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Third Round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Possible Pairings Announced


CHICAGO (June 20, 2007) – U.S. Soccer has announced the third round possible pairings for the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The third round of the historic tournament will take place on July 10, with one match possibly on July 11 and one on July 15.

Eight teams from Major League Soccer will join the Open Cup in the third round, facing the winners of the second round matches, which will be determined on June 26.

The tournament initially kicked off on June 12, with 32 teams from the United Soccer Leagues First Division, USL Second Division, Premier Development League and United States Adult Soccer Association ranks. The final match of the Open Cup will be played on Tuesday, October 2.

2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule/Results

THIRD ROUND MATCHES
#    Date      Teams                                                                                         Venue; City                        Time
25 July 11   D.C. United (MLS) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2)   Hempfield High School Stadium;  Greensburg, Pa. 7:30 p.m. ET
     OR
     July 10   Ocean City Barons (PDL) at D.C. United (MLS)                   Maryland Soccerplex; Germantown, Md. 7:30 p.m. ET
26 July 10   N.E. Revolution (MLS) at Rochester Rhinos (USL-1)         PAETEC Park; Rochester, N.Y. 7:35 p.m. ET
      OR
      July 10   N.E. Revolution (MLS) at Western Mass Pioneers (USL-2) Lusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass. 7:30 p.m. ET
27 July 10    Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) at Cleveland City Stars (USL-2) Krenzler Stadium; Cleveland, Ohio 7 p.m. ET
      OR
       July 10   Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) at Richmond Kickers (USL-2) University of Richmond Stadium; Richmond, Va. 7 p.m. ET
28  July 15   Chicago Fire (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (USL-1)           SAS Soccer Park; Cary, N.C. 5 p.m. ET
       OR
      July 15   Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) at Chicago Fire (MLS)        Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill. 3 p.m. CT
29 July 10   Atlanta Silverbacks (USL-1) at FC Dallas (MLS)                   Pizza Hut Park; Frisco, Texas 7:30 p.m. CT
      OR
      July 10   Charlotte Eagles (USL-2) at FC Dallas (MLS)                      Pizza Hut Park; Frisco, Texas 7:30 p.m. CT
30 July 10   Houston Dynamo (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL-1)     Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
      OR
      July 10   Houston Dynamo (MLS) at El Paso Patriots (PDL)             Patriots Stadium; El Paso, Texas 7:30 p.m. MT
31 July 10   Colorado Rapids (MLS) at Minnesota Thunder (USL-1)   James Griffin Stadium; St. Paul, Minn. 7:05 p.m. CT
     OR
     July 10   California Victory (USL-1) at Colorado Rapids (MLS)         Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo. 7 p.m. MT
32 July 10   CD Chivas USA (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (USL-1)         Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash. 7 p.m. PT
     OR
     July 10   CD Chivas USA (MLS) at Portland Timbers (USL-1)          PGE Park; Portland, Ore. 7 p.m. PT

SECOND ROUND MATCHES
#    Date Teams Venue; City Time
17 June 26 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) at Ocean City Barons (PDL) Carey Stadium; Ocean City, N.J. 7:30 p.m. ET
18 June 26 Western Mass Pioneers (USL-2) at Rochester Rhinos (USL-1) PAETEC Park; Rochester, N.Y. 7:35 p.m. ET
19 June 26 Cleveland City Stars (USL-2) at Richmond Kickers (USL-2) Univ. of Richmond Stadium; Richmond, Va. 7 p.m. ET
20 June 26 Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) at Carolina Rail Hawks (USL-1) SAS Soccer Park; Cary, N.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
21 June 26 Charlotte Eagles (USL-2) at Atlanta Silverbacks (USL-1) Remax Greater Atlanta Stadium; Atlanta, Ga. 7:55 p.m. ET
22 June 26 El Paso Patriots (PDL) @ Charleston Battery (USL-1) Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
23 June 26 California Victory (USL-1) at Minnesota Thunder (USL-1) James Griffin Stadium; St. Paul, Minn. 7:05 p.m. CT
24 June 26 Portland Timbers (USL-1) at Seattle Sounders (USL-1) Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash. 7 p.m. PT

Geographical pairings and host proposals received from each club determined third round Open Cup match-ups, as they will through the quarterfinals of the tournament. 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.

2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
June 26    Second Round 16 Round 1 winners face off
July 10      Third Round Round 2 winners face eight MLS teams
Aug. 7       Quarterfinals Round 3 winners
Sept. 4      Semifinals Quarterfinal winners
Oct. 2        Final Semifinal winners

Composition of participating teams:
8 Major League Soccer
9 United Soccer Leagues First Division
7 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

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