U.S. Soccer

Philadelphia's Refugee Lone Stars

There are plenty of fine soccer fields in and around Philadelphia for those with the dough to rent them. But Junior Lone Star FC, 2017 U.S. Open Cup debutantes, train in the dim shadows. “Sometimes you show up and the lights aren’t even on,” said captain and striker Anthony Allison. Fatoma Turay, the team’s midfield schemer, agreed: “You leave important stuff, don’t want to miss training, you get there and it’s dark.”

The club trains every day that weather and circumstance allow in a public park on a gritty corner of Philly. Founded in 2001 by West African immigrants, most of them refugees from war-ravaged Liberia, the club took its name from the Liberian national team known as the Lone Stars. Adversity is nothing new to Junior Lone Star’s players, their coaches, or the supporters who call the rougher edges of Southwest Philadelphia home.

When the lights don’t come on, the players move a little closer to the basketball court that’s always lit. When there’s someone on the rock-hard dirt soccer field, surrounded by tattered fencing, they compromise. They share. “We take half the field and they take half,” said coach and founder Bobby Ali. And when it rains, and the dirt turns to slurry, Junior Lone Star play in the mud. “We improvise,” said club president Paul Konneh III.


“Southwest Philly is a typical black neighborhood with problems,” said Turay, who hails from Sierra Leone and came to America in his early teens. The neighborhood, on the banks of the Schuylkill River below Baltimore Ave, has long been a haven for West African refugees and immigrants. It’s also plagued by crime, with above-average robbery, drug and murder stats. “When we look around at some of the teams we play against, they have everything. They have luxuries. But us, we got bumps and ruts and you have to take three touches just to get the ball under control.”

Turay remembers his first touches of a soccer ball. They came thousands of miles away on the streets of Koidu in eastern Sierra Leone. “I must have been only six and I was sitting on the ground watching my older brothers play and they needed an extra.” He jumped up and joined in, paying close attention to the commands of the older boys. “They insisted that when I got the ball I pass it on to someone else – ‘just keep it moving’ they said. I’ve been doing that ever since and it’s why I’m a playmaker now!”

On the field, off the streets
Even in a land of opportunity like America, opportunities are relative. “When I first came to Philadelphia, there was nothing for the African kids who were here, and they would get into all sorts of crazy stuff in the streets,” said coach Ali, a Liberian immigrant and former goalkeeper. He calls Junior Lone Star “his whole heart,” and sounds worn-down from the thankless work, from caring too much and knowing the deck is stacked. “Someone needed to give these kids a chance, to keep them in school. Soccer was a way to do it.”  

Nothing is handed to Junior Lone Star, which started with eleven players at the turn of the century. In the time since, they have emerged as one of the top amateur teams in the city, the region beyond, and now, even the nation. In 2016, one of Junior Lone Star’s young sons, Ghana-born Derrick Jones, signed a professional contract with local Major League Soccer outfit Philadelphia Union.

Family is a word you hear a lot around the club. And perseverance, doing what you have to do, comes naturally to the players. “We don’t make excuses,” said Turay, pivot and passer in a team that likes to attack. “We do what we have to do. We don’t cry because we’re from Southwest and don’t have everything. We deal with it. We can compete with anyone because we’re good and we know where we come from.”


For Allison, who starred for the Wilmington University Wildcats before professional stints in Puerto Rico and Sweden, Junior Lone Star is much more than a club. “I grew up in this,” he said of his first club, now with three teams and over 70 players. “This is family. It’s not just a team you play for; it’s who we are. We helped build it. We have fun and look out for each other here in Southwest. And we’re all Lone Star.”

“The younger kids look up to us,” said Turay about the next generation breaking into the first team, some of them still in high school and refusing the offers from local clubs with more money and reliable lighting. “We’re older brothers to them. We look out for them. A big part of this is keeping these kids off the street.”

