Kutztown University and Marquette University are set to be the first colleges to take part in the US Open Cup, after winning the last two tournaments in 2015 and 2016.
A win for Kutz and Marquettes, which both finished second in the conference, would be the best in the league and would give the USOC a new national tournament.
Kutz is a 6,000-student, private, non-profit school that is part of the Mercer University system.
The University of Delaware is part the Mercer system and is the third-highest ranked private school in the country, behind only Harvard and Princeton.
Kris Bryant, a junior midfielder for KU who was on the team that won the US title last year, said the team would be heading to New York for the tournament, which starts on Wednesday.
“We’re just excited to be going to New Yorks, it’s going to be crazy,” he said.
“I think we’ve got some great guys that want to win and we’re excited to do that.
We’ll get the chance to play a lot of the big teams and hopefully be playing some good teams.”
While the first tournament was held in December, it is now a full calendar year since the tournament began.
The team that took the US championship in March has since qualified for the 2016 tournament.
The US Open Cups has also been held in the past and has seen a number of high-profile teams qualify for the 2019 World Cup.
Bryant, a freshman, was one of those players who qualified for this year’s tournament, despite being one of the players selected to be a substitute for the USA national team at the 2017 World Cup in Russia.
He is looking forward to competing with his teammates.
“The players want to come out and do their best,” Bryant said.
“The players have a lot to prove.
I want to be one of them.”
Maggie Hoch, a senior goalkeeper for KUT, said she was looking forward and looking forward seeing the US team in New York.
“There are a lot people watching,” she said.
“The tournament is going to help them be in the right mindset to go out and get better.
I think the tournament is one of our biggest challenges to get better as a team, so I think it will help us be better.”
Bryants goal for this US Open is to win the tournament.
“It’s a great opportunity for our team,” he added.
“We want to do well and it’s a good opportunity for us to show that we deserve to be in this tournament.”
The team will play in front of a crowd of 7,000 people at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday and will play host to the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.