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How league form has impacted the US Open Cup Final

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You don’t need to be long-time soccer fan to know that there’s a big difference between league games and cup competitions. The Philadelphia Union are heading into Wednesday’s US Open Cup Final at PPL Park having earned seven out of a possible 15 points in their last five league matches. Their opponent Sporting Kansas City have five during that same span.

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Once upon a time, before the proliferation of podcasts, social media and YouTube, there was an internet radio show based out of Lansing, Mich. that was the only one of its kind that covered every level of American soccer, from the still-fledgling Major League Soccer (MLS) to the birth of what is now the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

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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.