Grand Rapids, MI – Grand Rapids FC announced the club will compete in the US Amateur Cup for the first time in the team’s existence this year and the first round will see GRFC host Ann Arbor FC on Saturday, April 13th at 7:30pm. The game will be played at Grandville HS and will feature the majority of the squad’s local players. If the Boys in Blue advance, they will play Livonia City FC of the Michigan Premier Soccer League. The two clubs have a friendly scheduled for May 4th, which may become an Amateur Cup match if GRFC advances.
The US Amateur Cup has been in existence since 1924, and is the oldest running soccer competition in the United States. The winner of the four regions (East, Midwest, South, and West) will compete the first weekend of August to settle who is the best amateur team in the country. There are seven Michigan clubs competing in the US Amateur Cup this year, and 20 overall in the Midwest. Milwaukee Bavarians from Wisconsin are the current champions and would be the fourth round opponent for GRFC if both teams advance that far.
The Amateur Cup is one of three competitions Grand Rapids FC will play in this season, with the Michigan Milk Cup and National Premier Soccer League being the other two. The Milk Cup is a state-wide competition with 12 teams competing for the prize of best amateur team in Michigan, along with a $7,500 prize. GRFC got a bye into the quarter-finals of the Cup, and will play the winner of Ann Arbor Lumberjacks and Lake St. Clair on May 11th at Grandville.
The NPSL season will be the club’s fourth foray into the national league, with the Boys in Blue making the playoffs two out of the three seasons they have played in the competition. The first match for GRFC in the NPSL will be with new-comers Toledo Villa FC, who made the switch from the United Premier Soccer League this off-season. That match will be played May 18th at Houseman Field. Other notable games in the league are Detroit City FC (June 9th, GRFC has an overall 2-2-2 record against the east side club), FC Columbus (June 16th, the only team to beat GRFC twice in the same season in the NPSL), and AFC Ann Arbor (June 30th, the current Great Lakes Conference Champions).
Overall, it is going to be a great summer of soccer here in West Michigan, and it all starts next Saturday. Get your tickets today at grandrapidsfc.com as they will be limited at Grandville or pick up a Blue Card which gets you admission to all GRFC Men’s and Women’s games.