Circle Aug. 2 on the calendar, Miami FC fans. And hang on to those soggy game tickets.
The postponed U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal between Miami FC and FC Cincinnati, washed out last Wednesday by a severe storm, has been rescheduled for Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at FIU Riccardo Silva Stadium. The winner of that match will host Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls on Aug. 9 in the East Semifinal.
Miami FC from the North American Soccer League (NASL) and FC Cincinnati of the United Soccer League (USL) are the last two remaining Division II clubs in the competition. The last non-MLS team to reach the semis was the Richmond Kickers in 2011.
A team-record crowd of over 10,000 was expected for the July 12 match – including a few hundred Cincinnati fans who had flown down for the game. Advance ticket sales were “well ahead” of the Atlanta game, which drew 9,004, according to Miami FC CEO Sean Flynn.
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Tickets from the July 12 will be valid on Aug. 2.
“We worked collectively with Cincinnati, FIU and the U.S. Soccer Federation to find the best possible date, and Aug. 2 was the date that aligned perfectly with all the stakeholders,” said Flynn. “We’re excited. We look forward to bringing all the fans back who stood in the rain last week and danced in North concourse. Our staff is over the moon.”
The three other quarterfinals were played this week. The San Jose Earthquakes beat the LA Galaxy 3-2 and Sporting Kansas City knocked out defending champion FC Dallas 3-0. The Red Bulls defeated the New England Revolution 1-0.
The West Semifinal between Kansas City and San Jose is scheduled for Aug. 9. The winner of the Cup qualifies for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League, with a chance to reach the FIFA Club World Cup.
Fans who lost their July 12 tickets can call 844-MIAMIFC to have them reissued. Miami FC, which clinched the NASL Spring championship, plays its final spring game Saturday night at San Francisco, which lost 7-0 to Miami last Saturday.