Motagua New Orleans has qualified to the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Due to one of the leagues in the professional division reducing their number of participating teams, Motagua New Orleans, along with the other 14 remaining clubs in the “Open” rounds, have been given automatic berths into the First Round of the 2016 U.S. Open Cup.
“Wow, we were excited to play our region foes (NTX Rayados) in April, but this is even better news” says club coach Tony Martinez. “We set out on a mission after winning the 2014-2015 Louisiana Premier League last year…We wanted to really challenge ourselves and see how far we could go on a regional and national scale.”
Club Deportivo Motagua of New Orleans, the first amateur soccer team from Louisiana to ever qualify for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in its modern format, will visit Mississippi Brilla Futbol Club during the first round of that tournament on May 11, officials announced Wednesday.
Brilla, based out of Clinton, Mississippi, belongs to the United Soccer Leagues-sponsored Premier Development League, in which the New Orleans Jesters and Baton Rouge Capitals also compete. The club has appeared in the U.S. Open Cup twice before and has won four league divisional championships, including one last year.