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Scoreboard

May 11, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Aromas Cafe FC
:
Chesterfield United FC
Aromas Cafe FC @ Chesterfield United FC
 Striker Park - Glen Allen, VA 
May 11, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Kraze United
:
The Villages SC
Kraze United @ The Villages SC
 The Villages Polo Field - The Villages, FL 
May 11, 2016 @ 5:30 pm
West Chester United
:
Fredericksburg FC
West Chester United @ Fredericksburg FC
 UMW Battleground Stadium - F\'burg, VA 
May 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Atlanta Silverbacks
:
Reading United AC
Atlanta Silverbacks @ Reading United AC
 John Gurski Stadium - West Lawn, PA 
May 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Jersey Express
:
Clarkstown SC Eagles
Jersey Express @ Clarkstown SC Eagles
 Torne Valley Sports Complex - Hillburn, NY 
May 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Myrtle Beach Mutiny
:
Charlotte Eagles
Myrtle Beach Mutiny @ Charlotte Eagles
 Charlotte Christian School - Charlotte, NC 
May 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Boca Raton FC
:
Miami Fusion FC
Boca Raton FC @ Miami Fusion FC
 N. Miami Athletic Stadium - N. Miami Beach, FL 
May 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Cincinnati Dutch Lions
:
Indy Eleven NPSL
Cincinnati Dutch Lions @ Indy Eleven NPSL
 Grand Park Championship Field - Westfield, IN 
May 11, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Lansdowne Bhoys FC
:
Long Island Rough Riders
Lansdowne Bhoys FC @ Long Island Rough Riders
 St. Anthony\'s HS - South Huntington, NY 
May 11, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
NY Red Bulls U23s
:
NY Pancyprian Freedoms
NY Red Bulls U23s @ NY Pancyprian Freedoms
 Belson Stadium - Jamaica, NY 
May 11, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Detroit City FC
:
Michigan Bucks
Detroit City FC @ Michigan Bucks
 Oakland Univ. Soccer Field - Rochester, MI 
May 11, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Seacoast United Phantoms
:
Southie FC
Seacoast United Phantoms @ Southie FC
 Harry Della Russo Stadium - Rever, MA 
May 11, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
AFC Cleveland
:
GPS Portland Phoenix
AFC Cleveland @ GPS Portland Phoenix
 Deering HS - Portland, ME 
May 11, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
CD Motagua of NOLA
:
Mississippi Brilla
CD Motagua of NOLA @ Mississippi Brilla
 Traceway Park - Clinton, MS 
May 11, 2016 @ 8:05 pm
Des Moines Menace
:
FC Wichita
Des Moines Menace @ FC Wichita
 Stryker Soccer Complex - Wichita, KS 
May 11, 2016 @ 8:30 pm
Harpo's FC
:
Albuquerque Sol FC
Harpo's FC @ Albuquerque Sol FC
 St. Puis X High School - Albuquerque, NM 
May 11, 2016 @ 9:00 pm
Corinthians of San Antonio
:
NTX Rayados
Corinthians of San Antonio @ NTX Rayados
 Richland Community College - Dallas, TX 
May 11, 2016 @ 10:00 pm
Burlingame Dragons
:
Sacramento Gold
Burlingame Dragons @ Sacramento Gold
 Capital Christian School - Sacramento, CA 
May 11, 2016 @ 10:00 pm
LA Wolves FC
:
Ventura County Fusion
LA Wolves FC @ Ventura County Fusion
 Ventura College Sportsplex - Ventura, CA 
May 11, 2016 @ 10:00 pm
CD Aguiluchos USA
:
San Francisco City FC
CD Aguiluchos USA @ San Francisco City FC
 Beach Chalet No. 4 - San Francisco, CA 
May 11, 2016 @ 10:30 pm
San Nicolas FC
:
FC Tucson
San Nicolas FC @ FC Tucson
 Kino North Stadium - Tucson, AZ 
May 11, 2016 @ 10:30 pm
La Maquina
:
Portland Timbers U23s
La Maquina @ Portland Timbers U23s
 Providence Park - Portland, OR 
May 11, 2016 @ 10:30 pm
Outbreak FC
:
Seattle Sounders U23s
Outbreak FC @ Seattle Sounders U23s
 Panther Stadium - Bonney Lake, WA 
November 13, 2015 @ 12:00 pm
International Portland Select
:
NTX Rayados
International Portland Select @ NTX Rayados
 IPS withdraws (Travel) 
November 14, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Jersey Shore Boca
1 : 2
NY Pancyprian Freedoms
Jersey Shore Boca @ NY Pancyprian Freedoms
 Report 
November 14, 2015 @ 7:15 pm
Lansdowne Bhoys FC
5 : 0
Worcester FC
Lansdowne Bhoys FC @ Worcester FC
 Report 
November 15, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
DS Aegean Hawks FC
1 : 3
Aromas Cafe FC
DS Aegean Hawks FC @ Aromas Cafe FC
 Report 
