CHICAGO (Friday, June 10, 2005) – U.S. Soccer announced the second round pairings for the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup today. Four teams from the United Soccer Leagues Second Division and four from the USL First Division will play the winners of the June 15 first round games.
All eight of the second round matches will be played on Wednesday, June 29, and a full schedule is listed below.
The first ever qualifying round, added in 2005 to accommodate the expansion of the tournament by two teams to 42 from 40, was played Wednesday, June 8, with a pair of United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) regional qualifiers advancing past USL Premier Development League teams.
The first qualifying match saw Roma of Garland, Texas, top the Cocoa Beach Expos by a 7-2 margin in Cocoa Beach, Fla., as three Cocoa players were sent off - including former Miami Fusion (MLS) players Pete Marino and Ivan McKinley. Jamie Harrigan, Patrick Shamu, Juan Sastoque, all former Dallas Sidekicks (MISL) players, scored two goals apiece for Roma.
In the second game of the night on the other coast, the Salinas Valley Samba topped the Cascade Surge 4-2 on penalties in Salem, Ore. after the score stayed knotted at 1-1 after 120 minutes included regulation and overtime. The Surge scored first in the 26th minute as Andriy Budnyy assisted on Tony Chavez's goal for a 1-0 lead, but seven minutes later Samba answered with Jeffery Stepan scoring to tie the game at 1-1.
All 12 MLS teams are part of the 42-team field, and with four clubs joining the tournament beginning in the third round on July 13. All eight of the eligible USL First Division teams, six of the nine USL Second Division teams and eight teams from the PDL qualified for the 2005 tournament. Additionally, regional qualifying narrowed down the field of USASA teams to eight.
Geographical pairings and host proposals received from each club determined match-ups, as they will through the quarterfinals of the tournament. Possible pairings for the third round will be announced after the completion of the first round.
At stake in the tournament is $180,000 in prize money broken down as follows: $100,000 to the champion, $50,000 to the runner up and $10,000 to the team which advances deepest in the tournament from each of the Division II, Division III and amateur levels.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation’s National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. It is the oldest annual team tournament in U.S. sports history and among the oldest soccer tournaments of its type in the world. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor long-time soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.
2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule/Results
Third Round July 13 Second Round winners vs. 4 USL First Division, 4 MLS
Fourth Round Aug. 3 Third Round winners vs. 8 MLS
Quarterfinals Aug. 24 Fourth Round winners
Semifinals Sept. 14 Quarterfinal winners
Final Sept. 28 Semifinal winners
MLS (12): Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy, MetroStars, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes;
USL Division I (8): Atlanta Silverbacks, Charleston Battery, Minnesota Thunder, Portland Timbers, Richmond Kickers, Rochester Raging Rhinos, Seattle Sounders, Virginia Beach Mariners
USL Division II (6): Charlotte Eagles, Cincinnati Kings, Long Island Rough Riders, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Western Mass, Wilmington Hammerheads
USL Premier Development League (8): Cascade Surge, Chicago Fire Premier, Cocoa Expos, Des Moines Menace, El Paso Patriots, Ocean City Barons, Orange County Blue Star, Richmond Kickers Future
USASA (8): AAC Eagles (Chicago, Ill.), Azzurri FC (Reg. III; Dallas), Baltimore Colts (Reg. I; Fallston, Md.), NY Greek American Atlas (Reg. I; Bayside, N.Y.), Roma (Reg. III; Garland, Texas), Salinas Valley Samba (Reg. IV; Salinas, Calif.), Sonoma County Sol (Reg. IV; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Indiana Reggae Boyz (Reg. II; Indianapolis, Ind.)
Italics indicate eliminated team