Away days “like heaven”
Junior Lone Star will reach a milestone in May when they travel to coastal New Jersey to take on the Ocean City Nor’easters in the First Round of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup. The Nor’easters have been strong in recent years, upsetting five full-professional sides at the home field they call the Beach House. But the young men from Southwest Philadelphia are used to playing against touted teams in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). And they’re ready. “We’re not afraid of anyone,” said Turay. Allison agreed: “We love playing away. It’s like heaven for us. We play better.”

For the young ones in the side who look for guidance from Turay and Allison, and coach Ali, with his sad eyes and big heart, it’s a chance for something bigger. Something beyond the problems of the neighborhood: The dream of professional soccer. “For us old guys it’s just another chance to play,” said Turay, not exactly elderly at 31. “But for the kids, it’s a chance to grow and learn. Maybe get seen by someone. They’ll play against more mature players and test themselves. They’ll see what’s out there.”


For President Konneh, a tireless advocate of this indomitable club, there’s a clear point on the horizon. “There’s a lot of excitement,” he said. “There’s no reason we can’t go to the Fourth Round of the Cup and get to play an MLS team, maybe Philadelphia Union!”

Until the big day this May in Jersey, or even a fantasy match-up against the biggest team in the land, the young men from Philly will keep training and playing. In the mud or in the dark, however they need to. “It might not be perfect, but it’s home, and we make it work,” said Allison, a glimmer in his voice, knowing the spirit of Junior Lone Star shines brighter than any floodlight.

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Philadelphia's Refugee Lone Stars

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When the lights don’t come on, the players move a little closer to the basketball court that’s always lit. When there’s someone on the rock-hard dirt soccer field, surrounded by tattered fencing, they compromise. They share. “We take half the field and they take half,” said coach and founder Bobby Ali. And when it rains, and the dirt turns to slurry, Junior Lone Star play in the mud. “We improvise,” said club president Paul Konneh III.


“Southwest Philly is a typical black neighborhood with problems,” said Turay, who hails from Sierra Leone and came to America in his early teens. The neighborhood, on the banks of the Schuylkill River below Baltimore Ave, has long been a haven for West African refugees and immigrants. It’s also plagued by crime, with above-average robbery, drug and murder stats. “When we look around at some of the teams we play against, they have everything. They have luxuries. But us, we got bumps and ruts and you have to take three touches just to get the ball under control.”

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Family is a word you hear a lot around the club. And perseverance, doing what you have to do, comes naturally to the players. “We don’t make excuses,” said Turay, pivot and passer in a team that likes to attack. “We do what we have to do. We don’t cry because we’re from Southwest and don’t have everything. We deal with it. We can compete with anyone because we’re good and we know where we come from.”


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“The younger kids look up to us,” said Turay about the next generation breaking into the first team, some of them still in high school and refusing the offers from local clubs with more money and reliable lighting. “We’re older brothers to them. We look out for them. A big part of this is keeping these kids off the street.”

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For the young ones in the side who look for guidance from Turay and Allison, and coach Ali, with his sad eyes and big heart, it’s a chance for something bigger. Something beyond the problems of the neighborhood: The dream of professional soccer. “For us old guys it’s just another chance to play,” said Turay, not exactly elderly at 31. “But for the kids, it’s a chance to grow and learn. Maybe get seen by someone. They’ll play against more mature players and test themselves. They’ll see what’s out there.”


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Until the big day this May in Jersey, or even a fantasy match-up against the biggest team in the land, the young men from Philly will keep training and playing. In the mud or in the dark, however they need to. “It might not be perfect, but it’s home, and we make it work,” said Allison, a glimmer in his voice, knowing the spirit of Junior Lone Star shines brighter than any floodlight.

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Home teams are determined by a random selection process among those clubs that have applied to host and whose venues meet the minimum tournament requirements. 

In other news, the Open Cup Committee has determined the teams that are not permitted to be matched to each other throughout the tournament (e.g. a non-professional Open Division team and a parent club; a team who receives material technical support from another club) except in the unlikely event that both sides reach the Final. These pairings are: Jacksonville Armada (NASL) and Jacksonville Armada U-23 (NPSL); OKC Energy (USL) and OKC Energy U23 (PDL); San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) and Reno 1868 FC (USL); Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) and Sounders FC U-23 (PDL). Professional teams who are majority-owned or otherwise controlled by higher division professional clubs are expressly excluded from Open Cup competition.