November 15, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
GPS Massachusetts
0 : 4
Southie FC
GPS Massachusetts @ Southie FC
 Report 
November 15, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Salone FC
0 : 3
West Chester United
Salone FC @ West Chester United
 Report 
November 21, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
Queen City United FC
2 : 5
CD Motagua of NOLA
Queen City United FC @ CD Motagua of NOLA
 Report 
November 21, 2015 @ 9:00 pm
La Maquina
4 : 0
Chula Vista FC
La Maquina @ Chula Vista FC
 Report 
November 21, 2015 @ 10:30 pm
Cal FC
1 : 2
LA Wolves FC
Cal FC @ LA Wolves FC
 Report 
November 22, 2015 @ 3:30 pm
Boca Raton FC
1(5) : 1(4)
Uruguay Kendall FC
Boca Raton FC @ Uruguay Kendall FC
 Report 
November 22, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Colorado Rush
1 : 3
Harpos FC
Colorado Rush @ Harpos FC
 Report 
November 22, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Davis Legacy
3 : 4
San Francisco City FC
Davis Legacy @ San Francisco City FC
 Report 
November 22, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
San Nicolas FC
3 : 0
Real Sociedad
San Nicolas FC @ Real Sociedad
 Report 
November 22, 2015 @ 10:30 pm
Outbreak FC
4 : 3
San Pedro Monsters FC
Outbreak FC @ San Pedro Monsters FC
 Report 
October 17, 2015 @ 12:00 pm
Southie FC
2 : 0
Battery Park Gunners
Southie FC @ Battery Park Gunners
 Report 
October 17, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Salone FC
1 : 0
Vereinigung Erzgebirge
Salone FC @ Vereinigung Erzgebirge
 Report 
October 17, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Tartan Devils Oak Avalon
1 : 3
Aromas Cafe FC
Tartan Devils Oak Avalon @ Aromas Cafe FC
 Report 
October 17, 2015 @ 6:30 pm
West Chester United
2 : 1
Junior Lone Star FC
West Chester United @ Junior Lone Star FC
October 17, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
South Jersey Elite Barons
1 : 2
Jersey Shore Boca
South Jersey Elite Barons @ Jersey Shore Boca
 Report 
October 17, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Newtown Pride FC
0 : 3
Lansdowne Bhoys FC
Newtown Pride FC @ Lansdowne Bhoys FC
 Gaelic Park - Bronx, NY 
October 18, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
GPS Massachusetts
5 : 0
Boston Olympiakos FC
GPS Massachusetts @ Boston Olympiakos FC
 Report 
October 18, 2015 @ 2:30 pm
Maryland Bays
1 : 2
DS Aegean Hawks FC
Maryland Bays @ DS Aegean Hawks FC
 Report 
October 18, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
NY Pancyprian Freedoms
4 : 2
New York Greek American SC
NY Pancyprian Freedoms @ New York Greek American SC
 Report 
October 18, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Newport FC
0 : 2
Worcester FC
Newport FC @ Worcester FC
 Foley Stadium; Worcester, MA 
October 24, 2015 @ 6:30 pm
Colorado Rovers
1 : 4
Harpos FC
Colorado Rovers @ Harpos FC
 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Field 8); Commerce City, CO 
October 24, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Kansas City Athletics
0 : 1
International Portland Select
Kansas City Athletics @ International Portland Select
 KC Athletics withdraws (travel) 
October 24, 2015 @ 9:00 pm
La Maquina
3 : 2
Strikers FC South Coast
La Maquina @ Strikers FC South Coast
 Lake Forest Sports Park and Recreation Center; Lake Forest, CA 
October 24, 2015 @ 10:00 pm
San Nicolas FC
1 : 0
Corinthians USA
San Nicolas FC @ Corinthians USA
October 24, 2015 @ 10:00 pm
Footballers Academy
0 : 9
San Pedro Monsters FC
Footballers Academy @ San Pedro Monsters FC
 Daniel’s Field; San Pedro, CA 
October 24, 2015 @ 11:00 pm
Del Rey City SC
1 : 3
LA Wolves FC
Del Rey City SC @ LA Wolves FC
 Report 
October 25, 2015 @ 4:30 pm
Boca Raton FC
2 : 1
Real Miami Club of Football
Boca Raton FC @ Real Miami Club of Football
 St. John Bosco Football Stadium; Miami, FL 
October 25, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Colorado Rush
5 : 1
FC Boulder
Colorado Rush @ FC Boulder
 Pleasant View Soccer Complex; Boulder, CO 
October 25, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
El Farolito
0 : 2
San Francisco City FC
El Farolito @ San Francisco City FC
 Kezar Stadium; San Francisco, CA 
October 25, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
Outbreak FC
5 : 1
Buena Park FC
Outbreak FC @ Buena Park FC
 John F. Kennedy High School; La Palma, CA 
October 25, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
 Tobacco Road FC
0 : 1
CD Motagua of NOLA
Tobacco Road FC @ CD Motagua of NOLA
 Tobacco Road withdraws (travel) 
October 25, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Charlotte Sporting SAFC
1 : 4
Queen City United FC
Charlotte Sporting SAFC @ Queen City United FC
 West Mecklenburg Stadium; Charlotte, NC 
October 25, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Real Sociedad
2(4) : 2(1)
Ozzy’s Laguna FC
Real Sociedad @ Ozzy’s Laguna FC
 East Los Angeles College; Monterey Park, CA 
October 25, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
Red Force
0 : 3
Uruguay Kendall FC
Red Force @ Uruguay Kendall FC
 Broward College-South Campus; Pembroke Pines, FL 
October 25, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
Davis Legacy
1 : 0
IFX Ballistic
Davis Legacy @ IFX Ballistic
 Report 
October 25, 2015 @ 10:00 pm
Valley United SC
0 : 4
Cal FC
Valley United SC @ Cal FC
 Report 
October 25, 2015 @ 10:00 pm
Chula Vista FC
5 : 2
Temecula FC
Chula Vista FC @ Temecula FC
 Linfield Christian School; Temecula, CA 
November 1, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
NTX Rayados
4 : 2
Austin Real Cuauhtemoc
NTX Rayados @ Austin Real Cuauhtemoc
 Report 
Sporting KC wins US Open Cup 7-6 in PKs
Sporting Kansas City
1(7) : 1(6)
Philadelphia Union
Sporting Kansas City @ Philadelphia Union
 Report 
FINAL
Chicago Fire
0 : 1
Philadelphia Union
Chicago Fire @ Philadelphia Union
 Report 
FINAL
Real Salt Lake
1 : 3
Sporting Kansas City
Real Salt Lake @ Sporting Kansas City
 Report 
FINAL
Los Angeles Galaxy
0 : 1
Real Salt Lake
Los Angeles Galaxy @ Real Salt Lake
 Report 
FINAL / PKs
Philadelphia Union
1(4) : 1(3)
New York Red Bulls
Philadelphia Union @ New York Red Bulls
 Report 
FINAL
Houston Dynamo
1 : 3
Sporting Kansas City
Houston Dynamo @ Sporting Kansas City
 Report 
FINAL
Orlando City SC
1 : 3
Chicago Fire
Orlando City SC @ Chicago Fire
 Report 
FINAL
DC United
1 : 2
Philadelphia Union
DC United @ Philadelphia Union
 Report 
Final
Columbus Crew
0 : 2
Orlando City SC
Columbus Crew @ Orlando City SC
 Report 
FINAL
Charlotte Independence
1 : 3
Chicago Fire
Charlotte Independence @ Chicago Fire
 Report 
FINAL
Colorado Rapids
0 : 1
Houston Dynamo
Colorado Rapids @ Houston Dynamo
 Report 
FINAL
New York Cosmos
1 : 4
New York Red Bulls
New York Cosmos @ New York Red Bulls
 Report 
FINAL
FC Dallas
2 : 6
Sporting Kansas City
FC Dallas @ Sporting Kansas City
 Report 
FINAL
Portland Timbers
0 : 2
Real Salt Lake
Portland Timbers @ Real Salt Lake
 Report 
FINAL
Los Angeles Galaxy
1 : 0
San Jose Earthquakes
Los Angeles Galaxy @ San Jose Earthquakes
 Report 
June 16, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Rochester Rhinos
0(1) : 0(3)
Philadelphia Union
Rochester Rhinos @ Philadelphia Union
 Report 
June 16, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Atlanta Silverbacks
0 : 3
New York Red Bulls
Atlanta Silverbacks @ New York Red Bulls
 Report 
June 16, 2015 @ 8:30 pm
Saint Louis FC
0 : 1
Sporting Kansas City
Saint Louis FC @ Sporting Kansas City
 Report 
June 16, 2015 @ 8:30 pm
Louisville City FC
0 : 1
Chicago Fire
Louisville City FC @ Chicago Fire
 Report 
June 16, 2015 @ 9:00 pm
OKC Energy FC
1 : 4
FC Dallas
OKC Energy FC @ FC Dallas
 Report 
June 16, 2015 @ 9:00 pm
Colorado Springs Switchbacks
1 : 4
Colorado Rapids
Colorado Springs Switchbacks @ Colorado Rapids
 Report 
June 16, 2015 @ 10:00 pm
Seattle Sounders 2
1 : 2
Real Salt Lake
Seattle Sounders 2 @ Real Salt Lake
 Report 
June 16, 2015 @ 10:30 pm
Sacramento Republic
2(5) : 2(6)
San Jose Earthquakes
Sacramento Republic @ San Jose Earthquakes
 Report 
June 16, 2015 @ 10:30 pm
Portland Timbers
3 : 1
Seattle Sounders FC
Portland Timbers @ Seattle Sounders FC
 Report 
June 17, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Columbus Crew
3 : 1
Richmond Kickers
Columbus Crew @ Richmond Kickers
 Report 
June 17, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
DC United
3 : 1
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
DC United @ Pittsburgh Riverhounds
 Report 
June 17, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
New York City FC
2(3) : 2(4)
New York Cosmos
New York City FC @ New York Cosmos
 Report 
