Duván Canchila

UBBOCK, Texas – The Lubbock Matadors announced the addition of LCU Assistant Soccer Coach Duvan Canchila to its roster ahead of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Wednesday morning.

Canchila joined the LCU coaching staff before the 2023 season following a successful playing career at the University of Charleston (W.V.), where he collected multiple team awards, individual awards, and played in two NCAA DII National Tournaments – making the National Tournament Final on one occasion. The Bogota, Colombia native graduated from Charleston in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. He also recently completed his Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership from Charleston. Duvan played for two seasons for the Golden Eagles and holds an overall record of 51-4-1 as a player. He was the team captain and received NCAA All-America, First-Team All-Atlantic Region, MEC Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference (Mountain East Conference) honors during his collegiate career.

During the summer months, Duvan spent time in the US playing with USL2’s Des Moines Menace, South Bend Lions (captain) and the FC Tucson (captain). The Lions went 10-2-2 and FC Tucson went 10-1-4 with Canchila playing on the backline.

History of the U.S. Open Cup
Having concluded its 108th year of existence with the 2023 competition, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States.

The U.S. Open Cup is currently the top knockout soccer competition in the country, much like the FA Cup in England or the Copa del Rey in Spain.

In its current format, clubs from all professional leagues in the United States are eligible to participate. Those leagues include Major League Soccer (MLS), USL Championship, USL League One, National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the United States Adult Soccer Association (USAAA), and US Club Soccer. At least 80 clubs have participated since 2014, and in 2023, 99 teams were involved.

First held in 1914, it was originally dubbed the «National Challenge Cup» and kept that name until 1999. That year, the competition was renamed to its current iteration, which honors former NASL and MLS executive Lamar Hunt, who was the principal founder of both leagues and is credited with ushering U.S. club soccer into the modern age.

Game Information
Lubbock Christian University has been selected to host the first round of the tournament as the Matadors host the Arizona Monsoon of the NISA on Thursday (Mar. 21) at the LCU Soccer and Track Complex. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Get tickets here .

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nota de pesar La comunidad Educativa del Colegio Calasanz Bogotá, se solidariza con la familia del Padre Juan Carlos, Ángela y Cristian Gómez Ramírez por el fallecimiento de su padre: Que el Señor lo tenga en su gloria y consuele a Sonia Ramírez su esposa y a todos sus familiares.

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