This year's winning team will receive $250,000, a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions' League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will earn $60,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will take home a $15,000 cash prize.

FC Dallas is the defending U.S. Open Cup champion, having earned the club’s second tournament title thanks to a 4-2 victory against the New England Revolution on Sept. 13, 2016, at a sold-out Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer's National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 103 consecutive years dating from 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

2017 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP SCHEDULE

First Round

Date

Game

Time

Venue

May 9

Red Force FC (Fla.) vs. South Florida Surf (PDL)

8:30 p.m. ET

Tropical Park; Miami, Fla.

May 10

Fredericksburg FC (NPSL) vs. Christos FC (Md.)

5 p.m. ET

Univ. of Mary Washington Battleground Stadium; Fredericksburg, Va.

May 10

Atlanta Silverbacks (NPSL) vs. SC United Bantams (PDL)

5 p.m. ET

Atlanta Silverbacks Park; Atlanta, Ga.

May 10

El Farolito (Calif.) vs. Burlingame Dragons FC (PDL)

3 p.m. PT

Boxer Stadium; San Francisco, Calif.

May 10

GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.)

8 p.m. ET

Memorial Field; Portland, Maine

May 10

Western Mass Pioneers (PDL) vs. Boston City FC (NPSL)

7 p.m. ET

Lusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass.

May 10

New Jersey Copa FC (NPSL) vs. FC Motown (N.J.)

7 p.m. ET

Saint John Vianney High School; Holmdel, N.J.

May 10

Charlotte Eagles (PDL) vs. Chattanooga FC (NPSL)

7 p.m. ET

Charlotte Christian School; Charlotte, N.C.

May 10

Carolina Dynamo (PDL) vs. Legacy 76 (NPSL)

7 p.m. ET

Macpherson Stadium; Greensboro, N.C.

May 10

Miami United FC (NPSL) vs. Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.)

7 p.m. ET

Ted Hendricks Stadium; Hialeah, Fla.

May 10

Jacksonville Armada U-23 (NPSL) vs. The Villages SC (PDL)

7 p.m. ET

Patton Park; Jacksonville, Fla.

May 10

Ocean City Nor'easters (PDL) vs. Junior Lone Star FC (Pa.)

7:30 p.m. ET

Carey Stadium; Ocean City, N.J.

May 10

Reading United AC (PDL) vs. Clarkstown SC Eagles (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Exeter Township Senior High School; Reading, Pa.

May 10

Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Ultimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich.

May 10

Derby City Rovers (PDL) vs. Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.)

7:30 p.m. ET

Woehrle Athletic Complex; Jeffersonville, Ind.

May 10

Chicago FC United (PDL) vs. Grand Rapids FC (NPSL)

7 p.m. CT

Martin Stadium (Northwestern Univ.); Evanston, Ill.

May 10

Dutch Lions FC (NPSL) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)

7 p.m. CT

Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility; Conroe, Texas

May 10

FC Wichita (NPSL) vs. Azteca FC (Colo.)

7 p.m. CT

Stryker Soccer Compex; Wichita, Kan.

May 10

Des Moines Menace (PDL) vs. AFC Cleveland (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. CT

Valley Stadium; West Des Moines, Iowa

May 10

Tulsa Athletic (NPSL) vs. Oklahoma City Energy U23 (PDL)

7:30 p.m. CT

Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium; Tulsa, Okla.

May 10

Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) vs. Anahuac FC (Nev.)

7 p.m. PT

Casa Grande High School; Petaluma, Calif.

May 10

Albion SC Pros (NPSL) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Mission Bay High School; San Diego, Calif.

May 10

FC Golden State Force (PDL) vs. Outbreak FC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Citrus College; Glendora, Calif.