June 17, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Orlando City SC
4(8) : 4(7)
Charleston Battery
Orlando City SC @ Charleston Battery
 Report 
June 17, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Charlotte Independence
1 : 0
New England Revolution
Charlotte Independence @ New England Revolution
 Report 
June 17, 2015 @ 8:30 pm
Austin Aztex
0 : 2
Houston Dynamo
Austin Aztex @ Houston Dynamo
 Report 
June 17, 2015 @ 10:30 pm
PSA Elite
1 : 6
Los Angeles Galaxy
PSA Elite @ Los Angeles Galaxy
 Report 
May 27, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Portland Timbers 2
1 : 2
Seattle Sounders 2
Portland Timbers 2 @ Seattle Sounders 2
 Starfire Sports Complex - Tukwila, WA 
May 27, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Rochester Rhinos
3 : 1
Harrisburg City Islanders
Rochester Rhinos @ Harrisburg City Islanders
 Skyline Sports Complex 
May 27, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Jacksonville Armada
0 : 3
Richmond Kickers
Jacksonville Armada @ Richmond Kickers
 Report 
May 27, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Tampa Bay Rowdies
0 : 1
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Tampa Bay Rowdies @ Pittsburgh Riverhounds
 Report 
May 27, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Atlanta Silverbacks
2 : 1
Chattanooga FC
Atlanta Silverbacks @ Chattanooga FC
 Report 
May 27, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Charlotte Independence
1 : 0
Carolina Railhawks
Charlotte Independence @ Carolina Railhawks
 Report 
May 27, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Ft Lauderdale Strikers
2 : 3
Charleston Battery
Ft Lauderdale Strikers @ Charleston Battery
 Blackbaud Stadium - Charleston, S.C. 
May 27, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Louisville City FC
2 : 0
Indy Eleven
Louisville City FC @ Indy Eleven
 Report 
May 27, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Jersey Express
0 : 3
New York Cosmos
Jersey Express @ New York Cosmos
 Report 
May 27, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
Minnesota United FC
1(1) : 1(3)
Saint Louis FC
Minnesota United FC @ Saint Louis FC
 Report 
May 27, 2015 @ 8:05 pm
OKC Energy FC
1 : 0
Tulsa Roughnecks
OKC Energy FC @ Tulsa Roughnecks
 Report 
May 27, 2015 @ 8:30 pm
Austin Aztex
2 : 0
San Antonio Scorpions
Austin Aztex @ San Antonio Scorpions
 Report 
May 27, 2015 @ 9:00 pm
Colorado Springs Switchbacks
1 : 0
Real Monarchs
Colorado Springs Switchbacks @ Real Monarchs
 Report 
May 27, 2015 @ 10:00 pm
PSA Elite
2 : 1
Ventura County Fusion
PSA Elite @ Ventura County Fusion
 Report 
May 27, 2015 @ 10:30 pm
Chula Vista FC
3 : 7
Sacramento Republic
Chula Vista FC @ Sacramento Republic
 Report 
May 19, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Portland Timbers 2
2 : 0
Michigan Bucks
Portland Timbers 2 @ Michigan Bucks
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
West Virginia Chaos
0 : 3
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
West Virginia Chaos @ Pittsburgh Riverhounds
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Chattanooga FC
1(5) : 1(3)
Wilmington Hammerheads
Chattanooga FC @ Wilmington Hammerheads
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Virginia Beach City FC
0 : 2
Richmond Kickers
Virginia Beach City FC @ Richmond Kickers
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Louisville City FC
1 : 0
Lansing United
Louisville City FC @ Lansing United
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Harrisburg City Islanders
3 : 0
Reading United AC
Harrisburg City Islanders @ Reading United AC
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 7:05 pm
Greater Binghamton FC Thunder
0 : 1
Rochester Rhinos
Greater Binghamton FC Thunder @ Rochester Rhinos
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Miami United
0 : 1
Charleston Battery
Miami United @ Charleston Battery
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Upward Stars
1 : 4
Charlotte Independence
Upward Stars @ Charlotte Independence
 Eagle Field (Winthrop Univ.) - Rock Hill, SC 
May 20, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Real Monarchs
1 : 0
Long Island Rough Riders
Real Monarchs @ Long Island Rough Riders
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
New York Red Bulls 2
