We’ve seen an explosion of what we here at uscupsoccer like to call Soccer & Media  and at the center of it is the US Amateur Cup and the Fritz Marth trophy won by Lansdowne Bhoys of NYC a few weeks ago. The four regions and the state associations, leagues and clubs under them were huge parts of the social media campaigns leading up to, during and after that great historic cup competition. It was wonderful.

The US Amateur Cup, I believe, will be the driving force behind Amateur Soccer as we move into the future. It is the center of the bulls-eye of the Amateur Soccer landscape that spreads out across the country. The other cups, national and regional leagues, state cup competitions, and the local elite leagues that truly bear the torches of our game are the outer rings.

If the US Amateur Cup is the  bulls-eye and the Fritz Marth trophy the highest prize, then the Werner Fricker Open Cup and the Gerhard Mengel Over-30 Cup are the first ring around that crowing point.

This coming weekend clubs from three of the four regions descend on Michigan to play for these two competitions and in doing so they crusade for high level, exciting, historic and sought after cup competitions in the United States. We’ve written way back in March of 2016 what happened to these competitions from a national standpoint. We are’t going to re-hash that here, but we are going to give you all the info you need for the Amateur Soccer happening this weekend.

WERNER FRICKER OPEN & GERHARD MENGEL O30 CUPS

Matches will take place on August 18 for the semi-finals and August 19 for the final and 3rd place matches.

THE NAMESAKES

In 2000 the Amateur portion of the Open Cup was named after Werner Fricker, past president of the US Soccer Federation, namesake for the Werner Fricker Builder Award, and member of the CONCACAF Hall of Fame, the US Soccer Hall of Fame, the USASA Hall of Fame, the SEPA Hall of Fame and is an NSCAA Honorary All American. Find out more about Werner Fricker

In 2004, US Adult Soccer’s Over-30 National Competition was named after Gerhard Mengel, a former National Cup Commissioner, pillar of the Michigan Soccer Association as its registrar and president for a number of years, the namesake also for the Michigan Challenge Cup, recipient of the Werner Fricker Builder Award in 2005, a member of the USASA Hall of Fame, and a Life Member of the US Soccer Federation. Find out more about Gerhard Mengel 

THE FINAL FOUR

  • WERNER FRICKER OPEN CUP
    • Lansdowne Bhoys (NY – Region I)
    • Cinco International (OH – Region II)
    • Quinto Elemento (KS – Region II)
    • CD Montagua (LA – Region III)

 

  • GERHARD MENGEL OVER-30
    • Christos FC (MD – Region I)
    • Torino FC (IL – Region II)
    • Levinski Chicago (IL – Region II)
    • Sporting Charlotte (NC – Region III)

THE MATCH SCHEDULE

  • Friday, August 18 – Semi-Finals
    • Men’s Open Cup
      • 7:00pm: Cinco International vs. Lansdowne Bhoys
      • 9:00pm: Quinto Elemento vs. CD Montagua
    • Men’s Over-30 Cup
      • 7:00pm: Torino FC vs. Christos FC
      • 9:00pm: Levinski Chicago vs. Sporting Charlotte
  • Saturday, August 19 – Finals
    • Men’s Open Cup
      • 2:00pm: 3rd Place Match
      • 8:00pm: Championship Final 
    • Men’s Over-30 Cup
      • 12:00pm: 3rd Place Match
      • 6:00pm: Championship Final 

THE LOCATION

  • Ultimate Soccer Arenas867 S Blvd E, Pontiac, MI 48341

 

 

To follow related accounts on twitter for the National Final four of the Fricker and Mengel Cups and the other relates cups you can use the new National Finals 2017 twitter list.

As always follow the teams, clubs, state associations and the region as well as @uscupsoccer

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