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I write because I have seen the darkness that will come. Already there are those who seek to tell a new history...
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2018.05.02 01:20 MarleyEngvall Lecture XIX: The History of the Prophetical Order (part 1)

by Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, D.D. The life of Samuel is so marked an epoch in the history of the Prophetical Office, that this seems the fittest place for the consideration of an institution, which, though it bore its chief fruits in the periods following on that just brought to a close in the fore- going Lectures, may yet be viewed as a whole in this critical moment of its existence. It will accordingly be my endeavor to describe, first the Prophetical Order or Institution, in is original historical connection, and, secondly, the nature of the Prophetical Teaching in its relations to the moral and spiritual condition of the Jewish, and, indirectly, of the Christian Church. I. Before entering on the history of the order, the meaning of the word "Prophet," in the two sacred languages, must be exactly defined. The Hebrew word Nabi is derived from the verb naba, which, however, never occurs in the ac- tive, but only in the passive conjugations of the verb, according to the analogy of the deponent verbs in Latin: — loqui, fari, vociferari, vaticinari, where the pas- sive form seems to indicate that the speaker is swayed by impulses over which he has not himself entire con- trol. The root of the verb is said to be a word sig- nifying "to boil or bubble over," and is thus taken from the metaphor of a fountain bursting forth from the heart of man, int which God has poured it. Its actual meaning is to pour forth excited utterances, as ap- pears from its occasional use in the sense of raving. Even to this day, in the East, the idea of prophet and madman are closely connected. The religious sense, in which, with these exceptions, the word is always employed, is that of "speaking" or "singing un- der a divine afflatus or impulse," to which the peculiar form of the word, as just observed, lends itself. The same seems to be the general sense of the Arabic neby. It is this word that the Seventy translated by a Greek term not of frequent usage in classical au- thors, but which, through their adoption of it, has passed into all modern European languages; namely, the word [. . . .] "Prophet." The sense of this word in the classical writers is not less clearly defined than that of Nabi in Hebrew, and, though not exactly the same in sense, is sufficiently analogous to justify its employment by the Alexandrine translators. It is always and interpreter or medium of the Divine will. Thus Apollo is the Prophet of Jupiter, the Pythia was the Prophetess of Apollo, and the attendants or ex- pounders of her ejaculations were the Prophets of the Pythia. It is possible that the Seventy may have derived their use of the word from its special applica- tion in Egypt to the chief of the Sacerdotal order in any particular temple. His duties were to walk at the close of the sacred processions, bearing in his bo- som an urn of sacred water; to control the taxes, and to teach the sacred books. It was probably in this last capacity that the Greek name of "Prophet" was applied to him, and that we hear of the office being held by Sonches and Sechnuphis, the reputed masters of Pythagoras and of Plato. The Greek preposition pro- as compounded in the word Pro-phet, has, as is well known, the three- fold meaning of "beforehand," "in public," and "in behalf of" or "for." It is possible that all these three meanings may have a place in the word. But the one which unquestionably predominates in its original meaning is the third, — "one who speaks for," or as "the mouthpiece of another." As applied therefore by the Septuagint, in the Old Testament, and by the writers of the New Testament, who have taken the word from the Septuagint, it is use simply to ex- press the same idea as that intended in the Hebrew Nabi: not foreteller, nor (as has been said more truly, but not with absolute exactness), "forth-teller," but "spokesman," and (in the religious sense in which it is almost invariably used) "expounder," and "in- terpreter" of the Divine Mind. The English words "prophet," and "prophe- sying," originally kept tolerably close to the Biblical use of the word. The celebrated dis- pute about "prophesyings," in the sense of "preach- ings," in the reign of Elizabeth, and the treatise of Jeremy Taylor on The Liberty of Prophesying, i.e., the liberty of preaching, show that even down to the seventeenth century, the word was still used, as in the Bible, for "preaching," or "speaking according to the will of God." In the seventeenth century, however, the limitation of the word to the sense of "predic- tion," had gradually begun to appear; founded partly on a misapprehension of the true meaning of the Greek preposition, partly on the attention attracted by the undoubtedly predictive parts of the prophetical writings. This secondary meaning of the word had by the time of Dr. Johnson so entirely superseded the original Scriptural signification, that he gives no other special definition of it than "to predict, to foretell, to prognos- ticate;" "a predicter, a foreteller;" "foreseeing or foretelling future events;" and in this sense it has been used almost down to our own day, when the revival of Biblical criticism has resuscitated, in some measure, the Biblical use of the word. A somewhat similar divergence of sentiment has sprung up in the Mussulman world. The Sonnites or rthodox Mussulmans still use the word in its origi- nal sense as a divinely instructed teacher, whilst the Shiahs or heretical Mussulmans use it as equivalent to one who has the power of prediction. It is even said that this difference as to the meaning of the Prophetic office, far more than the dispute respecting the succession to the Caliphate, lies at the root of the great schism in the Mussulman community. How far the modern limitation of the word is borne out by the unquestionable prevalence of Prediction in the Prophetical Office of the Jewish Church, will best appear in the next Lecture. Meanwhile, it is impor- tant at the outset, and in the history of the Order, to adhere to the ancient and only Biblical use of the term: the more so, as the contracted sense in which it is now popularly employed would exclude from our consideration the most remarkable and characteristic instances of it, — Moses, Samuel, and Elijah, in the Old Testament; John the Baptist and S. Paul in the New. THE PROPHET then was "the messenger or interpre- ter of the Divine will." Such is the force of all the synonymes employed for the office. The Prophet is expressly called "the interpreter," and "the messen- ger of Jehovah." He is also called "the man of spirit," and "the Spirit of Jehovah" enters into him, "clothes" him (thus corresponding almost exactly to our word "inhabited.") The greater Prophets are called "men of God." His communication is called "the word of Jehovah," and a particular term is used for the Divine voice in this connection, chiefly in Ezekiel and Jeremiah. In the New Testament this meaning is still continued. The detailed descriptions of "prophe- sying," by S. Paul are hardly distinguishable from what we should call "preaching;" the word "exhor- tation," or "consolation," is used as identical with it; and the same stress as in the Old Testament is laid on the force of the Divine impulse, whence it sprung. "Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man; but holy men of old spake as they were moved by "the Holy Ghost." "God spake by (or "in") the Prophets;" whence the phrase in the Nicene Creed, The Holy Spirit . . . spoke by the Proph- ets." Two points thus distinguish the Prophets from first to last. The first is their consciousness of deriving their gift from a Divine source. No other literature so directly appeals to such an origin. The impulse was irresistible. "Woe is me if I preach not the "gospel." Secondly, the Divine communication is made through the persons of men. The rustling leaves of Dodona, or the symptoms of the entrails in Roman sacrifices, were thought "oracular," or "pre- dictive," but would never have been called "pro- phetic." The "Urim and Thummim" on the High Priest's breastplate might be the medium of a Divine Revelation, but whatever intimations they conveyed were not made through the mind and mouth of a man, and were therefore not "prophecies." II. Such being the meaning of the word, I proceed to give a brief history of the Institution in the Jew- ish Church. The life and character of each individual prophet will belong to the period in which he ap- peared. But a general survey of all is necessary to a just understanding of each. Strictly speaking, the name and office of a Prophet was not confined to the Jewish people. Not to speak of the origin of the name as derived from Greek and Egyptian heathenism, the Bible itself recognizes the existence of "Prophets" outside the pale of the true religion. The earliest and greatest instance of a heathen Prophet is Balaam; and the form as well as the substance of his prophecies is cast in the same mould as that of the Hebrew proph- ets themselves. The "prophets of Baal" are also fre- quently mentioned during the history of the monarchy, and "false prophets" are described as abounding. S. Paul also recognizes Epimenides the Cretan as a "prophet;" perhaps merely as an equivalent to "poet," or vates, but probably in allusion to the mys- terious and religious character with which Epimenides was invested. S. Jude also speaks of the apocryphal book of Enoch as a prophecy. These instances are important, both as illustrating the meaning of the word and the nature of the office, and also showing the freedom with which the Bible recognizes "revela- tion" and "inspiration" outside the circle of the Chosen People. Still it is within that circle, and as a special characteristic of the Jewish Church and na- tion, that the office must be considered. (1.) There is no direct mention of a Prophet be- fore the time of Moses. The name is indeed inciden- tally given to Abraham when Abimelech is warned to restore Sarah, "for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee;" and probably the Psalmist makes the same allusion in the expres- sion, "Do my prophets no harm." But Abraham never utters what would be called "prophecies;" and those promises and predictions which are made to him, or which occur in the earlier chapters of genesis, in the primeval narrative of the Fall, though often classed by modern divines as "the first prophecies," are never so called in the Bible, which, as we have seen, only recognizes under the name of "prophecies" those which are delivered through the personal agency of men. A nearer approach is in the Blessing of Jacob. This, however, is never directly called a prophecy in the Bible, nor is Jacob called a Prophet. But Moses receives the name repeatedly, and in one famous passage is made the type or like- ness of the whole order, even of the Last and Greatest of all. The exposition of the Law is what most peculiarly marks his position. The poetical gift displayed in the three Songs of the Pentateuch, and \ the 90th Psalm, belongs to him in common with the Prophets of a later time. Such a burst of prophecy, as is contained in the acts and words of Moses, of itself marks his appearance as the first Prophetical epoch in the Jewish Church, and, as might be expected, in- dications of its lesser manifestations elsewhere at this time are faintly discerned. Aaron is described as "a prophet" in relation to Moses himself. Miriam is almost always designated as "the prophetess," and on one occasion not only the seventy elders, but two youths outside the sacred circle, are described as catching the Divine afflatus; and the great Prophet, in despite of the narrower spirit of the soldier Joshua, wishes that it should extend to the whole people. (2.) With the generation of Moses the gift seems for a time to have expired. Joshua has some- times been reckoned as a Prophet, and his address to the people before his death may, in the Hebrew sense of the word, perhaps be regarded as a prophecy. But this is not a usual view of his posi- tion. Josephus thinks that he was accompanied by a Prophet. And on one occasion, just before his death, a "messenger of the Lord," an earlier "Malachi," is described as addressing the people at Bochim. Two more such nameless Prophets appear in the days of Gideon and Eli. Ehud apparently had that character at the court of Moab. But these are doubtful and isolated instances. The only detailed and character- istic prophecy of the time of the Judges, is that of "the Prophetess" Deborah. The other Judges, if Prophets at all, are Prophets only in action. They were "clothed with the Divine Spirit," or "struck" by it, but only to perform acts of strength, not to utter words of wisdom. It is at the close of the period of the Judges that the office of Prophet first becomes not merely an oc- casional manifestation, but a fixed institution in the Jewish Church. Samuel is the true founder of the Order of Prophets. "Until Samuel the prophet," "From Samuel and those that follow after." "Samuel and the Prophets," are expres- sions which exactly agree with the facts of the his- tory. In his time the name of "Prophet," (Nabi) first came to use, in place of the ancient and less ex- alted title of "Seer" (Roeh), or "Gazer" (Hozeh). In his time first appear the companies of "the sons of the prophets." From his time the succession con- tinues, in every generation, unbroken down to Mala- chi. He, like Moses, appears not alone, but as the centre of a circle of Prophets; but, unlike Moses, of a circle some of whom were as highly endowed with prophetic gifts as he himself. Without dwelling on the doubtful case of his father Elkanah and his mother Hannah, there was certainly Gad, Nathan, David, Saul, and Heman, Samuel's grandson, amongst those who, if they were not actually educated by him, all marked the epoch of his appearance. Amongst these, Samuel, Gad, and Heman, as if still belonging in a measure to the older state of things are called "Seers," whereas Nathan and David bear, without variation, the new name of "Prophet." (3.) From the two most remarkable of this age, Nathan and David, flowed in all probability, the two prophetic schools, which never en- tirely ceased out of the Jewish Church as long as the prophetic gift lasted at all, but which may be no- ticed especially on their first appearance. David, in continental nations is always termed not "the Royal Psalmist," but "the Prophet King," and in Mussulman tradition is especially known as "the Prophet of God," as Abraham is the "Friend," and Mahomet "the Apostle" of God. He gave to his prophetic utterances the peculiar charm of song and music, which has procured him amongst ourselves the name of "the Psalmist," and to his prophecies and those that are formed on their model, the name of "Psalms," or "songs." Nathan (who probably is the first "seer" that received distinctly the name of "Prophet"), in one of the only two prophecies di- rectly ascribed to him, gives it in the form of an apo- logue or proverb, that of the ewe-lamb; and being as he was the main supporter, if not instructor, of Solo- mon, may be considered as the first example of that kind of moral instruction in which the gifts of Solo- mon, though not expressly called prophetic, found their chief vent. (4.) It was in the disorders at the close of Solo- mon's reign that the Prophetic Order as- sumed an importance in the state such as it had never acquired before. Samuel had transferred the crown from Saul to David; Nathan from Adonijah to Solomon. But Ahijah, in transferring it from Re- hoboam to Jeroboam, created not merely a new dynasty, but a new kingdom. The northern king- dom was, during the first period of its existence, the kingdom of the Prophets. The Priests took refuge in Judah. But the Prophets, for the first two centuries after the disruption, were almost entirely confined to Israel. All the seats of prophetic instruction (with the possible exception of Ramah) were within the kingdom of Samaria, — Bethel, Jericho, Gilgal, Car- mel. We hear of these by fifties, and by hundreds at once, and amongst these the names of many have come down to us: Ahijah of Shiloh, Iddo "the seer," Jehu the son of Hanani, Obadiah, Micaiah, Oded, and, chiefest of all, Elijah and Elisha. A few Proph- ets of the southern kingdom are mentioned as con- temporary with these: Arariah, Hanani, "the seer," Eliezer. But neither in numbers nor in influence can these be compared with those who had their sphere of action in the north, of whom Elijah stands forth as the great representative. In this arduous position, sometimes at variance, sometimes in close harmony, with the Kings of Israel, they maintained the true religion in the northern tribes, at times when in Judah it was crushed to the ground, and when in Israel it had to struggle against severe persecution or sluggish apathy. And by their free passage to and fro between the rival kingdoms, and their endeavors on both sides to keep up a sentiment of humanity, the Prophets of this epoch must be regarded as im- portant instruments for upholding not only the relig- ious but the national unity. (5.) This is the great epoch of the Prophetic action as distinct from the Prophetic writings of the Jewish Church. It is true that during this time the main historical literature of the country was formed under the prophetic guidance. We have distinct notices of the works in which Sam- uel, Gad, and Nathan described the life of David, and in which Nathan and Iddo describe the lives of Solomon and Jeroboam. These unfortunately have all perished. Their historical as well as their poeti- cal writings, no less than those of the still earlier period of Moses and the Judges, are handed down in the compositions or compilations of others. The writ- ings of David alone have been preserved in an inde- pendent and original form. But about the time of the destruction of the northern kingdom, a new phase passed over the Prophetic Order. Probably in con- sequence of the increasing cultivation of the people that had set in during the reign of Solomon, and had gradually penetrated all classes, the Prophets, or their immediate disciples, seem to have committed to writing the greater part of their prophecies. Of these written prophecies, the earliest is probably that of Joel; and in him the man of action is still visible athwart the written record. Close following upon him, are the last Prophets of the declining king- dom of the north, — Jonah (whether as appearing in the history or in the book of which he is the sub- ject), Hosea, and Amos. Immediately succeeding to these, but now confined to the southern kingdom, rises the great school of Prophets, under Uzziah and his three successors, Isaiah, Micah, Nahum, and "Zechariah, who had understand- ing in the visions of God." Following upon these, in fainter strains, as the external dangers increased, and the internal strength of the kingdom declined, were Zephaniah, probably Habakkuk, Obadiah, and the nameless "seer" or "seers" in the reign of Manasseh. The whole of this series is concluded by the most mournful, and in some respects the greatest of the older Prophets, Jeremiah, with the circle of inferior Prophets round him, – Hulda, the Prophetess, Uri- jah and Hanan. (6.) Jeremiah is the last of the Prophetic Order who is actively concerned in moving the affairs of the State and Church. In the Prophets of the Captivity and of the Return, the character of authors goes far to supersede the character of their older mission. Their works are for the most part, as those of their predecessors had never been, arranged in chronological sequence, and their style becomes continuous and fixed. Amongst these, three names are conspicuous, — Ezekiel, who connects the close of the monarchy with the commencement of the Cap- tivity; the Evangelical Prophet, who heralds the return from captivity; and Daniel, whatever be the exact date and character we assign to the book which bears his name. The group following the Captivity consists of Haggai, Zechariah, and the unknown "messenger," whom we call Mala- chi. These three, probably, alone of the books of the Old Testament, stand in the canons in the order in which they were originally published. The only other indications of the prophetic spirit in this period are amongst the Samaritans, — "the Prophetess Noadiah," and "the rest of the Prophets." Ezra is once called a Prophet in one of the latter books to which his name is affixed; but this is not his usual designation. (7.) With Malachi, accordingly, the succession which had continued unbroken from the time of Samuel terminates, and a host of legends, Jewish and Mussul- man, commemorate the extinction of the prophetic gift. "We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet." It is true that the Books of Baruch, Wisdom, and Ecclesiasticus, lay claim, more or less, both to the prophetic form and the prophetic character. Still the impassioned poetic flow of the earlier Prophets is greatly abated, and the name is rarely used. The Religion of the Old Dispensation was fully revealed and constituted — prophets were not needed to declare it, but "scribes" to expound and defend it. It is this long silence or deterioration of the gift that renders its resuscitation more remarkable. It was "in the days of Herod the kind," that the voice of a Prophet was once more heard. We shall never understand the true appearance of the Baptist, or of him whose forerunner he was, nor the continuity of the Old and New Testaments, unless we bear in mind that the period of the Christian era was the culminating point of the Prophetic ages of the Jewish Church. "The word of God came unto John the son of Zechariah," as it had come before to Isaiah the son of Amoz. "The people counted him as a prophet." "He was a prophet, and more than a prophet." In appearance, in language, in character, he was what Elijah had been in the reign of Ahab. And yet he was only the messenger of a Prophet greater than himself. The whole public min- istry of our Lord was that of a Prophet. He was much more than this. But it was as a Prophet that He acted and spoke. It was this which gave Him His hold on the mind of the nation. He entered, as it were naturally, on an office vacant, but already ex- isting. His discourses were all, in the highest sense of the word, "prophecies." And, when He was withdrawn from the earth, He, like Moses and Samuel, left a circle of Prophets behind Him, through whom the sacred gift was continued and diffused. It was one of the expected marks of the Messiah's kingdom that the prophetic in- spiration should become universal. This expectation S. Peter saw realized on the day of Pentecost; and from S.Paul's allusions, it is evident that the posses- sion of the gift throughout the Christian community was the rule, not the exception. Some there were more eminent than others, whose names, sayings, or writings, have been preserved to us. Agabus, Simeon, Niger, Lucius, Manaen, Philip's daughters, Joseph, who derived from this gift the name by which he was usu- ally known, of "Barnabas," Saul, who was called Paul, John; and to these we may probably add, though not expressly bearing the name, Cephas or Peter, Jacob or James the Younger, Judas or Thaddeus, and the au- thor of the Epistle to the Hebrews. With John, as far as we know, the name and the thing ceased. There have been great men to whom the title has been given in later times. There have been others who have claimed it for themselves. But in the peculiar Bibli- cal, Hebrew sense of the word, and certainly within the circle of the Jewish Church, S. John was the Last of the Prophets. 
from The History of the Jewish Church, Vol. I : Abraham to Samuel, Lecture XIX: The History of the Prophetical Order. by Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, D.D., Dean of Westminster Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1879, pp. 457-473
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2017.07.12 14:08 Boolouloubi League Presentation: Ligue 1 Conforama (France)

