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Ivan Adika (6) of Duluth FC and Jade Johnson of the Dakota Fusion compete for the ball. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com1 / 6
Liam Moore (19) of Duluth FC and Adrian Baclawski (15) of the Dakota Fusion compete for the ball. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com2 / 6
Vivid clouds illuminate the sky above the Duluth FC and the Dakota Fusion during the game. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com3 / 6
Goalkeeper Alberto Ciroi of Duluth FC celebrates after making the game-winning save against the Dakota Fusion during a shootout. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com4 / 6
Liam Moore (19) of Duluth FC shoots the ball past Jacob Weiler (27) and goalkeeper Stephen Harris of the Dakota Fusion during the first-round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game at Malosky Stadium in Duluth. Moore scored a goal on the play. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com5 / 6
Dana Kowachek (33) of Duluth FC and Miah Wills (8) of the Dakota Fusion compete for the ball. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com6 / 6

Chilly competition

Soccer in Duluth is a cold weather sport. Nearly every time I photograph a significant soccer game in Duluth, the weather is cold with precipitation. Fortunately, the rain stopped at the start of the first ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game played in Duluth last week. The U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship, features 94 teams from all levels of American soccer, including Duluth FC and Dakota Fusion, who played in last week's first-round game. The teams battled through two overtime periods and a shootout. Even though I was shivering by the end, it was worth it to see Duluth FC win and advance in the tournament. Duluth was then eliminated with a 2-0 loss to Saint Louis FC. Don't worry; there's still plenty of time to see Duluth FC in action because games are scheduled through the first week in July. Check duluthfc.com for more information.

Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com

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