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2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule

Qualifying Deadline

Date: March 29

Initial Pairings Announcement

Date: April 8 Play-In and First Round games as well as Second Round possibilities announced.

Play-In Round

Number of Games: 2 Date: April 22-26 Participants: Lone US Club Soccer and USSSA representatives each will face the USASA side geographically closest to it.

First Round

Number of Games: 21 Date: May 13 Participants: Two winners from Play-In Round are joined by remaining 40 amateur sides. Description: Teams will be paired geographically with the restriction that teams from the same qualifying pool (e.g. USASA regional qualifiers, PDL, NPSL, etc.) cannot be paired to play each other.

Second Round

Number of Games: 21 Date: May 20 Participants: Winners of 21 First Round games face 21 USL PRO clubs. Description: At the time the First Round pairings are made, each USL PRO team will be matched geographically to a specific First Round pairing and be scheduled to play its winner.

Third Round

Number of Games: 15 Date: May 27 Participants: Winners of 21 Second Round games are joined by nine NASL sides. Description: After each Second Round matchup has been determined, each NASL team will be paired geographically to a specific Second Round matchup and be scheduled to play its winner. The 12 remaining Second Round matchups not paired with a Division II side will be paired up geographically, with the winners playing each other.

Fourth Round

Number of Games: 16 Date: June 16-17 Participants: Winners from 15 Third Round games are joined by 17 MLS clubs. Description: After each Third Round matchup has been determined, 15 of 17 MLS teams will be paired geographically to a specific Third Round matchup and be scheduled to play these winners, while two MLS teams will face each other to complete the bracket.

Fifth Round Draw

Date: June 18 The Fourth Round winners will be divided geographically (regardless of league affiliation) into groups of four, with teams who have a shared-ownership affiliation precluded from being in the same group. A random draw will determine the pairings within each group, resulting in a fixed bracket for the remainder of the tournament. Should two ownership-affiliated teams reach the semifinal round and be scheduled to face each other, the matches will be re-drawn after the quarterfinals to avoid this outcome.

Fifth Round

Number of Games: 8 Date: June 30-July 1 Fourth Round winners face each other as determined by the Fifth Round Draw.

Quarterfinals

Date: July 21-22

Semifinals

Date: Aug. 11-12

Final

Date: Sept. 29 or 30

Note: The day following each of the dates listed above is reserved as a make-up date in the event of a weather postponement.

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