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Players with local ties to feature in second round of U.S. Open Cup



Photo by Matthew Ralph

The Philadelphia Union should be watching tonight to see who they might face in the third round of the Open Cup but since they aren’t in it at all they’ll have to settle for rooting for former teammate Anton Sorenson and the Charlotte Independence instead.

A full slate of second round games are on tonight and tomorrow with six tonight and 10 tomorrow night. At least one MLS Next Pro side will fall with NYCFC II and NYRB II facing off.

Sadly neither West Chester United or VE could pull the cupset in Round One so there is no local representation but there are a number of players with local ties to watch, including complete blast from the past in former Philadelphia Union reserve keeper Brian Rowe.

Maryland Bobcats
Travis Ward, Rowan University
Trevor Jackson, Saint Joseph’s

Charlotte Independence
Anton Sorenson, Philadelphia Union
Hugh Roberts, Bethlehem Steel
Nick Spielman, Ocean City Nor’easters

Central Valley Fuego FC
Mouhamed Dabo, Harrisburg City Islanders

Club de Lyon FC
Carter Burris, West Chester United, Buxmont Torch

Michigan Stars FC
Leon Maric, FC Delco, Philadelphia Union Academy, Saint Joseph’s University, West Chester United, Lehigh Valley United, Ocean City Nor’easters

Minnesota United 2
Alec Smir, Ocean City Nor’easters

One Knoxville
Sean O’Hearn, PA Classics
Sean Lewis, Harrisburg City Islanders

Greenville Triumph
Lyam MacKinnon, Villanova University, West Chester United, Reading United
Zion Scarlett, Lower Merion SC, FC Delco, Philadelphia Union Academy

Vermont Green
Zach Barrett, Lehigh Valley United, Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals
Jacob Labovitz, Ocean City Nor’easters

Carolina Core
Jeremiah White IV, Philadelphia Union Academy

Chattanooga Red Wolves
Ropapa Mensah, Harrisburg City Islanders

Des Moines Menace
Brian Rowe, Philadelphia Union

Union Omaha
Marco Milanese, Ocean City Nor’easters

Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC
Johnny Fenwick, Atlantic City FC

Rapids 2
Josh Belluz, Villanova, West Chester United

Spokane Velocity
Morgan Hackworth, Philadelphia Union Academy
Pierre Reedy, Lehigh Valley United, Reading United

Ventura County FC
Diego Lopez, Philadelphia Union Academy
Sean Karani, Temple University

Lubbock Matadors
Toufik Najem, Reading United
Shuma Sasaki, Reading United

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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