Hosting scenarios for 2017 US Open Cup Semifinals, Final announced; FC Cincinnati, Miami FC try again

Posted by | July 14, 2017
Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS. Photo: Sporting KC

Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS. Photo: Sporting KC

There is one quarterfinal match still to be played, but the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) announced the hosting scenarios for the Semifinals and the Final for the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

After last Wednesday’s match was postponed due to lightning, the match between FC Cincinnati and Miami FC had to be postponed. The makeup date was announced today as well, with both teams trying again on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at Riccardo Silva Stadium in Miami, Fla. First kick is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

The winner of that match will become just the fifth lower division team to host a Semifinal since 1996. (1996 Rochester Rhinos, 1997 San Francisco Bay Seals, 2007 Seattle Sounders, 2008 Charleston Battery)

Either FC Cincinnati or Miami FC will host the New York Red Bulls (MLS) in the Semifinals. If Miami FC wins, the NASL side will take on the Red Bulls on Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Riccardo Silva Stadium. If FC Cincinnati wins, the USL side will host their game at Nippert Stadium, a place where they have eliminated back-to-back MLS opponents while drawing more than 30,000 fans in each game. That game would take place on Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. ET.

Sporting Kansas City will host the other Semifinal against the San Jose Earthquakes on Aug. 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET at Children’s Mercy Park.

After Friday’s draw for the semifinal hosting scenarios, the priority ranking for the Final took place. The priorty ranking and hosting scenarios are as followed:

1. Sporting Kansas City

2. New York Red Bulls

3. Miami FC/FC Cincinnati Winner

4. San Jose Earthquakes

Or to put it another way: If Sporting Kansas City wins their Semifinal match, they will host whoever emerges from the other Semifinal (Cincinnati/Miami/New York). If the San Jose Earthquakes win, the winner of the other Semifinal will host the championship game.

This year’s US Open Cup Final will take place on Sept. 20. The kickoff time will be announced at a later date. To date, there has not been an announcement about any broadcast plans for the Semifinals or the Final. Last year, ESPN aired the Semifinals and the Final.