United earn record 5th U.S. Open Cup berth

Reading United have earned an amateur team record fifth consecutive berth in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Reading earned the record breaking invitation by finishing second in the Mid-Atlantic Division of the Premier Development League in 2012. United will join 15 other clubs from the Premier Development League in this year’s tournament.

Action from United's 2-1 victory over New York Greek AA in the 2012 U.S. Open Cup

Action from United’s 2-1 victory over New York Greek AA in the 2012 U.S. Open Cup

In 2012, Reading earned their first victory in the Cup, with a dramatic 2-1 victory over New York Greek American Atlas Soccer Club. Goals from Pedro Ribeiro and 2013 MLS SuperDraft first rounder Ryan Finley helped United advance to the second round of the Cup, where they fell to USL Pro club, Charleston Battery.

2013 marks the 100th edition of the oldest national soccer competition in the United States. Last season, Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City won the Lamar Hunt Cup in front of their home fans, beating three time U.S. Open Cup champions Seattle Sounders in a penalty shoot-out. 2012 also marked the first season in which all 16 U.S. based MLS clubs gained automatic bids to the Cup.

Throughout the U.S. Open Cup’s rich history, clubs from Eastern Pennsylvania have done quite well in the competition. The legendary Bethlehem Steel Football Club of the 1910s and 1920s captured the cup a record five times. The Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals dominated the 1960s, winning the cup four times between 1960 and 1966

United will open play in Round One of the 100th U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 with an opponent and location to be determined. For more information on Reading’s seventh run in the U.S. Open Cup, please visit www.readingunitedac.com. In depth coverage of the 2013 U.S. Open Cup can be found at www.thecup.us.