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2017 US Open Cup qualifying: Minneapolis City has eye on rare tournament berth after OT win over Oakland County

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Minneapolis City SC emerged the victor from a closely fought cup tie with Rochester Hills, Mich.’s Oakland County FC, thanks to an extra time goal from winger Whitney Browne. City frequently had the run of play on the afternoon, but County goal keeper Nathan Steinwascher repeatedly frustrated the Crows, keeping County in the game and forcing 30 additional minutes.

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2017 US Open Cup qualifying schedule, results

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Click on the scores below for match reports
All Times Eastern

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QUALIFYING ROUND 1 AWAY TEAM TIME (ET) HOME TEAM VENUE
Sept. 10 Brick Lions FC (NJ) 5:2 Vereinigung Erzebirge (EAST PA) Vereinigung Erzebirge – Warminster, PA
Sept. 10 Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (MD) 1:3 (AET) Christos FC (MD) Troy Park – Elkridge, MD
Sept. 10 Salone FC (EAST PA) 1:2 West Chester United (EAST PA) WCU Turf Field – West Chester, PA
Sept. 10 NY Pancyprian Freedoms (EAST NY) 2:3 (AET) Lansdowne Bhoys (EAST NY) Tibbetts Brooke Park – Yonkers, NY
Sept. 11 GPS Omens (MA) 4:2 Southie FC (MA) Madison Park – Roxbury Crossing, MA
Sept. 11 Rising Stars FC (EAST PA) 1:5 Junior Lone Star (EAST PA) YSC Sports Field – Wayne, PA
Sept. 17 Moreno Valley FC (SOUTH CA) 5:1 HD Rush FC (SOUTH CA) University Prep School – Victorville, CA
Sept. 17 Colorado Rovers (CO) 0:2 Harpo’s FC (CO) Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Field 19) – Commerce City, CO
Sept. 17 Valley United (SOUTH CA) 1:3 SFV Scorpions FC (SOUTH CA) Heritage Christian School – North Hilla, CA
Sept. 17 Del Rey City SC (SOUTH CA) 2:3 FC Hasental (SOUTH CA) Del Sol Stadium – Oxnard, CA
Sept. 17 Celtics Cowboys Premier (SOUTH TX) 0:7 North Texas Rayados (NORTH TX) Premier Park – Balch Springs, TX
Sept. 17 Azteca FC (CO) 3:1 FC Denver (CO) Aurora Sports Park – Aurora, CO
Sept. 17 Orange County FC (SOUTH CA) 0:3 La Maquina (SOUTH CA) Rancho Jurupa Regional Park – Jurupa Valley, CA
Sept. 17 Avalanche USA FC (SOUTH CA) 2:3 Inland Empire FC (SOUTH CA) Colton High School – Colton, CA
Sept. 17 OC Crew SC (SOUTH CA) 1:2 Ozzy’s Laguna FC (SOUTH CA) Santa Ana Stadium – Santa Ana, CA
Sept. 18 Davis Legacy (NORTH CA) 1:2 El Farolito (NORTH CA) Boxer Stadium – San Francisco, CA
Sept. 18 Outbreak FC (SOUTH CA) 5:0 Buena Park FC (SOUTH CA) John F. Kennedy High School – LaPalma, CA
Sept. 18 Red Force FC (FL) 3:0 (60′) Miami Nacional SC (FL) Lauderhill Sports Complex – Lauderhill, FL
Sept. 18 FC Boulder (CO) 0:3 Colorado Rush (CO) Addenbrooke Soccer Complex – Lakewood, CO
Sept. 18 Ann Arbor FC (MI) 1:3 Oakland County FC (MI) Stoney Creek High School – Rochester Hills, MI
Sept. 18 Los Angeles Wolves (SOUTH CA) 4:1 Real Sociedad Royals (SOUTH CA) St. John Bosco Stadium – Bellflower, CA
Sept. 18 AC Brea Steaua (SOUTH CA) 0:11 Strikers FC South Coast (SOUTH CA) Lake Forest Sports Park – Lake Forest, CA
Sept. 18 La Habra City FC (SOUTH CA) 0:5 Santa Ana Winds FC (SOUTH CA) Colton High School Stadium – Colton, CA
Sept. 18 Chula Vista FC (SOUTH CA) 5:1 Frontera United (AZ) Desert Sun Stadium – Yuma, AZ
N/A Newtown Pride FC (CT) W:L (FORFEIT) Newport FC (RI) N/A
N/A Hurricane FC (FL) W:L (FORFEIT) Miami Dade FC (FL) N/A
N/A FC Motown (NJ) W:L (FORFEIT) NY Greek American SC (EAST NY) N/A
N/A Anahuac FC (NV) W:L (FORFEIT) Las Vegas Highrollers SC (NV) N/A
QUALIFYING ROUND 2 AWAY TEAM TIME (ET) HOME TEAM VENUE 
Oct. 16 West Chester United (EAST PA) 0:1 Christos FC (MD) Troy Park – Elkridge, MD
Oct. 16 GPS Omens (MA) 3:1 Newtown Pride SC (CT) Newtown High School – Newtown, CT
Oct. 16 Aromas Cafe FC (DC/VA) 1:3 Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (WEST PA) Rooney Field – Pittsburgh, PA
Oct. 16 Lansdowne Bhoys FC (EAST NY) 2:3 FC Motown (NJ) Torpey Athletic Complex – Bridgewater, NJ
Oct. 22 Oakland County FC (MI) 1:2 (AET) Minneapolis City SC (MN) National Sports Center – Blaine, MN
Oct. 22 Azteca FC (CO) 2:1 Harpo’s FC (CO) Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Field 8) – Commerce City, CO
Oct. 22 Junior Lone Star (EAST PA) 3:2 Brick Lions FC (NJ) Pinewood Park – Brick, NJ
Oct. 22 Boca Raton FC (FL) 4:1 Hurricane FC (FL) Caloosa Park Field 3 – Boynton Beach, FL
Oct. 22 CD Motagua of New Orleans (LA) 0:2 North Texas Rayados (NORTH TX) Premier Park – Balch Springs, TX
Oct. 22 Ozzy’s Laguna FC (SOUTH CA) 0:6 Moreno Valley FC (SOUTH CA) Moreno Valley Community Park – Moreno Valley, CA
Oct. 22 Colorado Rush (CO) 4:0 IPS/Marathon Taverna (OR) Delta Park – Portland, OR
Oct. 22 Chula Vista FC (SOUTH CA) 4:1 FC Hasental (SOUTH CA) Chaminade College Prep – Canoga Park, CA
Oct. 23 Red Force FC (FL) 3:2 (AET) Uruguay Kendall FC (FL) Tropical Park Stadium – Miami, FL
Oct. 23 Outbreak FC (SOUTH CA) 2:1 SFV Scorpions SC (SOUTH CA) College of the Canyon – Santa Clarita, CA
Oct. 23 El Farolito (NORTH CA) 2:1 Strikers FC South Coast (SOUTH CA) Lake Forest Sports Park (Field A) – Lake Forest, CA
Oct. 23 MF 10 (NV) 0:2 (45′) FC Anahuac (NV) Las Vegas Sportspark – Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 30 Santa Ana Winds FC (SOUTH CA) 0:3 La Maquina (SOUTH CA) Orange County Great Park (Field 1) – Irvine, CA
Nov. 13 Los Angeles Wolves (SOUTH CA) 9:2 Inland Empire FC (SOUTH CA) Rancho Jurupa Regional Park – Jurupa Valley, CA
QUALIFYING ROUND 3 AWAY TEAM TIME HOME TEAM  VENUE
Mar. 11-12, 2017

 

2016 US Open Cup Final will have late kickoff on Sept. 13, will air on ESPN2, Univision Deportes

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A statue of the late Lamar Hunt on display outside of FC Dallas' Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX. Photo: FC Dallas

A statue of the late Lamar Hunt on display outside of FC Dallas’ Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX. Photo: FC Dallas

The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup has returned to the ESPN family of networks. The United States Soccer Federation announced the broadcast details, as well as the date and time for the 2016 US Open Cup Final on Friday morning.

The 103rd championship game between FC Dallas and the New England Revolution will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and the Univision Deportes Network.

Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT. A source tells TheCup.us, the late kickoff was a decision made by the network and not the teams.

This marks just the fourth time that the state of Texas has hosted a US Open Cup Final. The 1983 Final saw the New York Pancyprian Freedoms win its second straight title over Kutis SC in Houston. On a hot day in August in 1995, the El Paso Patriots were upset in front of their home crowd by amateur side Richmond Kickers of the USISL Premier. The last time the Open Cup Final was in the Lone Star State was when the New England Revolution beat FC Dallas 3-2 at Toyota Stadium in 2007.

This will be the third time that the Final will be broadcast live on an ESPN network. The first time came in 1999 when the Rochester Raging Rhinos of the A-League beat the Colorado Rapids on ESPN2. It would take until 2015 for the title game to return to ESPN2 when Sporting Kansas City edged the Philadelphia Union in penalty kicks last year.

Championship Match Broadcast Networks
(Modern Era, 1995-present)

2016 – ESPN2 / Univision Deportes
2015 – ESPN2 / Univision Deportes
2014 – GolTV
2013 – GolTV
2012 – GolTV
2011 – Fox Soccer Channel
2010 – Fox Soccer Channel
2009 – Fox Soccer Channel
2008 – Fox Soccer Channel
2007 – Fox Soccer Channel
2006 – Fox Soccer Channel
2005 – GolTV
2004 – GolTV
2003 – Fox Sports World
2002 – Fox Sports World
2001 – Fox Sports World
2000 – Fox Sports World
1999 – ESPN2
1998 – Fox Sports Net
1997 – Fox Sports Net
1996 – No broadcast
1995 – Prime network

2017 US Open Cup qualifying tournament set to begin Sept. 10 with 64 Open Division amateur teams

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2016-usoc-logo-724-wideBefore the 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup will crown a champion, the qualifying process for the 2017 tournament, the 104th edition of the competition, will already be underway.

The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) announced the first and second round matchups for the 2017 US Open Cup Open Division qualifying tournament which is made up of 64 amateur teams representing 18 states and 23 different leagues from across the country. The Open Division features all amateur teams that are not from the Premier Development League (PDL) or the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). The PDL and the NPSL utilize their respective 2016 league results to determine its entries (Expected 2017 PDL entries here, 2017 NPSL entries here).

The opening round of the open division tournament is scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 10-11 and Sept. 17-18 with 56 of the 64 teams participating. The remaining eight teams will receive byes into Round 2, which is scheduled for Oct. 15-16 and Oct. 22-23. The matchups are determined based on geographic location in an effort to minimize travel costs. If there were three or more teams in the same area, the matchups were made via blind draw. The home teams were also determined by a blind draw.

