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Match Preview: #TBRvVIL

By Rowdies Communications, 05/13/19, 4:45PM EDT


The Basics
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (Second Round)
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. The Villages SC
Tuesday, May 14, 7 p.m.
Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, Fla.
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This is a non-ticketed event with free admission for all. Fans can enter through the Midfield Gate on 1st St. SE beginning at 6 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served in the midfield seating sections and select lower goal reserved sections. 

How to Watch
The match will be broadcast on ESPN+ here.

About the Open Cup
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has been played since 1914 and is the longest continuously-running soccer competition in the United States. It is a single-elimination tournament open to professional teams and qualifying amateur teams based in the United States. Major League Soccer teams enter the competition in the Fourth Round. The Villages SC (USL League Two) reached this match by defeating the Lakeland Tropics (USL League Two) in penalty kicks in the First Round.

Third Round pairings have not yet been announced.

Tuesday’s match must produce a winner, so if the score is tied after regulation, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played in their entirety. If the score remains tied, a penalty kick shootout will decide the winner.

Tampa Bay: 5-0-5 (W-L-T), 20 points, 2nd place
The Villages SC: 0-0-0

Rowdies Notes
The Rowdies are 6-8 all-time in the Open Cup. They lost their first match in the competition last year to the Jacksonville Armada. Tampa Bay has won its last three home Open Cup matches and is 3-1 all-time at Al Lang in the competition.

The Rowdies’ best Open Cup run came in 2013 when they defeated VSI Tampa Bay FC 2-1 in the Second Round and then bounced the defending champion Seattle Sounders 1-0 before falling 2-0 in the Round of 16 to the Portland Timbers.