May 10

Fresno Fuego (PDL) vs. La Máquina FC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Chukchansi Park; Fresno, Calif.

May 10

Ventura County Fusion (PDL) vs. Moreno Valley Fútbol Club (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Ventura College Sportsplex; Ventura, Calif.

May 10

FC Tucson (PDL) vs. Colorado Rush (Colo.)

7:30 p.m. MST

Kino North Stadium; Tucson, Ariz.

May 10

OSA FC (NPSL) vs. Sounders FC U-23 (PDL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Seattle High School Memorial Stadium; Seattle, Wash.

May 10

L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) vs. San Diego Zest (PDL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Bell Gardens John Anson Ford Park; Bell Gardens, Calif.

Second Round

Date

Game

Time

Venue

May 16

Red Force FC (Fla.) vs. Miami FC (NASL)

8:30 p.m. ET

Tropical Park; Miami, Fla.

   -or-

May 17

South Florida Surf (PDL) vs. Miami FC (NASL)

TBD

Home Team TBD

May 17

Fredericksburg FC (NPSL) vs. Richmond Kickers (USL)

5 p.m. ET

Univ. of Mary Washington Battleground Stadium; Fredericksburg, Va.

   -or-

May 17

Richmond Kickers (USL) vs. Christos FC (Md.)

7 p.m. ET

City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

May 17

Atlanta Silverbacks (NPSL) vs. Charleston Battery (USL)

5 p.m. ET

Atlanta Silverbacks Park; Atlanta, Ga.

   -or-

May 17

Charleston Battery (USL) vs. SC United Bantams (PDL)

7 p.m. ET

MUSC Health Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

May 17

Rochester Rhinos (USL) vs. FC Motown (N.J.)/New Jersey Copa FC (NPSL) winner

7 p.m. ET

Capelli Sport Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.

May 17

Boston City FC (NPSL) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.)/GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) winner

7 p.m. ET

Brother Gilbert Stadium; Malden, Mass.

   -or-

May 17

Western Mass Pioneers (PDL) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.)/GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) winner

7 p.m. ET

Lusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass.

May 17

Miami United FC (NPSL) vs. Jacksonville Armada (NASL)

7 p.m. ET

Ted Hendricks Stadium; Hialeah, Fla.

   -or-

May 17

Jacksonville Armada (NASL) vs. Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.)

7 p.m. ET

Southern Oak Stadium (Jacksonville Univ.); Jacksonville, Fla.

May 17

Carolina Dynamo (PDL) vs. North Carolina FC (NASL)

7 p.m. ET

Macpherson Stadium; Greensboro, N.C.

   -or-

May 17

Legacy 76 (NPSL) vs. North Carolina FC (NASL)

7 p.m. ET

Wanner Stadium; Williamsburg, Va.

May 17

Charlotte Eagles (PDL) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Charlotte Christian School; Charlotte, N.C.

   -or-

May 17

Chattanooga FC (NPSL) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Finley Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn.

May 17

AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL) vs. Indy Eleven (NASL)

7 p.m. ET

Scicluna Field (Eastern Michigan Univ.); Ypsilanti, Mich.

   -or-

May 17

Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. Indy Eleven (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Ultimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich.

May 17

Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.) vs. Louisville City FC (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Rooney Field; Pittsburgh, Pa.

   -or-

May 17

Louisville City FC (USL) vs. Derby City Rovers (PDL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Woehrle Athletic Complex; Jeffersonville, Ind.

May 17

New York Cosmos (NASL) vs. Clarkstown SC Eagles (NPSL)

7 p.m. ET

Rocco B. Commisso Stadium; New York, N.Y.

   -or-

May 17

Reading United AC (PDL) vs. New York Cosmos (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Exeter Township Senior High School; Reading, Pa.

