2012 US Open Cup Semifinal pairings and host scenarios announced

Posted by | June 21, 2012

The United States Soccer Federation announced the pairings and host scenarios for the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Semifinals set for July 10 or 11, two weeks following the conclusion of the Quarterfinals June 26 featuring five Major League Soccer teams and three sides from the third division USL Pro.

Among the three lower division sides, the Harrisburg City Islanders are the only club that could potentially host a semifinal contest. To do so, both they are league compatriot Dayton Dutch Lions would have to register upset victories over the Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City. Otherwise, the Philadelphia Union are set to host the semifinal, playing Dayton July 10 or Kansas City July 11.

The other pairing is much simpler scenario with the winner of the quarterfinal meeting between the Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes playing host to either Chivas USA or the lower division Charlotte Eagles, who have already won three times in Texas and are now making a cross-country trip to Los Angeles.

The 2012 US Open Cup Semifinals are the first round in which the hosts were determined via the previous tournament process of blind bids. In earlier rounds, US Soccer used a draw to determine the hosts upon meeting the minimum requirements, which in some rounds included a hosting fee.

SEMIFINAL 1 – July 10 or 11

Sporting Kansas City (MLS) at Philadelphia Union (MLS)
PPL Park; Chester, Pa.; 7:30 p.m. ET, July 11
OR
Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) at Philadelphia Union (MLS)
PPL Park; Chester, Pa.; 7:30 p.m. ET, July 10
OR
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.; 7:30 p.m. CT, July 10
OR
Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO)
Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.; 7:30 p.m. ET, July 10

SEMIFINAL 2 – July 10

Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) / Chivas USA (MLS) at Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)
Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.; 7 p.m. PT
OR
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) / Chivas USA (MLS) at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.; 7:30 p.m. PT

QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE – Tuesday, June 26

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