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Nick Zimmerman's RailHawks team played before a record crowd in the U.S. Open Cup.Courtesy: Carolina RailHawks
Three Former Soccer Dukes Compete in U.S. Open Cup
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:05/31/2012
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HARRISONBURG, Va., May 31, 2012 -- Three former JMU men's soccer players competed in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches this week.

Midfielder Nick Zimmerman (JMU '08) started for the Carolina RailHawks in their 2-1 win over Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy on Tuesday night.  The game was played before 7, 939 fans, the largest crowd in RailHawks' history, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

The RailHawks, who play in the North American Soccer League, next will host the MLS team Chivas USA in a fourth-round match on June 5 (7 p.m. ET).  The winner advances to a June 26 quarterfinal-round game against the winner of a June 5 match between the MLS Seattle Sounders and Cal FC of the United States Adult Soccer Association.

Forward CJ Sapong (JMU 2007-10) Tuesday played the second half in Sporting Kansas City's 3-2 victory over Orlando City Soccer Club of the United Soccer Leagues' Professional Division.  The match was played on Sporting KC's home field, LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.

Sporting KC will host the MLS Colorado Rapids at 7:30 p.m. CT on June 5 in the fourth round of Cup play.  The winner of that game will advance to the June 26 Cup quarterfinals, where the team will face the winner of a June 5 match between the Dayton Dutch Lions of the USL Pro Division and the Michigan Bucks of the Premier Development League.

Matt Glaeser (JMU 2003-05) started in goal for the NASL Fort Lauderdale Strikers, who lost 2-1 to the MLS San Jose Earthquakes Tuesday night at Stanford's Cagan Stadium.  Glaeser made eight saves in the match.

The U.S. Open Cup, the oldest current national cup competition in U.S. soccer, is in its 99th year.  It is open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the country, which gives local amateur teams a chance to compete against top-level teams.
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