Chicago got a big win in Houston and Orlando got some help from Kansas City, but both teams finally clinched playoffs spots and will join North Carolina and Portland in the postseason which will begin on Oct. 7 in Portland. Here is a summary of what took place around the league this weekend.
Orlando Pride vs. Portland Thorns (0-0)
It was a hard-fought match in Orlando on Saturday’s Lifetime Game of the Week but neither team could find the back of the net in the 0-0 draw. The result meant that Orlando would have to wait until Sunday to learn its playoffs fate. With the Seattle loss to Kansas City, Orlando officially booked its first postseason trip in franchise history.
Washington Spirit vs. Boston Breakers (0-3: Dowie, OG (Kallman), Leon)
After a tough season for both teams, the match was about ending the year on a positive note, which Boston did with a win at Washington on Saturday while benefiting from a Spirit own goal. The win was the first for the Breakers on the road this year and it snapped a 13-game winless streak away from home, as well as a five-game losing streak.
Houston Dash vs. Chicago Red Stars (2-3: Brooks, Daly; Hoy, Short, Press)
Despite a late push from Houston for an equalizer in the final minutes, Chicago pulled off the win on the road and clinched its third consecutive postseason appearance. Christen Press and Casey Short scored for Chicago. It was Press’ 11th goal of the season – good for fourth in the league – and Short’s first. It was Short’s third career NWSL goal.
Sky Blue FC vs. North Carolina Courage (1-1: Rodriguez; Hatch)
A game-tying 75th-minute goal from Sky Blue FC’s Raquel Rodriguez meant that North Carolina must wait one more game, and earn a win, to secure the club’s first NWSL Shield. North Carolina and Houston are the only teams in the league that still have two games remaining in its schedule. Wednesday’s North Carolina vs. Houston match is a rescheduled game that was to be postponed due to Hurricane Harvey.
Seattle Reign vs. FC Kansas City (0-1: Groom)
In a matchup of the teams that played for the NWSL Championship in 2014 and 2015, it was once again FC Kansas City that emerged triumphant, this time downing Seattle 1-0 at Memorial Stadium and ending the Reign’s chances for a postseason trip.
WNT Players in NWSL Action
Midfielder Julie Ertz – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Midfielder Lindsey Horan – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Defender Ali Krieger – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Forward Christen Press (capt.) – 90 minutes, GOAL, ASSIST (Chicago Red Stars)
Defender Casey Short – 90 minutes, GOAL (Chicago Red Stars)
Defender Meghan Klingenberg – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Forward Alex Morgan – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (capt.) – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Forward Mallory Pugh – 90 minutes (Washington Spirit)
Forward Sydney Leroux – 90 minutes, ASSIST (FC Kansas City)
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.) – 90 minutes (FC Kansas City)
Midfielder Allie Long – 60 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Midfielder Tobin Heath – 30 minutes (Portland Thorns)
Defender Kelley O’Hara – 90 minutes (Sky Blue FC)
Forward Lynn Williams – 90 minutes (NC Courage)
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe – 90 minutes (Seattle Reign FC)
Midfielder Samantha Mewis – 90 minutes (NC Courage)
Defender Abby Dahlkemper – 90 minutes (NC Courage)
Goalkeeper Jane Campbell – 90 minutes (Houston Dash)
Defender Taylor Smith – 90 minutes (NC Courage)
Did Not Play
Midfielder Rose Lavelle – Hamstring injury (Boston Breakers)
Forward Amy Rodriguez – Torn ACL; Out for the season (FC Kansas City)
Midfielder Carli Lloyd – Ankle injury (Houston Dash)
Midfielder Morgan Brian – Unused substitute (Chicago Red Stars)
For many U.S. Men’s National Team players, the past week was full of action both abroad and back on this side of the Atlantic. The week that was included a milestone goal for a certain young midfielder in Germany, as well as another U.S. Open Cup trophy for the MNT’s Sporting KC trio.
