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Oakland Roots to Face San Jose Earthquakes in U.S. Open Cup

The Oakland Roots Sports Club will take on Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes in the Round of 32 of the 2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, May 7, at PayPal Park in San Jose. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Alameda Post - a group photo of the Oakland Roots and a graphic that says "Round of 32 U.S. Open Cup May 7, 7 pm Paypal park"
Photos Oakland Roots SC.

The Roots and Earthquakes will face off for the first time in a competitive match, having previously faced off only in preseason friendlies. The two clubs are separated by about 40 miles and represent the only two professional men’s soccer teams representing the Bay Area proper.

The Roots have an all-time Open Cup record of 2-2. The 2024 competition will be the first time the club has reached the Round of 32. The Roots earned the spot when the team topped local NPSL side El Farolito in the third round on Tuesday night by a score of 2-1, with Oakland’s homegrown 18-year-old Ali Elmasnaouy scoring the winner in overtime.

About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

In its 109th edition, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup—U.S. Soccer’s National Cup Competition—has crowned a champion annually since 1914, with the exception of 2020 and 21 due to COVID-19.

The history-filled tournament is conducted on a single-game, knockout basis and is open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor United States soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States and the world’s third-longest continuously run national cup tournament.

Ticket information will be available soon on the Oakland Roots website.

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