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Columbus Crew SC on the road to start U.S. Open Cup run

The Black & Gold will travel to either Cincinnati or Louisville in the Open Cup fourth round.

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On Thursday, fourth-round matchups for the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup were announced.

Columbus Crew SC will travel to take on the winner of FC Cincinnati and Louisville FC.

The matchups were determined based on region and the host for each game was decided by coin flip.

The Open Cup holds a special place in longtime Crew SC fans’ hearts. The club won the 2002 tournament 1-0 over the LA Galaxy at MAPFRE Stadium thanks to a goal by midfielder Freddy Garcia. The Black & Gold were also in the final in 1998 — falling 2-1 in extra time to the Chicago Fire at Soldier Field — and in 2010 — lost 2-1 to the Seattle Sounders at Qwest Field.

Since falling to Seattle in the finals in 2010, Columbus has failed to make it to the quarterfinals, losing three times to the Fire.

Gregg Berhalter’s side will give it another go this season, beginning with this matchup which will likely kickoff on June 14.