RailHawks could host Galaxy in U.S. Open Cup

U.S. Soccer announced pairings for the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Defending MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy was drawn into the RailHawks bracket.

The RailHawks will host PSA Elite on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park to determine the Galaxy’s opponent in the third round. A RailHawks victory would bring the Galaxy and its star-studded cast to Cary on May 29.

PSA Elite, an amateur team based in Irvine, Calif., defeated the Portland Timbers U23s in Portland 3-1 on Tuesday night. Former Chicago Fire player Davis Paul had two goals to lead PSA Elite to its first U.S. Open Cup victory and a second-round matchup with the RailHawks.

“PSA Elite played a good match in Portland. They have a talented team with players that have played professionally for years at all levels of competition, from USL to MLS,” said Head Coach Colin Clarke, who travelled to Portland to scout the teams. “Tuesday’s match will be exciting and we hope our fans come and cheer us to a victory.”

The L.A. Galaxy boasts a lineup that includes stars Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and David Beckham. A spectacular 2011 saw the Galaxy capture the MLS’ Supporters Shield and the 2011 MLS Cup. The Galaxy currently sits in seventh-place in the western conference after a slow start in 2012.