On May 16th, 1914, Brooklyn Field Club defeated Brooklyn Celtic 2-1 to claim the Dewar Cup as champions of the United States’ first ever National Challenge Tournament. On May 13th, 2015 the City of Lansing will see its first ever entrant into what is now known as the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Lansing United, Our Boys in Blue, will be taking on their first opponent, Red-White-Blue Adria of Chicago, in the world’s third oldest consecutively held open soccer tournament. This is our chance to get a taste of history.
You may ask why the US Open Cup means so much to us. This is US Soccer’s version of the F.A. Cup. This is US Soccer’s version of March Madness. This tournament is an opportunity for Lansing United, The City of Lansing, and even Sons of Ransom, to measure themselves against the American “Premier” clubs, cities, and supporters groups.
This tournament is a chance to put Lansing on the map. This is a chance to show teams and opposing fans what Lansing is all about. We love our city and we want to support those who represent us on the national stage. Some good results, and lucky draw, could even bring a MLS or NASL club to Lansing.
Another big reason why a cup run is important is the financial stability that could be earned. If Lansing United advances farther than any other amateur club (NPSL, PDL, USASA) , it will earn a $15,000 cash prize, which would be a huge boost for the club’s budget. Should United make a magical title winning run, it would earn $250,000, as well as a berth in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions’ League.
The game against RWB Adria is our first competitive game of the 2015 season. This is our first chance to see what a full-strength Lansing United looks like. We still have new players coming in, so this will be a great gauge of how successful United will be this season, which hopefully culminates with a NPSL National Championship.
I offer a simple challenge to ALL who are reading this. See that guy or girl kicking a ball around in the park? Offer to buy their ticket. See someone at the pub in a soccer jersey? Offer to buy them a pint at Jimmy’s before the game. Know a family who has nothing to do Wednesday night? Offer to carpool. Have a sibling or roommate that never leaves the house? Drag them along. Spread the word! Let’s make the most important game in Lansing United history to date the most attended game in Archer Stadium history.