0 : 1
Jersey Express
New York Red Bulls 2 @ Jersey Express
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
Des Moines Menace
1 : 2
Saint Louis FC
Des Moines Menace @ Saint Louis FC
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 8:05 pm
Seacoast United Phantoms
0 : 1
Tulsa Roughnecks
Seacoast United Phantoms @ Tulsa Roughnecks
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 8:30 pm
OKC Energy FC
3 : 1
Midland-Odessa Sockers
OKC Energy FC @ Midland-Odessa Sockers
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 9:00 pm
Laredo Heat
0 : 2
Austin Aztex
Laredo Heat @ Austin Aztex
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 9:00 pm
Harpo's FC
1 : 2
Colorado Springs Switchbacks
Harpo's FC @ Colorado Springs Switchbacks
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 10:00 pm
Orange County Blues
1 : 2
PSA Elite
Orange County Blues @ PSA Elite
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 10:30 pm
Chula Vista FC
3 : 0
Arizona United SC
Chula Vista FC @ Arizona United SC
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 10:30 pm
Ventura County Fusion
2 : 1
LA Galaxy II
Ventura County Fusion @ LA Galaxy II
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 10:30 pm
Sonoma County Sol
2 : 4
Sacramento Republic
Sonoma County Sol @ Sacramento Republic
 Report 
May 20, 2015 @ 10:30 pm
Kitsap Pumas
2 : 4
Seattle Sounders 2
Kitsap Pumas @ Seattle Sounders 2
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Fort Pitt Regiment
0 : 1
West Virginia Chaos
Fort Pitt Regiment @ West Virginia Chaos
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Greater Binghamton FC Thunder
1(4) : 1(3)
Western Mass. Pioneers
GBFC Thunder @ Western Mass. Pioneers
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
RWB Adria
0(4) : 0(2)
Lansing United
RWB Adria @ Lansing United
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Southwest Florida Adrenaline
1 : 2
Miami United
Southwest Florida Adrenaline @ Miami United
 Milander Park - Hialeah, FL 
May 13, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Triangle Brigade FC
3(1) : 3(3)
Upward Stars
Triangle Brigade FC @ Upward Stars
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Virginia Beach City FC
3 : 2
AC Connecticut
Virginia Beach City FC @ AC Connecticut
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Maryland Bays
0 : 1
Reading United AC
Maryland Bays @ Reading United AC
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Brooklyn Italians SC
1 : 3
Long Island Rough Riders
Brooklyn Italians SC @ Long Island Rough Riders
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Detroit City FC
0 : 3
Michigan Bucks
Detroit City FC @ Michigan Bucks
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Ocala Stampede
1(3) : 1(5)
Chattanooga FC
Ocala Stampede @ Chattanooga FC
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
New York Greek American SC
0 : 3
Jersey Express
New York Greek American SC @ Jersey Express
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
Seacoast United Phantoms
2 : 1
GPS Massachusetts
Seacoast United Phantoms @ GPS Massachusetts
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 8:30 pm
Madison Fire
1 : 2
Des Moines Menace
Madison Fire @ Des Moines Menace
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 8:30 pm
Tulsa Athletics
1 : 3
Midland-Odessa Sockers
Tulsa Athletics @ Midland-Odessa Sockers
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 9:15 pm
North Texas Rayados
0(2) : 0(4)
Laredo Heat
North Texas Rayados @ Laredo Heat
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 9:30 pm
Harpo's FC
0 : 0
BYU Cougars
Harpo's FC @ BYU Cougars
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 10:00 pm
Kitsap Pumas
5 : 2
FC Tacoma 253
Kitsap Pumas @ FC Tacoma 253
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 10:00 pm
Burlingame Dragons
1 : 2
Sonoma County Sol
Burlingame Dragons @ Sonoma County Sol
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 10:00 pm
Cal FC
3(5) : 3(6)
Ventura County Fusion
Cal FC @ Ventura County Fusion
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 10:00 pm
Golden State Misioneros
1 : 7
PSA Elite
Golden State Misioneros @ PSA Elite
 Report 
May 13, 2015 @ 10:30 pm
Chula Vista FC
2 : 1
FC Tucson
Chula Vista FC @ FC Tucson
 Report 