The matchups for the third round of the tournament (Nov. 19-20) will be determined after the second round is completed.

The tournament features 55 teams from leagues based in the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), with seven from the United States Sports Specialty Association (USSSA) and two from US Club Soccer. A total of 28 teams are first-time entries into qualifying.

To fans of the US Open Cup, there will be some familiar teams in the tournament with 12 teams that qualified for the 2016 US Open Cup returning for a shot at qualifying for 2017.

La Maquina, who advanced to the Fourth Round before falling to the Los Angeles Galaxy in extra time, will be back. Other returning teams include Outbreak FC (Long Beach, CA), LA Wolves FC (Torrance, CA), Harpo’s FC (Boulder, CO), Boca Raton FC (Pembroke Pines, FL), Motagua New Orleans (New Orleans, LA), Southie FC (Roxbury Crossing, MA), Lansdowne Bhoys FC (Yonkers, NY), New York Pancyprian Freedoms (Jamaica, NY), West Chester United (West Chester, PA), North Texas Rayados (Dallas, TX), and Aromas Cafe FC (Charlottesville, VA)

Three former champions will also be among the 64 entries. The New York Greek Americans SC (1967-69, 1974), the New York Pancyprian Freedoms (1980, 1982-83) and El Farolito (then known as CD Mexico in 1993).

This is the second year that the federation has managed the open division qualifying tournament. Prior to 2015, the open division teams were determined by state and regional tournaments. Last year, there were problems involving roster rules and travel limitations for some clubs that led to multiple forfeits.

2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Open Division Local Qualifying Schedule

First Qualifying Round

Date Game Time/Result Venue
Sept. 10 Brick Lions FC (N.J.) at Vereinigung Erzgebirge (Pa.) 2:30 p.m. ET Vereinigung Erzgebirge; Warminster, Pa.
Sept. 10 Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (Md.) at Christos FC (Md.) 7 p.m. ET Troy Park; Elkridge, Md.
Sept. 10 Rising Stars FC (Pa.) at Junior Lone Star FC (Pa.) 7 p.m. ET Monsingnor Bonner High School; Drexel Hill, Pa.
Sept. 10 Salone FC (Pa.) at West Chester United SC (Pa.) 7:30 p.m. ET West Chester United SC Turf Field; West Chester, Pa.
Sept. 10 New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) at Lansdowne Bhoys (N.Y.) 8 p.m. ET Tibbetts Brooke Park; Yonkers, N.Y.
Sept. 11 Newtown Pride FC (Conn.) at Newport FC (R.I.) 9:30 a.m. ET Gardiner Seveney Field; Portsmouth, R.I.
Sept. 11 GPS Omens (Mass.) at Southie FC (Mass.) 12 p.m. ET Madison Park; Roxbury Crossing, Mass.
Sept. 11 New York Greek American SC (N.Y.) at FC Motown (N.J.) 7 p.m. ET Athenia Steel Park; Clifton, N.J.
Sept. 17 Davis Legacy (Calif.) at El Farolito (Calif.) 11 a.m. PT Boxer Stadium; San Francisco, Calif.
Sept. 17 Ann Arbor FC (Mich.) at Oakland County FC (Mich.) 6 p.m. ET Stoney Creek High School; Rochester Hills, Mich.
Sept. 17 Moreno Valley Fútbol Club (Calif.) at HD Rush FC (Calif.) 3 p.m. PT University Preparatory School; Victorville, Calif.
Sept. 17 Colorado Rovers (Colo.) at Harpo’s FC (Colo.) 5 p.m. MT Dicks Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.
Sept. 17 Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas) at NTX Rayados (Texas) 7:30 p.m. CT Richland College; Dallas, Texas
Sept. 17 Azteca FC (Colo.) at FC Denver (Colo.) 6:30 p.m. MT Aurora Sports Park; Aurora, Colo.
Sept. 17 Del Rey City Soccer Club (Calif.) at FC Hasental (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Chaminade College Preparatory; Canoga Park, Calif.
Sept. 17 Orange County FC (Calif.) at La Máquina FC (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Westminster High School; Westminster, Calif.
Sept. 17 Avalanche USA FC (Calif.) at Inland Empire FC (Calif.) 7:30 p.m. PT Rancho Jurupa Regional Sports Park; Jurupa Valley, Calif.
Sept. 17 OC Crew Soccer Club (Calif.) at Ozzy’s Laguna FC (Calif.) 8 p.m. PT Santa Ana Stadium; Santa Ana, Calif.
Sept. 18 Outbreak FC (Calif.) at Buena Park FC (Calif.) 11 a.m. PT John F. Kennedy High School; La Palma, Calif.
Sept. 18 Hurricane FC (Fla.) at Miami Dade FC (Fla.) 3 p.m. ET Tropical Park Stadium; Miami, Fla.
Sept. 18 Red Force FC (Fla.) at Miami Nacional Soccer Club (Fla.) 4 p.m. ET Lauderhill Sports Complex; Lauderhill, Fla.
Sept. 18 FC Boulder (Colo.) at Colorado Rush (Colo.) 3 p.m. MT Addenbrooke Soccer Complex; Lakewood, Colo.
Sept. 18 L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) at Real Sociedad Royals (Calif.) 4:30 p.m. PT St. John Bosco Football Stadium; Bellflower, Calif.
Sept. 18 Valley United SC (Calif.) at SFV Scorpions SC (Calif.) 5 p.m. PT Alemony High School; Mission Hills, Calif.
Sept. 18 AC Brea Steaua (Calif.) at Strikers FC South Coast (Calif.) 6:30 p.m. PT Lake Forest Sports Park; Lake Forest, Calif.
Sept. 18 Chula Vista FC (Calif.) at Frontera United (Ariz.) 7 p.m. MST Desert Sun Stadium; Yuma, Ariz.
Sept. 18 Las Vegas High Rollers SC (Nev.) at Anahuac FC (Nev.) 7 p.m. PT Sports Park; Las Vegas, Nev.
Sept. 18 La Habra City FC (Calif.) at Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.) 7:30 p.m. PT Lake Forest Sports Park; Lake Forest, Calif.

 

Teams with byes in First Qualifying Round (8): Aromas Café FC (Va.); Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.); IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.); Minneapolis City SC (Minn.); MF 10 (Nev.); Motagua New Orleans (La.); Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.); Uruguay Kendall FC (Fla.)

 

Second Qualifying Round                                                                                                                                                                  

Date Game Time Venue
Oct. 15-16 New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.)/Lansdowne Bhoys (N.Y.) winner at New York Greek American SC (N.Y.)/FC Motown (N.J.) winner TBD TBD
Oct. 15-16 Salone FC (Pa.)/West Chester United SC (Pa.) winner at Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (Md.)/Christos FC (Md.) winner TBD TBD
Oct. 15-16 Rising Stars FC (Pa.)/Junior Lone Star FC (Pa.) winner at Brick Lions FC (N.J.)/Vereinigung Erzgebirge (Pa.) winner TBD TBD
Oct. 15-16 GPS Omens (Mass.)/Southie FC (Mass.) winner at Newtown Pride FC (Conn.)/Newport FC (R.I.) winner TBD TBD
Oct. 16 Aromas Café FC (Va.) at Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.) 3 p.m. ET Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Oct. 22 Ann Arbor FC (Mich.)/Oakland County FC (Mich.) winner at Minneapolis City SC (Minn.) 2:30 p.m. CT National Sports Center – Field U2; Blaine, Minn.
Oct. 22 FC Boulder (Colo.)/Colorado Rush (Colo.) winner at IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.) 7 p.m. PT Delta Park; Portland, Ore.
Oct. 22-23 Motagua New Orleans (La.) at Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas)/NTX Rayados (Texas) winner TBD TBD
Oct. 22-23 Azteca FC (Colo.)/FC Denver (Colo.) winner at Colorado Rovers (Colo.)/Harpo’s FC (Colo.) winner TBD TBD
Oct. 22-23 Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.) at Hurricane FC (Fla.)/Miami Dade FC (Fla.) winner TBD TBD
Oct. 22-23 MF 10 (Nev.) at Las Vegas High Rollers SC (Nev.)/Anahuac FC (Nev.) winner TBD TBD
Oct. 22-23 La Habra City FC (Calif.)/Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.) winner at Orange County FC (Calif.)/La Máquina FC (Calif.) winner TBD TBD
Oct. 22-23 Outbreak FC (Calif.)/Buena Park FC (Calif.) winner at Valley United SC (Calif.)/SFV Scorpions SC (Calif.) winner TBD TBD
Oct. 22-23 OC Crew Soccer Club (Calif.)/Ozzy’s Laguna FC (Calif.) winner at Moreno Valley Fútbol Club (Calif.)/HD Rush FC (Calif.) winner TBD TBD
Oct. 22-23 L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.)/Real Sociedad Royals (Calif.) winner at Avalanche USA FC (Calif.)/Inland Empire FC (Calif.) winner TBD TBD
Oct. 22-23 Chula Vista FC (Calif.)/Frontera United (Ariz.) winner at Del Rey City Soccer Club (Calif.)/FC Hasental (Calif.) winner TBD TBD
Oct. 22-23 Davis Legacy (Calif.)/El Farolito (Calif.) winner at AC Brea Steaua (Calif.)/Strikers FC South Coast (Calif.) winner TBD TBD
Oct. 23 Red Force FC (Fla.)/Miami Nacional Soccer Club (Fla.) winner at Uruguay Kendall FC (Fla.) 7 p.m. ET Tropical Park Stadium; Miami, Fla.


Third Qualifying Round: Nov. 19-20

Fourth Qualifying Round (if needed): March 11-12, 2017

Fifth Qualifying Round (if needed): April 8-9, 2017

First Round: May 10, 2017 (date tentative)

 


2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Open Division Teams Entering via the Local Qualifying Track
Listed by State (Region) and League (Sanctioning Body) Affiliation

Arizona
United Premier Soccer League (Calif. State Soccer Assn.-South/USASA)
Frontera United                                            Yuma, Ariz.

California (North)
NorCal Adult Premier League (US Club Soccer)

Davis Legacy                                                  Davis, Calif.

San Francisco Soccer Football League (Calif. Soccer Assn.-North/USASA)

El Farolito                                                        San Francisco, Calif.

California (South)
So Cal Premier League (Calif. State Soccer Assn.-South/USASA)
AC Brea Steaua                                              Brea, Calif.
Buena Park FC                                               La Palma, Calif.
Chula Vista FC                                               Chula Vista, Calif.
Orange County FC                                          Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
Outbreak FC*                                                  Long Beach, Calif.
Real Sociedad Royals                                     Bellflower, Calif.