1. GLOBAL PRESENTATION

Medias: official website Twitter Twitter EN Fixtures: Link The competition begin the 4th of august 2016/2017 winner: AS Monaco
Qualification/Relegation: 1 Winne UEFA Champions League Group stage 2 UEFA Champions League Group stage 3 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round 4 UEFA Europa League Group stage 5-6 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round (depending on the winner of the League cup and the Cup) 18 Relegation Play-off 19-20 Relegation
 

2. MERCATO

 
L'EQUIPE is doing a wonderful job to present and organize transferts in the different championship. Since it takes an incredible ammount of time, this is a link to their page. I wouldn't have done it better anyway.
 

3. TEAMS PRESENTATION

 

AMIENS SC

Coach: Christophe PELISSIER 2016/2017: Ligue 2 (2nd) Stadium: Stade de la Licorne (Capacity: 12097) Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: Quick presentation: first time they succeed to be in Ligue 1 in their history. They are the lowest budget of the league (20M€) but their recruitement has been smart so far (Bodmer and Kakuta can become two key players of this team). Christophe Pelissier is a good coach so they have good chance to stay one more year in the league.
 

ANGERS SCO

Coach: Stéphane MOULIN 2016/2017: 12nd Stadium: Stade Raymond Kopa (Capacity: 18000) Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: They used to be the lowest budget of the league and they succeed to avoid relegation thanks to a boring defensive playstyle. The fact that they've recruited Enzo Crivelli(4.5M€, from Bordeaux) as a striker make me think that it will be the same thing this season, it's annoying... but it works.
 

