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2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Format and Schedule Finalized

CHICAGO (Jan. 31, 2019) U.S. Soccer has finalized the format and schedule for the 106th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship. The 2019 tournament kicks off May 7-8 with 19 First Round games and features a total of 84 teams from all levels, culminating in August with America’s soccer champion lifting the Open Cup trophy after eight rounds of single-elimination play.

A total of 32 Open Division squads (clubs from the National Premier Soccer League, USL League Two, those advancing from four rounds of local qualifying played between September 2018 and April 2019, and the 2018 U.S. Adult Soccer Association National Amateur Cup champion Bavarian SC from Milwaukee, Wis.) will enter First Round action in early May. They will be joined by the six eligible members of the newly-sanctioned Division III professional circuit, USL League One.

Twenty-five teams from the newly-renamed professional Division II USL Championship (formerly the United Soccer League) will take the field starting in the Second Round on May 14-15.

The Third Round takes place on May 29, and its winners will be joined by the 21 U.S.-based Division I Major League Soccer clubs in the Fourth Round on June 12.

In another indication of the unprecedented growth of professional soccer in the United States, 52 pro teams – a modern-era record (1995 to present) – will play in this year’s competition. The previous record was 47, set in 2015.

The 2019 U.S. Open Cup winner will earn $300,000 in prize money, a berth in the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League and have its name engraved on the Dewar Challenge Trophy – one of the oldest nationally-contested trophies in American team sports – now on display at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas. 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 Open Cup champion, having earned the club's first tournament title thanks to a 3-0 victory against the Philadelphia Union on Sept. 26, 2018, at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

Other Matters:

  • Each round will be conducted in a single-game-knockout format, with matches that are tied after 90 minutes of regulation time proceeding to a full 30 minutes of extra time. If still tied after 120 minutes, the team to advance will be determined by kicks from the penalty mark.
  • Home teams will be determined by random selection among those who apply to host. Clubs whose venue meets minimum tournament standards will be given priority.
  • The Open Cup Committee has determined the teams that are not permitted to be matched to each other throughout the tournament (e.g. an Open Division team and a parent club; a team who receives material technical support from another club) except in the unlikely event that both sides reach the Final. These pairings are: New York Red Bulls (MLS) and New York Red Bulls U23 (USL League Two); South Georgia Tormenta FC (USL League One) and South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 (USL League Two); and San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) and Reno 1868 FC (USL Championship).
  • Professional teams who are majority-owned or otherwise controlled by higher division professional clubs are expressly excluded from Open Cup competition. For 2019, there are 13 such teams. From USL Championship (10): ATL UTD 2, Bethlehem Steel FC, LA Galaxy II, Loudoun United FC; New York Red Bulls II, Portland Timbers 2, Real Monarchs SLC, Rio Grande Valley FC, Swope Park Rangers and Tacoma Defiance (known in 2018 as Seattle Sounders FC 2); from USL League One (3): FC Tucson, North Texas SC and Orlando City B.

2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule, Format and Other Key Dates:

Fourth Qualifying Round – April 6 & 7

First Round Pairings Announced – April 10

Second Round Pairings & Possible Pairings Announced – April 17

First Round – May 7 & 8*

  • Number of Games: 19
  • Participants: 32 Open Division teams and six Division III (USL League One) clubs
  • Competition: Teams will be paired geographically with the restriction that teams from the same qualifying pool (i.e. local qualifiers, NPSL, USL League Two, USL League One) cannot be paired to play each other. The restriction may be disregarded if doing so avoids extensive travel on balance for the participating teams.

Second Round – May 14 & 15*

  • Number of Games: 22
  • Participants: 19 First Round winners and 25 Division II (USL Championship) clubs
  • Competition: After the First Round pairings are made, each pairing will be matched geographically to a specific Division II team, with the First Round winner playing the assigned Division II side. The six remaining Division II squads will be paired to play each other, with these pairings also made geographically.

Third Round – May 29*

  • Number of Games: 11
  • Participants: 22 Second Round winners play each other
  • Competition: After each Second Round matchup has been determined, the Second Round pairs will be bracketed geographically to create the Third Round matchups, with the Second Round winners playing each other.

Fourth Round Draw – May 30

  • The 11 Third Round winners and 21 Division I (Major League Soccer) clubs will be divided geographically into eight groups of four, with teams who are precluded from playing each other until the Final per tournament regulations (i.e. pro teams and their affiliated Open Division sides) placed in different groups. Each group will have at least one and no more than two Third Round winners, with pairs drawn randomly but done so that each Third Round winner faces an MLS team.

