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The Open Cup Draw: How It Happened

The Open Cup draw isn't televised, so we don't really know how it happens, but Jeff Crandall from got to watch and what he left with is pretty interesting.

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So, as we noted earlier this week, the Red Bulls will face off with either the Harrisburg City Islanders or Reading United May 29 at Red Bull Arena. It's a familiar match-up, as both those teams were hovering around the Red Bulls as a potential third round game in last year's tournament.

But, as many have noted before, the draw isn't exactly transparent. Maybe to remedy that, or maybe just because it's a cool story Jeff Crandall from the Chicago Fire's official site was this year's draw observer and has a nice write-up on it. How they found out the Red Bulls opponent is especially interesting...

Further down there was a breakdown of potential Mid-Atlantic matchups broken into two distinctions...

This is where things began to get interesting as the Philadelphia Union were barred from being paired with the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-Pro) / Reading United (USL PDL) winner. This is not because of their in-state affiliations with the two clubs but because Union assistant coach Brendan Burke is also the head coach of Reading United.

Because of that, there was a coin flip between the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United to see who would be paired with that match up. Red Bull won and also won the subsequent flip to host either team.

The rest of the story is worth a read. Check out the 2013 bracket here.