May 17

FC Cincinnati (USL) vs. AFC Cleveland (NPSL)

7 p.m. ET

Nippert Stadium (Univ. of Cincinnati); Cincinnati, Ohio

   -or-

May 17

Des Moines Menace (PDL) vs. FC Cincinnati (USL)

7:30 p.m. CT

Valley Stadium; West Des Moines, Iowa

May 17

Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL) vs. The Villages SC (PDL)/Jacksonville Armada U-23 (NPSL) winner

7:30 p.m. ET

Al Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla.

May 17

Ocean City Nor'easters (PDL) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Carey Stadium; Ocean City, N.J.

   -or-

May 17

Junior Lone Star FC (Pa.) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)

TBD

Home Team TBD

May 17

Grand Rapids FC (NPSL) vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Pat Patterson Field (Crestwood Middle School); Kentwood, Mich.

   -or-

May 17

Chicago FC United (PDL) vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)

7 p.m. CT

Martin Stadium (Northwestern Univ.); Evanston, Ill.

May 17

FC Wichita (NPSL) vs. Saint Louis FC (USL)

7 p.m. CT

Stryker Soccer Compex; Wichita, Kan.

   -or-

May 17

Saint Louis FC (USL) vs. Azteca FC (Colo.)

7 p.m. CT

WWT Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.

May 17

Dutch Lions FC (NPSL) vs. San Antonio FC (USL)

7 p.m. CT

Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility; Conroe, Texas

   -or-

May 17

San Antonio FC (USL) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)

7:30 p.m. CT

Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas

May 17

Tulsa Roughnecks FC (USL) vs. Oklahoma City Energy U23 (PDL)

7 p.m. CT

Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium; Tulsa, Okla.

   -or-

May 17

Tulsa Athletic (NPSL) vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC (USL)

7:30 p.m. CT

Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium; Tulsa, Okla.

May 17

OKC Energy FC (USL) vs. Moreno Valley Fútbol Club (Calif.)

7 p.m. CT

Taft Stadium; Oklahoma City, Okla.

   -or-

May 17

Ventura County Fusion (PDL) vs. OKC Energy FC (USL)

7 p.m. PT

Ventura College Sportsplex; Ventura, Calif.

May 17

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USL) vs. Colorado Rush (Colo.)/FC Tucson (PDL) winner

6 p.m. MT

Weidner Field; Colorado Springs, Colo.

May 17

Fresno Fuego (PDL) vs. Phoenix Rising FC (USL)

7 p.m. PT

Fresno State Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium; Fresno, Calif.

   -or-

May 17

La Máquina FC (Calif.) vs. Phoenix Rising FC (USL)

7 p.m. PT

Santa Ana Stadium; Santa Ana, Calif.

May 17

FC Golden State Force (PDL) vs. Orange County SC (USL)

7 p.m. PT

Citrus College; Glendora, Calif.

   -or-

May 17

Outbreak FC (Calif.) vs. Orange County SC (USL)

7 p.m. PT

Long Beach State Univ.; Long Beach, Calif.

May 17

Albion SC Pros (NPSL) vs. San Diego Zest (PDL)

7 p.m. PT

Mission Bay High School; San Diego, Calif.

   -or-

May 17

Chula Vista FC (Calif.) vs. San Diego Zest (PDL)

7 p.m. PT

Eastlake High School; Chula Vista, Calif.

   -or-

May 17

L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.)/Albion SC Pros (NPSL) winner

7:30 p.m. PT

Bell Gardens John Anson Ford Park; Bell Gardens, Calif.

May 17

Sacramento Republic FC (USL) vs. Anahuac FC (Nev.)/Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) winner

7:30 p.m. PT

Papa Murphy's Park; Sacramento, Calif.

May 17

San Francisco Deltas (NASL) vs. Burlingame Dragons FC (PDL)/El Farolito (Calif.) winner

7:30 p.m. PT

Stanford University; Stanford, Calif.

May 17

OSA FC (NPSL) vs. Reno 1868 FC (USL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

   -or-

May 17

Sounders FC U-23 (PDL) vs. Reno 1868 FC (USL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Sunset Stadium (Sumner H.S.); Sumner, Wash.