United Premier Soccer League (Calif. State Soccer Assn.-South/USASA)
Avalanche USA FC                                       Glendora, Calif.
Del Rey City SC                                            Culver City, Calif.
FC Hasental                                                  Canoga Park, Calif.
HD Rush FC                                                  Victorville, Calif.
Inland Empire FC                                          Jurupa Valley, Calif.
La Habra City FC                                          Lake Forest, Calif.
La Máquina*                                                  Lake Forest, Calif.
L.A. Wolves FC*                                            Torrance, Calif.
Moreno Valley Fútbol Club                            Moreno Valley, Calif.
OC Crew Soccer Club                                   Lake Forest, Calif.
Ozzy’s Laguna FC                                         Santa Ana, Calif.
Santa Ana Winds FC                                     Lake Forest, Calif.
SFV Scorpions SC                                         Mission Hills, Calif.
Strikers FC South Coast                                 Lake Forest, Calif.
Valley United SC                                            North Hills, Calif.

Colorado
Colorado Amateur Soccer League (U.S. Specialty Sports Assn.)
Azteca FC                                                       Aurora, Colo.
Colorado Rovers                                             Commerce City, Colo.
Colorado Rush                                                Lakewood, Colo.
FC Boulder                                                      Boulder, Colo.
FC Denver                                                       Aurora, Colo.
Harpo’s FC*                                                    Commerce City, Colo.

Connecticut  
Connecticut Soccer League (Conn. State Soccer Assn./USASA)

Newtown Pride FC                                         Meriden, Conn.

Florida                       
American Premier Soccer League (Florida State Soccer Assn./USASA)

Boca Raton Football Club*                               Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Hurricane FC                                                    Cocnut Creek, Fla.
Miami Dade FC                                                Miami, Fla.
Miami Nacional Soccer Club                            Lauderhill, Fla.
Red Force FC                                                   Miami, Fla.
Uruguay Kendall FC                                         Miami, Fla.

Louisiana
Gulf Coast Premier League (Louisiana Soccer Assn./USASA)

Motagua New Orleans*                                  New Orleans, La.

Maryland
Maryland Major Soccer League (Md. State Soccer Assn./USASA)

Christos FC                                                    Elkridge, Md.

Washington Premier League (Md. State Soccer Assn./USASA)
Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC            Boyds, Md.

Massachusetts
Bay State Soccer League (Mass. Adult State Soccer Assn./USASA)

Global Premier Soccer (GPS) Omens             Wayland, Mass.
Southie FC*                                                     Roxbury Crossing, Mass.

Michigan
Ann Arbor Premier Development League (Michigan Soccer Association/USASA)

Ann Arbor FC                                                 Saline, Mich.

Premier League of America (USASA)
Oakland County FC                                        Rochester Hills, Mich.

Minnesota
Premier League of America (USASA)

Minneapolis City SC                                         Blaine, Minn.

Nevada
United Premier Soccer League (Calif. State Soccer Assn.-South/USASA)

Anahuac FC                                                  Las Vegas, Nev.
Las Vegas Highrollers SC                             Las Vegas, Nev.
MF 10                                                            Las Vegas, Nev.

New Jersey
Garden State Soccer League (New Jersey Soccer Assn./USASA)

Brick Lions FC                                                Brick, N.J.
FC Motown                                                     Clifton, N.J.

New York
Cosmopolitan Soccer League (Eastern New Youth State Soccer Assn./USASA)

Lansdowne Bhoys FC*                                  Yonkers, N.Y.
New York Greek American SC^                    Maspeth, N.Y.
New York Pancyprian Freedoms*#               Jamaica, N.Y.

Oregon
Oregon Premier Soccer League (Oregon Adult Soccer Assn./USASA)

International Portland Select (IPS)/Marathon Taverna     Portland, Ore.

Pennsylvania
Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League (Pa. West Soccer Assn./USASA)

Tartan Devils Oak Avalon                              Pittsburgh, Pa.

Philadelphia Premier Soccer League (Eastern Pa. Soccer Assn./USASA)
Junior Lone Star FC                                      Drexel Hill, Pa.
Rising Stars FC                                             Drexel Hill, Pa.
Salone FC                                                     Drexel Hill, Pa.

United Soccer League of Pennsylvania (Eastern Pa. Soccer Assn./USASA)
Vereinigung Erzgebirge                                  Warminster, Pa.
West Chester United*                                     West Chester, Pa.

Rhode Island
USA Soccer League (US Club Soccer)

Newport FC                                                    Portsmouth, R.I.

Texas 
Austin Men’s Soccer Association (U.S. Specialty Sports Assn.)

Celtic Cowboys Premier                                 Austin, Texas

North Texas Premier Soccer Association (North Texas Soccer Assn./USASA)
NTX Rayados*                                                Dallas, Texas

Virginia
Soccer Organization of the Charlottesville Area (Metro D.C.-Va. Soccer Assn./USASA)

Aromas Café FC*                                            Charlottesville, Va.

* Advanced to 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
^ Four-time U.S. Open Cup Champion (1967-69, 1974)
# Three-time U.S. Open Cup Champion (1980, 1982-83)

Facts and Figures of Open Division Teams Entering via the Local Qualifying Track:

  • 23 different leagues represented (including 3 new leagues added this year)
  • 18 different states represented (including 4 new states added this year)
  • 23 teams entering from California alone (21 from Southern Calif., 2 from Northern Calif.)
  • 6 teams each from Colorado, Florida and Pennsylvania
  • 3 teams from Nevada and New York
  • 2 teams each from Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas
  • 1 team each from Arizona, Connecticut, Louisiana, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island and Virginia
  • 12 teams entering 2017 Open Division local qualifying reached the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup first round; 7 of these reached the second round; 3 of these reached the third round
  • La Máquina (Lake Forest, Calif.) advanced to the fourth round of the 2016 Open Cup and battled MLS powerhouse LA Galaxy in a game that went to overtime before losing controversially
  • The 64 teams entering local qualifying breaks the record of 56 set last year
  • 36 teams are veterans of Open Division local qualifying, having participated in the inaugural competition last year
  • 28 teams are entering Open Division local qualifying for the first time
  • 55 teams are from U.S. Adult Soccer Association-affiliated leagues
  • 7 teams are from U.S. Specialty Sports Association-affiliated leagues
  • 2 teams are from US Club Soccer-affiliated leagues
  • New York Greek American SC is a four-time U.S. Open Cup Champion (1967-69, 1974)
  • New York Pancyprian Freedoms are a three-time U.S. Open Cup Champion (1980, 1982-83)

2017 U.S. Open Cup Competition Calendar for Open Division Local Qualifying Entries

Key Dates in 2016:
Monday, Aug. 22 (4 p.m. CT) – Fall roster submission deadline for teams participating through the Open Division local qualifying track (22 player limit, no additions allowed after the deadline)
Friday, Sept. 2 (4 p.m. CT) – Roster approval/clearance deadline for first qualifying round (players must be approved by their team’s league and cleared by U.S. Soccer to play)
Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 10-11 – First qualifying round for teams in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states (from Maine to Virginia and West Virginia)
Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 17-18 – First qualifying round for teams in all other states
Friday, Oct. 7 (4 p.m. CT) – Roster approval/clearance deadline for second and third qualifying rounds
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 15-16 – Second qualifying round for teams in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 22-23 – Second qualifying round for teams in all other states
Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 19-20 – Third qualifying round for all teams

Key Dates in 2017:
January date TBD – Final allocation determined for Open Division slots into 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Wednesday, Jan. 4 (2 p.m. CT) - Home Game Application deadline for fourth and fifth qualifying rounds (if needed)
January date TBD – Matchups for fourth qualifying round (if needed) and bracket for fifth qualifying round (if needed) announced
Monday, Feb. 27 (4 p.m. CT) – Spring roster submission deadline for teams still alive through the Open Division local qualifying track (teams may add up to five new players to their Fall roster who are not already cup-tied; 22 player limit remains)
Friday, March 3 (4 p.m. CT) – Spring roster approval/clearance deadline for Open Division local qualifiers (rosters for these teams will be frozen through June 30 to include the opening rounds of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup)
Saturday-Sunday, March 11-12 – Fourth qualifying round (if needed)
Wednesday, March 22 – Venue Declaration Form deadline for teams wishing to host games in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Friday, March 31 (2 p.m. CT) – Home Game Application deadline for First, Second and Third Rounds of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Saturday-Sunday, April 8-9 (if needed) – Fifth qualifying round (if needed)
Wednesday, April 12 – 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup First Round pairings and Second Round possible matchups announced
Wednesday, May 10 – 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup First Round (date tentative); Dates for remaining rounds of the competition will be determined by January 2017
Saturday, July 1-Friday, July 14  (4 p.m. CT) – Summer roster changeover period for Open Division local qualifiers still in the competition (teams may add up to five new players to their Spring roster who are not already cup-tied; 22 player limit remains)

2016 US Open Cup Quarterfinals live video: Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 7 MLS teams battle for spots in Semifinals

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2016-usoc-logo-724-wideThe Quarterfinals of the 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup will kick off tonight with four games in four of our country’s biggest sports cities. Boston, Chicago (Bridgeview), Houston and Los Angeles (Carson) will host the games that will produce four winners to advance to the Semifinals of the 103rd edition of the tournament.

There are a pair of teams chasing history as the Chicago Fire and the Seattle Sounders are seeking to win a record-tying fifth US Open Cup title. Another pair of teams looking to lift the trophy for the first time (Houston Dynamo, Philadelphia Union), and three more looking to break a long championship drought (FC Dallas, Los Angeles Galaxy, New England Revolution). This leaves the last remaining lower division team in the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers who are trying to become the first NASL team to reach the final four.

All four games will be broadcast live on YouTube (all streams will be embedded below).

After the dust settles, the draw for the Semifinals and the Final will take place on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. ET. The US Soccer Federation is expected to make it official that the Semifinals and the Final will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, as reported by TheCup.us

Below, you will find links to our coverage on TheCup.us, as well as previews from all four games, including video and audio links where available. You can get all the latest updates from every game through Twitter, using the hashtag #USOC2016. Use that same hashtag on Instagram to share your US Open Cup-related photos.