Fourth Round – June 12*

  • Number of Games: 16
  • Participants: 11 Third Round winners and 21 Division I (MLS) clubs.
  • Competition: Eleven games will be between Third Round winners and MLS teams, while the remaining five matchups will be MLS vs. MLS affairs.

Round of 16 Draw – June 13

  • The Fourth Round winners will be divided geographically (regardless of league affiliation) into groups of four, with teams who are precluded from playing each other until the Final per tournament regulations (i.e. pro teams and their affiliated Open Division sides) placed in different groups. A random draw will determine the pairings within each group, resulting in a fixed bracket for the remainder of the tournament. Should a precluded pair of teams reach the Semifinal Round and be scheduled to face each other, the matches will be re-drawn after the Quarterfinal Round to avoid this outcome.

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)

  • Number of Games: 8
  • Competition: Fourth Round winners face each other as determined by the Round of 16 Draw.

Quarterfinals – July 10*

Draw to Determine Hosts for Semifinals and Final – July 11

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.

2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Participating Teams

Professional Division Teams Eligible to Participate (52 total):

Division I – Major League Soccer (21 teams, entering in the Fourth Round): Atlanta United FC, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew SC, D.C. United, FC Cincinnati, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo (defending Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champions), Los Angeles FC, LA Galaxy, Minnesota United FC, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City

Division II – USL Championship (25 teams, entering in the Second Round): Austin Bold FC, Birmingham Legion FC, Charleston Battery, Charlotte Independence, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, El Paso Locomotive FC, Fresno FC, Hartford Athletic, Indy Eleven, Las Vegas Lights FC, Louisville City FC, Memphis 901 FC, Nashville SC, New Mexico United, North Carolina FC, OKC Energy FC, Orange County SC, Phoenix Rising FC, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, Reno 1868 FC, Sacramento Republic FC, Saint Louis FC, San Antonio FC, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Tulsa Roughnecks FC

Division III – USL League One (6 teams, entering in the First Round): Chattanooga Red Wolves SC, Forward Madison FC, Greenville Triumph SC, Lansing Ignite FC, Richmond Kickers, South Georgia Tormenta FC

Open Division Teams in Tournament Proper (32 total, all entering in the First Round):

Local Qualifiers (winners of seven Fourth Qualifying Round games):

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

April 6

Safira FC (Mass.) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.)

8 p.m. ET

Dilboy Stadium; Somerville, Mass.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

April 7

Virginia United (Va.) vs. World Class Premier Elite FC (Md.)

4 p.m. ET

Howison Homestead Soccer Complex - Field 3; Woodbridge, Va.

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

April 7

Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.) vs. America Soccer Club (Fla.)

4 p.m. ET

Tropical Park; Miami, Fla.

Central Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

April 6

NTX Rayados* (Texas) vs. FC Maritsa (Mo.)

7 p.m. CT

Mountain View College (Stadium Field); Dallas, Texas

Mountain Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

April 6

Southwest FC (Texas) vs. FC Denver* (Colo.)

7:30 p.m. MT

Pebble Hills High School; El Paso, Texas

Southern California Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

April 7

Santa Ana Winds FC* (Calif.) vs. Cal FC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Lake Forest Sports Park - Field A; Lake Forest, Calif.

West Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

April 6

Academica SC (Calif.) vs. IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.)

7 p.m. PT

Academica Fields - East Field; Turlock, Calif.

2018 U.S. Adult Soccer Association National Amateur Cup champion: Bavarian SC (Wis.)

National Premier Soccer League (14 teams, listed alphabetically): AFC Ann Arbor (Mich.)*, Duluth FC* (Minn.), El Farolito (Calif.), Erie Commodores FC (Pa.)*, FC Baltimore (Md.), FC Motown (N.J.)*, FCM Portland (Ore.), Laredo Heat SC (Texas), Little Rock Rangers (Ark.), Miami FC (Fla.)*~, Midland-Odessa Sockers FC (Texas)*, New York Cosmos B (N.Y.)*, Orange County FC (Calif.)*, Philadelphia Lone Star FC^ (Pa.). The NPSL is a nationwide league affiliated with the U.S. Adult Soccer Association and opted to use 2018 league results to determine its qualifiers for the 2019 Open Cup.

USL League Two (10 teams, listed alphabetically): Black Rock FC (Conn.), Brazos Valley Cavalry FC (Texas), Dayton Dutch Lions (Ohio), Des Moines Menace (Iowa), FC Golden State Force (Calif.)*, Lakeland Tropics (Fla.)*, New York Red Bulls U23*, Reading United AC (Pa.)*, South Georgia Tormenta FC 2*!, The Villages SC (Fla.)*. USL League Two (formerly called the Premier Development League) is a nationwide league affiliated with U.S. Soccer and opted to use 2018 league results to determine its qualifiers for the 2019 Open Cup.

* Participated in 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

~ Known in 2018 as Miami FC 2

^ Known in 2018 as Junior Lone Star FC

! Known in 2018 as South Georgia Tormenta FC

About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
In its 106th year, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – U.S. Soccer's National Championship – has crowned a champion annually since 1914. The history-filled tournament is conducted on a single-game, knockout basis and open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor United States soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

ussoccer.com is the official website of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Follow the Open Cup on Twitter and Instagram @OpenCup and Facebook @OfficialOpenCup.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States and the world's third-longest continuously-running open soccer tournament.

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U.S. Open Cup Jan 31, 2019
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Fourth Qualifying Round Draw Complete for 2019 U.S. Open Cup

CHICAGO (Jan. 17, 2019) – The Official Draw for the fourth and final round of Open Division local qualifying for the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – U.S. Soccer’s 106-year-old national championship – took place this morning in Chicago. The draw determined the home and away sides for the seven matchups at this stage in the single-elimination competition, with each team now one step away from a place in the 2019 Open Cup proper. The pairings were determined geographically in advance of the draw per tournament regulations.

The draw was live-tweeted from Soccer House, U.S. Soccer’s headquarters, following last night’s completion of the third qualifying round, where 2012 Cinderella side Cal FC survived cold, rainy conditions and a stiff challenge from local rivals California United FC II, prevailing 7-6 in a penalty shootout after finishing 90 minutes and extra time tied 1-1.

The fourth qualifying round, to be played over the weekend of April 6-7, will decide which seven teams from the Open Division local qualifying pool will take part in the 2019 Open Cup, scheduled to begin May 8. Open Division local qualifying began in September 2018 with a total of 94 teams. The exact dates, times and venues for the fourth qualifying round matches will be announced later in January.

The seven qualifying winners will join the Milwaukee Bavarians, who qualified directly for the tournament as winners of the 2018 U.S. Adult Soccer Association National Amateur Cup, in the 2019 Open Cup.

The schedule and competition format for the 2019 U.S. Open Cup will be announced in late January with a modern-era record number of professional teams set to take part.

2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Fourth Qualifying Round Draw (games scheduled for April 6-7)

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

April 6

Safira FC (Mass.) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.)

6 p.m. ET

Dilboy Stadium; Somerville, Mass.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

April 7

Virginia United (Va.) vs. World Class Premier Elite FC (Md.)

4 p.m. ET

Howison Homestead Soccer Complex - Field 3; Woodbridge, Va.

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

April 7

Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.) vs. America Soccer Club (Fla.)

4 p.m. ET

Tropical Park; Miami, Fla.

Central Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

April 6

NTX Rayados* (Texas) vs. FC Maritsa (Mo.)

7 p.m. CT

Mountain View College (Stadium Field); Dallas, Texas

Mountain Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

April 6

Southwest FC (Texas) vs. FC Denver* (Colo.)

7:30 p.m. MT

Pebble Hills High School; El Paso, Texas

Southern California Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

April 6

Santa Ana Winds FC* (Calif.) vs. Cal FC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Lake Forest Sports Park - Field A; Lake Forest, Calif.

West Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

April 6

Academica SC (Calif.) vs. IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.)

7 p.m. PT

Academica Fields - East Field; Turlock, Calif.

Third Qualifying Round Results

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 17

GPS Omens (Mass.) vs. Safira FC (Mass.)

2-2, 2-2 AET (6-7 PKs)

Rotch Field; Boston, Mass.

Nov. 17

New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.)

0-3

Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Jamaica, N.Y.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 18

Rochester Lancers 2 (N.Y.) vs. World Class Premier Elite FC (Md.)

1-3

Roberts Wesleyan Turf Field; Rochester, N.Y.

Nov. 18

Virginia United (Va.) vs. Christos FC (Md.)

2-1

Howison Homestead Soccer Complex - Field 1; Woodbridge, Va.

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 17

America Soccer Club (Fla.) vs. Soda City FC Sorinex (S.C.)

2-1

West Orange High School; Winter Garden, Fla.

Nov. 18

Hurricane FC (Fla.) vs. Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.)

0-6

Seacrest Soccer Complex - Field 1; Delray Beach, Fla.

Central Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 17

Livonia City FC (Mich.) vs. FC Maritsa (Mo.)

0-0 AET (6-7 PKs)

Schoolcraft College Sports Complex; Livonia, Mich.

Jan. 12

Motagua New Orleans (La.) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)

1-1, 1-1 AET (9-10 PKs)

Pan American Stadium; New Orleans, La.

Mountain Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 17

Southwest FC (Texas) vs. San Juan FC (Utah)

3-0

Pebble Hills High School; El Paso, Texas

Dec. 2

FC Denver (Colo.) vs. Gam United Football Club (Colo.)

4-1

Regency Athletic Complex; Denver, Colo.

Southern California Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 17

Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.) vs. Buena Park FC (Calif.)

1-1, 3-2 AET

Lake Forest Sports Park - Field A; Lake Forest, Calif.

Nov. 18*

Cal FC (Calif.) vs. California United FC II (Calif.)

2-2

Rolland Stadium (Cal Lutheran Univ.); Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Jan. 16

Cal FC (Calif.) vs. California United FC II (Calif.)

1-1, 1-1 AET (7-6 PKs)

Orange County Great Park - Field 18; Irvine, Calif.

* Game abandoned after 89’ due to field curfew

West Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 18

IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.) vs. JASA RWC (Calif.)

3-2

Buckman Field Park; Portland, Ore.

Jan. 5

Oakland Stompers (Calif.) vs. Academica SC (Calif.)

0-1

Raimondi Park; Oakland, Calif.

About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – U.S. Soccer’s National Championship – has crowned a champion annually since 1914. The tournament is conducted on a single-game, knockout basis and open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor United States soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

ussoccer.com is the official website of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Follow the Open Cup on Twitter and Instagram @OpenCup and Facebook @OfficialOpenCup.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States and the world's third-longest-running open soccer tournament.

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U.S. Open Cup Jan 17, 2019
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Safira Rise, Christos Fall & Winds Whirl in Third Round of #USOC2019 Local Qualifying

It was an action-packed weekend of games in the third round of 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup local amateur qualifying despite two games being postponed due to weather and another that didn’t get all the way to the end because the lights went out. There were several big upsets on Saturday and Sunday, none more surprising than Christos FC’s loss on the road in Virginia. Join ussoccer.com for a look back at all the action as local qualifiers continue on their path toward the 2019 Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s National Championship. 

Safira FC Takes Next Step in Northeast
Safira FC, the reigning Massachusetts State Amateur champion, needed a stoppage-time goal from Matthew Vidal to equalize matters 2-2 before young goalkeeper Patrick made four saves in a shootout to preserve a 7-6 victory over 2017 Open Cup participants GPS Omens – themselves three-time consecutive winners of the top division of the Bay State Soccer League (BSSL) – at Rotch Field in the heart of Boston.


(Safira - from near Boston - are chasing a place in their first Open Cup proper - photo by Chris Aduama)

West Chester United Predators Soccer Club of Pennsylvania got two first-half goals – the first from Matt Greer – and a third in the second 45 to take down three-time Open Cup champions N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms of the famed Cosmopolitan League, 3-0, at Belson Stadium on the campus of Queens, N.Y.’s St. John’s University.

Elton Joe and Daniel Anikrah scored first-half goals for Maryland’s (and its Maryland Major Soccer League) World Class Premier Elite FC, who went on the road to score a 3-1 victory against Rochester Lancers 2 at Roberts Wesleyan College in a driving snowstorm.


(This is Open Cup - Rochester Lancers (2) & World Class Premier Elite in the snow in NY)

Christos Upset, Soccer Soldiers Fight in FLA
Tireless veteran midfielder Daniel Baxter scored in the first half but it wasn’t enough as 2017 U.S. Open Cup darlings Christos FC – who two years ago reached all the way to the tournament’s Fourth Round – allowed a second-half goal in a 2-1 loss to Virginia United at Howtson Homestead Soccer Complex in Manassas (Va.). The loss is the first time in three years that the side from Baltimore County, for years the top amateur side in the mid-Atlantic, will miss out on the Open Cup proper.  

