CHICAGO (Sept. 16, 2015) – Thirty-six slots have been awarded for the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to teams competing through the Open Division (the track involving all teams other than Division I, II and III professional clubs). The final number, which could be higher, will be confirmed in early January pending the number of Division I, II and III clubs in place for 2016.
The 36 slots are comprised of eight places for local qualifying teams (out of 56 entrants), 15 berths for Premier Development League teams (out of 57 entrants) and 13 slots for National Premier Soccer League teams (out of 68 entrants). The 36 teams advancing will enter the 2016 Open Cup in the first round, scheduled for May 11.
The match-ups for the 56 local teams competing in the first qualifying round, scheduled for Oct. 17-18 and Oct. 24-25, and the bracket for the second qualifying round, set for Nov. 14-15 and Nov. 21-22, will be announced on Monday, Sept. 21. Teams from 16 states and 25 leagues have entered the Open Division local qualifying track in the first year of the new qualifying process conducted by U.S. Soccer.
The PDL and NPSL, as national leagues, were each given the option and elected to bypass the local qualifying process, instead using 2015 league results to determine their entrants to the 2016 Open Cup tournament.
2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Open Division Teams Entering via the Local Qualifying Track
Listed by State (Region) and League (Sanctioning Body) Affiliation
NorCal Adult Premier League (US Club Soccer)
International Fútbol X-Change (IFX) Ballistic Livermore, Calif.
San Francisco City Football Club* San Francisco, Calif.
San Francisco Soccer Football League (Calif. Soccer Assn.-North/USASA)
So Cal Premier League (Calif. State Soccer Assn.-South/USASA)
Buena Park FC La Palma, Calif.
Chula Vista FC* Chula Vista, Calif.
Corinthians USA Rialto, Calif.
Footballers Academy Irvine, Calif.
Outbreak FC Long Beach, Calif.
Real Sociedad Bellflower, Calif.
United Premier Soccer League (Calif. State Soccer Assn.-South/USASA)
Cal FC* Agoura Hills, Calif.
Del Rey City SC Playa Del Rey, Calif.
La Maquina Lake Forest, Calif.
LA Wolves FC Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Ozzy's Laguna FC Monterey Park, Calif.
San Nicolas FC Chino, Calif.
San Pedro Monsters FC San Pedro, Calif.
Strikers FC South Coast Lake Forest, Calif.
Temecula Football Club Temecula, Calif.
Valley United SC North Hills, Calif.
Colorado Amateur Soccer League (U.S. Specialty Sports Assn.)
Colorado Rovers Commerce City, Colo.
Colorado Rush Wheat Ridge, Colo.
FC Boulder Boulder, Colo.
Harpo's FC* Commerce City, Colo.
Connecticut Soccer League (Conn. State Soccer Assn./USASA)
Newtown Pride FC Sandy Hook, Conn.
American Premier Soccer League (Florida State Soccer Assn./USASA)
Boca Raton Football Club Boca Raton, Fla.
Real Miami Club of Football North Miami, Fla.
Red Force FC Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Uruguay Kendall FC Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Kansas City Kansas Soccer League (Kansas State Soccer Assn./USASA)
KC Athletics* Overland Park, Kan.
Louisiana Premier League (Louisiana Soccer Assn./USASA)
CD Motagua of New Orleans New Orleans, La.
Maryland Major Soccer League (Md. State Soccer Assn./USASA)
Maryland Bays* Elkridge, Md.
Washington Premier League (Md. State Soccer Assn./USASA)
Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC Boyds, Md.
Bay State Soccer League (Mass. Adult State Soccer Assn./USASA)
Battery Park Gunners Roxbury, Mass.
Global Premier Soccer (GPS) Omens Wayland, Mass.
Worcester FC Auburn, Mass.
Massachusetts State Soccer League (Mass. Adult State Soccer Assn./USASA)
Boston Olympiakos FC Boston, Mass.
Southie FC Roxbury, Mass.
Garden State Soccer Association (New Jersey Soccer Assn./USASA)
Jersey Shore Boca Bayville, N.J.
South Jersey Elite Barons Hammonton, N.J.
Cosmopolitan Soccer League (Eastern New Youth State Soccer Assn./USASA)
Lansdowne Bhoys FC Bronx, N.Y.
New York Greek American SC*^ Maspeth, N.Y.
New York Pancyprian Freedoms# Jamaica, N.Y.
National Soccer League US Atlantic Division (U.S. Specialty Sports Assn.)
Charlotte Sporting Soccer Academy FC Charlotte, N.C.
Queen City United FC Charlotte, N.C.
Triangle Adult Soccer League (North Carolina Adult Soccer Assn./USASA)
Tobacco Road FC Raleigh, N.C.
Oregon Premier Soccer League (Oregon Adult Soccer Assn./USASA)
I.P.S. Portland, Ore.
Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League (Pa. West Soccer Assn./USASA)
Tartan Devils Oak Avalon Pittsburgh, Pa.
Philadelphia Premier Soccer League (Eastern Pa. Soccer Assn./USASA)
Junior Lone Star FC Drexel Hill, Pa.
Salone FC Philadelphia, Pa.
United Soccer League of Pennsylvania (Eastern Pa. Soccer Assn./USASA)
Vereinigung Erzgebirge Warminster, Pa.
West Chester United Wayne, Pa.
USA Soccer League (US Club Soccer)
Newport FC Portsmouth, R.I.
