City Draw North Carolina at Home for US Open Cup

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New York City FC will host their first US Open Cup game since 2016 on June 11th or 12th when North Carolina FC of the USL Championship travels to NYC.

City has not fared well in the past in the cup competition, having lost every first round match they have played in and against New York competition. In 2015 and 2016 they lost to the New York Cosmos and most recently lost their last two games against the New York Red Bulls. How they will fare this season against non-New York competition remains to be seen but there will more than likely be drastic changes to the roster due to a limit on international players in the Cup tournament.

Historically the Open Cup has had a hard time gaining traction among mainstream US Soccer fans. Previously it was difficult to see games as they were mostly streaming on YouTube. For 2019, the competition is being featured on ESPN+ with full feeds that have already been incredibly more stable than what has been seen in the past. It represents a chance for City to put their failed history of the competition behind them in front of a larger audience.

Where the game will take place remains to be seen but it will certainly not be at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees have their yearly Subway Series game against the New York Mets on June 11th and will not be able to turn the field around fast enough should the game fall on the 12th.