Six Teams Qualify For 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup; Pairings Set To Determine Remaining Five Open Division Local Qualifiers Dec. 18-19

Road Teams Survive in Eight of 15 Games Played Nov. 20-21; Three Clubs in West, Two in Southeast Will Clinch Berth to 2022 Tournament on Weekend Before Christmas

CHICAGO (Nov. 23, 2021) – Six teams across the Northeast, Colorado and Texas have punched their tickets over the weekend of Nov. 20-21 to the 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship. Ten others will have the chance to do the same Dec. 18-19 when Open Division Local Qualifying wraps up in the Southeast and West regions.

 

Among the six teams who have qualified, Brockton FC United (Mass.), Oyster Bay United FC (N.Y.), Lynchburg FC (Va.) and D'Feeters Kicks Soccer Club (Texas) will be seeing First Round action for the first time in their history. Azteca FC (Colo.) has previously reached the tournament proper, having done so in 2017 and 2018, while Nova FC (Va.) reached the Open Cup in 1999 and 2000 under the name Northern Virginia Royals while a member of the USL D-3 Pro League.

 

The pairings and home teams for the remaining matchups in this year’s Open Division Local Qualifying rounds have been determined, with exact dates, times and venues in some cases to be announced in the coming days. Two games in the Southeast Region and three in the West over the weekend before Christmas will determine the remaining clubs of the 11 advancing from local qualifying to the 2022 Open Cup, set to open March 22-23. The history-filled annual tournament, holding its 107th edition, is the only high-profile event in American team sports that grants amateur sides the opportunity, should they advance far enough, to face professionals in meaningful competition.

 

Open Division Local Qualifying is conducted on a single-game, knockout basis. Matchups are determined geographically to minimize travel time and expense, with random selection used when practicable to determine opponent pairings. Home teams are determined via random selection.

 

2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – Open Division Local Qualifying

 

Southeast Region – Fourth Qualifying Round Schedule (winners advance to tournament proper)

 

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Dec. 18-19

Orlando FC Wolves (Fla.) vs. South Carolina United Heat (S.C.)

TBD

TBD

Dec. 18-19

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

TBD

TBD

 

 

West Region – Fourth Qualifying Round Schedule (winners advance to tournament proper)

 

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Dec. 18-19

Contra Costa FC (Calif.) vs. Metro FC (Calif.)

TBD

TBD

Dec. 19

San Fernando Valley FC (Calif.) vs. Capistrano FC (Calif.)

11:30 a.m. PT

Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex; Encino, Calif.

Dec. 19

Escondido FC (Calif.) vs. Sporting ID11 (Calif.)

6 p.m. PT

Minkoff Field (Palomar College); San Marcos, Calif.

 

 

Northeast Region – Fourth Qualifying Round Results (winners advance to tournament proper)

 

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 20

Philadelphia Lone Star FC (Pa.) vs. Brockton FC United (Mass.)

0-5

John Bartram High School Football Field; Philadelphia, Pa.

Nov. 20

Lynchburg FC (Va.) vs. FC Maritsa (Ill.)

1-0

Lynchburg City Stadium; Lynchburg, Va.

Nov. 21

Westchester United F.C. (N.Y.) vs. Oyster Bay United FC (N.Y.)

1-4

Brewster High School; Brewster, N.Y.

Nov. 21

Nova FC (Va.) vs. Districtonia Futbol (D.C.)

5-0

Evergreen Sportsplex; Leesburg, Va.

 

 

Central Region – Fourth Qualifying Round Results (winners advance to tournament proper)

 

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 20

Southwest Football Club (Texas) vs. D'Feeters Kicks Soccer Club (Texas)

1-2

Eastside Sports Complex - Field 1; El Paso, Texas

Nov. 21

Azteca FC (Colo.) vs. Harpos FC (Colo.)

3-3, 4-3 AET

Victoria Sports Park; Golden, Colo.

 

 

Southeast Region – Third Qualifying Round Results

 

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 20

Orlando FC Wolves (Fla.) vs. Miami Soccer Academy (Fla.)

3-1

East Orange District Park; Christmas, Fla.

Nov. 20

Georgia Revolution FC Reserves (Ga.) vs. South Carolina United Heat (S.C.)

1-1, 2-3 AET

Ola High School; McDonough, Ga.

Nov. 20

Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.) vs. Red Force FC (Fla.)

1-0

Tropical Park Stadium; Miami, Fla.

Nov. 21

International Soccer Association (Fla.) vs. City Soccer FC (Fla.)

2-7

South County Regional Park; Boca Raton, Fla.

 

 

West Region – Third Qualifying Round Results

 

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 20

Outbreak FC (Calif.) vs. Capistrano FC (Calif.)

2-3

George Allen Field (Cal State Long Beach); Long Beach, Calif.

Nov. 20

El Farolito (Calif.) vs. Contra Costa FC (Calif.)

2-3

Boxer Stadium; San Francisco, Calif.

Nov. 20

San Fernando Valley FC (Calif.) vs. Desert Communities SC Pathfinders (Calif.)

1-0 (forfeit)

Desert Communities SC Pathfinders withdraw 11/19

Nov. 21

BattleBornFC (Nev.) vs. Metro FC (Calif.)

0-1

Douglass High School Grass Field; Minden, Nev.

Nov. 21

Sporting ID11 (Calif.) vs. Inter San Francisco (Calif.)

3-1

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

Nov. 21

Escondido FC (Calif.) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.)

2-2, 3-2 AET

Minkoff Field (Palomar College); San Marcos, Calif.

 

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Playing its 107th edition, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is U.S. Soccer's National Championship. 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, with pro sides receiving byes to the later rounds. Having crowned its first champion in 1914, the oldest national soccer competition in the USA was renamed in 1999 to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

 

Atlanta United FC is the reigning Open Cup champion, having earned the club's first tournament title with a 2-1 victory against Minnesota United FC on Aug. 27, 2019 in front of an Open Cup Final record 35,709 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

 

usopencup.com is the official website of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Fans can also follow the competition on Twitter and Instagram @OpenCup and Facebook @OfficialOpenCup.