L.A. Wolves FC Hosts Real Sociedad Royals in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Qualifier on Sunday Night
L.A. Wolves FC Is Shooting To Qualify For Its Third Consecutive USOC Tournament
L.A. Wolves FC will play Bellflower (Calif.)-based Real Sociedad Royals at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24 at John Anson Ford Park (8000 Park Ln, Bell Gardens, CA 09201) in Qualifying Round 1 for the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament.
L.A. Wolves FC General Manager Daniel Collazo said, "It's that time of year again, and the start of autumn for L.A. Wolves FC now means the start of qualifying for the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. We're excited for another opportunity to prove our quality and gain valuable tournament experience. Real Sociedad is strong opponent that we know very well playing them already once in the last year in cup play. We expect a difficult match and take nothing for granted as we will be prepared to fight for 90 minutes."
L.A. Wolves FC, which reached the 2017 U.S. Open Cup Third Round, has had an influx of new talent this summer.
L.A. Wolves FC recently signed some exciting and dynamic player additions with forwards Dmitriy Zhuravlev, German Alfaro, Carlos Figueroa and Stephen Mongu, goalkeeper Cesar Ortega, midfielders Cesar Rivera, Jose Gomez, Edgar Gonzalez, Daniel Baumgartner, Gerardo Romero, Mikhail Nasurullin and Julio Ortiz, and defenders Jaroud Rouleau, Mason Klinks and Ruben Rodriguez.
Long-standing returning L.A. Wolves FC players include goalkeeper Kifi Cabrera, forward Joseph "Tarzan" Fernandez, midfielders Joel Ampofo, Henry Escobar, Sori Keita, Luis Mora, and defenders Daniel Hubert, Luis Loreto and Shannon Murphy.
Currently atop the UPSL's Pro Premier Division Western Conference after a 1-0 victory over Sporting San Fernando in the 2017 Fall Season opener, L.A. Wolves FC next plays Santa Clarita Storm in a league fixture on Saturday, Sept. 30.
"We played some good preseason matches to get prepared for the qualification process," Collazo said. "We've been here before and the players know what is at stake."
The club previously defeated Real Sociedad, 4-1, on Sept. 17, 2016 in the Qualifying Round 1 for the last tournament, which recently ended with Sporting Kansas City (MLS) defeating New York Red Bulls (MLS), 2-1, on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in the USOC Championship Final.
The UPSL Supporter's Shield winner for the 2017 Spring Season, L.A. Wolves FC joins 38 fellow United Premier Soccer League teams attempting to qualify for the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
It will be L.A. Wolves FC's third appearance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds.
L.A. Wolves FC
L.A. Wolves FC is an American Soccer club based in Los Angeles, California. We are named after the Los Angeles Wolves, who played in the United Soccer Association in 1967 and the North American Soccer League in 1968.
L.A. Wolves FC is a charter member of the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) and competes in the Pro Premier Division Western Conference. The club also manages a reserve squad and oversees L.A. Wolves FC Youth Soccer Program.
In addition, L.A. Wolves FC participates in the qualifying round for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through its affiliation and membership with the UPSL, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
Dennis Pope, L.A. Wolves FC Media Relations
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