Columbus Crew SC takes on North American Soccer League (NASL) side Tampa Bay Rowdies in the Fourth Round (previously known as the Round of 32) of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup this Wednesday, June 15. In Crew SC' 18 past U.S. Open Cup runs, the club's numbers show a series of advantages for this match. Here’s what they say:
In 15 out of 18 total Open Cups, Crew SC has made it past the Fourth Round.
Five times the Black & Gold have started the tournament in the Round of 32, playing a lower tier team. Crew SC’s record is 4-1-0 in this scenario.
Crew SC has played an NASL (Tier II, previously known as A-League and then USL-1) team eight times in Open Cup history, holding a 6-1-1 record against the Division II teams. In Columbus, OH, the Black & Gold are a perfect 4-0-0 against Tier II squads.
In the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, against NASL teams, the Black & Gold have a +8 goal differential, outscoring their opponents 17-9.
Against all lower tiered soccer teams, Columbus is 13-3-1 in the Open Cup.
At home, against all level teams, Crew Soccer Club is 13-6-1.
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday for the Fourth Round matchup between Columbus Crew SC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies.