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Third Round U.S. Open Cup Possible Pairings Announced


CHICAGO (June 11, 2009) — U.S. Soccer has announced the third round possible pairings for the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Results from the second round of play on June 16 will determine the matchups and venues for the third round to take place on June 30.

The second round of play includes eight teams from the United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL1), four from the USL Second Division (USL2), and three clubs from the Premier Development League (PDL); only one side from the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) remains to fill out the 16-team bracket.

The second round matchups are as follows:

2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Second Round Matchups

No.

Date Matchup Venue Location Time (local)
17 June 16 Western Mass. Pioneers (USL2) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL2) Skyline Sports Complex Harrisburg, Pa. 7:05 p.m.
18 June 16 Real Maryland FC (USL2) at Ocean City Barons (PDL) Carey Stadium Ocean City, N.J. 7 p.m.
19 June 16 Wilmington Hammerheads (USL2) at Carolina RailHawks (USL1) WakeMed Soccer Park Cary, N.C. 7 p.m.
20 June 16 Charleston Battery (USL1) at Miami FC (USL1) Tropical Park Miami, Fla. 8 p.m.
21 June 16 Cleveland City Stars (USL2) at Rochester Rhinos (USL1) Rochester Rhinos Stadium Rochester, N.Y. 7 p.m.
22 June 16 Chicago Fire PDL (PDL) at Minnesota Thunder (USL1) National Sports Center Blaine, Minn. 7:05 p.m.
23 June 16 El Paso Patriots (PDL) at Austin Aztex (USL1) Nelson Field Austin, Texas 7:30 p.m.
24 June 16 Portland Timbers (USL1) at Sonoma County Sol (USASA-Calif.) Santa Rosa High School Santa Rosa, Calif. 7 p.m.

Below are the possible pairings for round three:

Date Potential Matchup in Group 1 Venue Location Time (local)
June 30  Harrisburg City Islanders (USL2) at New England Revolution (MLS) Willowbrook Park New Britain, Conn. 7 p.m.
June 30  Western Mass. Pioneers (USL2) at New England Revolution (MLS) Willowbrook Park New Britain, Conn.  7 p.m.

Date Potential Matchups in Group 2 Venue Location Time (local)
June 30 Ocean City Barons (PDL) at DC United (MLS) Maryland Soccerplex Boyds, Md. 7:30 p.m.
June 30 Real Maryland FC (USL2) at DC United (MLS) Maryland Soccerplex Boyds, Md. 7:30 p.m.

Date Potential Matchups in Group 3 Venue Location Time (local)
June 30 Chicago Fire (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (USL1) WakeMed Soccer Park Cary, N.C. 7 p.m.
June 30 Chicago Fire (MLS) at Wilmington Hammerheads Legion Stadium Wilmington, N.C. 7 p.m.

Date Potential Matchups in Group 4 Venue Location Time (local)
June 30 Chivas USA (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL1) Blackbaud Stadium Charleston, S.C. 7:30 p.m.
June 30 Chivas USA (MLS) at Miami FC (USL1) Lockhart Stadium Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 8 p.m.

Date Potential Matchups in Group 5 Venue Location Time (local)
June 30 Columbus Crew (MLS) at Rochester Rhinos (USL1) Rochester Rhinos Stadium Rochester, N.Y. 7 p.m.
June 30 Cleveland City Stars (USL1) at Columbus Crew (MLS) Crew Stadium Columbus, Ohio 7:30 p.m.

Date Potential Matchups in Group 6 Venue Location Time (local)
June 30 Kansas City Wizards (MLS) at Minnesota Thunder (USL1) National Sports Center Blaine, Minn. 7:05 p.m.
June 30 Chicago Fire PDL (PDL) at Kansas City Wizards (MLS) Shawnee Mission North H.S. Overland Park, Kan. 7:30 p.m.

Date Potential Matchups in Group 7 Venue Location Time (local)
June 30 Houston Dynamo (MLS) at Austin Aztex (USL1) Nelson Field Austin, Texas 7:30 p.m.
June 30 Houston Dynamo (MLS) at El Paso Patriots (PDL) Patriot Stadium El Paso, Texas 8 p.m.

Date Potential Matchups in Group 8 Venue Location Time (local)
June 30 Sonoma County Sol (USASA-Calif.) at Seattle Sounders (MLS) Starfire Sports Complex Tukwila, Wash. 7 p.m.
June 30 Seattle Sounders (MLS) at Portland Timbers (USL1) PGE Park Portland, Ore. 7 p.m.

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.

Composition of participating teams:
8 Major League Soccer
8 United Soccer Leagues First Division
8 United Soccer Leagues Second Division
16 Amateur (8 USL Premier Development League, 8 USASA regional qualifiers)
Total Number of Teams: 40
Total Number of Games: 39

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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