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NYC Derby the Pick of 2018 U.S. Open Cup Second Qualifying Round Matchups

CHICAGO (Sept. 26, 2017) - The three-time U.S. Open Cup champion New York Pancyprian Freedoms will meet Cosmopolitan League rival and reigning National Amateur Cup title holders Lansdowne Bhoys (N.Y.) on Oct. 22 in the marquee second round matchup of Open Division Local Qualifying for the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s National Championship.

U.S. Soccer held the draw to determine the matchups for the entire Second Qualifying Round on Sept. 25 at Soccer House in Chicago, disclosing the pairings through the competition’s official Twitter feed @opencup as they were being determined, and announcing the venues, dates and times for each game earlier today.

Two top-of-the-table standouts in Massachusetts’ Bay State Soccer League (BSSL) will renew pleasantries with Kendall Wanderers – one of the oldest clubs in the state – taking on GPS Omens, who reached the third round of last year’s Open Cup proper and came within a whisker of taking 1999 winner Rochester Rhinos to a penalty shootout.

Elsewhere, Philadelphia will see a battle between two of the area’s best-known soccer clubs when the United German Hungarians meet Junior Lone Star U23s – a club founded by West African refugees in southwest Philly. Christos FC, the darlings of last year’s Open Cup and who took on MLS giants D.C. United in the fourth round, will meet familiar rivals Izee Auto from their Maryland Major Soccer League.

There’s a tasty tangle in Texas too, where now regular Open Cup campaigners NTX Rayados will tackle Austin’s Celtic Cowboys Premier. In Colorado, Harpos FC travel for a second time to play Colorado Springs FC.

The western side of the competition produced an avalanche of goals in the first qualifying round. Newcastle United FC, which won their weekend game 13-0, will take on Santa Ana Winds, who looked good in a 5-2 win vs. Outbreak FC. National Amateur Cup semifinalist L.A. Wolves take on Vanquish FC in another interesting SoCal test.

Cajun Soccer Club (La.), Nashville United (Tenn.), Galati FC (Ariz.), Sporting AZ FC (Ariz.), all of whom received byes in the first qualifying round, will take part in their first-ever Open Cup matches.

All 28 games in the Second Qualifying Round will be played Oct. 21-22 in venues across the country. Follow all the action on @OpenCup on Instagram and Twitter as well as ussoccer.com. (Above photo from Kendall Wanderers v Boston Siege courtesy of Domenic Quarato)

2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Open Division Local Qualifying Second Round Schedule

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

TBD Mass United FC (Mass.) vs. Safira FC (Mass.) TBD TBD
Oct. 21 West Chester United (Pa.) vs. Phoenix Soccer Club (Pa.) 7:30 p.m. ET West Chester United Turf Field; West Chester, Pa.
TBD GPS Omens (Mass.) vs. Kendall Wanderers (Mass.) TBD TBD
Oct. 22 New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) vs. Lansdowne Bhoys FC (N.Y.) 2 p.m. ET Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Jamaica, N.Y.
Oct. 22 Christos FC (Md.) vs. Izee Auto FC (Md.) 3 p.m. ET Anne Arundel Community College; Arnold, Md.
Oct. 22 United German Hungarians (Pa.) vs. Junior Lone Star U23s (Pa.) 3 p.m. ET United German Hungarian Club; Oakford, Pa.
Oct. 22 Rochester River Dogz (N.Y.) vs. Ann Arbor FC (Mich.) 3 p.m. ET Doug Miller Family Sports Park; Spencerport, N.Y.
Oct. 22 Aurora Borealis Soccer Club (Ill.) vs. Stegman's Soccer Club (Minn.) 3 p.m. CT Ohio Moose Sports Complex; Mooseheart, Ill.

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 21 Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas) 3:30 p.m. CT Onion Creek Soccer Complex; Austin, Texas
Oct. 22 Miami Nacional SC (Fla.) vs. Red Force FC (Fla.) 3 p.m. ET Ives Estates Park; Miami, Fla.
Oct. 22 South Florida FC (Fla.) vs. Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.) 5 p.m. ET Brian Piccolo Park; Cooper City, Fla.
Oct. 22 Cajun Soccer Club (La.) vs. Motagua New Orleans (La.) 5 p.m. CT Moore Park; Lafayette, La.
Oct. 22 Orlando Storm (Fla.) vs. FC Kendall (Fla.) 7 p.m. ET UCF Soccer & Track Complex; Orlando, Fla.
Oct. 22 Nashville United (Tenn.) vs. Majestic Soccer Club (Ga.) 6 p.m. CT E.S. Rose Park; Nashville, Tenn.

Mountain Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 21 Azteca FC (Colo.) vs. Colorado Rush (Colo.) 5 p.m. MDT Aurora Public Schools Stadium; Aurora, Colo.
Oct. 21 FC Denver (Colo.) vs. Fort Collins United (Colo.) 6:30 p.m. MDT Aurora Sports Park; Aurora, Colo.
Oct. 21 Ojuelos Jalisco (Ariz.) vs. Galati FC (Ariz.) 8 p.m. MST Desert West Sports Complex; Phoenix, Ariz.
Oct. 21 Sporting AZ FC (Ariz.) vs. Inter EmpireWorks FC (Ariz.) 8 p.m. MST Phoenix Rising Stadium; Scottsdale, Ariz.
Oct. 22 Colorado Springs FC (Colo.) vs. Harpos FC (Colo.)
3 p.m. MDT
Grace Center for Athletics; Colorado Springs, Colo.
Oct. 22 Indios Denver FC (Colo.) vs. IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.) 3:45 p.m. MDT Englewood High School Stadium; Englewood, Colo.

Pacific Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 21 Valley United SC (Calif.) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.) 5:30 p.m. PT Heritage High School; North Hills, Calif.
Oct. 21 La Máquina FC (Calif.) vs. Las Vegas Mobsters FC (Nev.) 7 p.m. PT Santa Ana Stadium; Santa Ana, Calif.
Oct. 21 Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.) vs. Newcastle United FC (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Lake Forest Sports Park; Lake Forest, Calif.
Oct. 21 L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) vs. Vanquish FC (Calif.) 7:30 p.m. PT John Anson Ford Park; Bell Gardens, Calif.
Oct. 21 San Pedro Monsters FC (Calif.) vs. SFV Scorpions (Calif.) 7:30 p.m. PT Banning H.S. Soccer Stadium; Wilmington, Calif.
Oct. 22 El Farolito (Calif.) vs. Academica Soccer Club (Calif.) 11:15 a.m. PT Boxer Stadium; San Francisco, Calif.
Oct. 22 Buena Park FC (Calif.) vs. Santa Clarita Storm (Calif.) 3 p.m. PT John F. Kennedy High School; La Palma, Calif.
Oct. 22 Cal Victory FC (Calif.) vs. Davis Legacy SC (Calif.) 5 p.m. PT Casa Grande High School; Petaluma, Calif.

Third Qualifying Round: Nov. 18-19

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U.S. Open Cup Sep 26, 2017

#USOC2018 Qualifying Round One: Blowouts, Shootouts and Few Surprises

CHICAGO (Sept. 25, 2017) – Not even a week on from a thrilling 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final, the First Qualifying Round for the 2018 installment of U.S. Soccer’s National Championship is in the books. A total of 52 amateur teams advanced to the Second Round, with games strewn across the country on Saturday and Sunday.

Christos FC, the amateur darlings out of Baltimore who lit up the 2017 Open Cup with their underdog run to Fourth Round, surprised no one by moving through to Round Two. Amateur Cup champions Lansdowne Bhoys FC, of New York City and its famous Cosmopolitan League, didn’t exactly stroll to their win but still edged out Jersey boys Jackson Lions in the end, while LA Wolves, out on the left coast, had no trouble booking passage with a 6-1 win against Real Sociedad Royals. There were some huge results, including a 13-0 drubbing of Del Rey City SC at the hands of Newcastle United FC out in SoCal, and an 11-0 win by FC Kendall over fellow Floridians Leu Blacks.   

Boston Boys Shine Back East
Bay State Soccer League entrants Kendall Wanderers and GPS Omens were in fine form in the Northeast Region. Despite the Wanderers arriving at Danehy Park with the bare XI on a sunny Saturday in Cambridge, they were the far better team against new boys Boston Siege. Their 35-year-old manager Phil Keane, pressed into service due to the short numbers, even got on the scoreboard in a 5-2 rout that ended with the Kendall men playing a man down for 30 minutes after a serious knee injury to scorer Oscar Zepeda.


(Kendall Wanderers stay hydrated at the half against Boston Siege in Cambridge)

GPS Omens, Kendall’s old rivals in the BSSL who reached the Third Round of last year’s Open Cup and only lost out to 1999 champs Rochester Rhinos at the death, had a similarly easy go of it in their 8-3 win against Lynn United at Manning Stadium. Other results around the region saw Pittsburgh’s Tartan Devils Oak Avalon, who were in the final 99 of last year’s Open Cup, go out in a tight 2-1 loss to Rochester’s River Dogz.

From New York City, three-time Open Cup champions Pancyprian Freedoms moved on after a tense win against Connecticut’s Newtown Pride and Amateur Cup champions Lansdowne Bhoys, in their distinctive green-and-white hoops, were made to work for it against Jackson Lions to eventually seal a 2-1 win.

Former and frequent Amateur Cup champions Christos FC had only moderate difficulty in their game against fellow Marylanders Aegean Hawks, winning out 3-0 in the end with their star striker Paul Caringi III getting on the board and outstanding goalkeeper Phil Saunders earning another in a long line of clean sheets.

Blowouts Punctuate Southeast Region
There were a pair of big results down in Florida, where Miami-based 2017 entrants Red Force FC steamrolled FC Ginga 8-1 to move through to Round Two for the second straight year. Not to be outdone, FC Kendall put 11 past Leu Blacks without reply. In all, six teams from the state of Florida moved on after the dust settled on the weekend’s games and Texas regulars NTX Rayados moved through to the Second Round again along with the hard-charging Celtic Cowboys out of Austin, who were tested sternly in their 3-2 win against Austin Real Cuauhtemoc.


(Santa Ana Winds Blowing Hot from the North)

Mountains Majesty & Harpos Hustle
Inter EmpireWorks of Arizona weren’t in a generous mood, beating Chiapas 9-0 in Phoenix while Harpos FC, the well-known and much-loved pub team out of Boulder had a ton of work to do in their win over local rivals FC Boulder. The game was tight the whole way and required a 6-5 win on penalties after regular time finished 2-2 and extra-time produced no goals. Harpos ended up playing two men shy by the time the second period of extra-time rolled around, but they won the day in the end.

Along with Harpos, there are a total of seven Colorado teams moving on to the Second Qualifying Round. FC Denver, who beat Gam United FC 3-0, Azteca FC, Indios Denver FC, Colorado Springs FC, Fort Collins United and Colorado Rush, who blanked Club El Azul in a tight 2-1 extra time affair.

Way out West
Even without former coach and Open Cup impresario Eric Wynalda in the technical area, Amateur Cup runners-up LA Wolves picked up a predictable 6-1 win in Bell Gardens against Real Sociedad Royals.


(Lansdowne Bhoys out of NYC's Cosmopolitan League are reigning U.S. Amateur Cup Champions)

But the biggest blowout of the round came in Newcastle United FC’s 13-0 drubbing of rivals Del Rey City SC. It was the standout blowout among a smattering of lopsided scorelines from the Pacific Region where 2017 participants La Maquina rolled over Bell Gardens FC 5-0 and Santa Clarita Storm hammered UFA Hawks to the same tune. Chula Vista FC moved on to a second straight Round Two with a 5-1 win over Strikers FC South Coast and San Pedro Monsters beat Fontana International SC 4-0.

It was a much tighter-run thing for the Las Vegas Mobsters, the only remaining team from Nevada, who worked hard for their 3-2 win over Pacific Side FC. El Farolito, who won the Open Cup in 1993 (then known as CD Mexico) had only moderate trouble with Dynamos FC, winning out 3-0 in the end.

The Official Draw for the Second Round of 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Qualifying took place at U.S. Soccer Federation headquarters on Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. ET, with the event LIVE-Tweeted via @OpenCup. The Second Qualifying Round games will take place on Oct. 21-22 with the Third Qualifying Round to follow on Nov. 18-19.