FC GIRONDINS DE BORDEAUX

Coach: Jocelyn GOURVENNEC 2016/2017: 6th Stadium: Matmut-Atlantique (Capacity: 42115) European cup: UEFA Europa League Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: The club is showing a lot of ambition, they want to be in the leader group and to fight for european qualification. All of the key players are staying, the coach too and the recruitement is satisfaying so far with maybe a good surprise for the supporters (Javi Garcia? Nampalys Mendy? Guilherme Arana? Aboubakar?) it looks like a good season to come for Bordeaux but it will be hard to finish ahead the 4th position.
 

SM CAEN

Coach: Patrice GARANDE 2016/2017: 17th Stadium: Stade Michel d'Ornano (Capacity: 20453) Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: I still don't understand why Patrice Garande decided to destroy each one of his players in the local press during the summer but here we are... they have lost a lot of key players (Seube, Guilbert, Karamoh) and it could be an awful season for Caen but as long as Santini, Delaplace and Da Silva are staying they have a sufficient squad to avoid relegation.
 

DIJON FCO

Coach: Olivier DALL'OGLIO 2016/2017: 16th Stadium: Stade Gaston Gérard (Capacity: 18796) Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: last season was good but Pierre Lees-Melou (to OGC Nice, 4M€) and Lois Diony (to Saint-Etienne, 10M€) will be hard to replace. I think that this season will be hard for them and they could be relegated.
 

EA GUINGAMP

Coach: Antoine KOMBOUARE 2016/2017: 10th Stadium: Stade du Roudourou (Capacity: 18465) Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: I appreciate this club and I think that it should be an average season for them. If they lose Yannis Salibur, it would hurt them badly but they will have enough money to replace him, I'm not particularly worried about them.
 

LILLE OSC

Coach: Marcelo BIELSA 2016/2017: 11th Stadium: Stade Pierre Mauroy (Capacity: 50157) Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: I don't know. They are building a new team from scratch and they've recruted a lot of young players. With Bielsa we can hope a great beginning but the question is will they succeed to keep their level during the whole season? They can fight for european qualification or finish in the second part of the ranking.
 

OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS

Coach: Bruno GENESIO 2016/2017: 4th Stadium: Parc OL (Capacity: 59186) European cup: UEFA Europa League Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: We are still waiting for a good striker and a midfielder to replace Lacazette and Tolisso but they clearly have enough money to do that. I think that they will fight with Monaco for the second place and I'm really confident in their capacities to fight for the Europa League title this season. To hire a new coach would have been a good idea tho.
 

OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE

Coach: Rudy GARCIA 2016/2017: 5th Stadium: Stade Orange-Vélodrome (Capacity: 67394) European cup: UEFA Europa League Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: Everything depends on which striker and defenders they will be able to hire. They will be in the fight for 3rd-4th place but it will be hard to go for a 2nd place, with a good striker (Bacca?) why not?
 

FC METZ

Coach: Phillipe HINSCHBERGER 2016/2017: 14th Stadium: Stade Saint-Symphorien (Capacity: 25636) Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: I don't know why they are not trying to keep Cheikh "No Limit" Diabaté (used to be Bordeaux best striker of all time, now taking some vacation at Osmanlispor) but if Sarr leave the club this summer this season will sound like a long agony for them. At this very moment they are my favorite for the 20th place.
 

AS MONACO

Coach: Leonardo JARDIM 2016/2017: 1st Stadium: Stade Louis II (Capacity: 18523) European cup: UEFA Champion's League Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: The squad is weaker than last season but if they can keep MBappe and Lemar they should be able to fight for a champions league qualification. MBoula (3M€ from Barcelona) could be the X factor.
 

MONTPELLIER HSC

Coach: Michel DER ZAKARIAN 2016/2017: 15th Stadium: Stade de la Mosson (Capacity: 32900) Stade de la Mosson in october Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: They should be able to avoid relegation but I don't think that they will be able to finish in the first part of the ranking. RIP louis Nicollin
 

FC NANTES

Coach: Claudio RANIERI 2016/2017: 7th Stadium: Stade de la Beaujoire (Capacity: 37473) Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: This season will be interesting for them but they are not a top team. They should be able to be in the first part of the ranking but I would be really surprised to see them above the 6th place.
 

OGC NICE

Coach: Lucien FAVRE 2016/2017: 3rd Stadium: Allianz-Riviera (Capacity: 35624) European cup: UEFA Champion's League Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: last season was wonderful for them but the lost of Belhanda (Galatasaray), Perreyra (Porto) and Baysse (probably Malaga or Bordeaux) is hard for them. Dalbert will probably leave too and I think that they will fight with Bordeaux and Marseille for a Europa League qualification.
 

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Coach: Unai EMERY 2016/2017: 2nd Stadium: Parc des Princes (Capacity: 48583) European cup: UEFA Champion's League Medias: official website Twitter Twitter EN
Quick presentation: Last season was awful but I think that the direction and the staff have learnt from it. Monaco is weaker than last season and they should be able to win the title pretty easily.
 

STADE RENNAIS

Coach: Christian GOURCUFF 2016/2017: 9th Stadium: Roazhon Park (Capacity: 29778) Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: Each season Rennes's recruitement is interesting and each season they are disapointing. The lost of Costil (free, to Bordeaux) and Gelson Fernandes(free, Eintracht Frankfurt) will be hard for them and I think that they will finish around the 10th position.
 

AS SAINT-ETIENNE

Coach: Oscar GARCIA 2016/2017: 8th Stadium: Stade Geoffroy Guichard (Capacity: 41965) Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: To be honest there current squad is awful. Hamouma, Tannane, Perrin and Ruffier are good but the rest is dicusting. The new staff have great ambition but they have to be more active on the mercato (Diony is a good move) They will probably fight with Nantes and Rennes for the 8th-10th positions.
 

RC STRASBOURG

Coach: Thierry LAUREY 2016/2017: Ligue 2 (1st) Stadium: Stade de la Meinau (Capacity: 27500) Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: They will try to avoid relegation and with there great public they can do it, it will be hard though especially with Boutaib's departure (free, Matalyaspor).
 

TOULOUSE FC

Coach: Pascal DUPRAZ 2016/2017: 13th Stadium: Stadium (Capacity: 33150) Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: Nothing to see here. They think that they are Bordeaux's rival but you just have to look to both palmares to understand that they are not. They should be in Ligue 2 since 2016 but they have succeeded to save their ass thanks to some kind of black magic. They are better at rugby than football, that why their only decent player is their goalkeeper. They are also guilty of treason since they have paid (and they are still paying them) two swedish terrorists to strike the french NT and to destroy Lloris self confidence.
 

ES TROYES AC

Coach: Jean-Louis GARCIA 2016/2017: Ligue 2 (3rd) Stadium: Stade de l'Aube (Capacity: 20400) Medias: official website Twitter
Quick presentation: They've earned their qualification against Lorient during the Play-off but i watched the two matches and let's be honest they were a bit lucky. Troyes is used to do qualify for the first division and to be relegated the following season and I don't see any reason for this to change now.
 
 

4. TIER LIST

 
Tier Team
S PSG
A Monaco Lyon
A- Marseille Nice Bordeaux
B Lille Saint-Etienne Nantes Rennes
C Guingamp Toulouse Montpellier Angers
D Strasbourg Dijon Caen Troyes Amiens Metz
 
 

5. HOW TO WATCH IT?

Here is the list of all the official international diffusers for the competition soccerstreams is an other possibility
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2017.05.10 00:04 TheMonsieur The 104th edition of the U.S. Open Cup (our version of the FA Cup) kicks off Tuesday and Wednesday, so I put together capsules for all 99 teams in this year's competition. Enjoy!

