WICHITA, KS – When FC Wichita organizers were writing the blueprints for the foundation of the club, an ambitious goal was established to participate in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Qualifying for the prestigious tournament would increase exposure for our young squad by competing against the country’s top teams, while placing FC Wichita on the national radar. The inaugural season’s successes did just that, earning an at-large berth in the 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup against Des Moines. The match resulted in a hard-fought loss (1-2) and left Wichita fans wondering what could have been as they watched Des Moines make a run into the fourth round of the competition.
Ten months later a chance for redemption has come. FC Wichita has been notified that the club has earned an at-large berth for the 104th year of the prestigious event. The birth marks just the second time in history Wichita will be represented, and it’s come in back to back years through FC Wichita.
“The club is humbled by the faith that the NPSL and US Soccer have shown in us. It’s an honor for any team to represent their city in this event, especially for the smaller market clubs,” said CEO Blake Shumaker. “FC Wichita was founded on grass root initiatives and believe those principles are the backbone for our growth and culture. We’ve continued to work hard to set and achieve goals. Although we have met some as quick as we set them, none have felt quite as good as an open cup appearance. It’s national acknowledgment for the success of a club, and an opportunity for the community to get behind their team. On behalf of the entire FC Wichita family, we graciously except the challenge, and we are appreciative for the opportunity. Now our staff will turn full attention on trying to give the city it’s historic first US Open Cup win.”
The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, commonly known as the US Open Cup, is a knock-out cup competition in American Soccer. It is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the US and the world’s third-longest-running open soccer tournament. The 104th edition, to be held in 2017, is expected to be contested by clubs from the three professional leagues sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (MLS, NASL, and USL), and amateur clubs in the earlier rounds of the tournament after qualifying through their leagues. The tournament winner qualifies for the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League. -Wikipedia
FC Dallas are the current Champions, winning the vent in 2016.
The complete fixture list will be determined on April 12, 2017, with the tournament kicking-off May 13.