The 2023 cup season gets on its way with three matches opening the qualifiers on 2 April: Amateur, Werner Fricker and Gerhard Mengel Cups.
In the Amateur Cup, we have a first round contest featuring West Chester United of Eastern Pennsylvania hosting Albion SC of Delaware 2:00 at Delacey Sports Complex in West Chester, Pennsylvania. This is the first entry of Albion in Region play taking on the experienced United who won the national Werner Fricker Cup last summer.
The Region will continue the tradition of the Werner Fricker Cup, whose roots go back to the National Challenge/Open Cup that for decades was carried by amateur sides. This “open title” features three clubs who have won the championship nationally over the past: Christos FC of Maryland, Lansdowned Yonkers FC of Eastern New York and previously mentioned West Chester United. Sunday we have a quarterfinal match between Christos and Appalachia Steel FC who is representing West Virginia in this tie. It is set for 1:30 at Laytonia Recreational Park in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
The final match kicking of the cup season sees Safira FC of Massachusetts traveling to Massapequa, New York to take on NY Greek American of Eastern New York in the Gerhard Mengel Cup. This Over-30 battle will take place at Field of Dreams at 1:00.
Our Region qualifiers involve teams from eleven State Associations of which several of their clubs competed in state cups to advance to the five events, which also includes the Over-40 and Over-50 Cups. More than 150 sides fought to reach these qualifiers. In addition to these cups, the Region will also hold the Women’s Championship along with the Under-23 Tournament for the Gus Xikis Trophy. It all concludes on the weekend of 17 & 18 June with a number of the winners moving forato the USASA National Cup Finals involving all four Regions.