North Texas Premier Soccer Association (North Texas Soccer Assn./USASA)
NTX Rayados* Dallas, Texas
Texas Premier Soccer League (US Club Soccer)
Austin Real Cuauhtemoc Georgetown, Texas
Soccer Organization of the Charlottesville Area (Metro D.C.-Va. Soccer Assn./USASA)
Aromas Café FC Charlottesville, Va.
* Advanced to 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
^ Four-time U.S. Open Cup Champion (1967-69, 1974)
# Three-time U.S. Open Cup Champion (1980, 1982-83)
Facts and Figures of Open Division Teams Entering via the Local Qualifying Track:
- 25 different leagues represented
- 16 different states represented
- 20 teams entering from California alone (16 from Southern Calif., 4 from Northern Calif.)
- 5 teams each from Massachusetts and Pennsylvania
- 4 teams each from Colorado and Florida
- 3 teams each from New York and North Carolina
- 2 teams each from Maryland, New Jersey and Texas
- 1 team each from Connecticut, Kansas, Louisiana, Oregon, Rhode Island and Virginia
- 8 Open Division teams who reached the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament proper have entered
- Cal FC created a stir in 2012 by defeating the Portland Timbers (MLS) on the road in overtime in the Round of 32
- New York Greek American SC is a four-time U.S. Open Cup Champion (1967-69, 1974)
- New York Pancyprian Freedoms are a three-time U.S. Open Cup Champion (1980, 1982-83)
Teams Qualified (15) via National League Track: Premier Development League
Burlingame Dragons FC* Southwest Division Winner
Charlotte Eagles South Atlantic Division Winner
Des Moines Menace* Heartland Division Winner
FC Tucson* Mountain Division Winner
GPS Portland Phoenix Northeast Division Winner
Kitsap Pumas* Northwest Division Winner
Michigan Bucks* Great Lakes Division Winner
Mississippi Brilla Mid South Division Winner
New York Red Bulls U23 Mid Atlantic Division Winner
Ocala Stampede* Southeast Division Winner
Jersey Express* At-Large Berth
Long Island Rough Riders* At-Large Berth
Reading United* At-Large Berth
Seacoast United Phantoms* At-Large Berth
Ventura County Fusion* At-Large Berth
* Advanced to 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Teams Qualified (13) via National League Track: National Premier Soccer League
New York Cosmos B Championship Game Winner
Chattanooga FC* Championship Game Finalist
CD Aguiluchos USA Playoff Semifinalist
Indiana Fire Playoff Semifinalist
AFC Cleveland Playoff Quarterfinalist
Clarkstown SC Eagles Playoff Quarterfinalist
Myrtle Beach Mutiny Playoff Quarterfinalist
Sacramento Gold Playoff Quarterfinalist
Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves At-Large Berth
FC Wichita At-Large Berth
Fredericksburg FC At-Large Berth
Miami Fusion FC At-Large Berth
New York Athletic Club At-Large Berth
* Advanced to 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
2016 U.S. Open Cup Competition Calendar for Open Division Entries
Key Dates in 2015:
Monday, Sept. 21 - Matchups for first qualifying round and bracket for second qualifying round announced
Monday, Sept. 28 (4 p.m. CT) - Fall roster submission deadline for teams participating through the Open Division local qualifying track (22 player limit, no additions allowed after the deadline)
Friday, Oct. 9 (4 p.m. CT) - Roster approval/clearance deadline for first two qualifying rounds (players must be approved by their team’s state association or league and cleared by U.S. Soccer to play)
Wednesday, Oct. 14 - Player passes received by teams in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states (from Maine to Virginia and West Virginia)
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 17-18 - First qualifying round for teams in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states
Wednesday, Oct. 21 - Player passes received by teams in all other states
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 24-25 - First qualifying round for teams in all other states
Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 14-15 - Second qualifying round for teams in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states
Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 21-22 - Second qualifying round for teams in all other states
Key Dates in 2016:
January date TBD - Final allocation determined for Open Division slots into 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Wednesday, Jan. 6 (4 p.m. CT) - Home Game Application deadline for third qualifying round
January date TBD - Matchups for third qualifying round announced
Monday, March 21 (4 p.m. CT) - Spring roster submission deadline for teams still alive through the Open Division local qualifying track (teams may add up to five new players to their Fall roster who are not already cup-tied; 22 player limit remains)
Wednesday, March 23 - Venue Declaration Form deadline for teams wishing to host games in the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (date tentative)
Friday, March 25 (4 p.m. CT) - Spring roster approval/clearance deadline for Open Division local qualifiers (rosters for these teams will be frozen through June 30 to include the opening rounds of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup)
Friday, April 1 (2 p.m. CT) - Home Game Application deadline for First, Second and Third Rounds of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (date tentative)
Saturday-Sunday, April 2-3 - Third qualifying round for all teams
Wednesday, April 6 - 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup First Round pairings and Second Round possible matchups announced (date tentative)
Wednesday, April 27 - Deadline for teams entering at First Round (not including Open Division local qualifiers) to submit initial roster (date tentative)
Wednesday, May 11 - 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup First Round (date tentative); Dates for remaining rounds of the competition and deadlines to apply to host in these rounds will be determined by January 2016
Friday, July 1-Friday, July 15 (4 p.m. CT) - Summer roster changeover period for Open Division local qualifiers still in the Friday, July 15 competition (teams may add up to five new players to their Spring roster who are not already cup-tied; 22 player limit remains)