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2019 U.S. Open Cup Second Round Pairings and Host Scenarios Released

CHICAGO (April 17, 2019) – The Second Round pairings and host scenarios have been set for the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship. On May 14 & 15, 25 professional teams from the USL Championship (Division II) will enter the tournament, with 19 of these clubs playing against winners from the First Round of games scheduled for May 7 & 8, while the remaining six pro clubs will face a fellow Division II squad. The exact dates and times for each Second Round matchup will be announced at a later date.

The Third Round, set for May 29, will pit the 22 Second Round winners against one another in regionally determined action, with the opportunity on the line to face a Division I club in the Fourth Round on June 12 when Major League Soccer teams enter the competition. 

Home teams for each round are determined by a random selection process among those clubs that have applied to host and whose venues meet the minimum tournament requirements.

Every game of the 2019 U.S. Open Cup from the First Round through the Final will be available for fans to watch on ESPN+.

2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule

Second Round – May 14 & 15

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

TBD

Hartford Athletic (USLC) vs. New York Cosmos B (NPSL)/Black Rock FC (USLL2) winner

TBD

Al-Marzook Field (Univ. of Hartford); Hartford, Conn.

FC Motown (NPSL) vs. Memphis 901 FC (USLC)

Ranger Stadium (Drew University); Madison, N.J.

   -or-

Memphis 901 FC (USLC) vs. New York Red Bulls U23 (USLL2)

AutoZone Park; Memphis, Tenn.

Erie Commodores FC (NPSL) vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (USLC)

McConnell Family Stadium (Gannon Univ.); Erie, Pa.

   -or-

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (USLC) vs. Dayton Dutch Lions (USLL2)

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

FC Baltimore (NPSL) vs. Birmingham Legion FC (USLC)

Homewood Field (Johns Hopkins Univ.); Baltimore, Md.

   -or-

Birmingham Legion FC (USLC) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.)

BBVA Compass Field; Birmingham, Ala.

Indy Eleven (USLC) vs. Lansing Ignite FC (USLL1)/AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL) winner

Sellick Bowl; Indianapolis, Ind.

North Carolina FC (USLC) vs. Richmond Kickers (USLL1)/Virginia United (Va.) winner

Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

Louisville City FC (USLC) vs. Reading United AC (USLL2)/Philadelphia Lone Star FC (NPSL) winner

Lynn Stadium (Univ. of Louisville); Louisville, Ky.

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

TBD

Greenville Triumph SC (USLL1) vs. Charleston Battery (USLC)

TBD

Legacy Early College Field; Greenville, S.C.

   -or-

Charleston Battery (USLC) vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC (USLL1)

MUSC Health Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

Tampa Bay Rowdies (USLC) vs. Lakeland Tropics (USLL2)/The Villages SC (USLL2) winner

Al Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla.

Nashville SC (USLC) vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 (USLL2)/ Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (USLL1) winner

Dean A. Hayes Track & Soccer Stadium (Middle Tennessee State Univ.); Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Charlotte Independence (USLC) vs. Miami FC (NPSL)/Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.) winner

Mecklenburg County Sportsplex; Matthews, N.C.

Central Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

TBD

Des Moines Menace (USLL2) vs. Saint Louis FC (USLC)

TBD

Cownie Soccer Park; Des Moines, Iowa

   -or-

Saint Louis FC (USLC) vs. Duluth FC (NPSL)

World Wide Technology Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.

OKC Energy FC (USLC) vs. Little Rock Rangers (NPSL)/NTX Rayados (Texas) winner

John Crain Field (Univ. of Oklahoma); Norman, Okla.

Austin Bold FC (USLC) vs. Tulsa Roughnecks (USLC)

Bold Stadium; Del Valle, Texas

San Antonio FC (USLC) vs. Laredo Heat SC (NPSL)/Brazos Valley Cavalry FC (USLL2) winner

Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas

El Paso Locomotive FC (USLC) vs. Bavarian SC (Wis.)/Forward Madison FC (USLL1) winner

Southwest University Ballpark; El Paso, Texas

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USLC) vs. Midland-Odessa Sockers FC (NPSL)/FC Denver (Colo.) winner

Weidner Field; Colorado Springs, Colo.

Phoenix Rising FC (USLC) vs. New Mexico United (USLC)

Casino Arizona Field; Scottsdale, Ariz.

West Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

TBD

Academica SC (Calif.) vs. Frenso FC (USLC)

TBD

Academica Field; Turlock, Calif.

   -or-

El Farolito (NPSL) vs. Frenso FC (USLC)

Boxer Stadium; San Francisco, Calif.