Thank you in advance for reading. Remember to subscribe to /usopencup for more U.S. Open Cup news and discussion, make your predictions, and follow USOC_Matchday's threads during the action.
Quick primer on acronyms:
MLS: Major League Soccer, American 1st division NASL: North American Soccer League, American 2nd division (provisional status - used to be the sole 2nd division) USL: United Soccer League, American 2nd division (provisional status - used the be the 3rd division) NPSL: National Premier Soccer League, national pro-amateur league PDL: Premier Development League: national pro-amateur league Local Qualifiers: Other amateur teams that made it in
For the Cup!
AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at Michigan Bucks (7:30 ET)
Why You Need to Watch AFC Ann Arbor: Ann Arbor is truly a soccer club made by the fans and for the fans. The Mighty Oak started as an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign, and now in its third season enjoys strong local support in its Michigan home.
AFC Cleveland (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 1-1-0
Best Finish: Round 2 (2016)
First Match: Wednesday at Des Moines Menace (8:30 ET)
Why You Need to Watch AFC Cleveland: Cleveland are the defending champions of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), having defeated Sonoma County Sol to win their first-ever national championship.
Albion SC Pros (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday vs Chula Vista FC (10:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Albion SC Pros: San Diego-based Albion have made no secret of their desire to move up in the soccer world. Earlier this year, Chris Kivlehan revealed in an article for the Midfield Press that Albion are bidding to get an NASL team.
Anahuac FC (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at Sonoma County Sol (10:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Anahuac FC: When Las Vegas-based Anahuac take the field Wednesday night, they'll become the first team from Nevada to play in the U.S. Open Cup's modern era (1993-present). Fellow Nevadans Reno 1868 will be the second, since they start in the second round.
Atlanta Silverbacks (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 11-12-2
Best Finish: Quarterfinals (2014)
First Match: Wednesday vs SC United Bantams (5:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch the Atlanta Silverbacks: The Silverbacks dropped out of the professional ranks of the NASL following the 2015 season, but they still have several players from those days, including center back Abdul Bangura, midfielderight back Ferrety Sousa, and midfielder Alex Harlley. If they win a few games, they could potentially get the opportunity to play the new Atlanta United FC.
Atlanta United FC (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch Atlanta United: Atlanta United's depth hasn't been tested so far in its inaugural MLS season, and this could be the chance for them to show off. 16-year-old Andrew Carleton has impressed for U.S. youth teams, and perhaps manager Tata Martino will give him his chance.
Azteca FC (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at FC Wichita (8:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Azteca FC: Relative unknowns from Denver, Azteca might be able to provide a surprise in this year's Open Cup. They knocked off Harpo's FC (famous as the "BS Pub Team" in qualifying.
Boca Raton FC (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-1-0
Best Finish: Round 1 (2016)
First Match: Wednesday at Miami United (7:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Boca Raton FC: BRFC are moving up in the world. They started their first season in the NPSL last week (a 1-0 loss to Round 1 opponents Miami United) and are building even further. The Florida team's manager, Athirson, earned five caps for Brazil, and midfielder Edmar has earned 15 caps for Ukraine (yeah, seriously).
Boston City FC (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at Western Mass Pioneers (7:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Boston City: Playing its first game just last year, Boston has gained plaudits for building within the local community. If they pull off a few upsets, the could be looking at a game against next-door neighbors New England Revolution.
Burlingame Dragons (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-2-0
Best Finish: Round 1 (2015, 2016)
First Match: Wednesday at El Farolito (6:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Burlingame Dragons: Long-time MLS veteran Joe Cannon has signed on to coach Burlingame this year, who act as an affiliate to the San Jose Earthquakes. The team from Northern California has developed a reputation for producing MLS players in its short existence, including San Jose's Nick Lima, who has broken into the starting lineup this year at right back.
Carolina Dynamo (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 10-11-1
Best Finish: Quarterfinals (1996)
First Match: Wednesday vs Legacy 76 (7:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch the Carolina Dynamo: Quite simply put, the Dynamo have had the worst crest in this competition for a number of years. Just look at it! How can you even justify that? They're also celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, which is actually pretty cool.
Charleston Battery (USL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 29-14-6
Best Finish: Final (2008)
First Match: Round 2 at Atlanta Silverbacks or vs SC United Bantams
Why You Need to Watch the Charleston Battery: Charleston are one of the most historic teams playing in this year's Open Cup. They were founded in 1993, and since that time they've had more Open Cup wins than any non-MLS team save Rochester.
Charlotte Eagles (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 11-13-0
Best Finish: Quarterfinals (2012)
First Match: Wednesday vs Chattanooga FC
Why You Need to Watch the Charlotte Eagles: Before the Independence (below) joined USL, the Charlotte Eagles operated as a professional team. They started play in 1993, and have produced current pro stars such as Christian Ramirez and Clint Irwin. As you can tell from their crest, the Eagles are very much rooted in the Christian faith.
Charlotte Independence (USL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 4-2-0
Best Finish: Round 5 (2015)
First Match: Round 2 at Charlotte Eagles or Chattanooga FC
Why You Need to Watch the Charlotte Independence: Charlotte are one of many cities that have put their name in the hat for the next round of MLS expansion. Their bid appears to be on the fringes at the moment, but a strong Open Cup run might push them into the limelight. They might also face in-state rival North Carolina FC for the third year running - they'll be desperate for revenge after suffering a 4-1 defeat last year.
Chattanooga FC (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 1-4-4
Best Finish: Round 3 (2014, 2015, 2016)
First Match: Wednesday at Charlotte Eagles (7:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Chattanooga FC: Although they play in the fourth-division NPSL, Chattanooga have attracted record numbers to watch their games. In 2015, 18,227 fans came to watch their NPSL final. They've developed a bit of a reputation as giant-killers in the Open Cup, knocking off several pro teams (some via penalty shootouts).
Chicago FC United (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday vs Grand Rapids FC (8:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Chicago FC United: Unfortunately, I can't really get a handle on who exactly FC United are. Certainly, they have one of the most original names in the competition. It looks like it's a Development Academy club that's partnered with the Chicago Fire, but they haven't even played a game in the PDL yet (notice the photo I used is from an academy kid). From my research, it looks like they took the Open Cup spot from the former Chicago Fire PDL.
Chicago Fire SC (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 40-14-3
Best Finish: Champions (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch the Chicago Fire: The Fire are undoubtedly the "Kings of the Cup." They've won it four times, on par for the most ever, and they have more Open Cup wins than any team in the modern era (1995-present). It's been 11 years since their last victory, though, and fans are getting hungry.
Christos FC (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at Fredericksburg FC (5:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Christos FC: Christos are a dominant power in the world of amateur soccer, and now, 20 years after their founding, Christos makes its debut in the U.S. Open Cup. The Maryland-based club is the current holder of both the Werner Fricker Open Cup and USASA Amateur Cup, two of the most prestigious trophies for amateur teams.
Chula Vista FC (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 2-1-0
Best Finish: Round 3 (2015)
First Match: Wednesday at Albion SC Pros (10:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Chula Vista: During their Open Cup debut in 2015, Chula Vista were labeled the "ultimate Cinderella story." Back then, a rag-tag bunch of amateurs travelled to Scottsdale and beat USL Arizona United 3-0. Now a known product, Chula Vista will try to re-create their magic run.
Clarkstown SC Eagles (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-1-0
Best Finish: Round 1 (2016)
First Match: Wednesday at Reading United AC (7:30 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Clarkstown SC Eagles: Based in New York, Clarkstown are mostly a development club for younger players. After making the NPSL national semifinals, they're looking to do one better than last year, when they fell to Jersey Express in Round 1.
Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 12-16-0
Best Finish: Final (1999)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch the Colorado Rapids: A year after the best regular season in club history, Colorado has sunk to the bottom of the barrel in MLS. A winning streak in the Open Cup could be the impetus for a season turnaround, but an upset loss could be another body blow.
Colorado Rush (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at FC Tucson (9:30 ET)
Why You Need to Watch the Colorado Rush: The Rush are a prominent youth club in Colorado, and one of their most successful products, Collin Clark, has come back to play for them after an 8-year career in MLS. The Rush will also feature Adam Hudson, who will feature in his first ever Open Cup at a ripe 40 years old.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 4-2-0
Best Finish: Round 4 (2015, 2016)
First Match: Round 2 vs FC Tucson/Colorado Rush
Why You Need to Watch the Colorado Springs Switchbacks: In their two-year history, the Switchbacks have been the point of no return for potential giant slayers, but haven't been able to flip the script as underdogs. Both years, they've beaten tiny Harpo's FC (who didn't qualify this year), but eventually lost to the Colorado Rapids. Can this be the year one of those stories changes?
Columbus Crew SC (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 22-13-3
Best Finish: Champions (2002)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch the Columbus Crew: Coming off a down year, the Crew remain on the hunt for its first major trophy since 2009 (Supporters' Shield). Winning the Open Cup this year would give them a much-needed lift, as well as their first CONCACAF Champions League appearance since the 2010-11 season.
D.C. United (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 31-12-5
Best Finish: Champions (1996, 2008, 2013)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch D.C. United: D.C. had a miserable outing in the 2016 edition of the Open Cup, ousted on penalties by the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, a club that is now on hiatus and probably defunct. But United have history behind them, and it's been four years since they made the quarterfinals. Perhaps this is the moment.
Derby City Rovers (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-1-0
Best Finish: Round 1 (2013)
First Match: Wednesday vs Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (7:30 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Derby City: With the introduction of the USL's Louisville City FC in 2015, Derby City became the smaller club in Louisville. The two haven't actually played each other in a competitive match, yet. If Derby City advance past the first round, they'll have a date with their noisy neighbors, and a chance to pull off a massive upset.
Des Moines Menace (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 13-10-1
Best Finish: Round 4 (2005)
First Match: Wednesday vs AFC Cleveland (8:30 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Des Moines Menace: The Menace, a small team from the middle of Iowa, are one of the most decorated non-professional clubs in America. They're famous for pulling off upsets and knocking out lower-league professional teams in the Open Cup. In 2005, they got past three pro teams before losing to the Kansas City Wizards of MLS. The goal will be no different this year for the Cup veterans.
El Farolito (Local Qualfier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 3-0-0
Best Finish: Champions (1993)
First Match: Wednesday vs Burlingame Dragons (6:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch El Farolito: Although they're a little bit of a mystery this time around, El Farolito won the competition in 1993 before MLS was around. Is it possible that the San Francisco club pulls off another upset this time around? Only time will tell.
FC Cincinnati (USL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 1-1-0
Best Finish: Round 3 (2016)
First Match: Round 2 vs AFC Cleveland or at Des Moines Menace
Why You Need to Watch FC Cincinnati: Since first taking the field in 2016, FC Cincy has developed a reputation for having the highest attendance numbers in America below MLS. The club averaged over 17,000 fans per match in its inaugural season. Some of them will surely make their way to see Cincinnati play in the Open Cup this year.
FC Dallas (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 31-16-6
Best Finish: Champions (1997, 2016)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch FC Dallas: The defending champs are back and ready to win another one. Dallas has relied on youth to become one of the best teams in MLS over the past several years, and it paid dividends when the Hoops lifted the Open Cup at home last year. Argentine striker Maxi Urruti scored three goals during that run, and Dallas may look to him to provide another spark in 2017.
FC Golden State Force (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday vs Outbreak SC (10:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch FC Golden State Force: Based near Los Angeles, the Force are off to a flyer after beating San Francisco City FC 4-0 in their opening match. They've also got Dominic Oduro on their team. No, not that Dominic Oduro. The other one.
FC Motown (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at New Jersey Copa (7:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch FC Motown: Located in Morristown, New Jersey (near New York City), the Celtics come in as first-time entrants to the Open Cup after knocking out Lansdowne Bhoys (who beat USL Pittsburgh in last year's Cup) in qualifying. They're coached by former New York Red Bulls Homegrown Sacir Hot, who says that making it this far on the team's first attempt is a "tremendous achievement."
FC Tucson (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 2-3-1