William Stamatis had two goals and Valentin Sabella added two assists as Florida Soccer Soldiers scored three goals on each side of halftime in a 6-0 victory over Hurricane FC at Delray Beach (Fla.)’s Seacrest Soccer Complex.


(Michigan's Livonia FC's 2019 Open Cup run came to an end this weekend)

Soda City Sorinex was able to get out to an early lead on a goal from Driss Bareket but gave up a penalty less than 10 minutes later that knotted the score a 1-1. William Eyang then added the go-ahead goal at the stroke of halftime as America SC squeezed through with a 2-1 victory at West Orange High School in Winter Garden (Fla.).

FC Maritsa Outlast Livonia City in Central Region
Following 120 scoreless minutes in near freezing temperatures in Eastern Michigan, FC Maritsa St. Louis went round-for-round with Livonia City FC before holding on to win 6-5 at Schoolcraft College.  

Down in North Texas, NTX Rayados – hunting an eighth straight trip to the U.S. Open Cup will have to wait to play Motagua of New Orleans until a later date as tournament officials postponed the match to allow Motagua equal preparation time after their second round qualifier against Austin’s Celtic Cowboys was twice postponed due to poor weather in Texas.  


(St Louis has loads of Open Cup history - FC Maritsa is the city's present)

Farther south in El Paso, Southwest FC got a goal and an assist from David Lopez to topple San Juan FC 3-0 at Pebble Hills High School, while up in the Rockies, FC Denver’s home game against GAM United FC was postponed due to freezing rain and pitch conditions. Hearty as they are in Colorado, there was simply no way to proceed with this one.

Winds FC Gets Two in Overtime to Move On Out West
Santa Ana Winds FC went a goal and a man down early (due to a red card) but they rallied to equalize before scoring twice in the first period of overtime to beat Buena Park FC at the sprawling Lake Forest (Calif.) Sports Complex.

“It was a very good game for us,” said Javier Corona of the winning Winds. “It took us a little time to get into the rhythm of the game, but we always kept our confidence and believed in ourselves.”


(IPS Marathon Taverna were cruising early in their third-rounder, but had to sweat it out in the end)

IPS Marathon Taverna went up 3-0 on second half goals from Eric Hernandez and Alcides Thomas before holding on to defeat JASA RWC, 3-2, at Portland (Ore.)’s Buckman Field. 

In Ventura, Calif., Cal FC and California United FC 2 played to a 2-2 draw before the lights went out at Cal Lutheran University’s Rolland Stadium in the 89th minute of the second half. Irvin Parra scored both early goals for Cal FC, but Chris Klute got one back for Cal United FC 2 before Christian Gordillo equalized late in the first half. Officials will determine a new time and date to resume play.

Oakland Stompers were set to host to Academica SC at Raimondi Park but the game was postponed because of air quality issues stemming from the wild fires in Northern California. [Since publishing, Academica SC edged Oakland Stompers 1-0 in their make-up game on January 5 thanks to a lone goal from Ramiro Ceja].

Third Qualifying Round

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 17

GPS Omens (Mass.) vs. Safira FC (Mass.)

2-2 (6-7 PKs)

Rotch Field; Boston, Mass.

Nov. 17

New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.)

0-3

Belson Stadium, St. John's University; Jamaica, N.Y.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 18

Rochester Lancers 2 (N.Y.) vs. World Class Premier Elite FC (Md.)

1-3

Roberts Wesleyan Turf Field; Rochester, N.Y.

Nov. 18

Virginia United (Va.) vs. Christos FC (Md.)

2-1

Howison Homestead Soccer Complex - Field 1; Manassas, Va.

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 17

America Soccer Club (Fla.) vs. Soda City FC Sorinex (S.C.)

2-1

West Orange High School; Winter Garden, Fla.

Nov. 18

Hurricane FC (Fla.) vs. Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.)

0-6

Seacrest Soccer Complex - Field 1; Delray Beach, Fla.

Central Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time/Result

Venue

Nov. 17

Livonia City FC (Mich.) vs. FC Maritsa (Mo.)

0-0 (5-6 PKs)

Schoolcraft College Sports Complex - Outside Turf Field; Livonia, Mich.

Jan. 12

Motagua New Orleans (La.) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)

1-1 (9-10 PKs)

Pan American Stadium; New Orleans, La

Mountain Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 17

Southwest FC (Texas) vs. San Juan FC (Utah)

3-0

Pebble Hills High School; El Paso, Texas

Dec. 2

FC Denver (Colo.) vs. Gam United Football Club (Colo.)