#USOC2016 coverage:
* 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup schedule, results (video/audio links)
* 2016 US Open Cup bracket (TheCup.us)
* Which PDL teams will qualify for 2017 US Open Cup?
* Which NPSL teams will qualify for 2017 US Open Cup?
* 2016 US Open Cup statistical leaders
* 2016 Meet the Underdogs series
* USSF’s new US Open Cup qualifying tournament has challenges to address after year one
Things you should know about the Quarterfinals of the US Open Cup
Notable upsets in the Quarterfinals of the US Open Cup (Modern Era)
Series of forfeits, teams with ineligible players overshadow 2016 US Open Cup
2016 US Open Cup Round 5 review
* MLS-owned USL teams no longer eligible for 2016 US Open Cup, confirms USSF
* One is enough: NPSL champion New York Cosmos B withdraws from 2016 US Open Cup

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New England advances 4-2 in penalty kicks
Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia Union  
1 : 1
New England Revolution    New England Revolution
 Soldiers Field - Boston, MA 

BROADCAST: YouTube

Winner will play … Fort Lauderdale Strikers or Chicago Fire in Semifinals


Philadelphia Union Open Cup records
Overall: 11-3-4 (3-1 PKs) | Home: 10-2-2 (1-1 PKs) | Away: 1-1-2 (2-0 PKs) | vs. MLS: 5-3-3 (2-1 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (1-1 Draw (7-6 PK loss) vs. Sporting KC of MLS in Final)
Best finish: Runner-up (2014, 2015)


New England Revolution Open Cup records
Overall: 16-11-4 (2-2 PKs) | Home: 10-4-2 (1-1 PKs) | Away: 5-7-2 (1-1 PKs) | vs. MLS: 4-7-0
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 1-0 vs. Charlotte Independence of USL in Round 4)
Best finish: 2007 US Open Cup champions


By Michael Berton

Chris Pontius scored two goals for the Philadelphia Union, his second and third of his US Open Cup career. Photo: Bob Larson

Chris Pontius scored two goals for the Philadelphia Union, his second and third of his US Open Cup career. Photo: Bob Larson

The 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup has been a series of close affairs for the New England Revolution and the Philadelphia Union. If form holds true, Soldiers Field at Harvard Stadium will host another close event on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

New England advanced to the Open Cup Quarterfinals with two narrow victories over lower-division teams. In the Fourth Round, the Revolution escaped past the Carolina RailHawks 1-0 after extra time. Then in the Fifth Round, the Revs had to come from behind twice against the New York Cosmos before eventually winning 3-2.

Since first entering the tournament in 2012, the Union have enjoyed plenty of home cooking. Out of their 18 all-time matches, 14 of them have been played at home, including the last two US Open Cup Finals. This match will be the first road trip in the 2016 tournament for the Union.

Beginning in the Fourth Round, the Union gave up a two-goal lead over the Harrisburg City Islanders before scoring an extra time free kick winner. In the Fifth Round, Philadelphia was dominated in the first half by the New York Red Bulls but rallied back in the second half for a 2-1 win.

Zachary Herivaux of the New England Revolution battles for the ball against the Carolina RailHawks in the 2016 US Open Cup. Photo: Rob Kinnan | Carolina RailHawks

Zachary Herivaux of the New England Revolution battles for the ball against the Carolina RailHawks in the 2016 US Open Cup. Photo: Rob Kinnan | Carolina RailHawks

The hosts New England have had a mixed bag of results this season. Currently 5-7-8 in league play, the Revolution are sixth in the MLS Eastern Conference, which is also the final playoff position. Since beating the Cosmos, New England have gone 1-1-2, with their last result being a scoreless draw at Real Salt Lake.

Lee Nguyen is powering the New England with five goals and seven assists this season, while four other players have three goals each. Bobby Shuttleworth mans the net for the Revolution, posting a 1.63 goals against average so far this season in 16 games played.

Playing US Open Cup games away from their home at Gillette Stadium is nothing new for the Revolution. Midweek Open Cup crowds are tough to justify the cost of opening the nearly 70,000-seat NFL stadium, so the team often finds locations in and around New England to host their cup matches. This is the club’s third trip to Harvard University’s Soldiers Field, but prior to that they have played at Brown University, Veterans Memorial Stadium in New Britain, Conn., and Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass. They have only played in Gillette Stadium once since the stadium was built in 2002 and that was a 2007 Quarterfinal match against the Harrisburg City Islanders. Prior to that, they played at Foxboro Stadium during the 2000 and 2001 tournaments.

Farther up the Eastern Conference table sits the Philadelphia Union. In second place with a 8-6-6 record, the Union are vastly improved compared to recent years. Philadelphia is tied for the MLS lead in goals scored with 34 and will provide a tough test for the New England defense. However, the Union have struggled on the road, going just 1-5-3.

Philadelphia features a balanced scoring attack, but Chris Pontius leads the way with seven goals. CJ Sapong and Roland Alberg are close behind with six each. MLS All-Star Andre Blake is the Union’s star goalkeeper. He has played in 19 of the Union’s 20 games, sporting a 1.37 goals against average.

The Revolution and Union have played once so far this season, with the Union coming out 3-0 winners. Sapong scored twice and the leading scorer in the US Open Cup Modern Era, Sebastian Le Toux, added the third.

The only time these two teams have met in US Open Cup play came in the 2014 Quarterfinals, when Le Toux broke the Modern Era scoring record in a 2-0 victory.

FINAL
FC DallasFC Dallas  
1 : 0
Houston Dynamo    Houston Dynamo
 BBVA Compass Stadium - Houston, TX 

BROADCAST: YouTube

Winner will play … Seattle Sounders or LA Galaxy in Semifinals


FC Dallas Open Cup records
Overall: 28-16-6 (5-1 PKs) | Home: 17-6-3 (2-1 PKs) | Away: 11-10-2 (2-0 PKs) | vs. MLS: 9-11-3 (2-1 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 6-2 at Sporting KC of MLS in Round 5)
Best finish: 1997 US Open Cup champions


Houston Dynamo Open Cup records
Overall: 11-8-1 (0-1 PKs) | Home: 9-2-0 | Away: 2-6-1 (0-1 PKs) | vs. MLS: 3-6-0
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 3-1 at Sporting KC of MLS in Quarterfinals)
Best finish: Semifinals (2006, 2009)


By Adam Uthe

The Houston Dynamo celebrate a goal against Sporting KC in the 2016 US Open Cup. Photo: Nigel Brooks | Houston Dynamo

The Houston Dynamo celebrate a goal against Sporting KC in the 2016 US Open Cup. Photo: Nigel Brooks | Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo will host in-state rivals FC Dallas in a US Open Cup match for the second time in three years on Wednesday night.

The two sides are already familiar enough with each other and have also met twice in league play this season.

Houston and Dallas met in the fifth round of the 2014 Open Cup with Dallas winning a 3-2 extra time thriller at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Tesho Akindele scored the winner for the Hoops just eight minutes into extra time and the visitors held on to retain bragging rights, at least in terms of Open Cup play.

The two Texas teams have met three times in the tournament with Dallas winning two. Given the way their 2016 MLS campaigns have gone so far, Dallas would seem to have the upper hand but the two sides have also played twice in league play so far and the Dynamo have outscored their rivals 6-1 over the course of those two games.

The two sides met in the second week of the season back in March down in Houston and the Dynamo scored four in the first 27 minutes en route to a shocking 5-0 victory. Andrew Wenger, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Philadelphia Union, scored one and assisted on two others. He’s currently tied with Will Bruin and Giles Barnes for team lead in goals this season with four.

The second match, this time in Frisco on June 2, came just before the Copa America break in league play. The match was much more competitive with the two teams playing to a 1-1 draw. Ricardo Clark’s second half goal cancelled out Ryan Hollingshead’s first half tally.

Outside of their head-to-head meetings, it’s pretty obvious FC Dallas has had the better season of the two. They’ve looked like the best team in MLS for several stretches and Oscar Pareja seems to have built a strong core around young, homegrown talent like US youth international Kellyn Acosta and the team’s leading goal scorer Michael Barrios, who has tallied six times this season.

That being said, they have been prone to the occasional bad result like their first meeting with Houston and another 5-0 loss suffered last Wednesday at the hands of Western Conference cellar dwellers Seattle Sounders. But like any good team, Dallas bounced back from that Sounders loss with a 3-1 home win over the Chicago Fire. The win was doubly important as it gave Dallas the best record in MLS heading into Open Cup play and it helped bring the Brimstone Cup (a supporters trophy created in 2001) back to Dallas for the first time in four seasons. Max Urruti, Mauro Diaz and Mauro Rosales all scored to extend the team’s unbeaten streak at home to 16 games.

By contrast, Houston have had a poor season. Things have been so bad, the Dynamo are currently being coached on an interim basis by former player Wade Barrett after Owen Coyle left the club to return to the UK where he now manages English Championship side Blackburn Rovers. They’re coming off a 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy last Friday night via a second half goal from Steven Gerrard. The Open Cup has been the one bright spot for the Dynamo.

Houston got their run started in the fourth round with a comfortable 4-0 win over the USL’s San Antonio FC. Alex Lima provided a goal and an assist with David Rocha also chipping in two assists. In the Round of 16, they beat MLS rivals Sporting Kansas City 3-1 behind a pair of goals from Mauro Manotas and one more from Alex. Former Dynamo captain Brad Davis scored Kansas City’s lone goal. Despite losing the possession battle, the Dynamo were able to outshoot Sporting KC and made the most of their chances.

Houston find themselves in the quarterfinals for the second time in as many seasons and are looking for their third Open Cup semifinal appearance in team history, and the first since 2009.

The road to the quarterfinals has been far more arduous for FC Dallas. After falling behind 1-0 in the first half and then surrendering an 89th minute equalizer, Dallas was able to take down OKC Energy, their USL affiliate, in a penalty shootout by a final tally of 6-5. Colin Bonner scored the winner for the Hoops.

The Round of 16 wasn’t much easier. Dallas dug themselves another early hole as they gave up a first half goal through Dominique Badji of the Colorado Rapids, who have been neck and neck with Dallas at the top of the overall standings in MLS this season. But Dallas turned up the heat in the second half and came away with the 2-1 win thanks to goals from Diaz (assisted by Colombian Fabian Castillo, who raised eyes with his run in the lead up to the goal) and Urruti, who was acquired this past offseason from the MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers.

FINAL
Ft Lauderdale Strikers Ft Lauderdale Strikers   
0 : 3
Chicago Fire    Chicago Fire
 Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL 

BROADCAST: YouTube

Winner will play … New England Revolution or Philadelphia Union in Semifinals


Fort Lauderdale Strikers Open Cup records
Overall: 7-8-4 (3-1 PKs) | Home: 6-3-2 (2-0 PKs) | Away: 1-5-2 (1-1 PKs) | vs. MLS: 1-4-1 (1-0 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 3-2 at Charleston Battery of USL in Round 3)
Best finish: Third Round (2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)


Chicago Fire Open Cup records
Overall: 38-13-4 (3-1 PKs) | Home: 24-1-2 (1-1 PKs) | Away: 13-12-1 (1-0 PKs) | vs. Div. 2: 6-3-2 (2-0 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 1-0 at Philadelphia Union of MLS in Semifinals)
Best finish: 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006 US Open Cup champions


By Jeff Engelhardt

History will be made Wednesday.