Best Finish: Round 3 (2013)
First Match: Wednesday vs Colorado Rush (9:30 ET)
Why You Need to Watch FC Tucson: Once upon a time, FC Tucson made a great run. Well, it wasn't that long ago - back in 2013, second-year Tucson knocked out two pro teams en route to a match against MLS' Houston Dynamo. They fell 0-2, and have struggled since, winning just one Open Cup match since then. This year provides an opportunity for the Arizonans to rise up again and make another memorable challenge to American soccer's élite.
FC Wichita (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-1-0
Best Finish: Round 1 (2016)
First Match: Wednesday vs Azteca FC (8:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch FC Wichita: Wichita, Kansas is probably too small of a city to ever receive an MLS team. It does, however, have a local NPSL team it can be proud of. FC Wichita were runners-up in the /MLS Best Crest contest, and they've been building toward a first Open Cup win.
Fredericksburg FC (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-1
Best Finish: Round 1 (2016)
First Match: Wednesday vs Christos FC (5:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch FC Wichita: Formed after the 2013 season as a merger between RVA FC and Fredericksburg Area Soccer Association, FFC has been a dominant force in Northern Virginia. If they win in the first round, they'll have the opportunity to host the Richmond Kickers in what would be a massive local derby.
Fresno Fuego (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 4-4-0
Best Finish: Round 4 (2003)
First Match: Wednesday vs La Máquina (10:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch the Fresno Fuego: Don't sleep on the Fuego. The California team has one of the biggest fanbases of any non-professional team in the U.S., and enjoyed huge support in their home opener as they took down fellow Open Cup entrants Burlingame Dragons 4-0.
GPS Omens (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at GPS Portland Phoenix (8:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch GPS Omens: The Massachusetts-based GPS Omens are one of the more interesting teams in this year's competition, many of them former Ivy League college players described as "white-collar underdogs." They played a friendly against AS Roma in August, which drew the attention of the U.S. Soccer media team.
GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 1-3-0
Best Finish: Round 2 (2013)
First Match: Wednesday vs GPS Omens (8:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch GPS Portland Phoenix: The only team in this year's competition from Maine, the Phoenix will play another club from the Global Premier Soccer community when they face off against GPS Omens Wednesday. Portland have qualified for the Open Cup four times now, but have struggled to advance past Round 1.
Grand Rapids FC (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at Chicago FC United (8:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Grand Rapids FC: Grand Rapids FC is a club that grew out of the grassroots, and has drawn thousands of spectators in its two years of existence. In December, MLive reported that the Michigan club are in talks with investors to move the team to the USL.
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 17-9-3
Best Finish: Quarterfinals (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012)
First Match: Round 2 at Ocean City Nor'easters/Junior Lone Star FC
Why You Need to Watch Harrisburg City Islanders: Harrisburg, located in Pennsylvania, has enjoyed quite a bit of success in the Open Cup, having knocked off a few MLS clubs in its time. They've developed a bit of a rivalry with the nearby Philadelphia Union, but have lost all three of the teams' Open Cup matchups.
Houston Dutch Lions FC (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday vs NTX Rayados (8:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch the Houston Dutch Lions: Also known simply as Dutch Lions FC, this team is part of a larger network of Dutch Lion clubs that, at one time, included a USL Pro team in Dayton. They've been in operation since 2012, but only qualified for the Open Cup after moving to the NPSL (from the PDL) last year and finishing second in the South Central division.
Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 10-9-1
Best Finish: Semifinals (2006, 2009)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch the Houston Dynamo: Historically, Houston's MLS club has underperformed in the Open Cup, often overcome by other MLS sides playing with stronger teams. Still, young striker Mauro Manotas scored three goals last year, and he could be a catalyst for the Dynamo as they look to finally get one past Texan rivals FC Dallas, who knocked them out en route to winning the Open Cup in 2016.
Indy Eleven (NASL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 2-2-1
Best Finish: Round 4 (2014, 2016)
First Match: Round 2 at Michigan Bucks/AFC Ann Arbor
Why You Need to Watch Indy Eleven: Well, first off, you need to watch Indy Eleven because they're my team! Aside from that, though, we've got some cool stuff to look out for. Gerardo Torrado (pictured), Mexico's second-most capped player of all time, is still going strong in the midfield. Crowd support is the strongest in the NASL, and Indy has developed a slight rivalry with Louisville, who have exchanged victories in the past two editions of the Open Cup.
Jacksonville Armada FC (NASL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 1-2-0
Best Finish: Round 4 (2016)
First Match: Round 2 at Miami United or vs Boca Raton FC
Why You Need to Watch the Jacksonville Armada: After owner Mark Frisch left the Armada last year, the club's future was thrown up in the air after only two seasons. The NASL has taken control of the team this year while it looks for investors, and hosting an Open Cup game against an MLS team might just show the potential of the team in the future.
Jacksonville Armada U-23 (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday vs The Villages SC (7:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch the Jacksonville Armada U-23s: With its parent club in turmoil, the Armada U-23s will enter their first U.S. Open Cup hoping to defy the odds. A win would give them a date against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, re-igniting (well, sort of) an old NASL rivalry.
Junior Lone Star FC (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at Ocean City Nor'easters (7:30 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Junior Lone Star FC: This team is probably one of my favorites in the Cup this year. If you haven't heard their story yet, go and read up on it. They're a team created in 2001 by refugees from Liberia, who found their place in a park in Philadelphia. This year, they'll get the chance to show what they can do on a big stage.
L.A. Galaxy (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 28-14-1
Best Finish: Champions (2001, 2005)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch L.A. Galaxy: The Galaxy are historically the most successful club in MLS (five MLS cups, two Open Cups, four Supporters' Shields), and they usually sport some of the league's biggest names (currently Giovani dos Santos; previously Steven Gerrard, Landon Donovan, David Beckham, etc). After a slow start to the season, the stars could really start to shine in the Open Cup.
La Máquina (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 3-1-0
Best Finish: Round 4 (2016)
First Match: Wednesday at Fresno Fuego (10:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch La Máquina: "The Machine" (named for Mexican club Cruz Azul) are back for a second consecutive year, and looking to cause mayhem once again. Striker Edwin Borboa, who co-lead the 2016 Cup with five goals, is returning, along with others from a team that took the L.A Galaxy to extra time before giving up an infamously sneaky goal.
Legacy 76 (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at Carolina Dynamo (7:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Legacy 76: Founded in 2002 as the Williamsburg Legacy, Virginia's Legacy 76 have been waiting 15 years for the opportunity to play in an Open Cup. Finally, they have it. With a win, they'll get to host a match against pro side North Carolina FC.
Louisville City FC (USL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 2-2-1
Best Finish: Round 4 (2015)
First Match: Round 2 vs Derby City Rovers or at Tartan Devils Oak Avalon
Why You Need to Watch Louisville City: Louisville have been on the rise since their inaugural season in 2015, averaging over 7,000 fans per game last year and finishing near the top of the USL standings. After falling short in Indianapolis last year, they'll be looking forward to regaining their footing.
Miami FC (NASL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-1-0
Best Finish: Round 3 (2016)
First Match: Round 2 vs Red Force FC/South Florida Surf
Why You Need to Watch Miami FC: Miami FC are probably the biggest spenders in American soccer outside of MLS, and this Open Cup will give them the chance to prove they're the best team outside of MLS as well. Players such as Kwadwo Poku, Dylan Mares, and Richie Ryan have taken Miami to the top of the NASL early on. They're also coached by Italian soccer legend Alessandro Nesta, and co-owned by Nesta's former teammate Paolo Maldini.
Miami United FC (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 1-1-0
Best Finish: Round 2 (2015)
First Match: Wednesday vs Boca Raton FC (7:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Miami United: Miami United may not even be the biggest club from their own city in this tournament, but that doesn't mean they're lacking ambition in any way. Last year they made headlines by signing Brazilian veteran Adriano (admittedly, it was probably mostly a publicity stunt), and this year they've started off the NPSL season brilliantly.
Michigan Bucks (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 13-11-2
Best Finish: Round 4 (2012)
First Match: Wednesday vs AFC Ann Arbor (7:30 ET)
Why You Need to Watch the Michigan Bucks: The Bucks are historic Open Cup entrants, with a better record in the tournament than any other non-professional team. They're the only team to have upset two MLS teams, knocking out the New England Revolution in 2000 and the Chicago Fire in 2012. They also won the PDL's national championship last year, so they'll be a team to look out for.
Minnesota United FC (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 5-5-1
Best Finish: Round 4 (2014, 2016)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch Minnesota United: New to MLS, the Loons have typically underperformed in the Open Cup in the past as a lower-league side. They did upset MLS opposition once (2012; Real Salt Lake), but could never quite go on a big run. Now playing with an improved roster, Minnesota will aim to match the pedigree of their predecessors, the Minnesota Thunder, who made it to the quarterfinals in 2004 and the semifinals in 2005.
Moreno Valley Fútbol Club (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at Ventura County Fusion (10:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Moreno Valley: Moreno Valley FC, representing southern California, only formed in 2015, but since that time have taken the California amateur scene by storm. "Mo Val" are reigning amateur champions of the U.S. western region, and came in fourth in the national amateur cup. The could be an upset candidate in the early rounds of their first Open Cup.
New England Revolution (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 17-12-5
Best Finish: Champions (2007)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch the New England Revolution: Although usually trapped in the cavernous Gillette Stadium, the Revs typically take Open Cup home games as opportunities to host nearer to Boston. This can help create a more intimate atmosphere, one that helped lead New England to the Open Cup final last year, where they lost to FC Dallas.
New Jersey Copa FC (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday vs Motown FC (7:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch New Jersey Copa: Another new-ish club making its debut in the Open Cup, New Jersey Copa only got its start in the NPSL last year, but their academy has been developing players since 2006. This tournament could provide a kickstart to the club on the national scene.
New York City FC (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-1-1
Best Finish: Round 4 (2015, 2016)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch New York City FC: Here's a fun fact for you: NYCFC have fewer Open Cup wins than the Fort Myers Manatees, the Syracuse Salty Dogs, and the Delaware Wizards. Now, none of those teams exist anymore, but City do, and this year they'll be looking for their HISTORIC first-ever Open Cup win. There's no doubt they'll want to claim it at the hands of the New York Cosmos, who have knocked NYCFC out twice in a row.
New York Cosmos (NASL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 5-3-1
Best Finish: Round 5 (2014, 2015, 2016)
First Match: Round 2 at Reading United AC or vs Clarkstown SC Eagles
Why You Need to Watch the New York Cosmos: Things have gotten exceedingly stale for the Cosmos in the Open Cup these past three years. Win your first game against an amateur team, knock out a bitter New York MLS rival, and then tumble to defeat just before the quarterfinals. Under new ownership this year, the Cosmos don't look quite as good, but the goal remains the same: Show you can compete with the best, and dominate in the Open Cup.
New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 18-17-2
Best Finish: Final (2003)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch the New York Red Bulls: For an MLS team, the Red Bulls have an abysmal record in the Open Cup taking wins mostly off lower-league teams and generally failing to make deep runs in the tournament. The Bulls have never won the Open Cup or MLS Cup, a fact that is well-known among their supporters and their rivals. New York Red Bulls II won the USL last year, so look for a few of their players to feature as the Red Bulls try to make history.
North Carolina FC (NASL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 16-8-2
Best Finish: Semifinals (2007)
First Match: Round 2 at Carolina Dynamo/Legacy 76
Why You Need to Watch North Carolina FC: Formerly known as the Carolina RailHawks, NCFC are by far the NASL's most successful Open Cup entrant. They've built up a history of upsets, including three consecutive wins over the L.A. Galaxy from 2012-14. Add in the intrigue surrounding the team from its MLS bid, as well as some of its very good players (Lance Laing has been a standout this year) and we could be looking at a real dark horse.
NTX Rayados (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-4-2
Best Finish: Round 3 (2014)
First Match: Wednesday at Houston Dutch Lions (8:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch NTX Rayados: NTX (North Texas) Rayados are an amateur powerhouse, and this Open Cup isn't their first go-around. They've qualified every year since 2012, though they're yet to win a game outright (NTX knocked off the Austin Aztex on penalties in 2014). Last year, they were disqualified on a technicality, so the chance to avenge themselves Wednesday will feel extra sweet.
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2017.05.09 23:58 TheMonsieur The 104th edition of the U.S. Open Cup kicks off Tuesday and Wednesday, so I put together capsules for all 99 teams in this year's competition. Enjoy!