Check out what happened this past week:
At midweek, Christian Pulisic tallied his 10th career Bundesliga goal in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-0 win at Hamburg. With BVB already leading 2-0, Pulisic capped the scoring in the 79th minute, receiving a nice pass from Mahmoud Dahoud before slotting past Christian Mathenia and into the far-side netting. That win combined with Dortmund’s 6-1 victory vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday leaves the club with a two-point lead atop the Bundesliga after six matches.
WATCH: Pulisic Tallies 10th Career Bundesliga Goal
Two days after his 19th birthday, Christian Pulisic scores his 10th career goal for Dortmund! https://t.co/64EuLMbGSk— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) September 20, 2017
Back Stateside that night, Sporting KC’s U.S. MNT trio of Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Benny Feilhaber all went the full 90 minutes to help the club to a 2-1 victory against New York Red Bulls in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final. Zusi provided an assist on the opening goal, finding Latif Blessing whose header beat Ryan Meara in the 25th minute. Feilhaber added the helper on what would be the game-winner, playing a dangerous ball into space for Daniel Salloi, who outraced Meara to poke home into the empty net in the 66th minute.
The win handed Sporting KC’s its fourth all-time U.S. Open Cup title, tying Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders FC’s MLS record for tournament championships.
WATCH: Zusi, Feilhaber Record Assists in U.S. Open Cup Final Win
On Saturday, winger Lynden Gooch recorded his second goal of the season for Sunderland in the side’s 2-1 loss to Cardiff City. The 21-year-old did well to earn a penalty kick just after half time and converted in the 53rd minute to bring things level before the Black Cats eventually fell 2-1.
Back in MLS, midfielder Chris Pontius bagged a brace, scoring the first two goals in Philadelphia Union’s 3-1 win vs. Chicago Fire on Saturday night. In the 10th minute, Pontius got on the end of a cross from Keegan Rosenberry and sent a redirected header past Matt Lampson from the top of the six-yard-box. Pontius would put the game out of reach on the other side of halftime, scooping up Lampson’s spilled rebound on Fafa Picault’s shot from the top of the area in the 55th minute.
MNT teammate Alejandro Bedoya also got involved, gaining a second assist on C.J. Sapong’s 64th minute strike to cap the Union’s output in the 3-1 win.
WATCH: Pontius, Bedoya Lead Union Past Fire
Winger Paul Arriola was also active on Saturday, assisting on the first two goals in Patrick Mullins’ incredible four-goal second half that lifted D.C. United to a 4-0 win vs. San Jose Earthquakes. With the game still 0-0 in the 57th minute, Arriola collected the ball on the right before threading a low pass through the box to find Mullins for a redirected effort past Andrew Tarbell.
Three minutes later, Arriola floated a beautiful ball from the right to Mullins who nodded his second past Tarbell, sending United on to an emphatic 4-0 win.
WATCH: Arriola Bags Two Assists in D.C. United’s 4-0 Win
U.S. MNT captain Michael Bradley also got in on the action, recording an assist in Toronto FC’s 2-1 defeat at New England Revolution. In the 84th minute, Bradley sent a measured ball from the left side of midfield towards the back post, picking out Nicolas Hasler for an equalizing volley.
