Boston City F.C. will enter a team in the qualifying rounds of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, kicking off the campaign in September.

The club’s Bay State Soccer League (BSSL) team will participate in the opening stages of the competition next month, with the aim of progressing to the main 2019 knockout stages to join clubs who are entered automatically from the National Premier Soccer League, Premier Development League, United Soccer League and Major League Soccer.

The Lions’ BSSL team will alter its name for all competitions when the second half of the league season kicks off this Saturday, August 25, from Boston City Under 20s to Boston City II. The team’s matches are presented by Boston-based recruiting firm The Gaisce Group.

“We are excited to give the club’s fans a chance to support a team in the knockout environment of the illustrious U.S. Open Cup,” said Boston City FC Managing Director Craig Tornberg. “Our first team enjoyed a taste of this competition in 2017, with a dramatic win and a heart-breaking defeat, so it is great to give our development team the opportunity to now rise up to the challenge.”

Boston City II will learn its opponent the week of August 27 when first qualifying round matchups are announced. That knockout clash will be played on September 22 or 23, with subsequent rounds scheduled for the winning teams for October 20 or 21 and November 17 or 18.

The name change to Boston City II reflects a widening of the range of players who will have an opportunity to showcase their abilities in the BSSL and U.S. Open Cup, as the Lions continue to prioritize player development and provide a pathway to the club’s first team. Boston City II currently sits in seventh place in the BSSL Division 3 North with a 4-3-1 record and resumes action this Saturday, August 25, at home to SR Young Boys at Daly Field in Brighton, kickoff 6pm.

In 2017, the Boston City FC first team won the club’s first-ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match 5-4 in a penalty shootout after an exciting 2-2 draw, away to the Western Mass Pioneers. In the second round, the Lions suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to the BSSL champion GPS Omens.