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USSF’s new US Open Cup qualifying tournament has challenges to address after year one

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In October of 2015, 57 amateur teams kicked off the inaugural open division qualifying tournament for the 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. When the plan was announced, the format called for eight teams to punch their tickets to the 103rd edition of the competition.

The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) created the qualifying tournament as a way for teams from the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), US Club Soccer, and the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) to determine which teams will join the Premier Development League (PDL) and the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) to round out the amateur portion of the US Open Cup field. The goal was to create a single, easy-to-follow tournament to streamline the process as opposed to holding state and regional competitions.

As with anything new, much less reorganizing a nationwide soccer tournament, there’s always going to be growing pains and tweaks that need to be made. The inaugural open division tournament was scheduled to be completed the first weekend of April 2016, but with the reduction in the number of professional teams entering this year, the final round was eliminated and the remaining 14 teams in the tournament were all entered into the Open Cup.

However, as the open division tournament was announced and played out over two rounds, there were plenty of skeptics among the amateur teams and state associations that were the previous caretakers of the qualifying system. The main issues with the new arrangements focus on challenges with travel, which led to three teams forfeiting games, and new roster rules that were implemented.

“I don’t see anything positive coming from this new format created by the federation,” said Tony Falcone, the President of the Maryland Soccer Association and deputy director of USASA Region I. “We are a big country and it is asking too much for a national organization to try to run competitions at the local level.”

TRAVEL

Under the previous qualifying system, teams under the USASA umbrella interested in competing in the tournament would have to register through their local state soccer association. Clubs would pay an entry fee and if they advanced through the state tournament, they would advance to one of the four regional competitions. At a minimum, the winner and the runner-up would get into the US Open Cup. US Club Soccer and the USSSA are relatively new additions to the Cup, debuting in 2012 and 2013 respectively, and had been organizing their own qualifying tournaments.

Now, starting this year, any amateur team that wants to enter, assuming they are part of a large enough USSF-sanctioned league, just needs to sign up and pay the entry fee to the federation. All of the teams that register are separately regionally into a national tournament.

According to the USSF’s Open Division handbook distributed to participating teams, the reason for the changes is to help promote the qualifying element of the US Open Cup by giving teams and fans alike a “clear, identifiable path for reaching the Open Cup tournament proper.” They also aim to eliminate “a major burden from local, state, regional and national amateur administrators to organize competitions at multiple levels.”

Unfortunately, as is true every year with the Open Cup, there were teams that were the odd team out when it came to making the draw on a regional basis. For example, if there are five teams in a particular region, one of them is going to have to make a long trip to another part of the country. As a result, three teams had to forfeit games in the first two rounds of the competition after they had drawn road games against teams that were more than 850 miles away.

