CHICAGO (May 24, 2018) – U.S. Soccer conducted its Official Draw for the Fourth Round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, revealing both the pairings and the teams that will host the 16 Fourth Round games that will be played on Tuesday, June 5 (one game) and Wednesday, June 6 (15 matches). The Fourth Round marks the tournament entrance for the 20 U.S.-based Major League Soccer (Division I) teams, who will join the 12 winners from the competition’s Third Round that was contested earlier this week (May 22 and 23).
The field’s three remaining amateur sides learned their MLS opponents for the Fourth Round during the Draw, live-streamed on usssoccer.com from Soccer House in Chicago. FC Golden State Force (Premier Development League – PDL) will travel across town to play two-time Open Cup champions LA Galaxy. NTX Rayados (Open Division local qualifiers from Texas) will visit the Houston Dynamo. And, Miami United FC (National Premier Soccer League – NPSL) will host Orlando City SC.
In related news, after being drawn to host FC Cincinnati in the Fourth Round, Minnesota United FC confirmed to the tournament organizers this afternoon that the club had only applied to host its possible Round of 16 and Quarterfinal matches over the next three rounds. The team had not applied to host its Fourth Round game due to the lack of a suitable venue on the scheduled date. After reviewing the original paperwork, U.S. Soccer concurred. As a result, 2017 Open Cup semifinalists, FC Cincinnati, will now stage the game at Nippert Stadium on the University of Cincinnati campus.
The 12 Third Round winners and 20 MLS clubs were divided before the Draw into geographical groups of four. Each group contained 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.
2018 U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round Schedule
|Date||Game (home team listed first)||Time||Venue|
|June 5||Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. Richmond Kickers (USL)||7 p.m. ET||Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.|
|June 5||D.C. United (MLS) vs. North Carolina FC (USL)||7 p.m. ET||Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.|
|June 5||Louisville City FC (USL) vs. New England Revolution (MLS)
||7 p.m. ET||Lynn Stadium (Univ. of Louisville); Louisville, Ky.
|June 6||Columbus Crew SC (MLS) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS)||7 p.m. ET||MAPFRE Stadium; Columbus, Ohio|
|June 6||New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. New York City FC (MLS)||7:30 p.m. ET||Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.|
|June 6||Miami United FC (NPSL) vs. Orlando City SC (MLS)||7:30 p.m. ET||Ted Hendricks Stadium; Hialeah, Fla.|
|June 6||Atlanta United FC (MLS) vs. Charleston Battery (USL)||7:30 p.m. ET||Fifth Third Bank Stadium (Kennesaw State Univ.); Kennesaw, Ga.|
|June 6||FC Cincinnati (USL) vs. Minnesota United FC (MLS)||7:30 p.m. ET||Nippert Stadium (Univ. of Cincinnati); Cincinnati, Ohio|
|June 6||Nashville SC (USL) vs. Colorado Rapids (MLS)||7:30 p.m. CT||Vanderbilt Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.|
|June 6||Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)||7:30 p.m. CT||BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas|
|June 6||San Antonio FC (USL) vs. FC Dallas (MLS)||7:30 p.m. CT||Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas|
|June 6||Real Salt Lake (MLS) vs. Sporting Kansas City (MLS)||8 p.m. MT||Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah|
|June 6||Los Angeles FC (MLS) vs. Fresno FC (USL)||7 p.m. PT||Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.|
|June 6||LA Galaxy (MLS) vs. FC Golden State Force (PDL)||7:30 p.m. PT||StubHub Center Track & Field Staduim; Carson, Calif.|
|June 6||Portland Timbers (MLS) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)||7:30 p.m. PT||Providence Park; Portland, Ore.|
|June 6||Sacramento Republic FC (USL) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)||8 p.m. PT||Papa Murphy's Park; Sacramento, Calif.|
Fourth Round – June 5-6*
- Number of Games: 16
- Participants: 12 Third Round winners and 20 Division I (MLS) clubs.
- Competition: Twelve games will be between Third Round winners and MLS teams, while the remaining four matchups will be MLS vs. MLS affairs.
Round of 16 Draw – June 7
- 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 quarterfinals to avoid this outcome.
Round of 16 – June 20* (also June 16-17 if home team chooses and visiting team has at least two rest days on each side of chosen date)
- Number of Games: 8
- Competition: Fourth Round winners face each other as determined by the Round of 16 Draw.
Quarterfinals – July 18*
Semifinals – August 8*
Final – September 26 (date tentative)
* Any game in the Fourth Round, Round of 16, Quarterfinal Round and Semifinal Round where one of the participants has a league game the following Friday will be moved up a day (exceptions to this occur when the team’s opponent is scheduled for a league game the preceding Sunday; in this case, the provisions in the 2018 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 is subject to being moved up a day. The Commissioner shall have 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.
About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
In 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 and has crowned a champion annually since 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor United States soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.
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