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For the Cup!
AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at Michigan Bucks (7:30 ET)
Why You Need to Watch AFC Ann Arbor: Ann Arbor is truly a soccer club made by the fans and for the fans. The Mighty Oak started as an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign, and now in its third season enjoys strong local support in its Michigan home.
AFC Cleveland (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 1-1-0
Best Finish: Round 2 (2016)
First Match: Wednesday at Des Moines Menace (8:30 ET)
Why You Need to Watch AFC Cleveland: Cleveland are the defending champions of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), having defeated Sonoma County Sol to win their first-ever national championship.
Albion SC Pros (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday vs Chula Vista FC (10:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Albion SC Pros: San Diego-based Albion have made no secret of their desire to move up in the soccer world. Earlier this year, Chris Kivlehan revealed in an article for the Midfield Press that Albion are bidding to get an NASL team.
Anahuac FC (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at Sonoma County Sol (10:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Anahuac FC: When Las Vegas-based Anahuac take the field Wednesday night, they'll become the first team from Nevada to play in the U.S. Open Cup's modern era (1993-present). Fellow Nevadans Reno 1868 will be the second, since they start in the second round.
Atlanta Silverbacks (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 11-12-2
Best Finish: Quarterfinals (2014)
First Match: Wednesday vs SC United Bantams (5:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch the Atlanta Silverbacks: The Silverbacks dropped out of the professional ranks of the NASL following the 2015 season, but they still have several players from those days, including center back Abdul Bangura, midfielderight back Ferrety Sousa, and midfielder Alex Harlley. If they win a few games, they could potentially get the opportunity to play the new Atlanta United FC.
Atlanta United FC (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch Atlanta United: Atlanta United's depth hasn't been tested so far in its inaugural MLS season, and this could be the chance for them to show off. 16-year-old Andrew Carleton has impressed for U.S. youth teams, and perhaps manager Tata Martino will give him his chance.
Azteca FC (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at FC Wichita (8:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Azteca FC: Relative unknowns from Denver, Azteca might be able to provide a surprise in this year's Open Cup. They knocked off Harpo's FC (famous as the "BS Pub Team" in qualifying.
Boca Raton FC (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-1-0
Best Finish: Round 1 (2016)
First Match: Wednesday at Miami United (7:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Boca Raton FC: BRFC are moving up in the world. They started their first season in the NPSL last week (a 1-0 loss to Round 1 opponents Miami United) and are building even further. The Florida team's manager, Athirson, earned five caps for Brazil, and midfielder Edmar has earned 15 caps for Ukraine (yeah, seriously).
Boston City FC (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at Western Mass Pioneers (7:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Boston City: Playing its first game just last year, Boston has gained plaudits for building within the local community. If they pull off a few upsets, the could be looking at a game against next-door neighbors New England Revolution.
Burlingame Dragons (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-2-0
Best Finish: Round 1 (2015, 2016)
First Match: Wednesday at El Farolito (6:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Burlingame Dragons: Long-time MLS veteran Joe Cannon has signed on to coach Burlingame this year, who act as an affiliate to the San Jose Earthquakes. The team from Northern California has developed a reputation for producing MLS players in its short existence, including San Jose's Nick Lima, who has broken into the starting lineup this year at right back.
Carolina Dynamo (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 10-11-1
Best Finish: Quarterfinals (1996)
First Match: Wednesday vs Legacy 76 (7:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch the Carolina Dynamo: Quite simply put, the Dynamo have had the worst crest in this competition for a number of years. Just look at it! How can you even justify that? They're also celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, which is actually pretty cool.
Charleston Battery (USL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 29-14-6
Best Finish: Final (2008)
First Match: Round 2 at Atlanta Silverbacks or vs SC United Bantams
Why You Need to Watch the Charleston Battery: Charleston are one of the most historic teams playing in this year's Open Cup. They were founded in 1993, and since that time they've had more Open Cup wins than any non-MLS team save Rochester.
Charlotte Eagles (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 11-13-0
Best Finish: Quarterfinals (2012)
First Match: Wednesday vs Chattanooga FC
Why You Need to Watch the Charlotte Eagles: Before the Independence (below) joined USL, the Charlotte Eagles operated as a professional team. They started play in 1993, and have produced current pro stars such as Christian Ramirez and Clint Irwin. As you can tell from their crest, the Eagles are very much rooted in the Christian faith.
Charlotte Independence (USL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 4-2-0
Best Finish: Round 5 (2015)
First Match: Round 2 at Charlotte Eagles or Chattanooga FC
Why You Need to Watch the Charlotte Independence: Charlotte are one of many cities that have put their name in the hat for the next round of MLS expansion. Their bid appears to be on the fringes at the moment, but a strong Open Cup run might push them into the limelight. They might also face in-state rival North Carolina FC for the third year running - they'll be desperate for revenge after suffering a 4-1 defeat last year.
Chattanooga FC (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 1-4-4
Best Finish: Round 3 (2014, 2015, 2016)
First Match: Wednesday at Charlotte Eagles (7:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Chattanooga FC: Although they play in the fourth-division NPSL, Chattanooga have attracted record numbers to watch their games. In 2015, 18,227 fans came to watch their NPSL final. They've developed a bit of a reputation as giant-killers in the Open Cup, knocking off several pro teams (some via penalty shootouts).
Chicago FC United (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday vs Grand Rapids FC (8:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Chicago FC United: Unfortunately, I can't really get a handle on who exactly FC United are. Certainly, they have one of the most original names in the competition. It looks like it's a Development Academy club that's partnered with the Chicago Fire, but they haven't even played a game in the PDL yet (notice the photo I used is from an academy kid). From my research, it looks like they took the Open Cup spot from the former Chicago Fire PDL.
Chicago Fire SC (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 40-14-3
Best Finish: Champions (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch the Chicago Fire: The Fire are undoubtedly the "Kings of the Cup." They've won it four times, on par for the most ever, and they have more Open Cup wins than any team in the modern era (1995-present). It's been 11 years since their last victory, though, and fans are getting hungry.
Christos FC (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at Fredericksburg FC (5:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Christos FC: Christos are a dominant power in the world of amateur soccer, and now, 20 years after their founding, Christos makes its debut in the U.S. Open Cup. The Maryland-based club is the current holder of both the Werner Fricker Open Cup and USASA Amateur Cup, two of the most prestigious trophies for amateur teams.
Chula Vista FC (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 2-1-0
Best Finish: Round 3 (2015)
First Match: Wednesday at Albion SC Pros (10:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Chula Vista: During their Open Cup debut in 2015, Chula Vista were labeled the "ultimate Cinderella story." Back then, a rag-tag bunch of amateurs travelled to Scottsdale and beat USL Arizona United 3-0. Now a known product, Chula Vista will try to re-create their magic run.
Clarkstown SC Eagles (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-1-0
Best Finish: Round 1 (2016)
First Match: Wednesday at Reading United AC (7:30 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Clarkstown SC Eagles: Based in New York, Clarkstown are mostly a development club for younger players. After making the NPSL national semifinals, they're looking to do one better than last year, when they fell to Jersey Express in Round 1.
Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 12-16-0
Best Finish: Final (1999)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch the Colorado Rapids: A year after the best regular season in club history, Colorado has sunk to the bottom of the barrel in MLS. A winning streak in the Open Cup could be the impetus for a season turnaround, but an upset loss could be another body blow.
Colorado Rush (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at FC Tucson (9:30 ET)
Why You Need to Watch the Colorado Rush: The Rush are a prominent youth club in Colorado, and one of their most successful products, Collin Clark, has come back to play for them after an 8-year career in MLS. The Rush will also feature Adam Hudson, who will feature in his first ever Open Cup at a ripe 40 years old.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 4-2-0
Best Finish: Round 4 (2015, 2016)
First Match: Round 2 vs FC Tucson/Colorado Rush
Why You Need to Watch the Colorado Springs Switchbacks: In their two-year history, the Switchbacks have been the point of no return for potential giant slayers, but haven't been able to flip the script as underdogs. Both years, they've beaten tiny Harpo's FC (who didn't qualify this year), but eventually lost to the Colorado Rapids. Can this be the year one of those stories changes?
Columbus Crew SC (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 22-13-3
Best Finish: Champions (2002)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch the Columbus Crew: Coming off a down year, the Crew remain on the hunt for its first major trophy since 2009 (Supporters' Shield). Winning the Open Cup this year would give them a much-needed lift, as well as their first CONCACAF Champions League appearance since the 2010-11 season.
D.C. United (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 31-12-5
Best Finish: Champions (1996, 2008, 2013)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch D.C. United: D.C. had a miserable outing in the 2016 edition of the Open Cup, ousted on penalties by the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, a club that is now on hiatus and probably defunct. But United have history behind them, and it's been four years since they made the quarterfinals. Perhaps this is the moment.
Derby City Rovers (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-1-0
Best Finish: Round 1 (2013)
First Match: Wednesday vs Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (7:30 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Derby City: With the introduction of the USL's Louisville City FC in 2015, Derby City became the smaller club in Louisville. The two haven't actually played each other in a competitive match, yet. If Derby City advance past the first round, they'll have a date with their noisy neighbors, and a chance to pull off a massive upset.
Des Moines Menace (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 13-10-1
Best Finish: Round 4 (2005)
First Match: Wednesday vs AFC Cleveland (8:30 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Des Moines Menace: The Menace, a small team from the middle of Iowa, are one of the most decorated non-professional clubs in America. They're famous for pulling off upsets and knocking out lower-league professional teams in the Open Cup. In 2005, they got past three pro teams before losing to the Kansas City Wizards of MLS. The goal will be no different this year for the Cup veterans.
El Farolito (Local Qualfier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 3-0-0
Best Finish: Champions (1993)
First Match: Wednesday vs Burlingame Dragons (6:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch El Farolito: Although they're a little bit of a mystery this time around, El Farolito won the competition in 1993 before MLS was around. Is it possible that the San Francisco club pulls off another upset this time around? Only time will tell.
FC Cincinnati (USL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 1-1-0
Best Finish: Round 3 (2016)
First Match: Round 2 vs AFC Cleveland or at Des Moines Menace
Why You Need to Watch FC Cincinnati: Since first taking the field in 2016, FC Cincy has developed a reputation for having the highest attendance numbers in America below MLS. The club averaged over 17,000 fans per match in its inaugural season. Some of them will surely make their way to see Cincinnati play in the Open Cup this year.
FC Dallas (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 31-16-6
Best Finish: Champions (1997, 2016)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch FC Dallas: The defending champs are back and ready to win another one. Dallas has relied on youth to become one of the best teams in MLS over the past several years, and it paid dividends when the Hoops lifted the Open Cup at home last year. Argentine striker Maxi Urruti scored three goals during that run, and Dallas may look to him to provide another spark in 2017.
FC Golden State Force (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday vs Outbreak SC (10:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch FC Golden State Force: Based near Los Angeles, the Force are off to a flyer after beating San Francisco City FC 4-0 in their opening match. They've also got Dominic Oduro on their team. No, not that Dominic Oduro. The other one.
FC Motown (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at New Jersey Copa (7:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch FC Motown: Located in Morristown, New Jersey (near New York City), the Celtics come in as first-time entrants to the Open Cup after knocking out Lansdowne Bhoys (who beat USL Pittsburgh in last year's Cup) in qualifying. They're coached by former New York Red Bulls Homegrown Sacir Hot, who says that making it this far on the team's first attempt is a "tremendous achievement."
FC Tucson (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 2-3-1
Best Finish: Round 3 (2013)
First Match: Wednesday vs Colorado Rush (9:30 ET)