4-1

Northfield High Shcool; Denver, Colo.

Southern California Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time/Result

Venue

Nov. 17

Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.) vs. Buena Park FC (Calif.)

3-2

Lake Forest Sports Park - Field A; Lake Forest, Calif.

Jan.16

Cal FC (Calif.) vs. California United FC II (Calif.) (match resumes tied at 2-2)

7 p.m. PT

Orange County Great Park - Field #18; Irvine, Calif.

West Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time/Result

Venue

Jan. 5

Oakland Stompers (Calif.) vs. Academica SC (Calif.)

0-1

Raimondi Park; Oakland, Calif.

Nov. 18

IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.) vs. JASA RWC (Calif.)

3-2

Buckman Field Park; Portland, Ore.

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Christos, Freedoms & Cal FC Highlight 2019 Open Cup Third Round Qualifiers

The third round of local amateur qualifying for the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup takes center stage this weekend with 13 games on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 17-18) from Massachusetts to Southern California. In action are familiar names like Christos FC, the top men’s league team out of the Mid-Atlantic region, NY’s Pancyprian Freedoms, who claimed the Open Cup title three times in the old semi-pro days of the late 1970s and 80s, and Cal FC, of Ventura County, who shocked the tournament as recently as 2012 when they beat Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer (MLS).

Scorchers set for Mass & NY
As winter begins to close its fist around the Northeast, two tantalizing contests out of New York and Massachusetts look likely to raise the temperature a few degrees. GPS Omens are powers in the Bay State Soccer League – the top amateur league in and around Boston, MA – and recently claimed their third straight BSSL title (winning nine league games in a row this fall) ahead of a clash with Safira FC, the state’s ultra-talented reigning amateur champions based in Lowell.

Omens missed out on last year’s Open Cup proper, but they played all the way to the Third Round in 2017 when 1999 champions Rochester Rhinos edged them to a Fourth Round date with MLS side New England Revolution. Loaded with talent like Keith Caldwell, brother of the Revolution’s Scott, Pat Murray and Harris Smriko, GPS will have their work cut out against a fully loaded Safira taking aim at their first-ever berth in a U.S. Open Cup. The red-clad State Champs like to keep the ball, move it around, and can break out like lightning on the flanks with veteran local star Junior Alencar.

“Coming on the heels of our third straight league title, we’re thrilled to be competing again in the Open Cup,” GPS Omens captain Greg Zuboff told ussoccer.com. “It’s a chance to play quality sides outside our own league and Safira is just that – We enjoy the heightened energy that comes with Cup play and we’re expecting a competitive match.”


(Reigning Mass State Champions Safira FC - photo by Burt Granofsky)

Just down I-95 in Jamaica, Queens, the NY Pancyprian Freedoms of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League (CSL) take on Pennsylvania-based visitors West Chester Predators, who were pipped to an automatic berth in the 2019 Open Cup after losing the National Amateur Cup final to the Milwaukee Bavarians. The Freedoms are previous heroes of the Open Cup, having won the tournament three times (1979, 1980 & 1982), when it was largely amateur and semipro in its make-up. While their past is outstanding, their present isn’t bad either – the Freedoms beat 2017 Amateur National champions Lansdowne Bhoys en route to the third qualifying round and are eager for a return to the competition’s final field. The Predators, for their part, have proven no pushover with a big win over Philadelphia’s Ukrainian Nationals (3-0) to reach this stage. 

“We know the [Pancyprian] Freedoms are a storied club and this will be our first meeting against them,” said West Chester Predators head coach and director of coaching Blaise Santangelo ahead of the two-and-a-half-hour bus trip to Queens. “We’re a younger team than they are but we’re hoping we can show them what we can do with that youth.”

Christos Favored in Mid-Atlantic
It’s hard to think of Baltimore County’s outstanding amateurs Christos FC without the mind turning back to 2017 when they beat USL pros Richmond Kickers and briefly led D.C. United of Major League Soccer in the Open Cup’s Fourth Round. The former Cinderellas boast many of the same players who orchestrated that dream run, like tireless midfielder Daniel Baxter, Cody Albrecht and Pete Caringi III, the former University of Maryland Baltimore County Retriever (and current assistant coach) who’s scored an astonishing eight goals in two games to reach this third stage of 2019 qualifying. On Sunday, the Maryland Major Soccer League leaders travel to Manassas to take on Virginia United, who’ve scored four goals and conceded just one en route to this stage in the competition.