The Kansas City Athletics, who have been regulars in Open Cup qualifying since 2010 were in an unfortunate position because they were the only club in their area that registered for the tournament. As a result, they drew the Oregon-based International Portland Select (IPS) in the opening round. The roughly 1,800-mile trip to the Pacific Northwest was too much for a small club like the Athletics and player/manager Kyle Perkins didn’t want to put the club in financial jeopardy by making the journey, so they withdrew from the competition.

“We could have made the trip, but that would have bankrupted the club,” said Perkins, who has been a big part of the club qualifying for the 2010, 2012 and 2015 US Open Cups. “That meant we had to choose between the future of the club and playing in the first round of qualifying. The decision was very easy for us. There was no way we could risk the future of the club.”

The number of teams that register for the tournament in a given region is clearly not the fault of the federation, but there was no plan in place to assist with travel costs as there is with the tournament proper. Once the Open Cup begins, teams that have to travel are given a stipend between $8,000 and $10,000 to help ease the burden of making the trip. It certainly doesn’t cover all of the expenses, but often times can make a significant dent.

“US Soccer could offer some assistance to clubs that are traveling,” said Perkins. “Let’s say, for any club traveling over a certain number of miles, they get a certain amount of financial assistance.”

Another first round forfeit involved a new team, Tobacco Road FC. The club, who were making their first attempt to qualify for the tournament, were one of three North Carolina-based clubs that registered, but they were the odd team out when the draw was made as Queen City United FC and Charlotte Sporting Soccer Academy drew each other in Round 1. Tobacco Road found themselves scheduled to travel approximately 850 miles south to New Orleans to play CD Motagua.

The draw for the qualifying tournament was announced on Sept. 22, giving teams about a month to organize travel plans for the opening round in late October. Tobacco Road and the KC Athletics both decided to withdraw as a result, giving CD Motagua and IPS a free pass into the next round. Unfortunately, IPS, who are one of the most successful amateur clubs in the Portland, Ore. area, was the only team from the Pacific Northwest to enter the tournament, which created a similar travel problem in Round 2.

The closest teams to the Oregon club were Northern California clubs San Francisco City FC and the Davis Legacy, but those teams were scheduled to meet in Round 2, leaving IPS with a massive road trip ahead of them. The draw put them up against the North Texas Rayados, which is more than 2,000 miles away from the Rose City.

“There are a lot of other good teams up here (in the Portland area) and we were surprised to see that no others had entered,” said IPS head coach Harvey Hurst. “It was probably not well-advertised, because this is the first year under this format.”

IPS was eager to get a chance to qualify for the US Open Cup, but since they were unable to afford a trip to Dallas, they withdrew. According to Hurst, the club continued to try to find a way to compete in the tournament. One suggestion they made to the USSF was playing San Francisco City, the last remaining Northern California club, in the final round of qualifying. This move would have essentially given IPS (and North Texas Rayados) a Round 2 bye rather than a forfeit, and would have given San Francisco a Round 3 opponent, rather than a bye into the 103rd US Open Cup. According to Hurst, that proposal wasn’t entertained.

ROSTERS

Another change that was implemented this year was that the federation will also approve rosters through the qualifying process which they hope will minimize disputes regarding player eligibility. Some might say this is the “Des Moines Menace rule,” but we’ll come back to that.

2015/16 Open Division qualifying schedule
Source: 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Open Division Handbook
Aug. 24: Fall roster submission deadline (22 player limit)Sept. 12-20: First Round of qualifying*
*Round eliminated due to number of teamsOct. 17-25: Second Round of qualifying

Nov. 14-22: Third Round of qualifying

Feb. 29: Spring roster submission deadline
Teams may add up to five new players to their Fall roster who are not cup-tied; 22 player limit remainsApr. 2-3: Final Round of qualifying*
*Round eliminated after USL teams were removed from USOC

July 1-15: Summer roster changeover period
Teams may add up to five new players to their Spring roster who are not cup-tied; 22 player limit remains

Teams that signed up for the open division qualifying tournament had to submit a 22-man roster prior to fall qualifying. The roster deadline for this year’s competition was Aug. 24.

“The roster deadlines set by the Federation are difficult,” added Falcone. “Many teams will still be forming their rosters in August [of the previous year]. Naming 22 players by mid-August will be a challenge as many do not commit until the league season actually starts in early September.”