2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Open Division Local Qualifying First Round

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

None Carpathia FC (Mich.) vs. Ann Arbor FC (Mich.) 0-1 (forfeit) None (Carpathia FC withdrew Sept. 12)
None Santa Fe Wanderers KC (Kan.) vs. Stegman's Soccer Club (Minn.) 0-1 (forfeit) None (Santa Fe Wanders KC withdrew Sept. 19)
None Aurora Borealis Soccer Club (Ill.) vs. United Serbian Soccer Club (Wis.) 1-0 (forfeit) None (United Serbian Soccer Club withdrew Sept. 23)
Sept. 23 Unations FC (Mass.) vs. Safira FC (Mass.) 1-5 Burncoat High School; Worcester, Mass.
Sept. 23 Kendall Wanderers (Mass.) vs. Boston Siege FC (Mass.) 5-2 Danehy Park; Cambridge, Mass.
Sept. 23 Lynn United (Mass.) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.) 3-8 Manning Stadium; Lynn, Mass.
Sept. 23 Southie FC (Mass.) vs. Mass United FC (Mass.) 3-3, 3-3 AET (3-4 PKs) Medford High School; Medford, Mass.
Sept. 23 Salone FC (Pa.) vs. Junior Lone Star U23s (Pa.) 1-3 West Chester United Turf Field; West Chester, Pa.
Sept. 23 West Chester United (Pa.) vs. Junior Lone Star FC (Pa.) 4-2 West Chester United Turf Field; West Chester, Pa.
Sept. 24 New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) vs. Newtown Pride FC (Conn.) 2-1 Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Jamaica, N.Y.
Sept. 24 NLS Graduates (Md.) vs. Izee Auto FC (Md.) 1-1, 1-3 AET Banner Field at Latrobe Park; Baltimore, Md.
Sept. 24 Christos FC (Md.) vs. Aegean Hawks FC (Md.) 3-0 Troy Park - Field 4; Elkridge, Md.
Sept. 24 Phoenix Soccer Club (Pa.) vs. Upper Darby FC (Pa.) 3-0 Phoenix Sports Club; Trevose, Pa.
Sept. 24 Vereinigung Erzgebirge (Pa.) vs. United German Hungarians (Pa.) 1-1, 1-2 AET Vereinigung Erzgebirge Clubhouse; Warminster, Pa.
Sept. 24 Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.) vs. Rochester River Dogz (N.Y.) 1-2 Rooney Field (Duquesne Univ.); Pittsburgh, Pa.
Sept. 24 Jackson Lions FC (N.J.) vs. Lansdowne Bhoys FC (N.Y.) 1-2 Jackson Justice Complex; Jackson, N.J.

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Sept. 23 Majestic Soccer Club (Ga.) vs. Lowcountry United (S.C.) 2-0 Atlanta United Training Ground; Marietta, Ga.
Sept. 23 Central Texas Lobos (Texas) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas) 0-2 Gregg-Clarke Park; Kyle, Texas
Sept. 23 Austin Real Cuauhtemoc (Texas) vs. Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas) 2-3 McMasters Athletic Complex; Georgetown, Texas
Sept. 23 Hurricane FC (Fla.) vs. Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.) 3-4 Seacrest Soccer Complex - Field 1; Delray Beach, Fla.
None Miami Wolves FC (Fla.) vs. Miami Nacional SC (Fla.) 0-1 (forfeit) None (Miami Wolves FC withdrew Sept. 24)
Sept. 24 FC Ginga (Fla.) vs. Red Force FC (Fla.) 1-8 Barry University; Miami Shores, Fla.
Sept. 24 South Florida FC (Fla.) vs. Miami United FC U23 (Fla.) 3-1 Brian Piccolo Park; Cooper City, Fla.
Sept. 24 Orlando Storm (Fla.) vs. InterUnited AC (Fla.) 0-0 AET (4-3 PKs) UCF Soccer & Track Complex; Orlando, Fla.
Sept. 24 Gaffa FC (Miss.) vs. Motagua New Orleans (La.) 1-4 Freedom Ridge Stadium; Ridgeland, Miss.
Sept. 24 Leu Blacks FC (Fla.) vs. FC Kendall (Fla.) 0-11 Amelia Earhart Park Field 5; Hialeah, Fla.

First Round Bye: Cajun Soccer Club (La.), Nashville United (Tenn.)

