U.S. Open Cup

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

What: Round of 16 in a 95-year-old tournament involving teams from all levels of American soccer.

Where: Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds.

When: 7:30 p.m.

TV: Live video available at usllive.com

Radio: WTOP (1050 AM), English; WACA (1540 AM), Spanish.

Tickets: $25.

At Stake: Quarterfinal berth next Tuesday against New England or Harrisburg (Pa.). If United wins tonight, it would host the game at SoccerPlex.

Outlook: After beating two MLS opponents to qualify, reigning champion United hosts an amateur team from a South Jersey resort town that upset Crystal Palace Baltimore and Real Maryland, third-tier pro teams, in the first two rounds. All but three of Ocean City's players are 22 years old or younger, including nine teenagers, and most are in college. Several play for La Salle or Hofstra. Boston College, Holy Cross and Temple are also among the schools represented. The older players are Byron Carmichael, 27, who teaches fourth grade; Leon Brown, 28, a full-time coach in the club's youth system; and Joseph Banks, 25, a civil engineer. The Barons are 6-3-1 in the Premier Development League's Northeast Division and have conceded just eight goals. United will be without five regulars -- MF-F Santino Quaranta (U.S. national team duty), D Dejan Jakovic (Canada), F Luciano Emilio (knee injury), F Jaime Moreno (hamstring) and MF Fred (adductor strain) -- and plans to start several reserves.

-- Steven Goff

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