2012 US Open Cup Quarterfinal pairings and host scenarios announced

Posted by | June 2, 2012

MORE: Updated 2012 US Open Cup bracket

UPDATE: Charlotte Eagles vs. Chivas USA has been moved to Titan Stadium on the campus of Cal State Fullerton.

The United States Soccer Federation announced Saturday afternoon the pairings and hosting scenarios for the Jun 26 Quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The four sets of pairings feature two games in which three lower division clubs will have an opportunity to host an Elite Eight match-up.

Should the San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) prevail against the Charlotte Eagles(USL Pro), who are making their third trip to Texas in as many rounds, will play host to the winner of the cross-country Fourth Round match between Chivas USA (MLS) and Carolina RailHawks (NASL), setting up the first possible intra-league game among lower division clubs. A Charlotte victory would send the Eagles on the road once again.

The most western foursome will see the winner of the Seattle Sounders (MLS) and Cal FC (USASA) contest traveling to face either the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) or Minnesota Stars (NASL).

The winners of the two all-MLS contests Tuesday evening are guaranteed to be at home for the Quarterfinals. Sporting Kansas City or the Colorado Rapids will host the winner of the all-lower division contest featuring the Michigan Bucks (PDL) and Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro). DC United or the Philadelphia Union will welcome the New York Red Bulls (MLS) or Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro), creating a potential Pennsylvania derby between two affiliated teams.

Though Fox Soccer tweeted Thursday evening that it was broadcasting the Seattle Sounders versus Cal FC match Tuesday evening, there remains no official confirmation from USSF (in the release) or from the Sounders.

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Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at Philadelphia Union (MLS)
PPL Park; Chester, Pa.; 7:30 p.m. ET

Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.; 8:30 p.m. ET

Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) at Chivas USA (MLS)
Titan Stadium (Cal State Fullerton); Fullerton, Calif.; 10:30 p.m. ET

Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Kezar Stadium; San Francisco, Calif.; 10:30 p.m. ET