Mountain Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Sept. 23 Gam United FC (Colo.) vs. FC Denver (Colo.) 0-3 Aurora Public Schools Stadium; Aurora, Colo.
Sept. 23 Azteca FC (Colo.) vs. Denver Metro FC (Colo.) 2-0 Aurora Public Schools Stadium; Aurora, Colo.
Sept. 23 Chiapas FC (Ariz.) vs. Inter EmpireWorks FC (Ariz.) 0-9 Desert West Sports Complex - Field 1; Phoenix, Ariz.
Sept. 23 Ojuelos Jalisco (Ariz.) vs. ALLSTARS SC (Ariz.) 4-0 Desert West Sports Complex - Synthetic Field; Phoenix, Ariz.
Sept. 24 FC Boulder (Colo.) vs. Harpos FC (Colo.) 2-2, 2-2 AET (5-6 PKs) Fairview High School; Boulder, Colo.
Sept. 24 Indios Denver FC (Colo.) vs. FC Union Jerez (Colo.) 6-2 Englewood High School Stadium; Englewood, Colo.
Sept. 24 Colorado Springs FC (Colo.) vs. Colorado Rovers (Colo.) 2-0 Grace Center for Athletics; Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sept. 24 Colorado Rush (Colo.) vs. Club El Azul (Colo.) 1-1, 2-1 AET Shea Stadium; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Sept. 24 Fort Collins United (Colo.) vs. FC Greeley (Colo.) 5-1 Loveland Sports Park; Loveland, Colo.

First Round Bye: Galati FC (Ariz.), Sporting AZ FC (Ariz.)

Pacific Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

None Valley United SC (Calif.) vs. Los Angeles SC (Calif.) 1-0 (forfeit) None (Los Angeles SC withdrew Sept. 22)
Sept. 23 Davis Legacy SC (Calif.) vs. Western Nevada Futbol Club (Nev.) 2-0 Davis Legacy Soccer Complex; Davis, Calif.
Sept. 23 Academica Soccer Club (Calif.) vs. Oakland Pamperos (Calif.) 1-0 Academica Fields; Turlock, Calif.
Sept. 23 Dynamos FC (Calif.) vs. El Farolito (Calif.) 0-3 Dougherty Valley High School; San Ramon, Calif.
Sept. 23 Las Vegas Mobsters FC (Nev.) vs. Pacific Side FC (Calif.) 3-2 Kellogg-Zaher Soccer Complex; Las Vegas, Nev.
Sept. 23 Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.) vs. Outbreak FC (Calif.) 5-2 Lake Forest Sports Park; Lake Forest, Calif.
Sept. 23 IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.) vs. Boise FC Cutthroats (Idaho) 2-2, 3-2 AET Rob Strasser Memorial Field; Portland, Ore.
Sept. 23 Bell Gardens FC (Calif.) vs. La Máquina FC (Calif.) 0-5 John Anson Ford Park; Bell Gardens, Calif.
Sept. 23 Real San Jose (Calif.) vs. Cal Victory FC (Calif.) 2-3 PAL Stadium; San Jose, Calif.
Sept. 23 Vanquish FC (Calif.) vs. C.F. Cachorros USA (Calif.) 2-2, 3-2 AET Great Park, Main Stadium; Irvine, Calif.
Sept. 24 UFA Hawks L.A. (Calif.) vs. Santa Clarita Storm (Calif.) 0-5 Los Angeles City College; Los Angeles, Calif.
Sept. 24 Buena Park FC (Calif.) vs. Newport FC (Calif.) 3-0 John F. Kennedy High School; La Palma, Calif.
Sept. 24 SFV Scorpions (Calif.) vs. AC Brea Steaua United (Calif.) 3-1 Alemany High School; Mission Hills, Calif.
Sept. 24 Newcastle United FC (Calif.) vs. Del Rey City SC (Calif.) 13-0 SilverLakes Sports Complex; Norco, Calif.
Sept. 24 Strikers FC South Coast (Calif.) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.) 1-5 Lake Forest Sports Park; Lake Forest, Calif.
Sept. 24 L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) vs. Real Sociedad Royals (Calif.) 6-1 John Anson Ford Park; Bell Gardens, Calif.
Sept. 24 San Pedro Monsters FC (Calif.) vs. Fontana International SC (Calif.) 4-0 Banning H.S. Soccer Stadium; Wilmington, Calif.

