It was announced today that Grand Rapids Football Club will face Chicago FC United in the 2017 US Open Cup. GRFC qualified for the oldest soccer competition in the country by finishing in the top 8 of the 82 team National Premier Soccer League in 2016. GRFC also won the Great Lakes West Conference of the Midwest Division and defeated Indy Eleven 1-0 in the NPSL playoffs. The playoff run ended with a penalty shoot-out loss to eventual NPSL champion AFC Cleveland in the quarter-finals.
“We couldn’t be more excited to play in the 2017 US Open Cup” said GRFC President Matt Roberts. “When we started this club we aspired to be the best amateur team in the country and qualifying for the Open Cup in our third season is a great achievement by our players and coaches. The support we have received from Grand Rapids and West Michigan is incredible and we want to continue to make our fans proud with a top performance in this great competition”.
The first round match will be played on May 10th at Northwestern University. If the Boys in Blue win the first round matchup they will face Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Pat Patterson Field in Kentwood on May 17th.
For more info on the draw, head to: http://www.mlive.com/sports/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/04/grand_rapids_fc_learns_us_open.html