Sacramento Republic FC (USLC) vs. Reno 1868 FC (USLC)

Papa Murphy's Park; Sacramento, Calif.

Las Vegas Lights FC (USLC) vs. Cal FC (Calif.)/FC Mulhouse Portland (NPSL) winner

Cashman Field; Las Vegas, Nev.

Orange County SC (USLC) vs. Orange County FC (NPSL)/FC Golden State Force (USLL2) winner

Orange County Great Park – Championship Soccer Stadium; Irvine, Calif.

First Round – May 7 & 8

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

May 7

Richmond Kickers (USLL1) vs. Virginia United (Va.)

7 p.m. ET

City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

May 7^

New York Red Bulls U23 (USLL2) vs. FC Motown (NPSL)

7 p.m. ET

New York Red Bulls Training Facility; East Hanover, N.J.

May 7^

FC Baltimore (NPSL) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.)

7:45 p.m. ET

Homewood Field (Johns Hopkins Univ.); Baltimore, Md.

May 8

Erie Commodores FC (NPSL) vs. Dayton Dutch Lions (USLL2)

7 p.m. ET

McConnell Family Stadium (Gannon Univ.); Erie, Pa.

May 8

Lansing Ignite FC (USLL1) vs. AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL)

7 p.m. ET

Cooley Law School Stadium; Lansing, Mich.

May 8

Reading United AC (USLL2) vs. Philadelphia Lone Star FC (NPSL)

7 p.m. ET

Alvernia University Stadium; Reading, Pa.

May 8*

New York Cosmos B (NPSL) vs. Black Rock FC (USLL2)

7:30 p.m. ET

Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium (Columbia Univ.); New York, N.Y.

* Date changed 4/11

^ Time changed 4/16

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

May 7

Lakeland Tropics (USLL2) vs. The Villages SC (USLL2)

7 p.m. ET

Lake Myrtle Sports Complex; Auburndale, Fla.

May 7

South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 (USLL2) vs. Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (USLL1)

8 p.m. ET

Erk Russell Park (Georgia Southern Univ.); Statesboro, Ga.

May 8

Greenville Triumph SC (USLL1) vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC (USLL1)

7 p.m. ET

Legacy Early College Field; Greenville, S.C.

May 8

Miami FC (NPSL) vs. Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.)

7 p.m. ET

Buccaneer Field (Barry Univ.); Miami Shores, Fla.

Central Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

May 7

Bavarian SC (Wis.) vs. Forward Madison FC (USLL1)

7:30 p.m. CT

Uihlein Soccer Park; Milwaukee, Wis.

May 7*

Laredo Heat SC (NPSL) vs. Brazos Valley Cavalry FC (USLL2)

8:15 p.m. CT

Texas A&M International Univ.; Laredo, Texas

May 8

Little Rock Rangers (NPSL) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)

7 p.m. CT

Episcopal Collegiate School; Little Rock, Ark.

May 8

Des Moines Menace (USLL2) vs. Duluth FC (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. CT

Cownie Soccer Park; Des Moines, Iowa

May 8

Midland-Odessa Sockers FC (NPSL) vs. FC Denver (Colo.)

7:30 p.m. CT

Grande Communications Stadium; Midland, Texas

* Date changed 4/11

West Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

May 7

Academica SC (Calif.) vs. El Farolito (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Academica Field; Turlock, Calif.

May 7

Cal FC (Calif.) vs. FC Mulhouse Portland (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Calabasas High School; Calabasas, Calif.

May 7

Orange County FC (NPSL) vs. FC Golden State Force (USLL2)

7:30 p.m. PT

Orange County Great Park – Championship Soccer Stadium; Irvine, Calif.

Third Round – May 29*

Fourth Round – June 12*

Round of 16 – June 19* (also June 18-23 if home team chooses and visiting team has at least three non-game days on each side of chosen date, with any overlap of U.S. MNT Gold Cup games on June 18 and June 22 disallowed)

Quarterfinals – July 10*

Semifinals – August 7*

Final – August 27 or 28

* Any game from the Fourth Round through to the Semifinal Round where one of the participants has a league game the following Friday will be moved up a day (exception to this occurs when the team's opponent is scheduled for a league game the preceding Sunday; in this case, the provisions in the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Handbook to determine the match date will prevail). In addition, any game chosen by U.S. Soccer to be broadcast nationally in any round is subject to being moved up a day. The Commissioner has the authority to set outside of the confirmed schedule the date for any match if such a change is in the best interests of the tournament.

This year's winning team will receive $300,000, a berth in the 2020 Concacaf Champions League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will earn $100,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will take home a $25,000 cash prize.

