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RSL set for visit to Atlanta or Chattanooga in US Open Cup fourth round

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Gene Sweeney Jr.

Our walk of shame back into the US Open Cup will start in a month's time, with RSL drawing the winner of the third round duel between NASL side Atlanta Silverbacks and NPSL amateurs Chattanooga FC.

Smart money (or non-risky money — take your pick) has RSL, the Open Cup not-quite-victors of 2013, traveling to Georgia, but a trip to Tennessee to face amateurs (however accomplished they may be) does sound vaguely appealing.

It's a radical (ish?) change for Real Salt Lake, who haven't played a US Open Cup on the road since 2012 (long may we remember those fun home games, bar the last one).

They'll want to quickly set about correcting the wrongs they wrought when they lost to DC United in the Open Cup final last year.

What we will miss run by starting on the road: (potentially) seeing Lalo Fernandez with a home debut, should we go with the traditional "backup-takes-cup-games" approach.

With Nick Rimando almost certainly on the plane to Brazil (hooray!), Jeff Attinella will take the helm, leaving Lalo (who once played a small portion of a reserve league game as a striker) as the backup option.

And as much as we might be distressed about how we lost the Cup last year, we can at least take solace in the fact that some of those home games were as fun and exciting as we've ever had at Rio Tinto.