The kickoff of the 2015 US Open Cup is just days away, and US Soccer has unveiled a new Twitter handle to help keep you up to date on the tournament’s latest news.
On Tuesday the federation debuted @opencup, the Open Cup’s new official account, and within hours it already had more than 2,500 followers, hinting at the century-old tournament’s growing appeal within the nation’s soccer community.
Welcome to the official Twitter account for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup! We’re looking forward to covering #USOC2015 this year!
— U.S. Open Cup (@opencup) April 14, 2015
The account is being managed primarily by Jeff Crandall, a Chicago-based freelance soccer journalist who will be leading U.S. Soccer’s coverage of the nation’s oldest soccer competition. The federation’s efforts will augment the work of TheCup.us and its Twitter account @usopencup, an unofficial but exhaustive source of information on the tournament run by sportscaster Josh Hakala for more than a decade.
The 102nd edition of the Open Cup kicks off on April 25, when 2012 surprise packages Cal FC visit first-time entrants San Francisco City FC at the city’s historic Kezar Stadium.
The First Round will start on May 13 and the Second Round will follow on May 20. MLS sides will enter the tournament in the Fourth Round, which is set to begin on June 16.