Second Qualifying Round: Oct. 21-22
Third Qualifying Round: Nov. 18-19

(Lead Photo Courtesy of Joe Walsh)
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U.S. Open Cup Sep 26, 2017

Local Qualifying for 2018 U.S. Open Cup Starts This Weekend

CHICAGO (Sept. 22, 2017) - In the afterglow of a memorable 2017 Final, which ended with MLS’s Sporting Kansas City winning their fourth title on Wednesday, the opening round of Open Division Local Qualifying kicks off this weekend for the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship. Ninety-eight teams will take the field from coast to coast in the history-filled annual tournament, now entering its 105th year.

Some notable matchups include 2017 Cinderella story Christos FC (Md.) taking on local power Aegean Hawks FC (Md.) on Sept. 24 (1 p.m. ET at Troy Park - Field 4 in Elkridge, Md.); FC Boulder (Colo.) hosting Harpos FC (Colo.) at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo. (Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. MDT); and 2016 Open Cup amateur standard bearer La Máquina FC (Calif.) visiting Bell Gardens FC (Calif.) on Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. PT (John Anson Ford Park in Bell Gardens, Calif.)

Schedule Changes
The Leu Blacks FC (Fla.) vs. FC Kendall (Fla.) game has been postponed due to the original venue (Tropical Park in Miami) no longer being available, the result of scheduling adjustments in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The game is being rescheduled for another date and location still to be determined.

Carpathia FC (Mich.) and Santa Fe Wanderers KC (Kan.) have both proactively withdrawn from the competition due to their inability to field enough players. Their respective opponents, Ann Arbor FC (Mich.) and Stegman's Soccer Club (Minn.), thus automatically advance to the second qualifying round, set for Oct. 21-22.

A number of other schedule changes have been made since the original list of matchups was announced on Aug. 29. Fans are encouraged to review the updated schedule below to confirm the date, time and location of games.

Second Qualifying Round Draw to be Live-Tweeted Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. ET
U.S. Soccer will live-Tweet the draw for the second qualifying round on Monday, Sept. 25, starting at 11 a.m. ET. Fans can follow the action through the official Open Cup Twitter feed @opencup. Exact dates, times and locations for the matches, scheduled for Oct. 21-22, will be announced later that same day.

About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Entering its 105th year, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s National Championship, is the only high-profile competition in American team sports where amateur sides have the opportunity to face professionals in meaningful competition. The tournament is conducted on a single-game, knockout basis and open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. Pro teams enter the competition once the tournament progresses further. The winner receives $250,000 in prize money and a place in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions’ League.

2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Open Division Local Qualifying Schedule

First Qualifying Round: Sept. 23-24

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

None Carpathia FC (Mich.) vs. Ann Arbor FC (Mich.) 0-1 (forfeit) None (Carpathia FC withdrew Sept. 12)
None Santa Fe Wanderers KC (Kan.) vs. Stegman's Soccer Club (Minn.) 0-1 (forfeit) None (Santa Fe Wanders KC withdrew Sept. 19)
Sept. 23 Unations FC (Mass.) vs. Safira FC (Mass.) 10 a.m. ET Burncoat High School; Worcester, Mass.
Sept. 23* Kendall Wanderers (Mass.) vs. Boston Siege FC (Mass.) 2 p.m. ET Danehy Park; Cambridge, Mass.
Sept. 23* Lynn United (Mass.) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.) 3 p.m. ET Manning Stadium; Lynn, Mass.
Sept. 23 Southie FC (Mass.) vs. Mass United FC (Mass.) 4 p.m. ET Medford High School; Medford, Mass.
Sept. 23# Salone FC (Pa.) vs. Junior Lone Star U23s (Pa.) 4:30 p.m. ET West Chester United Turf Field; West Chester, Pa.
Sept. 23+ West Chester United (Pa.) vs. Junior Lone Star FC (Pa.) 7:30 p.m. ET West Chester United Turf Field; West Chester, Pa.
Sept. 23 Aurora Borealis Soccer Club (Ill.) vs. United Serbian Soccer Club (Wis.) 7:30 p.m. CT Ohio Moose Sports Complex; Mooseheart, Ill.
Sept. 24 New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) vs. Newtown Pride FC (Conn.) 12 p.m. ET Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Jamaica, N.Y.
Sept. 24 NLS Graduates (Md.) vs. Izee Auto FC (Md.) 1 p.m. ET Banner Field at Latrobe Park; Baltimore, Md.
Sept. 24 Christos FC (Md.) vs. Aegean Hawks FC (Md.) 1 p.m. ET Troy Park - Field 4; Elkridge, Md.
Sept. 24+ Phoenix Soccer Club (Pa.) vs. Upper Darby FC (Pa.) 2:30 p.m. ET Phoenix Sports Club; Trevose, Pa.
Sept. 24* Vereinigung Erzgebirge (Pa.) vs. United German Hungarians (Pa.) 4 p.m. ET Vereinigung Erzgebirge Clubhouse; Warminster, Pa.
Sept. 24 Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.) vs. Rochester River Dogz (N.Y.) 4 p.m. ET Rooney Field (Duquesne Univ.); Pittsburgh, Pa.
Sept. 24 Jackson Lions FC (N.J.) vs. Lansdowne Bhoys FC (N.Y.) 7:30 p.m. ET Jackson Justice Complex; Jackson, N.J.