David Accam of the Chicago Fire celebrates his goal against Indy Eleven in the 2016 US Open Cup. Photo: Chicago Fire

David Accam of the Chicago Fire celebrates his goal against Indy Eleven in the 2016 US Open Cup. Photo: Chicago Fire

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers will look to continue their role of David after slaying two Goliaths in DC United (MLS) and Orlando City (MLS) in previous rounds. If the Strikers manage to get past the Chicago Fire in the Quarterfinals, they will be the first NASL team to ever make the US Open Cup Semifinals and the first Division II team to advance that far in the tournament since the Charleston Battery appeared in the Final in 2008.

The Chicago Fire have their own chance at history with a victory as it would be a record-setting 12th appearance in the semifinals and their fourth consecutive trip to that round. Only seven teams (including the Chicago Fire from 2003-06) have reached four straight semifinals in tournament history. They would be the first to do it twice.

Getting past the Fire will be no easy task for the Strikers as Chicago is a staggering 24-1-2 (1-1 PKs) at home in Open Cup play. But the Strikers have proven capable of rising to the occasion thanks in part to the efforts of players such as goalkeeper Diego Restrepo, midfielder PC and forward Jose Angulo.

Restrepo has been outstanding during the tournament, winning TheCup.us Player of the Round in Round 3 for his penalty kick heroics against the Richmond Kickers. He followed up that performance with another outstanding performance in penalty kicks against D.C. United (he fell one vote shy of being the first repeat winner of the award) and came up with enough big saves against Orlando City to allow his team take the 2-1 victory in extra time.

Orlando City SC Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2016 US Open Cup

Photo: Jon van Woerden

PC and Angulo both scored in the 2-1 victory and Angulo is only one of two Strikers with multiple goals in league play. PC also fell a vote shy of winning Player of the Round.

The Fire could be catching the Strikers at the right time though as Fort Lauderdale only has one point in four games during the NASL Fall Season. The Strikers are on a three-game losing streak and have not scored in any of those contests. Adding to their struggles will be the absence of former Fire player Maicon Santos, who was issued a red card in the Orlando City match.

The Fire have gone through their own share of struggles, currently sitting in last place in the MLS Eastern Conference after a 3-1 loss to FC Dallas. With the playoffs a fading possibility for Chicago, the Fire rested some key players in the FC Dallas loss including reigning Player of the Round winner David Accam, who is coming off a brace in the Round of 16 matchup with the Columbus Crew.

Fire coach Veljko Paunovic said the Open Cup is the team’s top priority and the Strikers should expect a full strength and motivated lineup. A new addition to the squad is Dutch midfielder Michael de Leeuw will make his US Open Cup debut and could be the X-factor as he has already showed promise with a goal in his first-ever MLS start.

NASL teams have proven difficult for the Fire in the past, however, including a penalty kick, nail-biter in their Fourth Round match against Indy Eleven this year. The team holds a 6-3-1 (1-0 PKs) record against Division II sides in the Open Cup.

FINAL
Seattle Sounders FCSeattle Sounders FC  
2 : 4
Los Angeles Galaxy    Los Angeles Galaxy
 StubHub Center Track Stadium – Carson, CA 

BROADCAST: YouTube

Winner will play … FC Dallas or Houston Dynamo in Semifinals


Seattle Sounders Open Cup records
Overall: 35-13-6 (4-2 PKs) | Home: 27-3-2 (2-0 PKs) | Away: 8-10-4 (2-2 PKs) | vs. MLS: 18-8-3 (2-1 PKs)
As MLS: 20-2-4 (3-1 PKs) | Home: 16-1-1 (1-0 PKs) | Away: 4-1-3 (2-1 PKs) | vs. MLS: 14-1-2 (1-1 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 3-1 in OT vs. Portland Timbers of MLS in Round 4)
Best finish: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 US Open Cup champions


Los Angeles Galaxy Open Cup records
Overall: 27-13-1 (1-0 PKs) | Home: 18-2-0 | Away: 9-11-1 (1-0 PKs) | vs. MLS: 11-9-1 (1-0 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 1-0 at Real Salt Lake of MLS in Quarterfinals)
Best finish: 2001, 2005 US Open Cup champions


By Dennis Pope

Dave Romney of the LA Galaxy celebrates his goal against La Maquina in the 2016 US Open Cup. Teammate Jose Villarreal is shown injured in the background. Photo: LA Galaxy

Dave Romney of the LA Galaxy celebrates his goal against La Maquina in the 2016 US Open Cup. Teammate Jose Villarreal is shown injured in the background. Photo: LA Galaxy

The Los Angeles Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders are teams going in seemingly opposite directions.

L.A. has not allowed a goal in five of its last six games, while Seattle cannot shake a horrific league start and continues to sink to new lows.

The two meet Wednesday night at the StubHub Center Track Stadium in Carson (Calif.) in a US Open Cup quarterfinal round game.

The Galaxy are riding a four-game shutout streak after Steven Gerrard’s 66th-minute goal earned a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Friday night. Gerrard has shown improved form in recent appearances, as the Englishman pounced on a rebound against Houston to notch his third of the 2016 MLS campaign.

L.A. most recently defeated the Sounders, 1-0, in Seattle two weeks ago with Robbie Keane scoring upon his return from Euro 2016 duty.

Keane and Gyasi Zardes returned to a team struggling to find offense in their absence, with the Galaxy having scored just six goals in their last seven games across all competitions.

First-year starting goalkeeper Brian Rowe has received plenty of attention during this recent shutout steak, posting 270 scoreless minutes and inspiring the trending hashtag #RoweRoweRoweYourBoat.

Seattle Sounders fans are hoping their club can take another step toward a record-tying fifth US Open Cup title. Photo: JaneG. Photography | Seattle Sounders FC

Seattle Sounders fans are hoping their club can take another step toward a record-tying fifth US Open Cup title. Photo: JaneG. Photography | Seattle Sounders FC

Seattle has had far less to boast this season, and currently is a franchise pondering a massive change.

Sigi Schmid, the only coach in the Sounders’ MLS history, may be out soon as the team — mired near the bottom of the Western Conference — continues to drop points. Schmid also coached the Galaxy to a US Open Cup (2001), CONCACAF Champions Cup (2000), MLS Cup (2002) and a Supporters Shield (2002)

A 3-1 loss to Portland Timbers on Sunday is their most recent stumble, and now the Sounders will be without Osvaldo Alonso due to a suspension for yellow card accumulation.

To get here, the Sounders had a tough 2-0 home win over the PDL’s Kitsap Pumas, followed by a penalty kick win on the road (after a 1-1 draw) with Real Salt Lake.

The Galaxy had their own scare from an amateur team as they needed extra time to eliminate the Santa Ana-based La Maquina. The game was tied in extra time before the Galaxy scored a controversial goal off a set piece which changed the game. L.A. then traveled up to Portland to edge the Timbers 1-0 to clinch their second straight Quarterfinal appearance.

2016 US Open Cup Round 4, Day 2 preview: MLS vs. everybody (video, audio links)

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2016-usoc-logo-724-wideAfter the first day of the Fourth Round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup we saw four teams punch their ticket to the Round of 16. Tonight, 12 more teams will join them.

Below, you will find links to our coverage on TheCup.us, as well as previews from all three games on Tuesady, including video and audio links where available. You can get all the latest updates from every game through Twitter, using the hashtag #USOC2016. Use that same hashtag on Instagram to share your US Open Cup-related photos.

#USOC2016 coverage:
* 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup schedule, results (video/audio links)
* 2016 US Open Cup bracket (TheCup.us)
* 2016 US Open Cup statistical leaders
* 2016 Meet the Underdogs series
* USSF’s new US Open Cup qualifying tournament has challenges to address after year one
Things you should know about the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup
Series of forfeits, teams with ineligible players overshadow 2016 US Open Cup
2016 US Open Cup Round 2 review
* MLS-owned USL teams no longer eligible for 2016 US Open Cup, confirms USSF
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FINAL
Harrisburg City IslandersHarrisburg City Islanders  
2 : 3
Philadelphia Union    Philadelphia Union
 Talen Energy Stadium - Chester, PA 

BROADCAST: VIDEO
Round of 16 draw to take place June 16



Harrisburg City Islanders Open Cup records
Overall: 17-8-3 (2-1 PKs) | Home: 10-2-3 (2-1 PKs) | Away: 7-6-0 | vs. MLS: 4-5-1 (1-0 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 3-1 in OT vs. Rochester Rhinos of USL in Round 3)
Best finish: Quarterfinals (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012)


Philadelphia Union Open Cup records
Overall: 9-3-4 (3-1 PKs) | Home: 8-2-2 (1-1 PKs) | Away: 1-1-2 (2-0 PKs) | vs. Div. 3: 3-0-1 (1-0 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Drew 1-1, Lost 7-6 in PKs vs. Sporting KC of MLS in Final)
Best finish: Runner-up (2014, 2015)


Once joined at Philadelphia’s hip as a USL affiliate, the Harrisburg City Islanders will be seeking to establish their independence once and for all with their first US Open Cup win over their in-state rivals after losing twice to the Union in the past four years of the competition.

Harrisburg pits a very respectable 4-4-1 (1-0 PKs) record vs MLS clubs all-time against Philly’s 8-2-0 record since the appointment of Jim Curtin as head coach. Curtin is very familiar with success in the Open Cup, and what it can mean to fans, from his time as a player with the Chicago Fire. Philly also sits at 6-3-5 in league play, while the City Islanders are 4-8-1 in the USL.

Goalkeeper Andre Blake will return to Philly after his Copa America Centenario appearances with Jamaica, but it’s not clear that he’ll be in the lineup. Curtin has suggested that he may make other changes to give time to some of the Union’s youngsters.

Harrisburg will be looking to recover from a three-game losing streak in USL play. Paul Wilson will be seeking to add to his season total 11 points against the Union. His speed will be an asset against Philadelphia, but he won’t be alone as Craig Foster and Cardel Benbow are also known to push defenses with their pace.

