pros of the NPSL. Chula Vista FC defeated Albion 3-2 in the first round of the 2017 edition of the U.S. Open Cup.

Both teams will be entering the competition in the Second Round due to Albion San Diego playing in NISA and San Diego Loyal competing in the USL Championship. With the close proximity that the draw for this competition always brings in early rounds to reduce travel costs, the early round match-ups always have a bit of an edge to them.

Albion and SD Loyal both have something to prove to the residents of the city in this matchup. Who truly is the best team in the city? We shall get that answer soon enough.

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The winner of this match will be meeting up with 30 other winners from this round and the addition of 17 clubs from Major League Soccer with those Third Round games scheduled to be played April 19th-21st.

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