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Sept. 23*^# Majestic Soccer Club (Ga.) vs. Lowcountry United (S.C.) 3:30 p.m. ET Atlanta United Training Ground; Marietta, Ga.
Sept. 23 Central Texas Lobos (Texas) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas) 5 p.m. CT Gregg-Clarke Park; Kyle, Texas
Sept. 23 Austin Real Cuauhtemoc (Texas) vs. Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas) 6 p.m. CT McMasters Athletic Complex; Georgetown, Texas
Sept. 23# Hurricane FC (Fla.) vs. Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.) 7:30 p.m. ET Seacrest Soccer Complex - Field 1; Delray Beach, Fla.
Sept. 24 FC Ginga (Fla.) vs. Red Force FC (Fla.) 10 a.m. ET Barry University; Miami Shores, Fla.
Sept. 24* South Florida FC (Fla.) vs. Miami United FC U23 (Fla.) 5 p.m. ET Brian Piccolo Park; Cooper City, Fla.
Sept. 24 Orlando Storm (Fla.) vs. InterUnited AC (Fla.) 7 p.m. ET UCF Soccer & Track Complex; Orlando, Fla.
Sept. 24 Gaffa FC (Miss.) vs. Motagua New Orleans (La.) 6 p.m. CT Freedom Ridge Stadium; Ridgeland, Miss.
Sept. 24 Miami Wolves FC (Fla.) vs. Miami Nacional SC (Fla.) 8 p.m. ET Amelia Earhart Park Field 6, Hialeah, Fla.
Sept. 24 Leu Blacks FC (Fla.) vs. FC Kendall (Fla.) 8 p.m. ET Amelia Earhart Park Field 5, Hialeah, Fla.

First Round Bye: Cajun Soccer Club (La.), Nashville United (Tenn.)

Mountain Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Sept. 23 Gam United FC (Colo.) vs. FC Denver (Colo.) 4:30 p.m. MDT Aurora Public Schools Stadium; Aurora, Colo.
Sept. 23 Azteca FC (Colo.) vs. Denver Metro FC (Colo.) 7 p.m. MDT Aurora Public Schools Stadium; Aurora, Colo.
Sept. 23 Chiapas FC (Ariz.) vs. Inter EmpireWorks FC (Ariz.) 8 p.m. MST Desert West Sports Complex - Field 1; Phoenix, Ariz.
Sept. 23 Ojuelos Jalisco (Ariz.) vs. ALLSTARS SC (Ariz.) 8 p.m. MST Desert West Sports Complex - Synthetic Field; Phoenix, Ariz.
Sept. 24 FC Boulder (Colo.) vs. Harpos FC (Colo.) 3 p.m. MDT Fairview High School; Boulder, Colo.
Sept. 24 Indios Denver FC (Colo.) vs. FC Union Jerez (Colo.) 3:45 p.m. MDT Englewood High School Stadium; Englewood, Colo.
Sept. 24* Colorado Springs FC (Colo.) vs. Colorado Rovers (Colo.) 4:30 p.m. MDT Grace Center for Athletics; Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sept. 24 Colorado Rush (Colo.) vs. Club El Azul (Colo.) 5 p.m. MDT Shea Stadium; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Sept. 24* Fort Collins United (Colo.) vs. FC Greeley (Colo.) 7:30 p.m. MDT Loveland Sports Park; Loveland, Colo.

