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The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup began in 1913-1914 and is the second oldest uninterrupted soccer tournament in the world. It is recognized as the U.S. Soccer National Club Championship. With an intense four-round match up, both amateur and professional US-based soccer teams travel across the country for a chance to win it all. Fifty-six teams will enter the qualifying first round, on May 9th and May 10th. The final match will take place on September 20, 2017.
Many articles are circulating with the exciting news of one team in particular — Junior Lone Star Football Club. In 2001, a West African group formed the Junior Lone Star FC in Southwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The group’s majority hails from Liberia, hence the name paying homage to Liberia’s National Football team. The club has grown substantially since then, with over 100 players on four teams.
Junior Lone Star FC has an inspiring story filled with their 11 year path to the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) and countless hours of tough practices on their dilapidated home field. Despite the many challenges faced, the players only see opportunity at every turn. The Junior Lone Star FC (First Team) takes the field on May 10th in Ocean City, New Jersey.
Winners will receive $250,000; a berth in the 2019 Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Champions’ League; and have their name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in U.S. team sports. The runner-up will earn $60,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will take home a $15,000 cash prize.We wish Junior Lone Star FC well!