The Houston Dynamo is the defending U.S. Open Cup champion, having earned the club’s first tournament title with a 3-0 victory against the Philadelphia Union on Sept. 26, 2018 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer's National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 105 consecutive years dating from 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

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U.S. Open Cup Apr 17, 2019
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U-23 WNT Opens La Manga Tournament in Spain with 1-0 Win Against Sweden

LA MANGA, Spain (April 5, 2019) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated Sweden 1-0 in its opening game of the 2019 Women’s International U-23 La Manga Tournament as forward Hailie Mace scored the lone goal of the match in the 32nd minute. It was Mace’s first international goal at the U-23 level. The USA will also face the U-23 squads from France on April 7 and Read more
U-23 WNT Apr 12, 2019
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USA Schedule Set for 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship

CHICAGO (April 8, 2019)—The USA will face Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda and Bonaire in Group C play at the 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship from May 13-19 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The top two teams at the tournament will advance to represent Concacaf at the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Asunscion, Paraguay this fall. The USA is seeking its first Beach Soccer World Cup berth Read more
Beach Apr 8, 2019

U.S. Men’s National Team to Face Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and Panama in Group D of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CHICAGO (April 10, 2019) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will begin its quest for a record-tying seventh confederation title when they face Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and Panama in Group D of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, taking place June 15-July 7 in the United States, Costa Rica and Jamaica. 

The MNT opens the 15th edition of the Concacaf Gold Cup with its first trip to Minnesota, taking on Guyana on Tuesday, June 18 at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minn., a venue that has already set the fastest record for a sell-out in tournament history.

Following that match, the U.S. moves east to face Trinidad & Tobago on Saturday, June 22 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland before closing group play against Panama on Wednesday, June 26 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan.

U.S. MNT’s 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Group D Schedule

Date

Opponent

Location

Tuesday, June 18

Guyana

Allianz Field; Saint Paul, Minn.

Saturday, June 22

Trinidad & Tobago

FirstEnergy Stadium; Cleveland, Ohio

Wednesday, June 26

Panama

Children’s Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.

The United States has lifted the Concacaf Gold Cup six times, including the most recent edition in 2017. The MNT won the inaugural tournament in 1991 before being crowned regional champions again in 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2013. Should the USA win the 2019 competition, it would tie Mexico’s record of seven titles.

“I think we have a great and challenging group,” U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter said. “When you prepare yourself to get through a difficult group like this, it sets you up for good things to come. We’re excited to get into camp at the end of May, then develop the team and be able compete in the Gold Cup, which is a fantastic tournament.”

2019 Gold Cup groups

A total of 15 stadiums in 12 metropolitan areas in the United States will host matches throughout the event – Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Saint Paul. For the first time in tournament history, matches will also be held outside North America, with Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica hosting a Group B doubleheader on Sunday, June 16, followed by a Group C doubleheader on Monday, June 17 at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

If the U.S. advances out of the group stage, its quarterfinal match would take place on Sunday, June 30 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa, while its potential semifinal contest would come at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium on Wednesday, July 3. Chicago’s Soldier Field will host the final for the third time on Sunday, July 7. Located within walking distance of U.S. Soccer’s headquarters, the venue previously played host to the MNT’s Gold Cup title wins in 2007 and 2013. 

The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup will run from June 15-July 7, with an expanded field of 16 nations divided into four groups. The top two teams from each group advance to the quarterfinals, with Groups A and B, and Groups C and D crossing over with each other.

First Competition Under Gregg Berhalter
Along with the chance to claim regional supremacy, the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup represents the first competitive matches for the MNT under head coach Gregg Berhalter. Appointed to the job last December, the two-time World Cup veteran has turned his focus towards implementing a distinct style of play, encouraging competition and cultivating a culture within the group. The early results have been positive, with the side registering an unbeaten 3-0-1 record and Berhalter becoming just the second MNT head coach to begin his tenure with three-straight victories.

While this summer’s tournament provides the first competitive set of matches for the MNT under Berhalter, it will also mark the first senior-level tournament for a number of players in the pool, and the initial benchmark for the team in the 2022 FIFA World Cup cycle.