WATCH: Bradley Records Second Assist of the Season
A full rundown of how U.S. MNT players performed for their clubs this past week:
Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution) – 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Toronto FC (Sept. 23)
Paul Arriola (D.C. United) – 90 minutes, TWO ASSISTS in 4-0 win vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Sept. 23)
DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw at New York City FC (Sept. 23)
Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union) – 90 minutes, ASSIST in 3-1 win vs. Chicago Fire (Sept. 23)
Matt Besler (Sporting KC) – 90 minutes in 2-1 U.S. Open Cup Final win vs. New York Red Bulls (Sept. 20); 89 minutes in 2-1 win vs. LA Galaxy (Sept. 24)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) – 90 minutes in 5-3 loss vs. Montreal Impact (Sept. 20); 90 minutes, ASSIST in 2-1 loss at New England Revolution (Sept. 23)
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 90 minutes in 2-1 loss at RB Leipzig (Sept. 23)
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Real Salt Lake (Sept. 23)
Dom Dwyer (Orlando City SC) – 90 minutes in 3-0 loss at Portland Timbers (Sept. 24)
Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC) – 90 minutes, ASSIST in 2-1 U.S. Open Cup Final win vs. New York Red Bulls (Sept. 20); 27 substitute minutes in 2-1 win vs. LA Galaxy (Sept. 24)
Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas) – 90 minutes in 4-1 loss at Minnesota United FC (Sept. 23)
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) – 90 minutes, GOAL in 2-1 loss vs. Cardiff City (Sept. 23)
Julian Green (Greuther Furth) – 90 minutes in 3-1 loss vs. Nürnberg (Sept. 24)
Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC) – 90 minutes in 4-0 win vs. LA Galaxy (Sept. 20); 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Montreal Impact (Sept. 24)
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge) – 90 minutes in 2-1 win at Sporting Charleroi (Sept. 24)
Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids) – 90 minutes in 2-1 loss at Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Sept. 23)
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – 72 minutes in 6-1 loss at Borussia Dortmund (Sept. 23)
Sean Johnson (New York City FC) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Houston Dynamo (Sept. 23)
Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy) – 39 minutes, RED CARD in 4-0 loss at Atlanta United FC (Sept. 20)
Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls) – 90 minutes in 2-1 U.S. Open Cup Final defeat at Sporting KC (Sept. 20); 59 minutes in 3-2 loss at Columbus Crew SC (Sept. 23)
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – 90 minutes in 4-0 EFL Cup loss at Chelsea (Sept. 20)
Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire) – 78 minutes in 3-1 loss at Philadelphia Union (Sept. 23)
Matt Miazga (Vitesse) – 120 minutes in 0-0 draw (3-5 PK loss) in KNVB Beker at Swift (Sept. 20); 90 minutes in 2-1 win at Ajax (Sept. 23)
Justin Morrow (Toronto FC) – 90 minutes in 5-3 loss vs. Montreal Impact (Sept. 20); 90 minutes in 2-1 loss at New England Revolution (Sept. 23)
Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers) – 87 minutes in 3-0 win vs. Orlando City SC (Sept. 24)
Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union) – 90 minutes, TWO GOALS in 3-1 win vs. Chicago Fire (Sept. 23)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) – 90 minutes, GOAL in 3-0 win at Hamburg (Sept. 20); 64 minutes in 6-1 win vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach (Sept. 23)
Tim Ream (Fulham) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Middlesbrough (Sept. 23)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) – 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Seattle Sounders FC (Sept. 23)
Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Real Salt Lake (Sept. 23)
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) – 90 minutes in 4-0 loss at D.C. United (Sept. 23)
Bobby Wood (Hamburg) – 84 minutes in 3-0 loss vs. Borussia Dortmund (Sept. 20); 90 minutes in 3-0 loss at Bayer Leverkusen (Sept. 24)
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) – 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at Brighton (Sept. 24)
Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) – 90 minutes in 4-0 loss at Atlanta United FC (Sept. 20); 90 minutes in 2-1 loss at Sporting KC (Sept. 24)
Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas) – 66 minutes in 4-1 loss at Minnesota United FC (Sept. 23)
Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) – 90 minutes, ASSIST in 2-1 U.S. Open Cup Final win vs. New York Red Bulls (Sept. 20); 90 minutes, ASSIST in 2-1 win vs. LA Galaxy (Sept. 24)
INJURED/DID NOT PLAY
Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas) – Not in 18 for 4-1 loss at Minnesota United FC (Sept. 23)
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) – Lower Body Tightness; Not in 18 for 5-3 loss vs. Montreal Impact (Sept. 20) or 2-1 loss at New England Revolution (Sept. 23)
John Brooks (Wolfsburg) – Thigh injury; Not in 18 for 1-1 draw vs. Werder Bremen (Sept. 19) or 2-2 draw at Bayern Munich (Sept. 22)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – Hamstring strain; Not in 18 for 2-0 EFL Cup loss at Bristol City (Sept. 19) or 4-0 loss vs. Chelsea (Sept. 23)
Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – Copa MX match at Morelia (Sept. 19) and Liga MX match at Lobos BUAP postponed due to earthquake
Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca) – Copa MX match vs. Atletico Zacatepec (Sept. 20) and Liga MX match vs. Toluca (Sept. 23) postponed due to earthquake
Bill Hamid (D.C. United) – In 18, DNP in 4-0 win vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Sept. 23)
Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – Not in 18 for 4-1 loss at Minnesota United FC (Sept. 23)
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC) – Hamstring Injury; Not in 18 for 2-0 loss at Real Salt Lake (Sept. 23)
Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana) – Copa MX match at Morelia (Sept. 19) and Liga MX match at Lobos BUAP postponed due to earthquake
Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution) – Knee Sprain; Not in 18 for 2-1 win vs. Toronto FC (Sept. 23)
Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna) – Copa MX match vs. Necaxa (Sept. 21) and Liga MX match vs. Necaxa (Sept. 24) postponed due to earthquake
Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town) – Fractured foot; Not in 18 for 1-0 EFL Cup loss at Crystal Palace (Sept. 19) or 0-0 draw at Burnley (Sept. 23)
Last-Minute, 3-2 Comeback Win Over Ireland Propels PNT to Fifth-Place Finish at 2017 World Championships
SAN LUIS, Argentina (Sept. 22, 2017) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team claimed fifth-place at the 2017 IFCPF CP Football World Championships after a last-minute 3-2 comeback victory against Ireland. The USA finished as the tournament’s top team from North or South America and earned its best finish at a major world competition since the 1996 Paralympic Games at which the PNT finished fourth. Stalwart defender David Garza knotted things up in the 60th minute and high school wunderkind Cameron DeLillo scored the game-winning goal in injury time.
The USA got on the board early in a back-and-forth first half. Garza halted a shot from Ireland and in the ensuing build-up, Kevin Hensley hit DeLillo in stride near the half line. DeLillo evaded two Irish defenders and launched a rocket from the top right corner of the box to open the scoring in the seventh minute.
The teams continued to spar, and while the USA parried a series of dangerous attempts from Ireland, the Boys in Green finally broke through in the 22nd minute. After goalkeeper Sean Boyle charged to take on an Irish attacker and stop an attempt, Ireland intercepted the clearance and a lengthy build-up found Irish captain Gary Messett on the left side of the field. He got past two defenders and chipped a long shot to the far post to knot things up 1-1.
A remarkable individual effort gave Ireland the lead just after the half. Dillon Sheridan, one of the tournament’s leading scorers, made a run down the left side of the field, spinning and evading two U.S. defenders. He slotted one inside the far post to put the Irish up 3-2 in the 31st minute.
The USA came painstakingly close to an equalizer as the half wore on. Irish goalkeeper James Gerard Naughton made an athletic save from his knees in the 32nd minute, the green-clad defense cleared a dangerous ball in the air in the 43rd and captain Hensley hit the left post with a shot in the 45th. Two Irish players received yellow cards as they tried to hasten the final whistle.
Salvation came for the PNT in the 60th and final minute. Garza has anchored the U.S. back line for its entire tournament run, but he found himself pressing in the final third at the game’s end closed in. Defender Ben Lindau was the last man back near the half line, and he launched a through ball towards the net that found Garza making a run across the box. Naughton never had a chance at Garza’s diving header that tied the game 2-2.
DeLillo provided the rest of the late-match heroics. Lindau launched another long ball into the box and a one-timed header from Hensley missed, but Tyler Bennett kept the ball alive, and it trickled out to DeLillo near the penalty spot. He rocketed a shot to the near post, clinching the 3-2 USA victory third minute of extra time.
DeLillo finishes the tournament as the team’s leading scorer with five goals.
