Chula Vista FC have an eventful history in the US Open Cup and a new tournament is about to begin which is very exciting. The draw has taken place for the first round of the US Open Cup qualifiers and Chula Vista FC have been paired with Bonita Rebels SC.
This is an interesting draw as Bonita Rebels SC started life as a youth team rival to Chula Vista FC but have recently established a senior men’s team. In fact, the adult team was only formed in 2018 and they are working towards becoming a major rival to Chula Vista FC over the coming years. There is nothing bigger than a cup draw to bring two local teams together, especially the US Open Cup.
We need little reminding that Chula Vista FC have a special relationship with the US Open Cup. The club have not only progressed beyond the first qualifying round but have reached the main draw of the competition.
Chula Vista FC famously reached the third round of the actual US Open Cup tournament in 2015. This was a fantastic achievement and to come close to doing something similar again this season would be something special. Reaching the actual US Open Cup is not easy but Chula Vista FC have done it twice in their history, the second time being 2017.
In 2017 Chula Vista FC reached the second round and fans are hoping for another thrilling run in the US Open Cup this season.
The run to the 2019 Cal South Adult State Cup final shows Chula Vista have what it takes to embark on a successful cup run. If the players can transfer that to the US Open Cup, it could be another special time to be a fan of Chula Vista FC.
Nothing beats a derby match in football and that’s exactly what we have in the first qualifying round of the US Open Cup. Bonita Rebels SC may be a young adult team but they mean business. At youth level, they have several top coaches and together they have been working hard to produce the stars of the future.
This will not be the first time Chula Vista FC have faced Bonita Rebels SC. The teams met in the group stages of the Cal South Adult State Cup in February 2019 and Chula Vista FC came out on top, winning the game 3-0.
However, the US Open Cup is no time to be complacent, despite having a home draw. The match will take place on September 21st at 4:30 PM and the hosts will hope to see the fans out in force for the game.
Could this be the first step towards another tremendous US Open Cup run? We will find out soon as the two local rivals collide in the first qualifying round.
Location: Terra Nova Park
Address: 450 Hidden Vista Drive Chula Vista, CA 91910