Additional Notes:

  • The June 18 opener in Saint Paul will mark the first-ever meeting between the USA and Guyana at the senior international level. Making their first appearance in the Concacaf Gold Cup, Guyana will be the 98th different nation the MNT will face since beginning play in 1916.
  • The MNT will face Panama for an eighth-consecutive Concacaf Gold Cup, a run that dates back to the 2005 edition. The USA holds a 12-1-6 all-time mark against Panama and is 5-1-4 against Los Canaleros in tournament play.
  • The USA and Panama The teams met earlier this year, with the USA earning a 3-0 victory against Los Canaleros on Jan. 27 in Glendale, Ariz.
  • The June 18 opener at Saint Paul’s Allianz Field will mark the MNT’s first-ever match in Minnesota.
  • The MNT is 2-1-0 all-time at Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium, and last earned a 3-0 victory against Nicaragua to clinch its group during the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup.
  • The USA is 4-0-1 all-time at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan., and 1-0-1 there in Concacaf Gold Cup play.
  • The MNT will meet Trinidad & Tobago in Gold Cup play for the first time since 2007. The USA has an 18-3-4 overall advantage against the Soca Warriors and is 3-0-0 in Gold Cup matches.
  • The U.S. has won the Concacaf Gold Cup six times (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017), second behind Mexico’s seven titles.
  • Since the competition began in 1991, the U.S. has amassed an all-time record of 56-8-9 and gone 30-1-3 in the group stage.
  • The USA has advanced from the group stage in all 14 editions, to the semifinal on 13 occasions and played in the final 10 times.
  • Head coach Gregg Berhalter was part of the USA’s 1998 Concacaf Gold Cup squad, playing the first 45 minutes of a 3-0 group stage win against Cuba on Feb. 1, 1998 in Oakland, Calif.
  • MNT assistant coach Josh Wolff became the first U.S. player to score in a Concacaf Gold Cup final, tallying the opening goal in a 2-0 win against Costa Rica on Feb. 2, 2002 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
  • With nine tournament appearances Wolff was also part of the USA’s 2005 Gold Cup championship squad and also scored in a 3-1 quarterfinal win against Jamaica on July 16, 2006 in Foxborough, Mass.
  • General Manager Earnie Stewart was part of the 2003 Gold Cup squad and scored his final international goal in the USA’s 3-2 comeback victory against Costa Rica in the third-place match on July 26, 2003 in Miami.
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MNT Apr 10, 2019

2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup First Round Pairings Unveiled

CHICAGO (April 10, 2019) – The pairings for the First Round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship, have been determined by U.S. Soccer.

The First Round will commence May 7-8 and consist of six Division III (USL League One) pro clubs and 32 Open Division teams (USL League Two, National Premier Soccer League [NPSL], local qualifiers) in head-to-head, single-elimination competition. Two of the 19 matches are between teams from the same qualifying pool under a First Round provision that allows avoidance of extensive travel at this stage of the tournament.

The Second Round follows on May 14-15 and introduces 25 Division II (USL Championship) professional sides. Division I Major League Soccer teams enter in the Fourth Round on June 12.

Home teams for each round are determined by a random selection process among those clubs that have applied to host and whose venues meet the minimum tournament requirements.

Every game of the 2019 U.S. Open Cup, including those in the First and Second Rounds, will be available for fans to watch on ESPN+.

This year's winning team will receive $300,000, a berth in the 2020 Concacaf Champions League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will earn $100,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will take home a $25,000 cash prize.

The Houston Dynamo is the defending U.S. Open Cup champion, having earned the club’s first tournament title with a 3-0 victory against the Philadelphia Union on Sept. 26, 2018 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer's National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 105 consecutive years dating from 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

2019 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP SCHEDULE

First Round – May 7 & 8

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

May 7

Richmond Kickers (USLL1) vs. Virginia United (Va.)

7 p.m. ET

City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

May 7

New York Red Bulls U23 (USLL2) vs. FC Motown (NPSL)

7 p.m. ET

New York Red Bulls Training Facility; East Hanover, N.J.

May 7

FC Baltimore (NPSL) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.)

7:45 p.m. ET

Homewood Field (Johns Hopkins Univ.); Baltimore, Md.

May 8

Erie Commodores FC (NPSL) vs. Dayton Dutch Lions (USLL2)

7 p.m. ET

McConnell Family Stadium (Gannon University); Erie, Pa.

May 8

Lansing Ignite FC (USLL1) vs. AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL)

7 p.m. ET

Cooley Law School Stadium; Lansing, Mich.

May 8

Reading United AC (USLL2) vs. Philadelphia Lone Star FC (NPSL)

7 p.m. ET

Alvernia University Stadium; Reading, Pa.

May 8 New York Cosmos B (NPSL) vs. Black Rock FC (USLL2) 7:30 p.m. ET Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium (Columbia Univ.); New York, N.Y.

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

May 7

Lakeland Tropics (USLL2) vs. The Villages SC (USLL2)

7 p.m. ET

Lake Myrtle Sports Complex; Auburndale, Fla.

