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US Open Cup third round features NASL teams' entry, amateurs seeking upsets

The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup returns on Wednesday for its third round of action, and the regional rivalries will continue as more amateur sides look to upset their professional competitors.

Seven amateur teams will continue on as the tournament gets a bit tougher with NASL clubs entering the field. Teams from the fourth tier or lower looking to notch upsets include Lansdowne Bhoys FC, Jersey Express, Chattanooga FC, Des Moines Menace and Kitsap Pumas.

Meanwhile, Southern California sides LA Wolves and La Máquina will face off, ensuring at least one amateur club will advance to face the LA Galaxy. The third round of Open Cup competition is the last before MLS clubs enter the fray, and pairings for the fourth round, which includes at least one matchup between MLS clubs, are already set.

A new local derby will take place in the third round, as NASL's Rayo OKC host USL's OKC Energy in the crosstown teams' first-ever meeting.

Here is Wednesday's schedule for the third round of the US Open Cup:

  • Richmond Kickers (USL) at Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL): 11 am ET, Lockhart Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Charleston Battery (USL) at Jacksonville Armada (NASL): 7 pm ET, Southern Oak Stadium (Jacksonville Univ.); Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Lansdowne Bhoys FC (N.Y.) at Rochester Rhinos (USL): 7 pm ET, Rhinos Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
  • Jersey Express (PDL) at New York Cosmos (NASL): 7:30 pm ET, Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Jamaica, N.Y.
  • Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) at Chattanooga FC (NPSL): 7:30 pm ET, Finley Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Charlotte Independence (USL) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL): 7:30 pm ET, WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
  • FC Cincinnati (USL) at Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL): 7:30 pm ET, Al Lang Stadium; Tampa, Fla.
  • Louisville City (USL) at Indy Eleven (NASL): 7:30 pm ET, Carroll Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Wilmington Hammerheads (USL) at Miami FC (NASL): 8 pm ET, FIU Stadium; Miami, Fla.
  • Minnesota United (NASL) at Saint Louis FC (USL): 8 pm ET, World Wide Technology Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.
  • OKC Energy (USL) at Rayo OKC (NASL): 8 pm ET, Yukon Miller Stadium; Yukon, Okla.
  • San Antonio FC (USL) at Des Moines Menace (PDL): 7:30 pm ET, Valley Stadium; West Des Moines, Iowa
  • LA Wolves FC (Calif.) at La Máquina (Calif.): 10 pm ET, Westminster High School; Westminster, Calif.
  • Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL) at Arizona United (USL): 9:30 pm ET, Peoria Sports Complex; Peoria, Ariz.      
  • Kitsap Pumas (PDL) at Sacramento Republic (USL): 10:30 pm ET, Bonney Field; Sacramento, Calif.