Why You Need to Watch FC Tucson: Once upon a time, FC Tucson made a great run. Well, it wasn't that long ago - back in 2013, second-year Tucson knocked out two pro teams en route to a match against MLS' Houston Dynamo. They fell 0-2, and have struggled since, winning just one Open Cup match since then. This year provides an opportunity for the Arizonans to rise up again and make another memorable challenge to American soccer's élite.
FC Wichita (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-1-0
Best Finish: Round 1 (2016)
First Match: Wednesday vs Azteca FC (8:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch FC Wichita: Wichita, Kansas is probably too small of a city to ever receive an MLS team. It does, however, have a local NPSL team it can be proud of. FC Wichita were runners-up in the /MLS Best Crest contest, and they've been building toward a first Open Cup win.
Fredericksburg FC (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-1
Best Finish: Round 1 (2016)
First Match: Wednesday vs Christos FC (5:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch FC Wichita: Formed after the 2013 season as a merger between RVA FC and Fredericksburg Area Soccer Association, FFC has been a dominant force in Northern Virginia. If they win in the first round, they'll have the opportunity to host the Richmond Kickers in what would be a massive local derby.
Fresno Fuego (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 4-4-0
Best Finish: Round 4 (2003)
First Match: Wednesday vs La Máquina (10:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch the Fresno Fuego: Don't sleep on the Fuego. The California team has one of the biggest fanbases of any non-professional team in the U.S., and enjoyed huge support in their home opener as they took down fellow Open Cup entrants Burlingame Dragons 4-0.
GPS Omens (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at GPS Portland Phoenix (8:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch GPS Omens: The Massachusetts-based GPS Omens are one of the more interesting teams in this year's competition, many of them former Ivy League college players described as "white-collar underdogs." They played a friendly against AS Roma in August, which drew the attention of the U.S. Soccer media team.
GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 1-3-0
Best Finish: Round 2 (2013)
First Match: Wednesday vs GPS Omens (8:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch GPS Portland Phoenix: The only team in this year's competition from Maine, the Phoenix will play another club from the Global Premier Soccer community when they face off against GPS Omens Wednesday. Portland have qualified for the Open Cup four times now, but have struggled to advance past Round 1.
Grand Rapids FC (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at Chicago FC United (8:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Grand Rapids FC: Grand Rapids FC is a club that grew out of the grassroots, and has drawn thousands of spectators in its two years of existence. In December, MLive reported that the Michigan club are in talks with investors to move the team to the USL.
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 17-9-3
Best Finish: Quarterfinals (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012)
First Match: Round 2 at Ocean City Nor'easters/Junior Lone Star FC
Why You Need to Watch Harrisburg City Islanders: Harrisburg, located in Pennsylvania, has enjoyed quite a bit of success in the Open Cup, having knocked off a few MLS clubs in its time. They've developed a bit of a rivalry with the nearby Philadelphia Union, but have lost all three of the teams' Open Cup matchups.
Houston Dutch Lions FC (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday vs NTX Rayados (8:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch the Houston Dutch Lions: Also known simply as Dutch Lions FC, this team is part of a larger network of Dutch Lion clubs that, at one time, included a USL Pro team in Dayton. They've been in operation since 2012, but only qualified for the Open Cup after moving to the NPSL (from the PDL) last year and finishing second in the South Central division.
Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 10-9-1
Best Finish: Semifinals (2006, 2009)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch the Houston Dynamo: Historically, Houston's MLS club has underperformed in the Open Cup, often overcome by other MLS sides playing with stronger teams. Still, young striker Mauro Manotas scored three goals last year, and he could be a catalyst for the Dynamo as they look to finally get one past Texan rivals FC Dallas, who knocked them out en route to winning the Open Cup in 2016.
Indy Eleven (NASL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 2-2-1
Best Finish: Round 4 (2014, 2016)
First Match: Round 2 at Michigan Bucks/AFC Ann Arbor
Why You Need to Watch Indy Eleven: Well, first off, you need to watch Indy Eleven because they're my team! Aside from that, though, we've got some cool stuff to look out for. Gerardo Torrado (pictured), Mexico's second-most capped player of all time, is still going strong in the midfield. Crowd support is the strongest in the NASL, and Indy has developed a slight rivalry with Louisville, who have exchanged victories in the past two editions of the Open Cup.
Jacksonville Armada FC (NASL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 1-2-0
Best Finish: Round 4 (2016)
First Match: Round 2 at Miami United or vs Boca Raton FC
Why You Need to Watch the Jacksonville Armada: After owner Mark Frisch left the Armada last year, the club's future was thrown up in the air after only two seasons. The NASL has taken control of the team this year while it looks for investors, and hosting an Open Cup game against an MLS team might just show the potential of the team in the future.
Jacksonville Armada U-23 (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday vs The Villages SC (7:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch the Jacksonville Armada U-23s: With its parent club in turmoil, the Armada U-23s will enter their first U.S. Open Cup hoping to defy the odds. A win would give them a date against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, re-igniting (well, sort of) an old NASL rivalry.
Junior Lone Star FC (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at Ocean City Nor'easters (7:30 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Junior Lone Star FC: This team is probably one of my favorites in the Cup this year. If you haven't heard their story yet, go and read up on it. They're a team created in 2001 by refugees from Liberia, who found their place in a park in Philadelphia. This year, they'll get the chance to show what they can do on a big stage.
L.A. Galaxy (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 28-14-1
Best Finish: Champions (2001, 2005)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch L.A. Galaxy: The Galaxy are historically the most successful club in MLS (five MLS cups, two Open Cups, four Supporters' Shields), and they usually sport some of the league's biggest names (currently Giovani dos Santos; previously Steven Gerrard, Landon Donovan, David Beckham, etc). After a slow start to the season, the stars could really start to shine in the Open Cup.
La Máquina (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 3-1-0
Best Finish: Round 4 (2016)
First Match: Wednesday at Fresno Fuego (10:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch La Máquina: "The Machine" (named for Mexican club Cruz Azul) are back for a second consecutive year, and looking to cause mayhem once again. Striker Edwin Borboa, who co-lead the 2016 Cup with five goals, is returning, along with others from a team that took the L.A Galaxy to extra time before giving up an infamously sneaky goal.
Legacy 76 (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at Carolina Dynamo (7:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Legacy 76: Founded in 2002 as the Williamsburg Legacy, Virginia's Legacy 76 have been waiting 15 years for the opportunity to play in an Open Cup. Finally, they have it. With a win, they'll get to host a match against pro side North Carolina FC.
Louisville City FC (USL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 2-2-1
Best Finish: Round 4 (2015)
First Match: Round 2 vs Derby City Rovers or at Tartan Devils Oak Avalon
Why You Need to Watch Louisville City: Louisville have been on the rise since their inaugural season in 2015, averaging over 7,000 fans per game last year and finishing near the top of the USL standings. After falling short in Indianapolis last year, they'll be looking forward to regaining their footing.
Miami FC (NASL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-1-0
Best Finish: Round 3 (2016)
First Match: Round 2 vs Red Force FC/South Florida Surf
Why You Need to Watch Miami FC: Miami FC are probably the biggest spenders in American soccer outside of MLS, and this Open Cup will give them the chance to prove they're the best team outside of MLS as well. Players such as Kwadwo Poku, Dylan Mares, and Richie Ryan have taken Miami to the top of the NASL early on. They're also coached by Italian soccer legend Alessandro Nesta, and co-owned by Nesta's former teammate Paolo Maldini.
Miami United FC (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 1-1-0
Best Finish: Round 2 (2015)
First Match: Wednesday vs Boca Raton FC (7:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Miami United: Miami United may not even be the biggest club from their own city in this tournament, but that doesn't mean they're lacking ambition in any way. Last year they made headlines by signing Brazilian veteran Adriano (admittedly, it was probably mostly a publicity stunt), and this year they've started off the NPSL season brilliantly.
Michigan Bucks (PDL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 13-11-2
Best Finish: Round 4 (2012)
First Match: Wednesday vs AFC Ann Arbor (7:30 ET)
Why You Need to Watch the Michigan Bucks: The Bucks are historic Open Cup entrants, with a better record in the tournament than any other non-professional team. They're the only team to have upset two MLS teams, knocking out the New England Revolution in 2000 and the Chicago Fire in 2012. They also won the PDL's national championship last year, so they'll be a team to look out for.
Minnesota United FC (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 5-5-1
Best Finish: Round 4 (2014, 2016)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch Minnesota United: New to MLS, the Loons have typically underperformed in the Open Cup in the past as a lower-league side. They did upset MLS opposition once (2012; Real Salt Lake), but could never quite go on a big run. Now playing with an improved roster, Minnesota will aim to match the pedigree of their predecessors, the Minnesota Thunder, who made it to the quarterfinals in 2004 and the semifinals in 2005.
Moreno Valley Fútbol Club (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday at Ventura County Fusion (10:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch Moreno Valley: Moreno Valley FC, representing southern California, only formed in 2015, but since that time have taken the California amateur scene by storm. "Mo Val" are reigning amateur champions of the U.S. western region, and came in fourth in the national amateur cup. The could be an upset candidate in the early rounds of their first Open Cup.
New England Revolution (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 17-12-5
Best Finish: Champions (2007)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch the New England Revolution: Although usually trapped in the cavernous Gillette Stadium, the Revs typically take Open Cup home games as opportunities to host nearer to Boston. This can help create a more intimate atmosphere, one that helped lead New England to the Open Cup final last year, where they lost to FC Dallas.
New Jersey Copa FC (NPSL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-0-0
Best Finish: N/A
First Match: Wednesday vs Motown FC (7:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch New Jersey Copa: Another new-ish club making its debut in the Open Cup, New Jersey Copa only got its start in the NPSL last year, but their academy has been developing players since 2006. This tournament could provide a kickstart to the club on the national scene.
New York City FC (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-1-1
Best Finish: Round 4 (2015, 2016)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch New York City FC: Here's a fun fact for you: NYCFC have fewer Open Cup wins than the Fort Myers Manatees, the Syracuse Salty Dogs, and the Delaware Wizards. Now, none of those teams exist anymore, but City do, and this year they'll be looking for their HISTORIC first-ever Open Cup win. There's no doubt they'll want to claim it at the hands of the New York Cosmos, who have knocked NYCFC out twice in a row.
New York Cosmos (NASL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 5-3-1
Best Finish: Round 5 (2014, 2015, 2016)
First Match: Round 2 at Reading United AC or vs Clarkstown SC Eagles
Why You Need to Watch the New York Cosmos: Things have gotten exceedingly stale for the Cosmos in the Open Cup these past three years. Win your first game against an amateur team, knock out a bitter New York MLS rival, and then tumble to defeat just before the quarterfinals. Under new ownership this year, the Cosmos don't look quite as good, but the goal remains the same: Show you can compete with the best, and dominate in the Open Cup.
New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 18-17-2
Best Finish: Final (2003)
First Match: Round 4
Why You Need to Watch the New York Red Bulls: For an MLS team, the Red Bulls have an abysmal record in the Open Cup taking wins mostly off lower-league teams and generally failing to make deep runs in the tournament. The Bulls have never won the Open Cup or MLS Cup, a fact that is well-known among their supporters and their rivals. New York Red Bulls II won the USL last year, so look for a few of their players to feature as the Red Bulls try to make history.
North Carolina FC (NASL)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 16-8-2
Best Finish: Semifinals (2007)
First Match: Round 2 at Carolina Dynamo/Legacy 76
Why You Need to Watch North Carolina FC: Formerly known as the Carolina RailHawks, NCFC are by far the NASL's most successful Open Cup entrant. They've built up a history of upsets, including three consecutive wins over the L.A. Galaxy from 2012-14. Add in the intrigue surrounding the team from its MLS bid, as well as some of its very good players (Lance Laing has been a standout this year) and we could be looking at a real dark horse.
NTX Rayados (Local Qualifier)
Crest
U.S. Open Cup Record: 0-4-2
Best Finish: Round 3 (2014)
First Match: Wednesday at Houston Dutch Lions (8:00 ET)
Why You Need to Watch NTX Rayados: NTX (North Texas) Rayados are an amateur powerhouse, and this Open Cup isn't their first go-around. They've qualified every year since 2012, though they're yet to win a game outright (NTX knocked off the Austin Aztex on penalties in 2014). Last year, they were disqualified on a technicality, so the chance to avenge themselves Wednesday will feel extra sweet.
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2013.07.16 03:58 TheEnglishAreHere Lardy McGee and the First Encounter

