As the 100th annual Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup enters the second round, D.C. United’s USL PRO affiliate the Richmond Kickers will take on Icon FC on Tuesday, with the winner facing off against D.C. United in the third round on Tuesday, May 28. Playing Richmond in Open Cup is nothing new for D.C. United, though, and always proves to be a good match.
“We have played Richmond several times in the U.S. Open Cup,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. “All of these games were hard fought and we expect the same thing this year, should we draw them.”
With the game quickly approaching, the D.C. United coaching staff had to make a decision as to who, of the five players on loan with Richmond, will remain at Richmond throughout the Open Cup and who will be on the United roster. Open Cup rules state that players are “Cup-tied” once play begins.
With United’s third-round match just around the corner, D.C. United opted to recall forward Casey Townsend, defender/midfielder Taylor Kemp and Homegrown midfielder Conor Shanosky for the domestic tournament. All three players had also made the 18-man roster for Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City, with Kemp and Townsend earning starting spots. Goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra and Homegrown forward Michael Seaton will remain with the Richmond Kickers, helping the squad in tomorrow’s match against Icon FC. Put simply, for the duration of the Open Cup, Townsend, Kemp, and Shanosky will compete with D.C. United, while Seaton and Dykstra will be “Cup-tied” with Richmond.