Aromas Cafe FC Ready for Next Challenge in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

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Aromas Cafe FC will battle the Richmond Kickers Wednesday Aromas Cafe FC will battle the Richmond Kickers Wednesday

The Charlottesville-based soccer team Aromas Cafe FC will play the Richmond Kickers Wednesday night in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Aromas Cafe, a Charlottesville-based adult amateur team, has guys who played both in college and professionally.   The Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest soccer competition in the United States.   Aromas will continue its run in the tournament Wednesday playing at City Stadium in Richmond.

Aromas Cafe FC earned a berth in the main draw of the 2016 Open Cup tournament by winning a pair of qualifying matches.  

Aromas won its first round match last week over Chesterfield 2-1 thanks to an overtime goal by former Charlottesville High School midfielder Jake Van Yahrees.

Price Thomas says, "At the beginning of this, we didn't expect it to go this well, but the truth is we have a bunch of guys who have done this, who have done this professionally, who have done this collegiately at a high level so when you think about it, its not as surprising as a lot of people have made it out to be, but when you're in it you're enjoying every moment of it and enjoying the success with a great bunch of guys."

Ivan Arapovic says, "We've played for a while together through high school and college, some of us have played professionally as well so the key is just to play together and have fun, have a good time and enjoy."