“No Open Cup qualifier is easy,” said Caringi III, a former collegiate All-American and as dangerous an aerial threat as you’ll find in the U.S. amateur ranks. “We aren’t going to sneak up on anyone anymore, so we will have to earn everything we get on the field.” 


(The moment Christos FC scored against DC United in the 2017 Fourth Round)

The other game in the region sees Rochester Lancers 2 – who took part in last year’s Open Cup as the Rochester River Dogz and are coached by former Open Cup winner and Rochester Rhino ‘Deadly’ Doug Miller – host World Class Premier Elite FC out of the Maryland Major Soccer League. While they might not boast the pedigree of their league mates Christos, WCPEFC are making a hard charge in qualifying this year. 

Spicy Matchups in Southeast and Central Regions
Three of the four teams in action in the Southeast Region hail from the Sunshine State of Florida. America Soccer Club, having won a pair of tight one-goals affairs so far, host Soda City Sorinex FC in Winter Garden on Saturday. The men from South Carolina (Soda City) are riding a wave of impressive results (5-1 over FC Cardinals of North Carolina and 4-2 against Shahin Atlanta). On Sunday, Hurricane FC and Florida Soccer Soldiers meet in an all-Florida affair in Delray Beach.

Over in the Central Region, NTX Rayados – aiming for their eighth straight appearance in the Open Cup proper – travel to New Orleans to take on familiar opponents Motagua New Orleans. The Louisiana men had to be patient to make sure of their place in the third round, with multiple weather delays postponing their second-round contest with Celtic Cowboys (Motagua eventually won last weekend 3-2). They’ll be up against a tough opponent in the Rayados, who, despite being made up primarily of schoolteachers and local junior college standouts from in and around Dallas, are one of the most consistent and impressive amateur teams in the country. In the 2018 Open Cup, led by player-coach Tito Salas and Victor Pinal, they beat pros OKC Energy before losing to eventual champions Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. [Since publishing, this game has been postponed to allow Motagua equal preparation time after several weather delays in the previous round. New date to be decided]


(Tito Salas - center - and NTX Rayados, who are aiming for an eighth straight USOC berth)

The other game in the Central Region sees ambitious Livonia City – out of suburban Detroit – host Maritsa of Missouri, who edged FC Minnesota in a 4-3 thriller in the previous round.

FC Denver Stand Tall in Mountain Region
Formed via a Craigslist ad in 2005, FC Denver quickly became a power in the fast-growing amateur scene in Colorado. Led by founder Eric Fulton, the side beat local rivals Harpos in a shootout and Indios Denver (1-0) so far and will be bolstered by a handful of new talent to compliment the veterans in the side. They’ll need to muster all of their grit and talent this time however, up against Gam United Football Club who have been outstanding with a pair of wins over Northern Colorado FC and Colorado Rovers.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting this match of the final two Colorado teams left standing,” said Fulton, aware of snow in the forecast – fitting for the game’s venue across the street from Dick’s Sporting Goods Park where the U.S. and Costa Rica played the now-famous ‘Snow-classico’ in 2013. “GAM is a terrific team with some great player acquisitions this year. They’re predicting snow and we expect it to be an exciting day for Colorado soccer.”


(Kramer Runager - right - of Santa Ana Winds)

The other game in the zone sees Southwest FC of Texas welcome Utah’s San Juan FC in a match at Pebble Hills High School in El Paso between two teams that had contrasting results in the previous round. Southwest strolled to a 4-1 win over Sporting AZ FC and San Juan needed extra time to edge the Boise Cutthroats of Idaho 4-3.

California Dreams of Open Cup
North or South, the Golden State is a hub of some of the best amateur soccer the country has to offer – and three of the four teams in action in the West section of Open Cup third round qualifying are based in Cali. First up in the Bay Area, the Oakland Stompers will host Academica SC in a contest bound to be full of tension. Both sides have been impressive in their two previous contests to reach this point [Since publishing, this game has been postponed due to poor air quality caused by wildfires in Northern California]. On Sunday, up north in Portland, Oregon, the local side IPS/Marathon Taverna take on JASA RWC of Redwood City, California.

Farther south in the SoCal section, Santa Ana Winds – who reached the 2018 Open Cup proper for the first time thanks to the goals of Kramer Runager and Jordan Gorman – are at home against Buena Park FC at the Lake Forest Sports Park. And last but not least, Keith Costigan’s Cal FC – who set the 2012 Open Cup alight under the tutelage of then-coach Eric Wynalda – take on California United FC II in Thousand Oaks, a place that could use a good distraction, and something to cheer about, after troubling recent events.  

