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US Open Cup Round Two Preview: Charlotte, Harpo's FC and Switchbacks in Action

Here is your Round Two Primer

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The Second Round of the US Open Cup kicks off today and for many of us who follow this blog this is a pretty big day as Charlotte Independence, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Harpo's FC are all in action.

Here is your second round primer:

Charlotte Independence (USL) at Charlotte Eagles (PDL)

Match Date/Time: Wednesday, 18 May 2016 at 5:00 PM MDT

Venue: Charlotte Christian School--Charlotte, North Carolina

How We Got Here: On May 11, the Eagles defeated Myrtle Beach Mutiny (NPSL) 3-2 in extra time in Charlotte.  The Eagles had a 2-0 lead but coughed that up before finding a winner in the second period of extra time.  The Independence are entering the tournament and will be looking to advance to face Carolina RailHawks in the next round.

Harpo's FC (USSSA) at Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USL)

Match Date/Time: Wednesday, 18 May 2016 at 7:00 PM MDT

Venue: Switchbacks Stadium--Colorado Springs, Colorado

How We Got Here: On May 11, Harpo's FC traveled to Albuquerque, NM and defeated Albuquerque Sol FC 2-0 in a match were they were rarely threatened and were able to upset the Sol.  They now face the Switchbacks who they lost 2-1 in the 2015 US Open Cup tournament.  Colorado Springs is entering the tournament in this round and the winner will face the Arizona United SC/FC Tucson winner in Round Three.

So who advances into Round Three?  Follow along at @CLTIndependence, @HarposFC and @SwitchbacksFC for updates and for our recap on Thursday!