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2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open cup Field Set With 42 Teams



Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Teams to
Compete in Qualifying Round;
Fourteen More Teams Join Fold on June 7 for First Round

CHICAGO (Wednesday, May 31) – U.S. Soccer has announced the qualifying and first round pairings for the 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup today. Teams from the United Soccer Leagues Second Division and Premier Development League join regional qualifiers from the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) as 18 teams will see action over the next two weeks.

A qualifying round was added in 2005 to accommodate the expansion of the tournament by two teams to 42 from 40 due to the entrance of the two first-year Major League Soccer teams into the tournament. Two teams each that qualified through the USASA and PDL will playoff for spots in the first round on June 14. The second-place teams from USASA Regions I and II, along with the runners-up from the PDL Eastern and Central Conferences, were selected in advance to play in the earlier round.

The U.S. Open Cup officially kicks off on June 7 at 5:45 p.m. ET in Baltimore, Md., as Allied SC (USASA) hosts the Cape Cod Crusaders (PDL) at Du Burns Arena. The second match of qualifying sees the Croatian Eagles (USASA) of Franklin, Wisc., travel to Iowa to face the Des Moines Menace (PDL) later that day at 7:30 p.m. CT at Waukee High School Stadium in Waukee, Iowa.

Professional clubs Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Second Division join the fray on June 14 in the First Round of the tournament, along with the qualifying round winners and the remaining 12 amateur teams. A complete first round schedule is available below.

All 12 MLS teams are part of the 42-team field, with four clubs joining the tournament beginning in the third round on July 12. Joining the tournament for the first time is USL First Division expansion side Miami FC, who counts legendary Brazilian striker Romario among the team’s ranks.

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 second round will be announced after the completion of the qualifying 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.

2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule

QUALIFYING ROUND MATCHES
# Date Teams Venue; City Time
1 June 7 Cape Cod Crusaders (PDL) at Allied SC (USASA) Du Burns Arena; Baltimore, Md. 5:45 p.m. ET
2 June 7 Croatian Eagles (USASA) at Des Moines Menace (PDL) Waukee High School Stadium; Waukee, Iowa 7:30 p.m. CT

FIRST ROUND MATCHES
# Date Teams Venue; City Time
3 June 14 Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL2) at Michigan Bucks (PDL) Rochester Adams High School; Rochester Hills, Mich. 7:30 p.m. ET
4 June 14 Va. Beach Submariners (PDL) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL2) Legion Sports Complex; Wilmington, N.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
5 June 14 Allied SC (USASA) at Carolina Dynamo (PDL) Macpherson Stadium; Browns Summit, N.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
or
Cape Cod Crusaders (PDL) at Carolina Dynamo (PDL) Macpherson Stadium; Browns Summit, N.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
6 June 14 Roma FC (USASA) at Laredo Heat SC (PDL) UISD Student Activity Complex; Laredo, Texas 8 p.m. CT
7 June 14 Milford International (USASA) at Chicago Lightning (USASA) Loyola University Soccer Park; Chicago, Ill. 8 p.m. CT
8 June 14 Dallas Mustang Legends (USASA) at Des Moines Menace (PDL) Waukee High School Stadium; Waukee, Iowa 7:30 p.m. CT
or
Croatian Eagles (USASA) v. Dallas Mustang Legends (USASA) Site TBD
9 June 14 BYU Cougars (PDL) at Arizona Sahuaros (USASA) Grand Canyon University Soccer Field; Phoenix, Ariz. 7:30 p.m. PT
10 June 14 Ogden Outlaws (PDL) at Sonoma County Sol (USASA) Ernie Nevers Field; Santa Rosa, Calif. 8 p.m. PT

Future Dates
Second Round   June 28   First Round winners vs. 4 USL Second Division, 4 USL First Division
Third Round        July 12    Second Round winners vs. 4 USL First Division, 4 MLS
Fourth Round      Aug. 2     Third Round winners vs. 8 MLS
Quarterfinals       Aug. 23   Fourth Round winners
Semifinals           Sept. 6    Quarterfinal winners
Final                     Sept. 27  Semifinal winners


Qualified Teams
MLS (12): Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, Real Salt Lake

USL Division I (8): Atlanta Silverbacks, Charleston Battery, Miami FC, Minnesota Thunder, Portland Timbers, Rochester Raging Rhinos, Seattle Sounders, Virginia Beach Mariners

USL Division II (6): Charlotte Eagles, Cincinnati Kings, New Hampshire Phantoms, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Richmond Kickers, Wilmington Hammerheads

USL Premier Development League (8): BYU Cougars, Cape Cod Crusaders, Carolina Dynamo, Des Moines Menace, Laredo Heat, Michigan Bucks, Ogden Outlaws, Virginia Beach Submariners

USASA (8): Allied SC (Reg. I; Baltimore, Md.), Arizona Sahuaros (Region IV; Phoenix, Ariz.), Chicago Lightning (Reg. II; Chicago, Ill.), Croatian Eagles (Reg. II; Franklin, Wisc.), Dallas Mustang Legends (Reg. III; Dallas, Texas), Milford International (Reg. I; Bridgeport, Conn.), Roma FC (Reg. III; Garland, Texas), Sonoma County Sol (Region IV; Santa Rosa, Calif.)

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