Underdogs FC Cincinnati, Miami meet in US Open quarterfinals

Underdogs FC Cincinnati, Miami meet in US Open quarterfinals

MIAMI (FOX19 NOW) - FC Cincinnati can claim a spot in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal when they play another lower-division American soccer Cinderella Wednesday.

United Soccer League's FCC will face fellow second-year, Miami FC, of the second-division North American Soccer League (NASL). They are the only remaining non-Major League Soccer clubs left in the U.S. Open Cup

The quarterfinal match in Miami is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.  It will be shown throughout Ohio on Spectrum Sports Ohio. Fans can still stream the match live at ussoccer.com.

It will be the first ever meeting with Miami FC (14-2-3 overall).

FCC (10-6-6 overall) beat AFC Cleveland, Louisville City FC, Columbus Crew SC and the Chicago Fire to reach the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals.

Over 32,000 fans packed Nippert Stadium on June 28 to watch goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt play hero in the penalty kick round to help take down Chicago.

"I think we've already made history with the wins against the MLS teams," said FCC midfielder Jimmy McLaughlin. "We know what's at stake - a second division team hasn't gone to the semifinals since 2011."

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Wednesday night's match will be the first  tournament road game for FCC. Unfortunately, the team is 1-5-2 (.125) and sports a -6 goal differential when away from home.

While Miami may not be in the MLS, they enter the match on a high note having just closed out the NASL spring season as champions.

Like FCC, Miami managed to defeat two MLS teams along the way to the Open Cup quarterfinals, dropping a combined six goals on Orlando City and Atlanta United.

Miami also has gone 8-1-2 at home (Riccardo Silva Stadium) this season and have outscored their opponents by 26 goals in all competitions this year.

Their roster includes three of the top 10 goal scorers in the NASL (Stéfano Pinho 8, Vincenzo Rennella 8 and Dylan Mares 5).

The winner of the Cincinnati-Miami match will advance to play the winner of Thursday's quarterfinal between the New England Revolution and New York Red Bulls.

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