The 2001 edition of the oldest soccer cup competition in the United States kicks off on June 13 with the Open Cup Draw that will be held at the U.S. Soccer Federation headquarters in Chicago at 12 p.m. CT. The first round matches will take place on or before June 13 as the four Premier Development League (PDL) teams host the four representatives of the U.S. Amateur Soccer Association (USASA).
The eight amateur qualifiers have been drawn into a first round bracket by the U.S. Open Cup Committee, where three teams will be making their second consecutive tournament appearance (Mexico S.C. - Calif., and Uruguay S.C. - Fla. of the USASA and the Mid Michigan Bucks of the PDL). The four winners of their respective matches will join the 28 remaining teams (12 - Major League Soccer, 16 - A-League/D3 Pro) in the field of 32 which begins second round competition on June 27.
The first round match-ups begin with the PDL Seattle Sounders Select team hosting the USASA Region I winner Olympia Stamford of Connecticut. The Sounders Select qualified as the best second-place wild card team from the PDL three-group standings, while Olympia Stamford captured the Region I title after defeating Z.P.A. Perth Amboy of New Jersey in the finals.
In a Michigan state battle, South Arsenal of Farmington Hills, Mich., which is the USASA Region II representative, will travel to meet the PDL's Mid Michigan Bucks. The Bucks, who defeated the New England Revolution and took eventual finalists Miami Fusion to sudden-death penalty kicks before bowing out of the U.S. Open Cup in the Round of 16 last year, finished first in the PDL Group 1 qualifying.
In another inner-state encounter, the Miami Strike Force of the PDL will host Uruguay S.C. (of Davie, Fla.). The Strike Force captured the PDL Group 2 crown, while Uruguay S.C. qualified after winning the USASA Region III tournament held in Tulsa in May with a perfect 3-0 ledger while outscoring their opponents 12-1.