Watch as NASL's Miami FC hosts USL's FC Cincinnati in a lower-division duel for a place in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.
The U.S. Open Cup is guaranteed to have one lower-division side reach the semifinals, and teams from the NASL and USL will duke it out to determine which one will be that much closer to an improbable trophy. They'll just have to wait a little longer to play.
The NASL's Miami FC was due to host USL's FC Cincinnati at Riccardo Silva Stadium at Florida International University on Wednesday night, but torrential rain and lightning forced delays and an eventual postponement of their quarterfinal clash. No makeup date has been set yet. With both coming off riveting victories in the round of 16, there was a sense of anticipation building around the matchup. Miami, coached by Italian legend Alessandro Nesta, edged Orlando City on a last-second goal by Kwadwo Poku to knock the MLS side out of the competition. FC Cincinnati took down an MLS foe as well, with goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt the hero in a penalty shootout, making three saves to eliminate the Chicago Fire.
The winner, whenever the match is played, will join Sporting Kansas City and the San Jose Earthquakes in the semifinals and will become the first lower-division side since 2011 (Richmond Kickers) to make it to the competition's final four.
The New England Revolution and New York Red Bulls are due to play in the other quarterfinal matchup on Thursday night.