I made a new reddit name, my old i never posted with really and it was the same handle i used for everything ever since Runescape randomly made it for me. Anyway with a new reddit account (i hadnt reached my first cakeday, so really no big loss, didnt comment much anyway) i have decided to come out of lurking and tell you all about the horrible blight of a human being that plagued me for the past three years. If the first story goes down well, you may have more.
Anyway you didnt come here to read shit about me, you came to have your jimmies pulled out, shoved in a blender, glued together, force fed Beetus Juice and rammed back in and hopefully i can do just that.
Queue story!
Be me
Damnit i know i said "no reading about me" but its crucial! teehee
Bullied all through school, high school, and college. Small town ment the people who disliked me just ended up following me. Get to city university dorms and realise the problem isnt me, it was with the bullies. Make friends with some awsome people i live with, end up coming out of my shell so to speak. Become very good friends with a short girl (about 5 foot 3), quite slim, with boobs who would have been big on a much taller girl. On her she looked topheavy, in a good way.
Now i'd expect you to think this is the girl i end up wanting to hook up with/going out with. But i don't want to for a few key reasons * She has a long term boyfriend * Shes really confident, and i am not * I'm man enough to respect the fact she has a boyfriend and not try to get her drunk (which happened a few times)
We shall call her Boobgirl
anyway
Get invited to a flat party across the dorm from mine.
First flat party. Not been to many partys anyway. Beta in me starts to rise again, thinks about canceling
Boobgirl and two other flatmates pursued me to go Its BYOB (Bring your own booze) so i took along a bottle of sailor jerrys and some cola. Boobgirl bought some peach schapps and other two bought whatever it was they like.
"Oh i forgot i'd ask Lardy McGee to come along!" Says Boobgirl "Who the hells Lardy McGee?" we other ask, Boobgirl laughs, "Some girl i know from back home, we really alike!"
We get talking about Lardy, and ask what shes like. Boobgirl describes her, and i should have realised from the lack of physical qualities what i should expect.
Get outside Lardys flat and Boobgirl gives her a dropcall to let her know to come down. Its cold so all start stamping feet waiting for this girl who Boobgirl described as amazing.
Then the puddle of water started to ripple.
Birds woke up and fled the nests.
Lights started to flick on as people looked out to see if it was an earthquake.
Boobgirl lied.
The only way these two women were alike was in height and hair color.
Lardy was at least 300 pounds. Her thighs met just above her knees. She was wearing a dress WAY to small for her. Her tits, or should i say, skin tinted balloons filled with melted bacon fat spilled over the top of it. She has an overbite that i later learn is forced from a bad habbit of sucking her thumb constantly, and means when she smiles she ends up looking like a chimp baring its fangs.
I'm stood in shock Small town boy, not very sociable, never seen a woman/girl/thing this huge before
"Hi boobgirl!" she shrieks into the night, scaring the rats away. They embrace and for one moment i fear loosing Boobgirl to the folds. "Thanks for lending me one of your dresses. Its a good thing were the same size! teehee" "Oh i don't think were that close..." "Corse we are! This will half my shopping bill living near you!"
Cant tell if Boobgirl is the most polite friend ever, or the most beta friend ever. One of my flatmates makes a comment under his breath that Lardy didn't catch...lucky for him.
You remember it was BYOB? Well...she had one, half empty bottle of that fruit flavored 4% alcopop stuff that costs like £3 a bottle.
"Is that all your bringing?" I ask, not wanting to seam like a dick, but not wanting to break any 'rules' of my first flat party "Yeah. So?" she snapped at me and gave me a dirty look, I beta'd up, "Nevermind jut wondered." She aparently likes to have the last word "I don't need to get drunk for guys to find me sexy. I do that with my c uuuuuuuu rves." "Oh okay."
At this point i actually noticed her jacket.
You know those jackets that old white trash wear in sitcoms? Chain smoking and wearing a faux leopard print raggady coat? Yep. One of them things.
After brief introductions, we all set off towards flat party.
Lardy "walks" by taking one step, then using momentum to not so much walk, but fall forwards and keep placing her feet to not fall over.
After 5 minutes she sits on a wall to take a breather.
"Comon lardy were 5 minutes from the flat party! Were already late!" "Shut up TheEnglishAreHere! No one gives a shit what you think anyway." "No he's right, everyones gonna already be drunk by time we get there..." Flatmate#1 says "Ooo means we can drink on the way! teehee." Lardy then proceeds to drink the rest of her tropical fruit drink and throws the bottle behind her, along with the bag.
Silently fuming all beta like. I hate littering, its not hard to carry it to find a bin.
Finally get to party, although had to wrestle Lardy from hitting a takeaway that was on the way first.
Flatmate#1 was right. Everyone was drunk. I shrink to beta mode, go bright red and want to leave. Boobgirl drags me to conversation, and people are more than happy to talk to her (wonder why) and then she just casually starts getting me to talk more.
Starting to love Boobgirl as a human being for doing that.
"HAY BOOBGIRL COME OVER HERE THESE GUYS WANNA MEET YOU!" Lardy calls, shes swigging someone elses Vodka and acting more drunk than she is.
Boobgirl apologies and runs off, leaving me with the strangers who very quickly get bored now the opportunity of a drunk girl leaves and wander off aswell. End up drinking by myself, in a room full of people and never feeling more alone.
Getting more drunk and thus end up chatting to some people. Go outside for fresh air (asthmatic and people smoking inside.) Boobgirl joins me
"Shes so drunk i half want to go home." Boobgirl collapses into a deckchair. Have a heart to heart. Turns out shes more introvert, and only forces herself to partys to meet people.
Glance inside, Lardy is making out, no...rapemakingout with some guy who obviously wants to get away.
"What is she even drinking?"- TheEnglishAreHere Rolling her eyes "Anything she can nab when people arnt looking."
See her notice we are outside, waves, grabs a handfull of cheese snacks and stuffs them in her face, and grabs another for the long walk to us.
Collapses into a chair beside me.
Sosorryforyouchair.
"Why are you two out here? Cant handle the party?" "I'm asthmatic, i don't like to much smoke so i came out for some fre-" "Whatever. Boobgirl there is a cute guy who kept wanting me to introduce him to you! I think his friend likes me aswell."
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"I have LongTermBoyfriend...you know this." "So why hasn't he been up?"
I'm no major in psychology but anyone could see Boobgirl was troubled by that sentence.
"He's busy with work...you know how LTB is..." "He just doesnt like you since you lost that weight."
I foolishly decide to alpha up.
"I think Boobgirl looks great." "You just want to fuck her." "He does not!"
Boobgirl was tired, sick of Lardy by this point.
Nope. Beta mode on again.
"Least somone wants to i guess." Lardy knew she had hit home. Boobgirl already had tears forming by the time i watched that fat ass shuffle back inside to drown someone elses drink.
I find out at later dates, Boobgirl and LTB were on the rocks. He drunkedly cheated on her and they decided to give it another shot just as she left for uni, so every day she didnt talk to him was stressfull for her.
We ended up going home early.
I was told by flatmate#2 that Lardy got in trouble for drinking other peoples booze, got off with about 10 people that night and ended up screaming virgin and fridged at some dude who didn't want to sleep with her.
I also know it doesnt contain to much fatlogic. Alot of it seamed to come after me and Boobgirl had left...
Unforutnately (Or furtunately for you lot) i ended up having Lardy thrust into my social group and had to even live with her for a year, during which she exploded, showing us with guts for a few moments before we moved on happily.
Did i say that? I meant she exploded in both size and fatlogic.
I will always try to tell the story without to much exaggeration. This way you can find out how bad she is at the same time i did.
If you do want to hear more about Lardy McGee, you can lookforward to: *Knocking over 10 pints in one turn at a pub *Drunkenly falling over and flashing her underwear to the entire highstreet *Claiming every guy that wouldnt sleep with her was her being "a good little christian girl" *Having a cat fight with a muslim girl (who was actually really nice, despite threatening to stab me in the knees) *Slowly sleeping with every one of my friends friends *Watching her odd hatred for me grow and cockblocking me at every chance she got
I look forward to your comments!
I know the recent update post says to not ask for gentle treatment for first posts. But its 3am and i'm tired. It needs some reformatting but i will do that in morning if need be
Oh, nearly forgot:
TL:DR Move to uni, make few friends, meet hamplanet who hates me for no reason, makes a drunkern slut of herself and makes one of her best friends cry
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