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Possible Quarterfinal Pairings for 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Set


CHICAGO (June 18, 2009) – U.S. Soccer has determined the possible pairings for the quarterfinals of the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The matches will be played on July 7 and feature the winners of the tournament’s third round matches, to be played on June 30 and July 1 across the United States.

Eight MLS teams enter the tournament in the third round, including defending champions D.C. United and four-time Open Cup champion Chicago Fire. One PDL team remains standing after the Ocean City Barons upset Real Maryland F.C., while for the second year in a row two USL2 teams also advanced to the third round. With six of the eight MLS teams having to travel as the away team, the next round is filled with possible upsets in the making.

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 national annual tournament for team sports in U.S. 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.

U.S. Open Cup Possible Quarterfinal Pairings:

Date Possible Matchup Time Venue Location
July 7 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL2)/New England Revolution (MLS) at D.C. United (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Maryland Soccerplex Boyds, Md.
or Ocean City Barons (PDL) at New England Revolution (MLS TBD TBD TBD
or Ocean City Barons (PDL) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL1) 7:05 p.m. Skyline Sports Complex Harrisburg, Pa.
July 7 Chicago Fire (MLS)/Wilmington Hammerheads (USL2) at Rochester Rhinos (USL1) 7 p.m. ET Rochester Rhinos Stadium Rochester, N.Y.
or Columbus Crew (MLS) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL2) 7 p.m. ET Legion Stadium Wilmington, N.C.
or Columbus Crew (MLS) at Chicago Fire (MLS) 7:30 p.m. CT Shea Stadium Peooria, Ill.
July 7 Houston Dynamo (MLS)/Austin Aztex (USL1) at Chivas USA (MLS) 7:30 p.m. PT Home Depot Center Carson, Calif.
or Houston Dynamo (MLS)/Austin Aztex (USL1) at Charleston Battery (USL1) 7:30 p.m. ET Blackbaud Stadium Charleston, S.C.
July 7 Portland Timbers (USL1)/Seattle Sounders (MLS) at Minnesota Thunder (USL1) 7:35 p.m. CT National Sports Center Blaine, Minn.
or Portland Timbers (USL1) at Kansas City Wizards (MLS) 7:30 p.m. CT Shawnee Mission North H.S. Overland Park, Kan.
or Kansas City Wizards (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (MLS) 7 p.m. PT Starfire Sports Complex Tukwila, Wash.

Below are the matchups for round three that will determine who advances to the quarterfinals:

Date Matchup Time  Venue Location
June 30 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL2) at New England Revolution (MLS) 7 p.m. ET  Willowbrook Park New Britain, Conn.
June 30 Ocean City Barons (PDL) at DC United (MLS) 7:30 p.m. ET Maryland Soccerplex Boyds, Md.
June 30 Chicago Fire (MLS) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL2) 7 p.m. ET Legion Stadium Wilmington, N.C.
June 30 Chivas USA (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL1) 7:30 p.m. ET Blackbaud Stadium Charleston, S.C.
June 30 Columbus Crew (MLS) at Rochester Rhinos (USL1) 7 p.m. ET Rochester Rhinos Stadium Rochester, N.Y.
June 30 Kansas City Wizards (MLS) at Minnesota Thunder (USL1) 7:35 p.m. CT National Sports Center Blaine, Minn.
July 1 Houston Dynamo (MLS) at Austin Aztex (USL1) 7:30 p.m. CT Nelson Field Austin, Texas
July 1 Seattle Sounders (MLS) at Portland Timbers (USL1) 7 p.m. PT PGE Park Portland, Ore.

2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
June 9    First Round                     32 lower division teams enter tournament
June 16    Second Round             16 Round 1 winners face off
June 30    Third Round                  Round 2 winners face eight MLS teams
July 7        Quarterfinals                 Round 3 winners 
July 21/22 Semifinals                    Quarterfinal winners 
Sept. 2       Final                               Semifinal winners

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