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Baltimore-area Cinderella Christos FC set for U.S. Open Cup match with D.C. United

Baltimore-area Cinderella Christos FC set for U.S. Open Cup match with D.C. United

When the U.S. Soccer videographers came to film practice in Glen Burnie last month, the team that doesn't practice didn't really know what to do.

Christos FC has become the country's best amateur team in spite of its training schedule, not because of it, so the 10 or so players who showed up to North County High just kind of kicked a ball around. Pinnies were handed out. Overturned lacrosse nets became ad hoc goals. Three-on-three games were played — not leisurely, but not as if a team of unpaid 20-somethings were preparing to play one of the country's best professional teams, either.

The club turned 20 this year, with seemingly as many trophies to match. But only now are fans...

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