Nashville’s United Beaman, who counted his history in months not years, taking aim at a first-ever berth in the Open Cup Proper. They have followed a swashbuckling, possession-based approach, and some goal-scoring victories, in this Finals.
“We like to play the game the way it’s meant to be played,” said Nigerian coach, player and club founder Gift Ndam, who has a very talented team working together including former MLS pro Kwadwo Poku. “We’re not afraid to concede goals and as long as we can keep the ball, we fancy our chances.”
Beaman, who survived an epic 4-4 draw and a shootout against Kalonji Pro-Profile in Georgia in the last Round, now hosts the 2022 Open Cup veterans D’Feeters SC begins of Dallas, Texas.
“This is win or go home,” said Ndam, who founded the Nashville side earlier this year and shares coaching duties with former San Antonio FC midfielder Michael Reed. “So we’ll be ready to play.”
The North East powers wish to repeat
Two worthy Open Cup rivals will be keen to stamp return tickets in the North East. Lansdowne Yonkers FC, led by striker Shamir Mullings and head coach Sean Kelly, address SC Vistula Garfield of New Jersey and Massachusetts Brockton FC United to open its doors to hard travel Chicago House AC – a club founded two years ago by American soccer great and Open Cup evangelist, Peter Wilt.
Wembley ➾ Yonkers 🍀
— US Open Cup (@opencup) November 16, 2022
“Qualifying for the Right Open Cup was a huge boost for the team’s players and fans,” said Wilt, who won many Open Cups during his days as GM and President of MLS’s Chicago Fire. “It’s important over two teams just to play a game.”
The IS Bois from Yonkers, eager to achieve a second Open Cup Proper on the trot, also knows the value of achieving the big show. “We have to use this [Open Cup] as a platform,” said English-born Mullings, who was also a youth director at Lansdowne Yonkers and part of the team that crashed out of last year’s Open Cup after losing in the Second Round to Rochester NY FC .
“There’s a lot of exposure that comes with it [the Cup] and we think we have a deeper squad than last year,” Mullings said.
But Lansdowne Yonkers’ opponents on the day, Vistula Garfield – the New Jersey polish club celebrating its 70th anniversary this year – have their own ideas. “Making the competition [Proper] this special year in our history would be the cherry on top,” said Chris Karcz, the 39-year-old player-coach who led the club, veterans of the North Jersey ethnic leagues, former champions Pancyprian Liberties and Jackson Lions NY Open Cup in this Qualifying stage.