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CHICAGO – The U.S. Soccer Federation announced on Thursday night the Charleston Battery would advance to the Third Round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup after it was found The Villages SC had used an ineligible player in the contest on Wednesday night between the teams.
Paolo Vaz had previously played in the tournament’s qualifying stage for Boca Raton FC, making his participation in the tournament for The Villages a violation of the tournament’s rules.
Charleston will face Jacksonville Armada FC on Wednesday, June 1 at 7 p.m. ET at Southern Oak Stadium for the right to play Orlando City SC of Major League Soccer in the Fourth Round.
“We are looking forward to continuing in the 2016 edition of the national championship,” said Battery President Andrew Bell in a team statement. “It’s an unusual situation but we will abide by U.S. Soccer’s decision and prepare for the next round.”