Things you should know about the Quarterfinals of the US Open Cup

Posted by | June 26, 2012

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The 1997 San Francisco Bay Seals are one of two Division 3 clubs to not only reach the Quarterfinals, but to advance to the Semifinals. Photo: San Francisco Bay Seals

In 2018, MLS expansion team Los Angeles FC broke the Modern Era’s Quarterfinal attendance record in the club’s 3-2 win over the Portland Timbers. The announced attendance of 17,898 narrowly broke the record held by Sporting Kansas City who drew 17,589 for their 2015 match against the Houston Dynamo at Sporting Park on July 21, 2015.

That big number for Sporting Kansas City’s home game in the 2015 Quarterfinals, combined with 11,060 for Real Salt Lake’s 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy, helped 2015 break the record for Quarterfinal average attendance with 10,661. The previous record was set in 1999 when that round averaged 7,131 per game, with a high mark of 10,730 at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY to watch the Rochester Rhinos upset the Dallas Burn (MLS) 2-1 in sudden death extra time.

The 2008 US Open Cup marked the first time that a pair of 2nd Division teams advanced out of the Quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.

In 2007, when the Seattle Sounders (USL First Division) defeated the Colorado Rapids (MLS) 5-0, it was the worst loss suffered by an MLS team in the US Open Cup.

In 2007, the USL First Division (2nd Division) had three teams in the Quarterfinals (Carolina, Charleston, Seattle), the most ever. That same year, only three MLS teams advanced to the Quarterfinal round, the fewest ever. For the first time ever, two USL Second Division (3rd Division) teams (Richmond Kickers, Harrisburg City Islanders) made the round of eight in the same year. In 2010, a pair of USL-2 clubs advanced to the Quarterfinals (Charleston Battery, Harrisburg City Islanders) in the same year.

2012 marks the first year in the Modern Era that three Division 3 clubs reached the Quarterfinals with the Harrisburg City Islanders, Dayton Dutch Lions and the Charlotte Eagles all playing in the Round of Eight.

The Carolina RailHawks and the Seattle Sounders won their Quarterfinal matches in 2007, marking only the second time that two USL First Division (2nd Division) teams had done that in the same year. In 1999, the Charleston Battery and the Rochester Raging Rhinos both made the Semifinals, with Rochester eventually winning the tournament.

The Second Division of US Soccer has been represented in the Quarterfinals by at least one team in all but five tournaments (2000, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2015). In 2010, it was the first year that the Quarterfinals were without Second Division representation but there were still USL Second Division (3rd Division of US Soccer) remaining: Charleston Battery and the Harrisburg City Islanders.

The Harrisburg City Islanders are the first Third Division team to ever reach the Quarterfinals in consecutive seasons (2009, 2010). 2010 also marked the first time that two USL-2 clubs (Third Division) reached the Quarterfinals two years in a row. (Wilmington & Harrisburg in 2009, Charleston & Harrisburg in 2010).

FC Dallas have the most Quarterfinals appearances among all Major League Soccer teams.

16 FC Dallas 8-7-1 (1-0) 1996^ 1997^ 1998^ 1999 2000 2002^ 2004 2005^ 2006 2007^ 2008 2011^ 2013, 2014^ 2016^ 2017
14 Chicago Fire 11-1-2 (2-0) 1998^ 2000^ 2001^ 2003^ 2004^ 2005^ 2006^ 2008 2011^ 2013^ 2014^ 2015^ 2016^ 2018^
12 LA Galaxy 6-5-1 (1-0) 1999 2000^ 2001^ 2002^ 2003^ 2005^ 2006^ 2010 2011 2015 2016^ 2017
11 DC United 9-1-1 (0-1) 1996^ 1997^ 2000 2001^ 2003^ 2005 2006^ 2008^ 2009^ 2010^ 2013^
11 Sporting Kansas City 5-5-1 (0-1) 1996 2002^ 2004^ 2005 2008 2009 2011 2012^ 2015^ 2017^ 2018
9 NE Revolution 2-5-2 (2-0) 2001^ 2003 2006 2007^ 2008^ 2013 2014 2016^ 2017
9 New York Red Bulls 4-3-2 (1-1) 1997^ 1998^ 2000^ 2002 2003^ 2006 2011 2015 2017^
9 San Jose Earthquakes 1-5-3 (1-2) 1997 1998 2000 2001 2002 2004^ 2005 2012 2017^
7 Columbus Crew 4-2-1 (0-1) 1998^ 1999^ 2000 2001 2002^ 2004 2010^
6 Colorado Rapids 2-4-0 1996^ 1999^ 2002 2003 2006 2007
6 Houston Dynamo 3-3-0 2006^ 2009^ 2010 2015 2016 2018^
6 Seattle Sounders 5-1-0 2009^ 2010^ 2011^ 2012^ 2014^ 2016
5 Philadelphia Union 3-0-2 (1-1) 2012^ 2014^ 2015^ 2016 2018^
4 Tampa Bay Mutiny 0-4-0 1996 1997 1998 1999
3 Portland Timbers 1-2-0 2013^ 2014 2018
3 Real Salt Lake 2-1-0 2011 2013^ 2015^
2 Chivas USA 2-0-0 2010^ 2012^
2 Miami Fusion 1-1-0 1998 2000^
2 Orlando City SC 0-2-0 2015 2018
1 Los Angeles FC 1-0-0 2018^

^ Won their Quarterfinal match

The Charleston Battery have the most lower division Quarterfinal appearances since 1996.

6 Charleston Battery 3-3-0 1999^ 2004^ 2007 2008^ 2009 2010
5 Rochester Rhinos 3-1-1 (0-1) 1996^ 1999^ 2004 2005 2009^
4 Richmond Kickers 1-3-0 2001 2004 2007 2011^
4 Seattle Sounders 1-2-1 (1-0) 1996 2003 2007^ 2008^
4 H’burg City Islanders 0-4-0 2007 2009 2010 2012
3 Carolina RailHawks 1-2-0 2007^ 2013 2014
2 Minnesota Thunder 1-0-1 (0-1) 2004 2005^
2 Wilm. Hammerheads 0-2-0 2003 2009
1 Atlanta Silverbacks 0-1-0 2014
1 Carolina Dynamo 0-1-0 1996
1 Charlotte Eagles 0-1-0 2012
1 Chicago Stingers 0-1-0 1997
1 Crystal Palace Balt. 0-0-1 (0-1) 2008
1 Dayton Dutch Lions 0-1-0 2012
1 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 0-1-0 2016
1 L.I. Rough Riders 0-1-0 1997
1 Louisville City FC 0-1-0 2018
1 Milwaukee Rampage 0-1-0 2002
1 Nashville Metros 0-1-0 1998
1 Orlando City SC 0-1-0 2013
1 Pitts. Riverhounds 0-1-0 2001
1 San Fran. Bay Seals 1-0-0 1997^
1 Staten Island Vipers 0-1-0 1999
1 FC Cincinnati 1-0-0 2017^
1 Miami FC (NASL) 0-1-0 2017

^ Won their Quarterfinal match