Created: March 22, 2020 09:02 PM
(ABC 6 News) - This week would have been a historic one for Med City FC.
Med City was just one of 14 teams invited to participate in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, one of soccer's most prestigious tournaments. Their invite comes after a stellar 2019 performance, where they went 8-1-3 in conference play.
The Open Cup was scheduled to begin this week in Des Moines, IA, and the Mayhem were set to face the Des Moines Menace on Wednesday.
As of now, there is no word on when the tournament will be or when the season will begin, which has created some hurdles for the team.
"We typically have a lot of international players and they're going to college here in the states and they come here for the summer," Med City's General Manager Frank Spaeth said. "With COVID-19 having shutdown so many colleges now, I've got a lot of players that are kind of in limbo."
This is an unprecidented time in the world, but interesting enough, the Open Cup has seen its fair share of history being over a hundred years old.
"When they sent out the information about postponing, they were able to go all the way back to the Spanish Flu and talk about how they had similar issues, a hundred plus years ago and they were still able to find a way to play the tournament, crown champions and not lose anything in the process," Spaeth said.
As the world wonders, "what's next?" or "when will things return to normal?", Spaeth expressed, "I would encourage people in town, just like they are going out and buying gift cards for their local restaurants in town to keep them going, I'd encourage people to do the same thing for the local sports teams."
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