Found June 25, 2013 on Midwest Sports Fans:
The quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup have two underdogs left. The Carolina RailHawks, of the Division 2-NASL, and Orlando City of Division 3-USL Pro, will try to win Wednesday night and move forward to the semifinals in the 100th edition of the U.S. Open Cup, one of the oldest Soccer tournaments in the world. Of course, there is plenty on the line in this championship. The winning team will be awarded with an automatic berth in the CONCACAF Champions League in 2014 and the prestige of being crowned the champs of all pro and amateur soccer teams in the U.S. Since the inception of Major League Soccer in 1996, only one outsider to MLS has won the tournament. That was the Rochester Rhinos in 1999.  Two other minor league teams have reached the final, as Rochester lost in 1996 and the Charleston Battery lost in ’08. There are a few other reasons that advancing will mean so much to Raleigh and Orlando fans. It has already been decided that if they win, they will host each of the semif...
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