After a pair of wins against New Zealand, the U.S. WNT players returned to their clubs and will play two (or in the case of North Carolina and Houston, three) games to wrap up the NWSL season. The first-place Courage has a chance to clinch its first NWSL Shield on Sunday with a win and a Portland draw or loss vs. the Pride. With only two weeks left in the regular season, here’s how things look as the finish line of the 2017 season approaches.
Saturday, Sept. 23
Orlando Pride vs. Portland Thorns – 3:30 p.m. ET (TV: Lifetime Game of the Week)
It’s a big game in Orlando for Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris as the Pride will look for a win to secure its spot in the postseason. Meanwhile, Allie Long, Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg, Tobin Heath and the Portland Thorns already have their ticket to the playoffs booked but are looking for three points on the road to earn back-to-back NWSL Shields.
Orlando is unbeaten in their last six home games (4W-2D), and has outscored opponents 18-5 over that stretch. Portland has won three of the last five road games (1L-1D). Orlando has scored 17 goals in the first half of games this season, tied for the second most in the league. Portland has conceded 10 goals in the first half of games this year, tied for the second fewest in the league. Portland has scored 14 goals from set pieces this season, the most in the league. The Pride have conceded 11 goals from set pieces, the third most in NWSL in 2017.
Washington Spirit vs. Boston Breakers – 7 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Coming off a goal and an assist with the WNT on Sept. 19, Mallory Pugh and the Washington Spirit will host Rose Lavelle and the Boston Breakers on Saturday afternoon. Lavelle, who is just getting back into game fitness after being sidelined for almost three months with a hamstring injury, is also coming off a special week where she played in front of friends and family on Tuesday night in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Washington and Boston played to a 2-2 draw on Aug. 12th. Washington has gone winless in their last four home games (2L-2D), while Boston is the only team yet to win on the road this year (7L-4D).
Houston Dash vs. Chicago Red Stars – 8:30 p.m. ET (go90.com)
With a win on Saturday night, the Chicago Red Stars will book their trip to the postseason. Christen Press, Julie Ertz, Alyssa Naeher, Casey Short, Morgan Brian and Sofia Huerta will take on the Houston Dash as they search to earn their consecutive NWSL Playoffs appearance.
The two clubs have split this year with one win each, with the Red Stars taking the most recent match, 2-0 on May 6. Houston has failed to score in their last two home games (2L). The last time they failed to score in three straight home games was April 29-June 19, 2016. Chicago is unbeaten in its last six road games (2W-4D).
Sunday, Sept. 24
Sky Blue FC vs. North Carolina Courage – 6 p.m. ET (go90.com)
It’s a big game for Sam Mewis, Abby Dahlkemper, Lynn Williams, Taylor Smith and the North Carolina Courage as the No. 1 team in the league look to capitalize in their season-long success and clinch the NWSL Shield as the team with the best regular season record in 2017. A win for North Carolina against Kelley O'Hara in New Jersey plus a draw or loss for Portland vs. Orlando would guarantee the top spot for the Courage.
Sky Blue has conceded 21 goals at home, five more than any other team in the league. North Carolina has conceded multiple goals in two straight road games. Abby Dahlkemper has a total crossing accuracy of 59.3%, the highest rate of any player with multiple total crosses. She has sent in 113 total crosses this season, the second most in the league, partially a produce of her taking all the set plays from distance for her club.
Seattle Reign vs. FC Kansas City – 9 p.m. ET (go90.com)
If it hopes to stay in playoff contention, fifth-place Seattle Reign will need a win at home on Sunday evening against Sydney Leroux, Becky Sauerbrunn and FCKC and a little help from Portland and Houston. Megan Rapinoe and the Reign come into the weekend trailing Portland and Orlando by five points. If either of those teams loses or draws in their games, then Seattle will remain alive, but if they both win, then it will enter its Sunday game having already been eliminated from the playoffs.
Kansas City has gone unbeaten in their last three road games (2W-1D). In their previous five away games, they managed to pick up just one point (4L-1D). The Reign have scored nine goals in the 15 minutes leading up to halftime, tied for the most of any team in the league.
