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USASA: Kendall Wanderers Set for Cup Q’finals

Photo credit: Kendall Wanderers FC

Bay State Soccer League (BSSL) side Kendall Wanderers FC will attempt to extend their run in the USASA Werner Fricker U.S. Open Cup on Sunday when they face N.Y.-based Lansdowne Bhoys FC in the quarterfinals.

Sunday’s match, which will kick off at 12:30pm at Pines Bank Park in Malden, Mass., will pit Kendall against one of the best amateur sides in the Northeast. Lansdowne Bhoys, a perennial Cup contender, recently beat BSSL’s Southie FC in the National Amateur Cup semifinals earlier this month.

Wanderers reached the Werner Fricker U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals by beating Safira FC in the state championship on Apr. 3.

Maryland-based Christos FC is the defending Cup champions.

The U.S. Open Cup was first played in the 1913-1914 season when it was called the National Challenge Cup. The winners were awarded the Dewar Cup, donated by Sir Thomas Dewar in 1912 for the promotion of soccer in America. In 1999, the Werner Fricker Cup was established to recognize the “open” champion among USASA members.

The teams that participate through the Region I qualifiers are those who advanced as champions of their state association, national or regional league. The competition format is single elimination. The Region I Finals will be played in June at the Ukrainian American Sports Center in Horsham, Pennsylvania. The winner will represent Region I at the Cup Final hosted by one of the finalists.

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