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2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Third Qualifying Round Schedule Confirmed

CHICAGO (Oct. 22, 2018) - The Draw for the third round of Open Division Local Qualifying was conducted today and will pit 28 aspiring amateur clubs against one another on the road to the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship.

U.S. Soccer held the draw to determine the match-ups for the third qualifying round earlier today at Soccer House in Chicago.

All 14 games in the third qualifying round will be played Nov. 17-18 in venues across the country. The exact pairing for one Central Region matchup will be determined when Celtic Cowboys Premier and Motagua New Orleans face each other in a second qualifying round game, rescheduled to Nov. 11 due to saturated pitches after recent rainstorms in central Texas. The winner will host amateur power NTX Rayados.

Five of the clubs still alive reached the tournament’s First Round in 2018. They include Christos FC (Md.), FC Denver (Colo.), NTX Rayados (Texas), Rochester Lancers 2 (N.Y.) (previously named the Rochester River Dogz), and Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.). Other notable survivors include three-time U.S. Open Cup champion New York Pancyprian Freedoms (1980, 1982-83) and Cal FC (Calif.), who made a memorable run to the Round of 16 in 2012 by defeating Major League Soccer (Division I) side Portland Timbers.

Follow all the action on @OpenCup on Instagram and Twitter as well as ussoccer.com.

The available number of berths into the First Round of the 2019 U.S. Open Cup will be determined by the Open Cup Committee at a later date. If a fourth qualifying round is needed, it will be scheduled for either March 9-10 or April 6-7 of 2019.

2019 U.S. Open Cup Open Division Local Qualifying Third Round Schedule

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 17

GPS Omens (Mass.) vs. Safira FC (Mass.)

12:30 p.m. ET

Rotch Field; Boston, Mass.

Nov. 17

New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.)

7:30 p.m. ET

Belson Stadium, St. John's University; Jamaica, N.Y.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nove. 18 Rochester Lancers 2 (N.Y.) vs. World Class Premier Elite FC (Md.)
1 p.m. ET Roberts Wesleyan Turf Field; Rochester, N.Y.

Nov. 18

Virginia United (Va.) vs. Christos FC (Md.)

5 p.m. ET

Howison Homestead Soccer Complex - Field 1; Manassas, Va.

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 17

America Soccer Club (Fla.) vs. Soda City FC Sorinex (S.C.)

8:30 p.m. ET

West Orange High School; Winter Garden, Fla.

Nov. 18

Hurricane FC (Fla.) vs. Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.)

6 p.m. ET

Seacrest Soccer Complex - Field 1; Delray Beach, Fla.

Central Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 17

Livonia City FC (Mich.) vs. FC Maritsa (Mo.)

8 p.m. ET

Schoolcraft College Sports Complex - Outside Turf Field; Livonia, Mich.

TBD

Motagua New Orleans (La.) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)

TBD

Pan American Stadium; New Orleans, La.

Mountain Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 17

Southwest FC (Texas) vs. San Juan FC (Utah)

7:30 p.m. MT

Pebble Hills High School; El Paso, Texas

Nov. 17

FC Denver (Colo.) vs. Gam United Football Club (Colo.)

1:30 p.m. MT

Northfield High School; Denver, Colo.

Southern California Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 17

Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.) vs. Buena Park FC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Lake Forest Sports Park - Field A; Lake Forest, Calif.

Nov. 18

Cal FC (Calif.) vs. California United FC II (Calif.)

8:15 p.m. PT

Cal Lutheran University - Rolland Stadium; Thousand Oaks, Calif.

West Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 17

Oakland Stompers (Calif.) vs. Academica SC (Calif.)

7:30 p.m. PT

Raimondi Park; Oakland, Calif.

Nov. 18

IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.) vs. JASA RWC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Buckman Field Park; Portland, Ore.

About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Entering its 106th year, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup - U.S. Soccer's National Championship - has crowned a champion annually since 1914. The tournament is conducted on a single-game, knockout basis and open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor United States soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

ussoccer.com is the official website of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Fans and media will be able to stream many of the games of the 2019 competition from there in addition to enjoying comprehensive video and written coverage of the tournament. Follow the Open Cup on Twitter and Instagram @OpenCup and Facebook @OfficialOpenCup.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States and the world's third-longest-continuously-running open soccer tournament.

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