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CHICAGO (Sept. 22, 2017) - In the afterglow of a memorable 2017 Final, which ended with MLS’s Sporting Kansas City winning their fourth title on Wednesday, the opening round of Open Division Local Qualifying kicks off this weekend for the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship. Ninety-eight teams will take the field from coast to coast in the history-filled annual tournament, now entering its 105th year.
Some notable matchups include 2017 Cinderella story Christos FC (Md.) taking on local power Aegean Hawks FC (Md.) on Sept. 24 (1 p.m. ET at Troy Park - Field 4 in Elkridge, Md.); FC Boulder (Colo.) hosting Harpos FC (Colo.) at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo. (Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. MDT); and 2016 Open Cup amateur standard bearer La Máquina FC (Calif.) visiting Bell Gardens FC (Calif.) on Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. PT (John Anson Ford Park in Bell Gardens, Calif.)
The Leu Blacks FC (Fla.) vs. FC Kendall (Fla.) game has been postponed due to the original venue (Tropical Park in Miami) no longer being available, the result of scheduling adjustments in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The game is being rescheduled for another date and location still to be determined.
Carpathia FC (Mich.) and Santa Fe Wanderers KC (Kan.) have both proactively withdrawn from the competition due to their inability to field enough players. Their respective opponents, Ann Arbor FC (Mich.) and Stegman's Soccer Club (Minn.), thus automatically advance to the second qualifying round, set for Oct. 21-22.
A number of other schedule changes have been made since the original list of matchups was announced on Aug. 29. Fans are encouraged to review the updated schedule below to confirm the date, time and location of games.
Second Qualifying Round Draw to be Live-Tweeted Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. ET
U.S. Soccer will live-Tweet the draw for the second qualifying round on Monday, Sept. 25, starting at 11 a.m. ET. Fans can follow the action through the official Open Cup Twitter feed @opencup. Exact dates, times and locations for the matches, scheduled for Oct. 21-22, will be announced later that same day.
About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Entering its 105th year, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s National Championship, is the only high-profile competition in American team sports where amateur sides have the opportunity to face professionals in meaningful competition. The tournament is conducted on a single-game, knockout basis and open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. Pro teams enter the competition once the tournament progresses further. The winner receives $250,000 in prize money and a place in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions’ League.
2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Open Division Local Qualifying Schedule
First Qualifying Round: Sept. 23-24
Game (home team listed first)
|None||Carpathia FC (Mich.) vs. Ann Arbor FC (Mich.)||0-1 (forfeit)||None (Carpathia FC withdrew Sept. 12)|