The new system requires that any club that enters will stay intact through three rounds of qualifying in September, October and November (due to limited numbers of entries for this year’s tournament, the September qualifying round was eliminated). Then, the teams that advance to the final round in April will be able to make five additions to their roster prior to the Feb. 29 deadline, while maintaining the 22-man limit.

(UPDATE: The final round was eliminated after multiple USL teams were removed from the tournament field)

The teams that qualify for the US Open Cup proper will have to continue with that same set of players through July 1, which, based on the 2016 format, would be after the Round of 16. It’s worth noting that in the Modern Era (1995-present), an amateur club has never reached that far.

One of the motivations behind this could be because of the Des Moines Menace. They aren’t the only team to enter a second team into the USASA’s Open Cup qualifying tournament, but they are the team that has come the closest to having both teams qualify. The team entered into the USASA tournament, the “Iowa Menace” qualified with a 7-1 win over the KC Athletics. About 10 days later, the PDL team needed a win over another KC team, the Kansas City Brass to qualify. They fell short with a 2-1 loss to the Brass. Since the PDL team didn’t qualify, according to the roster rules at the time, the USASA team was free to use any eligible player in their Open Cup run. The USASA team, which was largely veterans mixed with some PDL players, became essentially the PDL team by the time the tournament started.

This was well within the rules, but one would assume that the organizers frowned upon a team essentially getting two bites of the apple. (Note: After the PDL team failed to qualify based on the previous year’s league results, the Menace entered the 2014 USASA tournament and qualified again.)

Under the current rules, players register with one team for the qualifying tournament and are cup-tied to that team for not only the remainder of qualifying, but for the tournament proper.

PDL, NPSL TEAMS HAVE UNFAIR ADVANTAGE

Multiple amateur clubs that were spoken to for this story brought up another concern as it relates to fairness with the US Open Cup qualifying roster process. The PDL and NPSL clubs, who both receive automatic berths based on the previous season’s league results, have a distinct advantage over their open division counterparts.

As mentioned, the open division clubs that enter start with a 22-man roster that has to be constructed by late August. They can make limited changes (five additions) one time before the tournament starts, but that change needs to happen in February, almost three months before the Open Cup begins. Since they must set the roster in August (during the college soccer season), and can add five players in February, the clubs are basically excluded from using current college players in the tournament.

On the other side, the PDL and NPSL teams have no such roster deadlines until late April, a few weeks before the tournament is set to begin. Those clubs will have their pick of all of the available college players and don’t have to set their rosters until eight months after the open division teams are required to.

“It is believed that a 22-player roster [for open division teams] should be large enough to deal with eventualities like long-term injuries, players leaving the team for various reasons,” said US Soccer spokesperson Neil Buethe. “Open division local qualifier rules are written with the intent that the squad at the end of its Open Cup run should be largely the same as the one it began with, with a reasonable amount of player turnover accommodated.”

In Region I, where Falcone is based, the first round of open division qualifying was originally scheduled to start the weekend after Labor Day. Many local leagues begin play on Labor Day weekend, so there would be teams and players that may not be complete, but also, in some cases, not in their best competitive form.

“We’ve never had to lock in 22 players for more than one round of any cup competition,” said Jon Knight of the Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks, a regular participant from the D.C.-area. “It’s a bit daunting to go with [the same] 22 [players] for 3 months when you’re in preseason.”

Halfway across the country, the KC Athletics have similar problems with the lack of roster flexibility.

“It makes no sense,” said Perkins. “We are an amateur squad and we have real jobs [so] roster flexibility is what makes it possible for us to fill out our roster when players miss due to their personal lives, work and family.”

The near impossibility to involve college players on open division rosters is the main reason why the PSA Elite did not enter this year. PSA Elite are the Southern California-based club that has qualified for the last four US Open Cups. During that run of four straight, PSA Elite upset a pair of professional teams and became the first amateur club in Modern Era to reach the Fourth Round in consecutive years. However, with the new roster rules, it appears they won’t be adding to that resume anytime soon because their team has always relied heavily on current local college players.

Most open division teams play year-round and don’t rely on college players to compete in their tournaments and leagues. However, for those that do, this new system creates a significant obstacle. The way it’s currently set up, if an open division team that relies on college players wants to enter the US Open Cup, they will have to either join the NPSL or the PDL or overhaul their approach to forming a team.

Expecting a new tournament to be perfect the first time around is asking a lot. However, unless the travel and roster challenges can be ironed out, it could discourage more teams from entering the competition.

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