The Harrisburg City Islanders find themselves in a very familiar place.
They are into the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with the Philadelphia Union standing in their way of a berth in the round of 16 of the national competition.
The two teams will meet at Talon Energy Stadium on Wednesday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. to decide the fate of who will move on to the next round and keep the dream alive of winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Harrisburg and the Union have four all-time meetings in Open Cup play and Philadelphia has come away with a win in every meeting.
Last season the two former partners met in the fourth round yet again and played a thrilling match that saw the Union pull off a 3-2 win. Harrisburg trailed 2-0 to star the second period but two late goals, including one in stoppage time, put the Islanders level with the MLS club.
The Bobby Warshaw goal in the 90+1 minute was not enough as Philadelphia found the game-winner moments later to propel them to the next round.
Harrisburg exploded in their last Open Cup match against Reading United with three goals plus a shutout by Sean Lewis. Jake Bond tallied two goals in the competition that propelled the team to its matchup with Philadelphia.
The Islanders have a track record of taking down MLS teams in the U.S. Open Cup. In recent years the Islanders have beaten DC United, the New England Revolution, and the New York Red Bulls during the competition. However, the Islanders have never beat their in-state MLS club.
Although the Islanders got put on an offensive showcase in their last match, the offense has been sputtering in league play. They only have one goal in their last three league matches.
If Harrisburg wins, they will draw either the Houston Dynamo (MLS) or North Carolina FC (NASL) with the draw to be announced on the June 15.
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