The Ocean City Nor’easters have qualified for the U.S. Open Cup for the eighth time in franchise history.

The U.S. Open Cup, which is modeled after England’s FA Cup, is the second-oldest continually operated soccer tournament in the world and has been the national championship for the United States since 1913.

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It matches professional and amateur teams against each other.

The Nor’easters are one of 99 teams to participate in the 104th edition of the cup and one of 21 from the Premier Development League (PDL). Ocean City gained a berth in the tournament by winning the PDL Eastern Conference Championship last season.

The Open Cup’s first round kicks off on May 10 and the Nor’easters will likely take on another amateur team. Their opponent and where the game will be played will be announced on April 12.

Only two amateur teams in the country — the Michigan Bucks and the Des Moines Menace — have more Open Cup wins (8) and professional team upsets (5) than Ocean City.

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Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.

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