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Reading United A.C. Makes US Open Cup History, but MLS Fails to Recognize

Ray Gaddis

Photo by Eric Hartline – USA TODAY Sports

Reading United A.C. is a member of the Player Developmental League, and many of their players have gone on to play for USL PRO and Major League Soccer clubs.

The 100th edition of the US Open Cup will take place this year, and Reading has made history before the first round starts. Reading has made their fifth straight Open Cup, which is a record for a team on the amateur side.

PDL clubs qualify for the Cup by finishing in the top four of their conference based on last year’s standings. In addition, the 16 PDL teams that qualified will enter in the first round of the tournament.

MLS ran an article today highlighting the Open Cup, but failed to mention this impressive feat by Reading. They focused on the Seattle Sounders U-23 and Portland Timbers U-23 teams who are also PDL teams. However, it is only the first time the Sounders U-23 team made the Open Cup, and only the Timbers U-23 second Open Cup appearance.

What irks me and many others is that the team making history wasn’t highlighted. It would have been good enough to just mention that Reading has made five straight appearances and made history, but MLS failed to even do that in their article on

I have no issue mentioning Portland or Seattle in the article, but they need to also point out historical moments, for if those are missed, then we will miss out on history.

Also worth noting, Orlando City U-23 is making their fourth straight appearance as well.

MLS, let’s remember to include historical moments in your articles from here on out, or some people and certain teams will feel cheated.

Phil Naegely is a Soccer writer for He also writes about MLBNASCAR, and NBA news. Follow him on Twitter @afriendofgod512 and add him to your circles on Google.