Louisville City FC hosts the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Wednesday night at Lynn Stadium. LouCity will take on a familiar foe as Birmingham Legion FC comes to town for the second time this season.
The Open Cup, an annual tournament pitting the top soccer teams in the nation against each other in a single-elimination event, includes teams from amateur leagues as well as every professional league in the country.
Birmingham Legion won its second round Open Cup game 4-1 vs. West Chester United, a team from the NPSL. Louisville City won its second round game vs. Reading United, a team from USL League 2.
Now the two USL Championship foes will square off in the third round for a chance to advance to play a potential game against an MLS foe in Round 4. USL Championship teams get first round byes, MLS teams get byes until the 4th Round.
In the first matchup between these two teams this season, Birmingham Legion won 3-2 on March 31 after a rain postponed the game the night before. Then on May 11, LouCity beat Birmingham 3-0 in Birmingham.
“The last game we played they really took it to us, so hopefully that sits with us, we take that to heart, and come out and make sure we impact the game in the right way," Birmingham coach Tom Soehn said.
For Louisville City, the chance to win the rubber match vs. Birmingham Legion is important, especially considering the frustrating way Sunday's game vs. Bethlehem Steel. LouCity held a 2-0 lead before playing to a 2-2 draw.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Lynn Stadium at the University of Louisville. The game will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN+.