2013 US Open Cup Third Round pairings set for MLS entry

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  • May 15, 2013

The US Soccer Federation unveiled the draw and pairings for the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Wednesday, unveiling whom the potential opponents will be when the contingent of Major League Soccer teams enter the 100th edition of the tournament May 28-29.

With six games falling on Wednesday, it is the largest split of matches between dates since the less formal scheduling structure that ended in 1999. Since the introduction of the formalized dates in 2000, the largest such situation occurred in the Third Round of the 2007 tournament when matches were spread over five different dates with four outliers from the predetermined night.

Five MLS clubs (Columbus, Kansas City, New York, Portland, Salt Lake) are guaranteed to play at home in the Third Round while four (Chivas USA, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Jose) will be heading out on the road no matter the opponent, though it should be noted that Chivas USA will be staying in the greater Los Angeles area. The remaining MLS sides will not know their travel plans until the conclusion of the Second Round on May 21.

Also of note, two of the four official MLS-USL affiliate partners were paired up in the Third Round scenarios with the Rochester Rhinos playing host to the New England and DC United visiting the Richmond Kickers should the USL Pro sides advance from round two.

Four pairings could see teams in the same state square off in the Third Round, pitting sides from California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia/DC against one another. Chivas USA will face one of the other greater-LA sides while Columbus could meet up with Dayton, Philadelphia could visit Pittsburgh and DC may square off with Richmond.

Witness Account of the Draw [+]

US Open Cup Scoreboard & Second Round Schedule [+]



New England Revolution @ Rochester Rhinos (USL Pro)
Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y. – 7:35 p.m. ET
GPS Portland Phoenix (USL PDL) @ New England Revolution
Harvard University; Cambridge, Mass. – 7:30 p.m. ET
Philadelphia Union @ Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL Pro)
Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa. – 7 p.m. ET
Ocean City Nor’easters (USL PDL) @ Philadelphia Union
PPL Park; Chester, Pa. – 7:30 p.m. ET
DC United @ Richmond Kickers (USL Pro)
Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va. – 7 p.m. ET
Icon FC (USASA) @ DC United
Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md. – 7 p.m. ET
Minnesota United FC (NASL) / Des Moines Menace (USL PDL) / Madison 56ers (NPSL) @ Sporting KC
Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan. – 7:30 p.m. CT
Chivas USA @ LA Blues (USL Pro) / Ventura County Fusion (USL PDL)
LA: Titan Stadium; Fullerton, Calif. – 7:30 p.m. PT
VC: Ventura College; Ventura, Calif. – 7 p.m. PT
FC Dallas @ Ft. Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) / Laredo Heat (USL PDL)
FTL: Lockhart Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – 7:30 p.m. ET
LAR: Texas A&M International Soccer Complex; Laredo, Texas – 8:15 p.m. CT
Colorado Rapids @ Orlando City Lions (USL Pro)
Florida Citrus Bowl; Orlando, Fla. – 7:30 p.m. ET
Ocala Stampede (USL PDL) @ Colorado Rapids
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo. – 7 p.m. MT
Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) / Georgia Revolution (USASA) @ Real Salt Lake
Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah – 7:30 p.m. MT
Chicago Fire @ Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro)
Winthrop University Stadium; Rock Hill, S.C. – 7 p.m. ET
Seattle Sounders U-23 (USL PDL) @ Chicago Fire
Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill. – 7:30 p.m. CT
San Jose Earthquakes @ Charleston Battery (USL Pro) / Portland Timbers U-23
CHB: Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C. – 7:30 p.m. ET
POR: JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore. – 7:30 p.m. PT


Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro) / Dearborn SC (USASA) @ Columbus Crew
Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio – 7:30 p.m. ET
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro) / Reading United (USL PDL) @ New York Red Bulls
Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J. – 7:30 p.m. ET
LA Galaxy @ Carolina RailHawks (NASL) / Carolina Dynamo (USL PDL)
RailHawks: WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C. – 7:15 p.m. ET
Dynamo: Macpherson Stadium; Greensboro, N.C. – 7 p.m. ET
Houston Dynamo @ San Antonio Scorpions (NASL)
Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas – 7:30 p.m. CT
FC Tucson (USL PDL) @ Houston Dynamo
BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas – 7:30 p.m. CT
Seattle Sounders @ Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)
Al Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla. – 7:30 p.m. ET
VSI Tampa Bay (USL Pro) @ Seattle Sounders
Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash. – 7 p.m. PT
Wilmington Hammerheads (USL Pro) / Austin Aztex (USL PDL) @ Portland Timbers
JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore. – 7:30 p.m. PT


Fourth Round: June 12
Quarterfinals: June 26
Semifinals: Aug. 7 or 21
Final: Oct. 1 or 2



  • Kenny says:

    Pleasantly surprised to see Houston Dynamo (if FC Tuscon advance) could host a game t BBVA. Looks like another year of getting excited that we may try to go for it. Hope we do this time!

  • Mark says:

    Can the teams buy/sell the home rights this year?

  • Josh Hakala says:

    No. The practice of selling home game rights has been outlawed.

  • mike says:

    Interesting that Carolina RailHawks and LA Galaxy got paired together for the second year in a row. As a RailHawks fan, I would’ve like to see a new MLS opponent this year… guess we’ll just have to see who we’ll get in Round 4 then. ;)

  • ERic says:

    A possible LA Galaxy/Carolina Railhawks rematch. Nice!

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