Revs Set for USOC play on 5/29

The Revolution will enter the 99th edition of the U.S. Open Cup tournament on May 29th and will either play the Harrisburg City  Islanders (USL PRO) or the Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) in the third round.

U.S. Soccer released the Open Cup brackets for the third round, which set the fixture dates for all 16 eligible MLS clubs, on Tuesday. The Revolution will play the winner of the the Islanders-Rough Riders second round tie on May 22, and will either travel to Harrisburg City or host Long Island at Soldier’s Soccer Field (at Harvard University) in Cambridge, Mass.

The Revolution are the lone representative from New England that remain eligible for this year’s Open Cup. On Tuesday night, MPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) fell 3-2 to the Brooklyn Italians (NPSL).

The Revolution won the Open Cup in 2007, ending a 60-year drought for New England-based clubs in the historic tournament. Prior to the 2007 championship, the last team from the region to win it was the 1947 Ponta Delgada squad from Fall River, Mass.

After bowing out in the early stages of the last three competitions, Revolution head coach Jay Heaps mentioned shortly after his appointment in November that team will renew its focus on the tournament under his watch.

The winner of the Open Cup earns an automatic bid to the CONCACAF Champions League tournament.

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Brian O'Connell serves as editor and staff writer at New England Soccer Today. He's also the Revolution beat writer for ESPNBoston.com, and is Officer at Large for the North American Soccer Reporters. He regularly contributes to The Associated Press, and has been featured on MLSSoccer.com & RevsNet.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BrianOConnell21 or contact him via e-mail at BOConnell21@aol.com