First Round Bye: Galati FC (Ariz.), Sporting AZ FC (Ariz.)

Pacific Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Sept. 23 Davis Legacy SC (Calif.) vs. Western Nevada Futbol Club (Nev.) 5 p.m. PT Davis Legacy Soccer Complex; Davis, Calif.
Sept. 23 Valley United SC (Calif.) vs. Los Angeles SC (Calif.) 1-0 Forfeit Heritage High School; North Hills, Calif.
Sept. 23 Academica Soccer Club (Calif.) vs. Oakland Pamperos (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Academica Fields; Turlock, Calif.
Sept. 23 Dynamos FC (Calif.) vs. El Farolito (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Dougherty Valley High School; San Ramon, Calif.
Sept. 23 Las Vegas Mobsters FC (Nev.) vs. Pacific Side FC (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Kellogg-Zaher Soccer Complex; Las Vegas, Nev.
Sept. 23 Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.) vs. Outbreak FC (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Lake Forest Sports Park; Lake Forest, Calif.
Sept. 23 IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.) vs. Boise FC Cutthroats (Idaho) 7 p.m. PT Rob Strasser Memorial Field; Portland, Ore.
Sept. 23 Bell Gardens FC (Calif.) vs. La Máquina FC (Calif.) 7:30 p.m. PT John Anson Ford Park; Bell Gardens, Calif.
Sept. 23 Real San Jose (Calif.) vs. Cal Victory FC (Calif.) 7:30 p.m. PT PAL Stadium; San Jose, Calif.
Sept. 23 Vanquish FC (Calif.) vs. C.F. Cachorros USA (Calif.) 8 p.m. PT Great Park, Main Stadium; Irvine, Calif.
Sept. 24 UFA Hawks L.A. (Calif.) vs. Santa Clarita Storm (Calif.) 5:10 p.m PT Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 24 Buena Park FC (Calif.) vs. Newport FC (Calif.) 3 p.m. PT John F. Kennedy High School; La Palma, Calif.
Sept. 24^ SFV Scorpions (Calif.) vs. AC Brea Steaua United (Calif.) 4 p.m. PT Alemany High School; Mission Hills, Calif.
Sept. 24 Newcastle United FC (Calif.) vs. Del Rey City SC (Calif.) 6 p.m. PT SilverLakes Sports Complex; Norco, Calif.
Sept. 24*^ San Pedro Monsters FC (Calif.) vs. Fontana International SC (Calif.) 6:30 p.m. PT Banning H.S. Soccer Stadium; Wilmington, Calif.
Sept. 24 Strikers FC South Coast (Calif.) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Lake Forest Sports Park; Lake Forest, Calif.
Sept. 24 L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) vs. Real Sociedad Royals (Calif.) 7:30 p.m. PT John Anson Ford Park; Bell Gardens, Calif.

* Time changed     ^ Date changed     # Venue changed     + Home team switched

Second Qualifying Round: Oct. 21-22

Third Qualifying Round: Nov. 18-19

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U.S. Open Cup Sep 22, 2017

Sporting Kansas City Brings It All Back Home

Home is a practicality in the world of sports. An advantage. A better option than playing away. But when Sporting Kansas City’s players talk about home, about Children’s Mercy Park and the fans that make it bounce and sing, you get the sense it means a little more than that.

“I don’t even have the words to express what it means to me to win a trophy with this atmosphere and these amazing fans,” said Tim Melia, SKC’s outstanding goalkeeper who conceded just two goals in five games of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup. He forced back tears amid a swirl of blue confetti and that warm feeling of being with people who care about the same things you do. “The feeling is something I want to feel every night of my life. The closeness of the fans and the players here, and what they do for us, it’s just amazing. They’re so much a part of us.”

You can’t blame Melia for getting emotional. Home is a heavy notion. It matters, maybe more than anything. And he had a hard road to the rarefied air of Cup Finals and being ranked among the top goalkeepers in Major League Soccer. It wasn’t too many years ago that he didn’t have a club, that he was willing to entertain whatever offers came his way. But at Children’s Mercy Park on the night he and SKC beat the Red Bulls 2-1 to win a fourth Open Cup, he got a standing ovation just for coming out to warm up.

2017 U.S. Open Cup Champions - Sporting Kansas City

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U.S. Open Cup Sep 21, 2017
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