Galaxy headed back to North Carolina

May. 17, 2013 @ 03:31 PM

Beat amateur side Carolina Dynamo Tuesday and the Carolina Railhawks will again host the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

The Railhawks and Dynamo meet Tuesday in Cary for the right to host Los Angeles in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup, a century-old tournament open to both amateur and professional U.S. Soccer-affiliated clubs.

The Cary side scored a 2-1 upset of the Galaxy in the third round of the Cup tourney a season ago in front of a sold-out WakeMed Soccer Park.

A Galaxy-Railhawks meeting would come May 29, although LA coach Bruce Arena isn't keen on cross country travel for the tourney. He called it "ridiculous, stupid."

The Railhawks play in the U.S. Soccer Federation Division II North American Soccer League, one level below MLS.

Other in-state Cup action:

The Charlotte Eagles and Wilmington Hammerheads each play in the Division III USL Pro league. Charlotte hosts the Seattle Sounders U-23s Tuesday while Wilmington visits PDL side Austin Aztex.

Win and Charlotte hosts Chicago Fire while Wilmington heads to the Portland Timbers with a victory.

Editorial note: March Madness ain't go nothin' on this bracket. What a great competition.