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U.S. Open Cup – Chicago Fire and Sporting Kansas City advanced – US Open Cup structure and schedule

U.S. Open Cup – Chicago Fire and Sporting Kansas City advanced – US Open Cup structure and schedule

Seattle Sounders Kasey Keller with 2010 US Open Cup. PHOTO @ChrisReiko

Seattle Sounders Kasey Keller with 2010 US Open Cup. PHOTO @ChrisReiko

MLS Teams Join Clubs from USL Pro, PDL, NPSL and USASA;
The 98th Edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup begins June 14 with First Round Games

May 26, 2011 by © U.S. Soccer
CHICAGO (May 26, 2011) – Sporting Kansas City became the final Major League Soccer team to qualify for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 5-0 victory against the New England Revolution last night at Blue Valley District Athletic Complex in Overland Park, Kan. The 98th edition of this tournament begins June 14 with 16 first round games.
Six MLS teams automatically qualified to the U.S. Open Cup based on last year’s league position. These teams include the Los Angeles Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, New York Red Bulls, FC Dallas, Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders. The Chicago Fire also earned a berth to the Open Cup on Tuesday evening (May 24) by defeating the San Jose Earthquakes in penalty kicks. The eight MLS teams will join the tournament in the Third Round.
United Soccer League’s Pro League, the USL’s Premier Development League, the National Premier Soccer League, and the United States Adult Soccer Association each have their own separate qualification process, and some teams have already booked a place in the Open Cup (see a full list of teams below). Qualifying for the remaining 11 slots will be completed by May 30, and first round pairings will be announced May 31.
All 11 U.S.-based teams in the USL Pro League automatically qualified for the tournament, which include the Charleston Battery, Charlotte Eagles, Dayton Dutch Lions, F.C. New York, Harrisburg City Islanders, Los Angeles Blues, Orlando City, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Richmond Kickers, Rochester Rhinos and Wilmington Hammerheads.
The first and second rounds of the tournament are made up of exclusively lower division and amateur teams, with eight teams advancing to play the eight MLS teams on June 28 in the third round. The quarterfinals will be played on July 12 and the semifinals will be played on August 30. All U.S. Open Cup matches are scheduled to be played on Tuesdays.
The two-time defending champion Seattle Sounders will be the first team since 1984 with a chance to win three consecutive U.S. Open Cup titles. The New York Greek-Americans (1967-69) was the only other team to accomplish this feat. This year’s final match will take place on October 4.
List of the qualified teams as of today (Thursday, May 26):

 

Teams League
Chicago Fire MLS
Sporting Kansas City MLS
Chivas El Paso Patriots PDL Mid South Division
Reading United A.C. PDL Mid Atlantic Division
Hollywood United NPSL West Conference
Madison 56ers NPSL Midwest Conference
AAC Eagles USASA-Ill.
Doxa Italia USASA-Calif. South
DV8 Defenders USASA-Calif. North
Iowa Menace USASA-Iowa
New York Pancyprian Freedoms USASA-Eastern N.Y.
Phoenix SC USASA-Eastern P.A.

USOC results determined Monday (first team listed will host, seeding in parenthesis):

Game A: (10) Portland Timbers vs. (8) Chivas USA 2-0

Game B: (9) D.C. United vs. (7) Philadelphia Union 2-2  – United advanced in PK

Game C: (2) San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers 1-0 (0-0, 0-0)

Game D: D.C. United vs. (6) New England Revolution 2-3

Game E: (4) Chicago Fire vs. (1) Colorado Rapids 2-1

Game F: (5) Houston Dynamo vs. (3) Sporting Kansas City 0-1 (0-0, 0-0)OT

Game G: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire 2-2 (2-2, 2-0) Chicago won 5-4 in penalty kicks

Game H: Sporting Kansas City vs. New England Revolution 5-0

CHICAGO (Feb. 17, 2011) – The 98th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will get underway on June 14 with 16 first-round games. Five rounds of play precede the Oct. 4 final that will decide the U.S. Soccer national club championship.US Open Cup logo

The more than 155 teams that entered the competition beginning in the initial stages will be narrowed to 40 teams for the tournament proper by the May 30 qualifying deadline. In 2011, 19 professional teams – including eight from Major League Soccer – and 21 amateur teams will make up the field.

The first and second rounds will be made up of exclusively lower division and amateur teams and will be played on June 14 and June 21, respectively, with eight teams advancing to play eight MLS teams on June 28 in the third round.

The quarterfinals will be played on July 12 and the semifinals will be played on Aug. 30. All 2011 U.S. Open Cup matches are scheduled to be played on Tuesdays.

The tournament has crowned a champion for 97 consecutive years beginning in 1914. Every winning team’s name is engraved on the base of the Dewar Challenge Trophy which dates to the first year of the tournament and currently resides at U.S. Soccer House in Chicago.

The two-time defending champion Seattle Sounders will enter the tournament in the third round and will be the first team since 1984 with a chance of winning three consecutive U.S. Open Cup titles. The New York Greek-Americans (1967-69) were the only other team to accomplish this feat.

Like recent editions, the U.S. Open Cup is a single-elimination tournament, with games tied after regulation extended by two 15-minute overtime halves. If a winner is not determined in overtime, advancement will be determined by kicks from the penalty spot.

The 2011 champion will earn a $100,000 cash prize, while the runner-up will collect $50,000. The top Division III and Amateur Division clubs will each receive a $10,000 prize. No Division II teams will participate in the 2011 U.S. Open Cup as the North American Soccer League did not obtain provisional sanctioning in time to be included.

2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule

May 30: Qualifying Deadline

June 14: First Round (32 teams from USL PRO and Amateur Division)

June 21: Second Round (First round winners)

June 28: Third Round (Second round winners paired against eight MLS teams)

July 12: Quarterfinals

Aug. 30: Semifinals

Oct. 4: Final

Participating Teams

Major League Soccer (Division I – 8 teams): Six automatic qualifiers based on the 2010 regular season standings and two qualifiers from a play-in competition that features 10 teams.

Automatic Qualifiers (6 berths): Columbus Crew, FC Dallas, Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders

Play-in Qualifiers (2 berths): Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, D.C. United, Houston Dynamo, New England Revolution, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Sporting Kansas City

United Soccer Leagues PRO (Division III – 11 teams): All U.S.-based clubs automatically qualify.

Automatic Qualifiers (11 berths): Charleston Battery, Charlotte Eagles, Dayton Dutch Lions, Harrisburg City Islanders, Los Angeles Blues, FC New York, Orlando City, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Richmond Kickers, Rochester Rhinos, Wilmington Hammerheads

United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (Amateur – 9 teams): The top U.S.-based clu b from each of nine PDL divisions will qualify based on the results of four pre-selected 2011 regular season games. Each of the 54 teams eligible will play two home and two away matches that will serve as qualifiers.

U.S. Adult Soccer Association (Amateur – 8 teams): The first and second place teams from each of the four U.S. Soccer regions will advance to the tournament. Approximately 50 teams entered qualifying at the local or state level.

National Premier Soccer League (Amateur – 4 teams): The process for determining NPSL qualifying teams will be announced in the coming weeks. The 36-team national amateur league is affiliated with the USASA. In previous years its teams participated via USASA regional qualifying. ussoccer.com

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