FINAL
Tampa Bay Rowdies Tampa Bay Rowdies   
0 : 4
Columbus Crew    Columbus Crew
 Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium - Columbus, OH 

BROADCAST: VIDEO
Round of 16 draw to take place June 16



Tampa Bay Rowdies Open Cup records
Overall: 5-5-0 | Home: 2-1-0 | Away: 3-4-0 | vs. MLS: 1-2-0
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 1-0 at Pittsburgh Riverhounds of USL in Round 3)
Best finish: 2013 Fourth Round (Lost 2-0 at Portland Timbers of MLS)


Columbus Crew Open Cup records
Overall: 21-13-2 (0-2 PKs) | Home: 12-5-1 (0-1 PKs) | Away: 7-7-1 (0-1 PKs) | vs. Div. 2: 5-1-1 (0-1 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 2-0 at Orlando City SC of MLS in Round 5)
Best finish: 2002 US Open Cup champion


Last round, the Rowdies triumphed over another Ohio based footballing juggernaut, USL’s upstart FC Cinncinati, at their very own Al Lang stadium. This time around, the Rowdies travel up to the Buckeye state to take on reigning MLS Eastern Conference champion, Columbus Crew. The Crew have suffered a very surprisingly pedestrian season so far this year in the league, especially given last year’s performance. This year they sit on 14 points after 13 games, above only the lowly Chicago Fire in the Eastern Conference standings.

It’s been an abysmal season so far, well summarized by the own field spat between last season’s top scorer Kei Kamara and star midfielder, Federico Higuain, that resulted in the former’s departure in a trade to New England. The US Open Cup offers a form of consolation for the Ohio side. As DC United showcased by an open cup trophy during their historically bad 3 league win season, the cup can be a welcome respite from the league season. If the Crew play their cards right they still can qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League next season by winning the cup. There’s everything to play for.

Tampa Bay on the other hand have been having a good spring season so far this year buoyed by the addition of Joe Cole. Cole, while experiencing his first Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, is no stranger to cup magic. Cole appeared numerous times both in the FA and League Cup over in England for Chelsea, Liverpool, Aston Villa, and Coventry. He’s no doubt hoping to reprise the giant killing mantle that his former club, Aston Villa, carried to the FA Cup final last season. The midfielder’s quality will certainly pose a threat to the out of form Crew, and with luck the Rowdies maybe able to stage an upset. Who knows, in the cup, anything’s possible.

FINAL
Orlando City SCOrlando City SC  
1 : 0
Jacksonville Armada    Jacksonville Armada
 Southern Oak Stadium - Jacksonville, FL 

BROADCAST: VIDEO
Round of 16 draw to take place June 16



Orlando City SC Open Cup records
Overall: 13-7-1 (1-0 PKs) | Home: 10-1-0 | Away: 3-6-1 (1-0 PKs) | vs. Div. 2: 1-0-0
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 3-1 at Chicago Fire of MLS in Quarterfinals)
Best finish: Quarterfinals (2013, 2015)


Jacksonville Armada Open Cup records
Overall: 1-1-0 | Home: 1-0-0 | Away: 0-1-0 | vs. MLS: 0-0-0
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 3-0 at Richmond Kickers of USL in Round 3)
Best finish: 2015 Third Round (Lost 3-0 at Richmond Kickers of USL)


Jacksonville needed extra time to knock of USL Charleston Battery, and now will get a intrastate matchup with Orlando City. In that extra time win, both teams scored in the first 25 minutes and then were held scoreless until the game winner in extra time.

Orlando has suffered a rough start of the season, with a 3-3-7 record. Coming off a 2-2 draw with New York City FC, they’ll need more than a draw in this game. Both teams are near the bottom of their respective tables, so this could be an interesting game.

Obviously, emotion will be high for the players of Orlando with the recent events. On the other hand, Jacksonville has a lot to play for as the underdog in this matchup.

FINAL
New York CosmosNew York Cosmos  
1 : 0
New York City FC    New York City FC
 Fordham University - The Bronx, NY 

BROADCAST: VIDEO (YES Network/One World Sports)
Round of 16 draw to take place June 16


New York Cosmos Open Cup records
Overall: 4-2-1 (1-0 PKs) | Home: 4-0-1 (1-0 PKs) | Away: 0-2-0 | vs. MLS: 1-2-1 (1-0 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 4-1 at NY Red Bulls of MLS in Round 5)
Best finish: Round 5 (2014, 2015)


New York City FC Open Cup records
Overall: 0-0-1 (0-1 PKs) | Home: 0-0-0 | Away: 0-0-1 (0-1 PKs) | vs. Div. 2: 0-0-1 (0-1 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Drew 2-2, Lost 4-3 in PKs at New York Cosmos of NASL in Round 4)
Best finish: 2015 Round 4 (Drew 2-2, Lost 4-3 in PKs at New York Cosmos of NASL)


Another battle for bragging rights in New York takes place on Wednesday night as NYCFC host the NY Cosmos at Fordham University. This is a rematch of last year’s dramatic Fourth Round come-from-behind shocker that saw the Cosmos pull out a victory in penalties, and it will also figure into arguments about the relative strength of MLS and NASL.

The NASL just began its summer break after Indy Eleven edged the Cosmos for the Spring Championship. The Cosmos last competitive match was on June 4th, and the side will be looking to reestablish momentum after dropping that contest in a 2-1 decision to the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. Leading scorer Juan Arango (4 G 3A) will lead the attack, while last year’s PK hero, GK Jimmy Maurer, will try to recreate the performance that saw the Cosmos humble their metropolitan rivals.

NYCFC are in their sophomore season in MLS, and if they had performed better in their first year you might call this season a sophomore slump. Instead, rookie MLS coach Patrick Vieira has been working to pull his side out of the basement of the Eastern Conference. He’s had little success at the club’s MLS home, Yankee Stadium, where the Blues have struggled to a 1-3-5 record on the year. Getting away from the House that Ruth built may be what is needed for the team to win.

It’s not clear who Vieira will send out for the Cup battle, but he has plenty of options. David Villa could add to his 10 goals on the season, but the Cosmos will also be watching for crafty Thomas McNamara and speedy Khiry Shelton on offense. If he does not opt for youth, look for Vieira to start newcomer Frédéric Brillant in the backline in front of Josh Saunders.

FINAL
New York Red BullsNew York Red Bulls  
1 : 0
Rochester Rhinos    Rochester Rhinos
 Rhinos Stadium - Rochester, NY 

BROADCAST: VIDEO
Round of 16 draw to take place June 16




New York Red Bulls Open Cup records
Overall: 17-16-2 (1-1 PKs) | Home: 8-5-1 (0-1 PKs) | Away: 8-10-1 (1-0 PKs) | vs. Div. 3: 4-3-0
Last entry: 2015 (Drew 1-1, Lost 4-3 in PKs vs. Philadelphia Union of MLS in Quarterfinals)
Best finish: 2003 US Open Cup runner-up


Rochester Rhinos Open Cup records
Overall: 36-16-6 (3-3 PKs) | Home: 30-7-4 (2-2 PKs) | Away: 4-9-2 (1-1 PKs) | vs. MLS: 8-14-5 (2-3 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Drew 0-0, Lost 3-1 in PKs at Philadelphia Union of MLS in Round 4)
Best finish: 1999 US Open Cup champions


Rochester is one of four remaining USL teams and they are the only ones to host a game in the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup. They have yet to concede a goal this tournament, beating Lansdowne Bhoys in Round 3, 2-0, and demolishing Southie FC in Round 2, 7-0. Obviously, their opponent for this game carries a bit more pedigree.

The New York Red Bulls are in second place in the MLS Eastern Conference, and have scored more goals than any team in the East. They are second in all of MLS in goals scored. While the Red Bulls do have another game this week, it is not until Sunday, and it is a home game against Seattle, giving them an added day of rest and the benefit of being at home. While not every starter will play, it is not unreasonable to think that we could see most of the Red Bulls best players.

Though New York has reached the Semifinals four times and the Final once (2003), they have never won the US Open Cup. However, their opponent has. The Rhinos won the Cup in 1999, becoming the first (and only) non-MLS team to win since the league’s inception in 1996.

AFTER EXTRA TME
New England RevolutionNew England Revolution  
1 : 0
Carolina Railhawks    Carolina Railhawks
 WakeMed Soccer Park - Cary, NC 

BROADCAST: VIDEO
Round of 16 draw to take place June 16



New England Revolution Open Cup records
Overall: 14-11-4 (2-2 PKs) | Home: 10-4-2 (1-1 PKs) | Away: 4-7-2 (1-1 PKs) | vs. Div. 2: 4-1-2 (1-1 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 1-0 vs. Charlotte Independence of USL in Round 4)
Best finish: 2007 US Open Cup champions


Carolina RailHawks Open Cup records
Overall: 16-7-2 (1-1 PKs) | Home: 16-4-2 (1-1 PKs) | Away: 0-3-0 | vs. MLS: 5-5-1 (1-0 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 1-0 vs. Charlotte Indpendence of USL in Round 3)
Best finish: 2007 Semifinals


In a far off road trip for New England they visit NASL side Carolina in one of the longest journeys of round 4. Carolina thrashed Charlotte 5-0 in their last Open cup fixture, but that scoreline doesn’t accurately reflect the game. In fact, 5-0 is incredibly harsh given that the game went to extra time and that they played down to ten men. No matter the method, Carolina made it to round 4 and New England’s 3-7-4 record surely doesn’t strike any fear into the hearts of the players and coaching staff. At the same time New England is no slouch in footballing terms. In fact, almost any MLS club has a sizable advantage over an NASL team in terms of quality. With the likes of Kei Kamara, Fagundez, Agudelo, and Nguyen, New England carry a personnel advantage into this match. Nevertheless, Carolina will travel to Cary carrying the confidence of that last result into this fixture and that’ll make it a great contest.

Ft. Lauderdale advances 4-3 in PKs
Ft Lauderdale Strikers Ft Lauderdale Strikers   
0 : 0
DC United    DC United
 Maryland Soccerplex - Boyds, MD 

BROADCAST: VIDEO
Round of 16 draw to take place June 16



Fort Lauderdale Strikers Open Cup records
Overall: 6-8-3 (2-1 PKs) | Home: 6-3-2 (2-0 PKs) | Away: 0-5-1 (0-1 PKs) | vs. MLS: 0-4-0
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 3-2 at Charleston Battery of USL in Round 3)
Best finish: Third Round (2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)


DC United Open Cup records
Overall: 31-12-4 (2-2 PKs) | Home: 22-4-1 (0-1 PKs) | Away: 9-8-2 (2-0 PKs) | vs. Div. 2: 11-2-1 (1-0 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (2-1 loss at Philadelphia Union of MLS in Round 5)
Best finish: 1996, 2008, 2013 US Open Cup champions


The Strikers (NASL) come to DC after an overtime shootout victory over the Richmond Kickers of the USL. After a 1-1 draw in full time, the Kickers weren’t able to convert even once, as Fort Lauderdale blanked them 2-0 in kicks from the mark. The main reason for the PK domination was Diego Restrepo, who saved three of the four shots that the Kickers took to go with his three saves from the rest of the match. A hot keeper is always something that can swing a tournament game, and he will look to keep it up on Wednesday. For his efforts, Restrepo was voted TheCup.us Player of the Round.