May 7

South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 (USLL2) vs. Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (USLL1)

8 p.m. ET

Erk Russell Park (Georgia Southern Univ.); Statesboro, Ga.

May 8

Greenville Triumph SC (USLL1) vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC (USLL1)

7 p.m. ET

Legacy Early College Field; Greenville, S.C.

May 8

Miami FC (NPSL) vs. Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.)

7 p.m. ET

Buccaneer Field (Barry Univ.); Miami Shores, Fla.

Central Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

May 7

Bavarian SC (Wis.) vs. Forward Madison FC (USLL1)

7:30 p.m. CT

Uihlein Soccer Park; Milwaukee, Wis.

May 7 Laredo Heat SC (NPSL) vs. Brazos Valley Cavalry FC (USLL2) 8:15 p.m. CT Texas A&M International Univ.; Laredo, Texas

May 8

Little Rock Rangers (NPSL) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)

7 p.m. CT

Episcopal Collegiate School; Little Rock, Ark.

May 8

Des Moines Menace (USLL2) vs. Duluth FC (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. CT

Cownie Soccer Park; Des Moines, Iowa

May 8

Midland-Odessa Sockers FC (NPSL) vs. FC Denver (Colo.)

7:30 p.m. CT

Grande Communications Stadium; Midland, Texas

West Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

May 7

Academica SC (Calif.) vs. El Farolito (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Academica Field; Turlock, Calif.

May 7

Cal FC (Calif.) vs. FC Mulhouse Portland (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Calabasas High School; Calabasas, Calif.

May 7

Orange County FC (NPSL) vs. FC Golden State Force (USLL2)

7:30 p.m. PT

Orange County Great Park – Championship Soccer Stadium; Irvine, Calif.

Second Round – May 14 & 15*

Third Round – May 29*

Fourth Round – June 12*

Round of 16 – June 19* (also June 18-23 if home team chooses and visiting team has at least three non-game days on each side of chosen date, with any overlap of U.S. MNT Gold Cup games on June 18 and June 22 disallowed)

Quarterfinals – July 10*

Semifinals – August 7*

Final – August 27 or 28

* Any game from the Fourth Round through to the Semifinal Round where one of the participants has a league game the following Friday will be moved up a day (exception to this occurs when the team's opponent is scheduled for a league game the preceding Sunday; in this case, the provisions in the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Handbook to determine the match date will prevail). In addition, any game chosen by U.S. Soccer to be broadcast nationally in any round is subject to being moved up a day. The Commissioner has the authority to set outside of the confirmed schedule the date for any match if such a change is in the best interests of the tournament.

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U.S. Open Cup Apr 10, 2019
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Three U.S. Soccer Referees Selected to Serve at 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France

CHICAGO (April 9, 2019)— U.S. Soccer FIFA Referee Katja Koroleva and Assistant Referees Kathryn Nesbitt and Felisha Mariscal have been selected as match officials for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. FIFA announced 74 match officials from all six confederations will officiate the competition, which begins June 7 in Paris.

“Katja, Kathryn and Felisha’s selections to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup represent another major accomplishment in their careers,” said Rick Eddy, U.S. Soccer Director of Referee Development. “From their early days as U.S. Soccer match officials, all three demonstrated unlimited potential. I’ve had the privilege to watch them rise through the ranks of refereeing to the professional and international level. We wish Katja, Kathryn and Felisha a successful World Cup experience.”

Koroleva and Nesbitt have previously refereed FIFA Youth World Cup tournaments, but this summer will mark Mariscal’s debut on the world stage. The trio were three of the 24 U.S. Soccer referees named in January to the 2019 FIFA Panel, the world’s highest level of officiating. Selection grants the 24 officials the opportunity to referee at the highest levels of international soccer.

Koroleva previously officiated at the historic 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan. A member of the FIFA Panel since 2014, she has also refereed at the Pan-American Games and an NWSL Championship match.

Hailing from a family of referees, Mariscal has been a professional match official since 2009 and first earned selection to the FIFA Panel in 2014. Since, she has run the sideline at the 2016 Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Championship, the Algarve Cup and an NASL Final.

Nesbitt’s selection as an assistant referee comes after serving at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France. Named to the FIFA Panel for the first time in 2016, Nesbitt also refereed the 2016 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.

Referees from Canada, Honduras, Jamaica and Mexico will also represent Concacaf at the Women’s World Cup. FIFA selects its best match officials from around the world for FIFA competitions. This tournament will mark the first time that Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will be used during a FIFA women’s event. Fifteen VAR officials will assist at the competition in France.

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WNT Apr 9, 2019
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