|None||Santa Fe Wanderers KC (Kan.) vs. Stegman's Soccer Club (Minn.)||0-1 (forfeit)||None (Santa Fe Wanders KC withdrew Sept. 19)|
|Sept. 23||Unations FC (Mass.) vs. Safira FC (Mass.)||10 a.m. ET||Burncoat High School; Worcester, Mass.|
|Sept. 23*||Kendall Wanderers (Mass.) vs. Boston Siege FC (Mass.)||2 p.m. ET||Danehy Park; Cambridge, Mass.|
|Sept. 23*||Lynn United (Mass.) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.)||3 p.m. ET||Manning Stadium; Lynn, Mass.|
|Sept. 23||Southie FC (Mass.) vs. Mass United FC (Mass.)||4 p.m. ET||Medford High School; Medford, Mass.|
|Sept. 23#||Salone FC (Pa.) vs. Junior Lone Star U23s (Pa.)||4:30 p.m. ET||West Chester United Turf Field; West Chester, Pa.|
|Sept. 23+||West Chester United (Pa.) vs. Junior Lone Star FC (Pa.)||7:30 p.m. ET||West Chester United Turf Field; West Chester, Pa.|
|Sept. 23||Aurora Borealis Soccer Club (Ill.) vs. United Serbian Soccer Club (Wis.)||7:30 p.m. CT||Ohio Moose Sports Complex; Mooseheart, Ill.|
|Sept. 24||New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) vs. Newtown Pride FC (Conn.)||12 p.m. ET||Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Jamaica, N.Y.|
|Sept. 24||NLS Graduates (Md.) vs. Izee Auto FC (Md.)||1 p.m. ET||Banner Field at Latrobe Park; Baltimore, Md.|
|Sept. 24||Christos FC (Md.) vs. Aegean Hawks FC (Md.)||1 p.m. ET||Troy Park - Field 4; Elkridge, Md.|
|Sept. 24+||Phoenix Soccer Club (Pa.) vs. Upper Darby FC (Pa.)||2:30 p.m. ET||Phoenix Sports Club; Trevose, Pa.|
|Sept. 24*||Vereinigung Erzgebirge (Pa.) vs. United German Hungarians (Pa.)||4 p.m. ET||Vereinigung Erzgebirge Clubhouse; Warminster, Pa.|
|Sept. 24||Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.) vs. Rochester River Dogz (N.Y.)||4 p.m. ET||Rooney Field (Duquesne Univ.); Pittsburgh, Pa.|
|Sept. 24||Jackson Lions FC (N.J.) vs. Lansdowne Bhoys FC (N.Y.)||7:30 p.m. ET||Jackson Justice Complex; Jackson, N.J.|
Game (home team listed first)
|Sept. 23*^#||Majestic Soccer Club (Ga.) vs. Lowcountry United (S.C.)||3:30 p.m. ET||Atlanta United Training Ground; Marietta, Ga.|
|Sept. 23||Central Texas Lobos (Texas) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)||5 p.m. CT||Gregg-Clarke Park; Kyle, Texas|
|Sept. 23||Austin Real Cuauhtemoc (Texas) vs. Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas)||6 p.m. CT||McMasters Athletic Complex; Georgetown, Texas|
|Sept. 23#||Hurricane FC (Fla.) vs. Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.)||7:30 p.m. ET||Seacrest Soccer Complex - Field 1; Delray Beach, Fla.|
|Sept. 24||FC Ginga (Fla.) vs. Red Force FC (Fla.)||10 a.m. ET||Barry University; Miami Shores, Fla.|
|Sept. 24*||South Florida FC (Fla.) vs. Miami United FC U23 (Fla.)||5 p.m. ET||Brian Piccolo Park; Cooper City, Fla.|
|Sept. 24||Orlando Storm (Fla.) vs. InterUnited AC (Fla.)||7 p.m. ET||UCF Soccer & Track Complex; Orlando, Fla.|
|Sept. 24||Gaffa FC (Miss.) vs. Motagua New Orleans (La.)||6 p.m. CT||Freedom Ridge Stadium; Ridgeland, Miss.|
|Sept. 24||Miami Wolves FC (Fla.) vs. Miami Nacional SC (Fla.)||8 p.m. ET||Amelia Earhart Park Field 6, Hialeah, Fla.
|Sept. 24||Leu Blacks FC (Fla.) vs. FC Kendall (Fla.)||8 p.m. ET||Amelia Earhart Park Field 5, Hialeah, Fla.
First Round Bye: Cajun Soccer Club (La.), Nashville United (Tenn.)