As an MLS team, DC United will be making their first appearance in this year’s Open Cup. As three time champions of the tournament, DC is never a team to sleep on, but it is possible they won’t be fielding all their starters. Even after a long MLS league break for the Copa America, DC has to contend with a road game in Houston on Saturday. Holding on to the 6 seed in the eastern conference, which is the last playoff spot, United will undoubtedly need every MLS point they can get. Given the travel and the quick turnaround from a Wednesday game, it is likely that substitutes will be starting.

AFTER EXTRA TME
Sporting Kansas CitySporting Kansas City  
2 : 1
Minnesota United FC    Minnesota United FC
 National Sports Center - Blaine, MN 

BROADCAST: VIDEO
Round of 16 draw to take place June 16



Sporting Kansas City Open Cup records
Overall: 21-12-5 (3-2 PKs) | Home: 16-7-1 (1-0 PKs) | Away: 5-5-4 (2-2 PKs) | vs. Div. 2: 6-2-2 (1-1 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 US Open Cup champions (Drew 1-1, Won 7-6 in PKs at Philadelphia Union of MLS)
Best finish: 2004, 2012, 2015 US Open Cup champions


Minnesota United FC Open Cup records
Overall: 5-4-1 (0-1 PKs) | Home: 1-2-0 | Away: 4-2-1 (0-1 PKs) | vs. MLS: 1-2-0
Last entry: 2015 (Drew 1-1, Lost 3-1 in PKs at Saint Louis FC of USL in Round 3)
Best finish: Fourth Round (2012, 2014)


This stage of the tournament is an interesting one for NASL teams, who come in with a lengthy break following this, so have no concerns about playing a game on the weekend like everyone else. For Minnesota this gives them a chance to take out their frustrations at throwing away the 2016 NASL Spring title towards the end of the NASL’s spring season.

Despite that disappointing finish to their Spring Title race, Minnesota do come in to this match on some form, as they managed to beat Miami FC 3-1, and get to remain at home after that home match.

With the Copa America in full swing, Sporting Kansas City have not played a match since their scoreless draw with LA Galaxy on the second of June. But they will have a match on the weekend, unlike Minnesota United, against a strong FC Dallas team. It will be interesting to see how Sporting Kansas City, along with other MLS teams, line up in this match with a well rested side against a Minnesota United side ready to prove its MLS chops.

Chicago advances 4-3 in PKs
Indy ElevenIndy Eleven  
1 : 1
Chicago Fire    Chicago Fire
 Toyota Park - Bridgeview, IL 

BROADCAST: VIDEO
Round of 16 draw to take place June 16



Indy Eleven Open Cup records
Overall: 2-2-0 | Home: 2-1-0 | Away: 0-1-0 | vs. MLS: 0-1-0
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 2-0 in OT vs. Louisville City FC of USL in Round 3)
Best finish: 2014 Fourth Round (Lost 2-1 in OT at Columbus Crew of MLS)


Chicago Fire Open Cup records
Overall: 37-13-3 (2-1 PKs) | Home: 23-1-1 (0-1 PKs) | Away: 13-12-1 (1-0) | vs. Div. 2: 6-3-1 (1-0 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 1-0 at Philadelphia Union of MLS in Semifinals
Best finish: 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006 US Open Cup champions


Wednesday’s match between the Chicago Fire and Indy Eleven will be much more than the standard NASL vs MLS match that often occurs in the U.S. Open Cup.

It is a clash of past glory against present glory. It is not a rivalry waged by the players on the field, but rather by the legacy of a single man against himself. Peter Wilt, the architect of both the Chicago Fire and Indy Eleven, will see how his two clubs stack up against each other for the first time.

Wilt was at the helm right away in Chicago as general manager in 1998 when the team unexpectedly won the domestic double, taking the MLS Cup and US Open Cup. The Fire would have their majority of success under Wilt’s tenure through 2005, winning three of their four U.S. Open Cups, a Supporters’ Shield in 2003 and lone MLS title in 1998.

After pursuing a number of other soccer ventures, Wilt resurfaced in a big way with Indy Eleven, helping to create the newest NASL club with MLS potential. While he did not have the immediate success he enjoyed in Chicago, Wilt did see his team reach the top of the mountain again as Indy Eleven won the 2016 Spring Championship in the NASL thanks to an undefeated season.

As Wilt prepares to leave Indy Eleven to launch an NASL team in Chicago, he leaves behind a team on the rise and perhaps poised to make its deepest run in the US Open Cup. To do that, they will have to get their first ever win against an MLS side by toppling Wilt’s old boys at Toyota Park.

The Fire is a far cry from the Wilt-era teams that took the pitch. The Men in Red have followed up the worst MLS season in club history by getting off to the worst 10-game start in club history in 2016. Despite the MLS struggles for the Fire this decade, Chicago remains a difficult out in the US Open Cup.

With two consecutive semifinal appearances and a sterling 26-1-1 Open Cup record at home, Chicago will be a significant challenge for Indy Eleven Wednesday.

The NASL side made it to the Fourth Round this year by avenging the 2015 Third Round loss to Louisville City FC with a 2-1 victory. Indy will likely look to forward Eamon Zayed to produce the magic for an upset against Chicago. The Libyan scored the game-winning goal against Louisville City FC in the Third Round and is fresh off a spectacular hat trick that clinched the NASL Spring Championship.

Indy Eleven also boasts a couple players who could look to make a statement against their old team in defenders Lovel Palmer and Marco Franco as well as goalkeeper Jon Busch. Goalkeeper Keith Cardona got the starting nod in the Third Round, but Busch could get the call against his former team.

Chicago could counter with a first-choice lineup as the team only has two MLS matches in the month of June. First-year coach Veljko Paunovic indicated the Open Cup would be a top priority so club standouts such as David Accam, Jonathan Campbell and Kennedy Igboananike may not get the rest some MLS clubs give to their top players.

Despite the poor start to the season, the Fire is riding a home win against the Houston Dynamo and home draw against the Portland Timbers into Wednesday’s match for some added confidence.

There has to be a loser Wednesday, but it certainly will not be Peter Wilt.

FC Dallas advances 6-5 in PKs
OKC Energy FCOKC Energy FC  
2 : 2
FC Dallas    FC Dallas
 Westcott Field - Dallas, TX 

BROADCAST: NONE
Round of 16 draw to take place June 16


Oklahoma City Energy Open Cup records
Overall: 4-2-1 (1-0 PKs) | Home: 0-0-0 | Away: 4-2-1 (1-0 PKs) | vs. MLS: 0-1-0
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 4-1 at FC Dallas of MLS in Round 4)
Best finish: 2015 Fourth Round (Lost 4-1 at FC Dallas of MLS)


FC Dallas Open Cup records
Overall: 27-16-5 (4-1 PKs) | Home: 16-6-2 (1-1 PKs) | Away: 11-10-2 (2-0 PKs) | vs. Div. 3: 4-2-0
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 6-2 at Sporting KC of MLS in Round 5)
Best finish: 1997 US Open Cup champions


For the second straight year, FC Dallas and their United Soccer League (USL) affiliate, OKC Energy, find themselves paired together in the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup.

Last year, FC Dallas defeated their lower division affiliate 4-1 with Michael Barrios scoring twice in three minutes in the first half and assisting on a third goal for the Hoops. That match was played on the campus of Texas Christian University (TCU) and this year’s match will also be played on a local college campus; this time at Westcott Field, home of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Mustangs. This marks the first time FC Dallas will play a competitive game on SMU’s campus.

OKC Energy got to this point with a dramatic 2-1 extra time victory over inter-city rivals Rayo OKC of the North American Soccer League (NASL). It was the first time the two teams had ever faced off and it was Rayo’s first ever Open Cup match as they are playing in their inaugural NASL season. Energy second half substitute Kyle Hyland managed to get on the end of a cross from fullback Kyle Harris to give the USL side the victory after the teams exchanged late first half goals earlier in the match. Meanwhile, in league play, the Energy fell to Rio Grande Valley 3-0 on Saturday, snapping an eight game unbeaten streak. Unfortunately, that streak was full of draws and OKC find themselves mired in the middle of the USL Western Conference standings at the moment. Only forward Danni Konig has managed to score more than once this season.

After a somewhat slow start, FC Dallas are right back where they expected to be when the season began: at the top of the Western Conference standings. They’re currently tied with the Colorado Rapids, but the Rapids have two games in hand due to the lack of a balanced schedule in MLS. The Hoops will be anxious to for an opportunity just to take the field as MLS is currently on a brief break while the Copa America Centenario plays out across the United States; league play will resume this weekend. Winger Michael Barrios has picked up where he left off in last year’s Open Cup meeting with OKC; he currently leads the team with five goals this season, tied with Tesho Akindele. It’s unclear whether head coach Oscar Pareja will play his preferred starters in order to get them back into game shape or go with the reserves instead. Either way, he does have a few new options available to him including striker Max Urriti, who was acquired this past offseason and currently leads the team with five assists.

The Round of 16 draw will take place on Thursday, June 16 and will determine the fate of whichever team manages to come out on top on Wednesday.

FINAL
San Antonio FCSan Antonio FC  
0 : 4
Houston Dynamo    Houston Dynamo
 BBVA Compass Stadium - Houston, TX 

BROADCAST: VIDEO
Round of 16 draw to take place June 16



San Antonio FC Open Cup records
Overall: 2-0-0 | Home: 1-0-0 | Away: 1-0-0 | vs. MLS: 0-0-0
Last entry: First entry
Best finish: First entry


Houston Dynamo Open Cup records
Overall: 9-8-1 (0-1 PKs) | Home: 7-2-0 | Away: 2-6-1 (0-1 PKs) | vs. Div. 3: 1-0-0
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 3-1 at Sporting KC of MLS in Quarterfinals )
Best finish: Semifinals (2006, 2009)


Continuing their inaugural tournament run, San Antonio FC will travel in-state for its third US Open Cup match to face the Houston Dynamo of MLS. SAFC defeated the Des Moines Menace (PDL) in Iowa in the Third Round, 2-1. San Antonio had to come back from a 0-1 deficit to advance, their first win this season to come back after being down a goal. Forward Jacques Francois now has three Open Cup goals & an assist in two matches, including two game-winners. In league play, SAFC are sitting in 13th place in the Western Conference with 11 points in 12 matches, coming off a 1-1 draw against Portland Timbers 2.

