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Third Round U.S. Open Cup Possible Pairings Announced


CHICAGO (June 12, 2008) — U.S. Soccer has announced the third round possible pairings for the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Results from the second round of play on June 24 will determine the potential matchups and venues for the third round to take place on July 1.

The second round of play includes a total of 16 teams from the United Soccer Leagues (USL) First Division, USL Second Division, Premier Development League (PDL), and United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) set to compete in the U.S. Soccer Federation's National Championship, the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Below are the possible pairings for round three:

Potential Matchup Venue City/State Date Time (local)
Richmond Kickers (USL2)/Western Mass. Pioneers (USL2) at New England Revolution (MLS) TBD TBD July 1 TBD

Potenial Matchup Venue City/State Date Time (local)
Kansas City Wizards (MLS) at Carolina Railhawks (USL1) WakeMed Soccer Park Cary, N.C. July 1 7:30 p.m.
NY Pancyprian Freedoms (USASA)/Real Maryland (USL2) at Kansas City Wizards Blue Valley West Stilwell, Kan. July 1 7:00 p.m.

Potential Matchup Venue City/State Date Time (local)
Cleveland City Stars (USL2)/Minnesota Thunder (USL1) at Chicago Fire (MLS) Toyota Park Bridgeview, Ill. July 1 7:30 p.m.

Potential Matchup Venue City/State Date Time (local)
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL2)/Rochester Rhinos (USL1) at DC United (MLS) Maryland SoccerPlex Gaithersburg, Md. July 1 7:30 p.m.

Potential Matchup Venue City/State Date Time (local)
FC Dallas (MLS) at Atlanta Silverbacks (USL1) RE/MAX Stadium Atlanta, Ga. July 1 7:55 p.m.
Miami FC (USL1) at FC Dallas (MLS) Pizza Hut Park Frisco, Tex. July 1 7:30 p.m.

Potential Matchup Venue City/State Date Time (local)
Houston Dynamo (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL1) Blackbaud Stadium Charleston, S.C. July 1 7:30 p.m.
Houston Dynamo (MLS) at Charlotte Eagles (USL2) UNC-Charlotte Charlotte, N.C. July 1 7:00 p.m.

Potential Matchup Venue City/State Date Time (local)
New York Red Bulls (MLS) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL2) Hempfield High School Landisville, Pa. July 1 7:05 p.m.
New York Red Bulls (MLS) at Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL2) UMBC Catonsville, Md. July 1 7:30 p.m.

Potential Matchup Venue City/State Date Time (local)
Chivas USA (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (USL1) Starfire Sports Complex Tukwila, Wash. July 1 7:00 p.m.
Hollywood United (USASA) vs. Chivas USA (MLS) TBD TBD July 1 TBD

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

2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
June 10    First Round                     32 lower division teams enter tournament
June 24    Second Round               16 Round 1 winners face off
July 1        Third Round Round       2 winners face eight MLS teams
July 8        Quarterfinals Round      3 winners
Aug. 12     Semifinals                       Quarterfinal winners
Aug. 26     Final                                  Semifinal winners

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