First Round                  May 9-10 (PDL, NPSL, Open Division clubs enter)
Second Round             May 16-17 (NASL and USL clubs enter)
Third Round                 May 31 (Winners of 26 Second Round games play each other)
Fourth Round               June 14* (Major League Soccer clubs enter)
Round of 16                 June 28* (matches determined by Round of 16 Draw on June 15)
Quarterfinals                July 11 (window of July 7-16 available for consideration)
Semifinals                    Aug. 9*
Final                             Sept. 20

* Games in this round may be moved up a day

2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Participating Teams

Division I and II Professional Teams Eligible to Participate (43 total):

Division I (19 teams, entering in the Fourth Round) - Major League Soccer: Atlanta United FC, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew SC, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, Minnesota United FC, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City

Division II (24 teams, entering in the Second Round) - North American Soccer League (6): Indy Eleven, Jacksonville Armada, Miami FC, New York Cosmos, North Carolina FC (formerly Carolina RailHawks), San Francisco Deltas; United Soccer League (18 teams): Charleston Battery, Charlotte Independence, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, FC Cincinnati, Harrisburg City Islanders, Louisville City FC, OKC Energy FC, Orange County SC (formerly Orange County Blues), Phoenix Rising FC (formerly Arizona United), Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Reno 1868 FC, Richmond Kickers, Rochester Rhinos, Sacramento Republic FC, Saint Louis FC, San Antonio FC, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Tulsa Roughnecks FC

Open Division Teams (56 total, entering in the First Round):

Local Qualifiers (17 teams, listed alphabetically by state): California (6): Chula Vista FC, El Farolito, La Máquina*, LA Wolves FC*, Moreno Valley Fútbol Club, Outbreak FC*; Colorado (2): Azteca FC, Colorado Rush; Florida (2): Boca Raton Football Club*, Red Force FC; Maryland (1): Christos FC; Massachusetts (1): GPS Omens; Nevada (1): Anahuac FC; New Jersey (1): FC Motown; Pennsylvania (2): Junior Lone Star FC, Tartan Devils Oak Avalon; Texas (1): NTX Rayados

Premier Development League (21 teams): Division Winners: Charlotte Eagles* (N.C.), Des Moines Menace* (Iowa), FC Tucson* (Ariz.), Fresno Fuego (Calif.), GPS Portland Phoenix* (Maine), Michigan Bucks*, OKC Energy U23 (Okla.), Reading United AC* (Pa.), The Villages SC* (Fla.); At-Large Berths: Burlingame Dragons* (Calif.), Carolina Dynamo (N.C.), Chicago FC United (formerly Chicago Fire U-23), Derby City Rovers (Ky.), FC Golden State Force (Calif.), Ocean City Nor’easters (N.J.), San Diego Zest (Calif.), SC United Bantams (S.C.), Sounders FC U-23* (Wash.), South Florida Surf, Ventura County Fusion* (Calif.), Western Mass Pioneers. The PDL is a nationwide league affiliated with the U.S. Adult Soccer Association and opted to use 2016 league results to determine its qualifiers for the 2017 Open Cup.

National Premier Soccer League (18 teams): Qualified via 2016 NPSL playoffs: AFC Cleveland* (Ohio), Albion SC Pros (Calif.), Chattanooga FC* (Tenn.), Clarkstown SC Eagles* (N.Y.), Grand Rapids FC (Mich.), Miami United FC (Fla.), New Jersey Copa FC (N.J.), Sonoma County Sol (Calif.); At-Large Berths: AFC Ann Arbor (Mich.), Atlanta Silverbacks*, Boston City FC (Mass.), Dutch Lions FC (Texas), FC Wichita* (Kan.), Fredericksburg FC* (Va.), Jacksonville Armada U-23 (Fla.), Legacy 76 (Va.), OSA FC (Wash.) Tulsa Athletic (Okla). The NPSL is a nationwide league affiliated with the U.S. Adult Soccer Association and opted to use 2016 league results to determine its qualifiers for the 2017 Open Cup.

* Participated in 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup 
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