Houston will be playing their first match of the 2016 tournament against San Antonio. All 17 US-based MLS squads enter in the Fourth Round of the competition. Houston is coming off a 1-1 Texas Derby draw against FC Dallas that was delayed due to heavy rains. The Dynamo currently sit in last place in the Western Conference with 13 points in 14 games. Due to the Copa América break, Houston hasn’t played a match since their June 2 Texas Derby draw.

“It’s an important competition for us,” said Dynamo general manager Matt Jordan. “As an organization and as a team we’re taking the Open Cup very seriously.”

Houston made it to the quarter-finals in the 2015 edition of the tournament where they lost 3-1 to the eventual champions, Sporting Kansas City (MLS). The Dynamo have never won the cup, advancing to the Semifinals twice in 2006 and 2009.

FINAL
Kitsap PumasKitsap Pumas  
0 : 2
Seattle Sounders FC    Seattle Sounders FC
 Starfire Sports Complex - Tukwila, WA 

BROADCAST: VIDEO
Round of 16 draw to take place June 16



Kitsap Pumas Open Cup records
Overall: 5-5-1 (1-0 PKs) | Home: 3-3-0 | Away: 2-2-1 (1-0) | vs. MLS: 0-1-0
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 4-2 in OT vs. Seattle Sounders U23s of PDL in Round 2
Best finish: 2011 Third Round


Seattle Sounders Open Cup records
Overall: 34-13-5 (3-2 PKs) | Home: 26-3-2 (2-0 PKs) | Away: 8-10-3 (1-2 PKs) | vs. Amateurs: 9-1-0
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 3-1 in OT MLS in Round 4
Best finish: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014 US Open Cup champions
Leading goalscorer:


It’s the giant killers against the giants. It’s David and Goliath. It’s Round 4 of the US Open Cup and it’s the upstart Kitsap Pumas taking on the American soccer colossus that is the Seattle Sounders, a four-time US Open Cup champion. In this in-state affair, the fourth tier Pumas travel to face the Sounders. There’s a world of difference between the two; one team is comprised of amateurs and other employs the former US men’s national team talisman Clint Dempsey. Yet here they are. To get this far, the PDL outfit, Kitsap, upset the favorite and much fancied MLS hopeful, Sacramento Republic FC. That victory constituted an incredible coup for Kitsap, but their path to potential cup glory becomes that much more difficult against Seattle. However, it would be unwise to underestimate Kitsap because ironically, the Pumas already defeated the Sounders, albeit that team being Seattle’s u-23 team. Either way, anything can happen, it’s the magic of the cup. Will it be the minnows from Bremerton or will it be the big boys from the crown jewel of Washington state. Regardless, it’s gonna be a great game.

2016 US Open Cup Round 4 review: Two lower division teams advance to Round of 16

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Fans of the Jacksonville Armada show their support for the city of Orlando. Photo: James Drexler

Fans of the Jacksonville Armada show their support for the city of Orlando. Photo: James Drexler

The first four games of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup’s most exciting round are in the books and there was a wide variety of action on Day 1.

A 10-man Los Angeles Galaxy team got past amateur side La Maquina with three goals in extra time to pick up a 4-1 victory. The second goal by the Galaxy will be the one that everyone will be talking about. The Colorado Rapids survived their in-state USL rival, the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, while the Portland Timbers beat the San Jose Earthquakes in the round’s only all-MLS matchup. Real Salt Lake needed a comeback and penalty kicks to eliminate the Wilmington Hammerheads (USL).

The remaining 12 games of the Fourth Round will take place on Wednesday. Click here for the schedule.

Here is a brief recap of each Fourth Round games so far with links to the full match report (Check back as more will be added):

FINAL
Colorado Springs SwitchbacksColorado Springs Switchbacks  
0 : 1
Colorado Rapids    Colorado Rapids
 Dicks Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City, CO 

In a rematch from last year’s tournament, the two professional teams in the state of Colorado squared off against at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. It was a tighter game this time, but the same team prevailed as the Colorado Rapids (MLS) edged the Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL) 1-0 on an 84th minute game-winner by Dillon Serna. FULL MATCH REPORT [+]
Real Salt Lake advances 3-1 in PKs
Wilmington HammerheadsWilmington Hammerheads  
2 : 2
Real Salt Lake    Real Salt Lake
 Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy, UT 

Real Salt Lake found themselves down 2-0 in front of their home fans to the USL’s Wilmington Hammerheads, but the home team rallied to force extra time. In the end, the match had to be decided by a penalty kick shootout and RSL advanced to the Round of 16 by the score of 3-1. FULL MATCH REPORT [+]
AFTER EXTRA TIME
La MaquinaLa Maquina  
1 : 4
Los Angeles Galaxy    Los Angeles Galaxy
 StubHub Center - Carson, CA 

Despite playing more than 100 minutes with 10 men, the Los Angeles Galaxy survived an upset scare from La Maquina with a 4-1 extra time win. Rafael Garcia was issued a straight red card in the 17th minute and the Galaxy played shorthanded and after trading first half goals, it would take until the 96th minute to break the deadlock. The Galaxy scored a controversial goal as one of the LA players was down injured, the Galaxy played a quick restart to a wide open Dave Ramsey who scored his first career Open Cup goal. Sebastien Lletget would add a penalty kick and a clincher in the 115th minute. FULL MATCH REPORT [+]
FINAL
San Jose EarthquakesSan Jose Earthquakes  
0 : 2
Portland Timbers    Portland Timbers
 Providence Park - Portland, OR 

In the round’s only MLS vs. MLS matchup, the Portland Timbers delivered their home fans a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes. Dairon Asprilla and Jack McInerney both scored first half goals to give the Timbers their first US Open Cup win over the Earthquakes. FULL MATCH REPORT [+]
FINAL
Harrisburg City IslandersHarrisburg City Islanders  
2 : 3
Philadelphia Union    Philadelphia Union
 Talen Energy Stadium - Chester, PA 

After taking a comfortable 2-0 lead before the half, Philadelphia needed some extra time heroics to advance to the round of 16. Harrisburg came back in a big way to send the game to extra time. In the 93rd minute Roland Alberg scored his second of the night on a free kick from just outside the box. FULL MATCH REPORT [+]
FINAL
Tampa Bay Rowdies Tampa Bay Rowdies   
0 : 4
Columbus Crew    Columbus Crew
 Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium - Columbus, OH 

Tampa Bay had a hard time doing much of anything tonight, as Columbus cruised to a 4-0 win. The Crew’s four shots on goal all came inside the box, while Tampa Bay only had four total shots in the box. The game was slowed down by a 2-hour weather delay. FULL MATCH REPORT [+]
FINAL
Orlando City SCOrlando City SC  
1 : 0
Jacksonville Armada    Jacksonville Armada
 Southern Oak Stadium - Jacksonville, FL 

A 62nd minute goal turned out to be enough for Orlando. Jacksonville had plenty of chances, including a 91st minute shot right next to the penalty spot, that was saved. FULL MATCH REPORT [+]
FINAL
New York CosmosNew York Cosmos  
1 : 0
New York City FC    New York City FC
 Fordham University - The Bronx, NY 

In NYCFC’s first time hosting a USOC match, the Cosmos pulled the upset on a late header. The game looked destined for extra time, but a cross was headed in by Danny Szetela to put the Cosmos through to the Round of 16. FULL MATCH REPORT [+]
FINAL
New York Red BullsNew York Red Bulls  
1 : 0
Rochester Rhinos    Rochester Rhinos
 Rhinos Stadium - Rochester, NY 

A PK goal early in the game ended up being the only goal of the night. Gonzalo Veron was on a run before being tripped in the box, earning a penalty that Sacha Kljestan converted. Rochester was limited to just five total shots in the second half, as New York played possession. FULL MATCH REPORT [+]
AFTER EXTRA TME
New England RevolutionNew England Revolution  
1 : 0
Carolina Railhawks    Carolina Railhawks
 WakeMed Soccer Park - Cary, NC 

A long weather delay kept the game low scoring. After a scoreless regulation, New England broke through with a 103rd minute goal from Zachary Herivaux. A beautiful upper 90 shot put the Revolution through to the next round. FULL MATCH REPORT [+]
Ft. Lauderdale advances 4-3 in PKs
Ft Lauderdale Strikers Ft Lauderdale Strikers   
0 : 0
DC United    DC United
 Maryland Soccerplex - Boyds, MD 

Neither team could break through in regulation or the extra period. In penalties, Fort Lauderdale converted on four of their five kicks to advance to the Round of 16. FULL MATCH REPORT [+]
AFTER EXTRA TME
Sporting Kansas CitySporting Kansas City  
2 : 1
Minnesota United FC    Minnesota United FC
 National Sports Center - Blaine, MN 

A couple of penalty kick goals accounted for the only goals in regulation. In extra time, Diego Rubio was set up in the box and drove a shot just past the keeper to send Sporting KC through to the next round. FULL MATCH REPORT [+]
Chicago advances 4-3 in PKs
Indy ElevenIndy Eleven  
1 : 1
Chicago Fire    Chicago Fire
 Toyota Park - Bridgeview, IL 

It was a scoreless regulation, and each team added a goal in extra time. After scoring the equalizer in the 111th minute, David Accam sent the Fire into the Round of 16 with the winning penalty kick. FULL MATCH REPORT [+]
FC Dallas advances 6-5 in PKs
OKC Energy FCOKC Energy FC  
2 : 2
FC Dallas    FC Dallas
 Westcott Field - Dallas, TX 

Oklahoma City scored an equalizer in the added time, and both teams were held scoreless through the extra period. In penalties, FC Dallas outlasted OKC and advanced 6-5. FULL MATCH REPORT [+]
FINAL
San Antonio FCSan Antonio FC  
0 : 4
Houston Dynamo    Houston Dynamo
 BBVA Compass Stadium - Houston, TX 

Houston faced very little resistance in their big win over San Antonio. Their four goals all came around the half, and really buried San Antonio FC before they could answer. FULL MATCH REPORT [+]
FINAL
Kitsap PumasKitsap Pumas  
0 : 2
Seattle Sounders FC    Seattle Sounders FC
 Starfire Sports Complex - Tukwila, WA 

The Cinderella story comes to a close for Kitsap, the last remaining club lower than division three. The game was scoreless, but Seattle scored two goals late to blank the Pumas. FULL MATCH REPORT [+]
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