Game (home team listed first)
|Sept. 23||Gam United FC (Colo.) vs. FC Denver (Colo.)||4:30 p.m. MDT||Aurora Public Schools Stadium; Aurora, Colo.|
|Sept. 23||Azteca FC (Colo.) vs. Denver Metro FC (Colo.)||7 p.m. MDT||Aurora Public Schools Stadium; Aurora, Colo.|
|Sept. 23||Chiapas FC (Ariz.) vs. Inter EmpireWorks FC (Ariz.)||8 p.m. MST||Desert West Sports Complex - Field 1; Phoenix, Ariz.|
|Sept. 23||Ojuelos Jalisco (Ariz.) vs. ALLSTARS SC (Ariz.)||8 p.m. MST||Desert West Sports Complex - Synthetic Field; Phoenix, Ariz.|
|Sept. 24||FC Boulder (Colo.) vs. Harpos FC (Colo.)||3 p.m. MDT||Fairview High School; Boulder, Colo.|
|Sept. 24||Indios Denver FC (Colo.) vs. FC Union Jerez (Colo.)||3:45 p.m. MDT||Englewood High School Stadium; Englewood, Colo.|
|Sept. 24*||Colorado Springs FC (Colo.) vs. Colorado Rovers (Colo.)||4:30 p.m. MDT||Grace Center for Athletics; Colorado Springs, Colo.|
|Sept. 24||Colorado Rush (Colo.) vs. Club El Azul (Colo.)||5 p.m. MDT||Shea Stadium; Highlands Ranch, Colo.|
|Sept. 24*||Fort Collins United (Colo.) vs. FC Greeley (Colo.)||7:30 p.m. MDT||Loveland Sports Park; Loveland, Colo.|
First Round Bye: Galati FC (Ariz.), Sporting AZ FC (Ariz.)
Game (home team listed first)
|Sept. 23||Davis Legacy SC (Calif.) vs. Western Nevada Futbol Club (Nev.)||5 p.m. PT||Davis Legacy Soccer Complex; Davis, Calif.|
|Sept. 23||Valley United SC (Calif.) vs. Los Angeles SC (Calif.)||1-0 Forfeit||Heritage High School; North Hills, Calif.|
|Sept. 23||Academica Soccer Club (Calif.) vs. Oakland Pamperos (Calif.)||7 p.m. PT||Academica Fields; Turlock, Calif.|
|Sept. 23||Dynamos FC (Calif.) vs. El Farolito (Calif.)||7 p.m. PT||Dougherty Valley High School; San Ramon, Calif.|
|Sept. 23||Las Vegas Mobsters FC (Nev.) vs. Pacific Side FC (Calif.)||7 p.m. PT||Kellogg-Zaher Soccer Complex; Las Vegas, Nev.|
|Sept. 23||Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.) vs. Outbreak FC (Calif.)||7 p.m. PT||Lake Forest Sports Park; Lake Forest, Calif.|
|Sept. 23||IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.) vs. Boise FC Cutthroats (Idaho)||7 p.m. PT||Rob Strasser Memorial Field; Portland, Ore.|
|Sept. 23||Bell Gardens FC (Calif.) vs. La Máquina FC (Calif.)||7:30 p.m. PT||John Anson Ford Park; Bell Gardens, Calif.|
|Sept. 23||Real San Jose (Calif.) vs. Cal Victory FC (Calif.)||7:30 p.m. PT||PAL Stadium; San Jose, Calif.|
|Sept. 23||Vanquish FC (Calif.) vs. C.F. Cachorros USA (Calif.)||8 p.m. PT||Great Park, Main Stadium; Irvine, Calif.|
|Sept. 24||UFA Hawks L.A. (Calif.) vs. Santa Clarita Storm (Calif.)||5:10 p.m PT||Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA|
|Sept. 24||Buena Park FC (Calif.) vs. Newport FC (Calif.)||3 p.m. PT||John F. Kennedy High School; La Palma, Calif.|
|Sept. 24^||SFV Scorpions (Calif.) vs. AC Brea Steaua United (Calif.)||4 p.m. PT||Alemany High School; Mission Hills, Calif.|
|Sept. 24||Newcastle United FC (Calif.) vs. Del Rey City SC (Calif.)||6 p.m. PT||SilverLakes Sports Complex; Norco, Calif.|
|Sept. 24*^||San Pedro Monsters FC (Calif.) vs. Fontana International SC (Calif.)||6:30 p.m. PT||Banning H.S. Soccer Stadium; Wilmington, Calif.|
|Sept. 24||Strikers FC South Coast (Calif.) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.)||7 p.m. PT||Lake Forest Sports Park; Lake Forest, Calif.|
|Sept. 24||L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) vs. Real Sociedad Royals (Calif.)||7:30 p.m. PT||John Anson Ford Park; Bell Gardens, Calif.|
* Time changed ^ Date changed # Venue changed + Home team switched
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