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Opening round pairings for 2018 US Open Cup announced; 105th tournament kicks off in May

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The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) announced the draw for the First Round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The 105th edition of the United States national championship will feature a three-game Play-In Round before the First Round kicks off May 8 with the first of 26 games.

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2018 US Open Cup just got more rewarding: USSF announces changes, format, dates and team entries

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The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) released its 2018 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Finalists’ Handbook (which can be downloaded in its entirety here) this week. The 105th edition of the competition will feature 94 teams and is scheduled to kick off May 9. The tournament features a Modern Era record 33 different states represented and a record 37 different state associations.

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El Farolito, 1993 US Open Cup champions, disqualified from 2018 tournament

The scene from historic Boxer Stadium in San Francisco with El Farolito hosting Burlingame Dragons in the First Round of the 2017 US Open Cup. Photo: Evan Ream
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The 1993 US Open Cup Champions will not get a chance at a second title this year as El Farolito, a San Francisco-based amateur club, has been disqualified on account of moving leagues. After decades of thriving in the famed San Francisco Soccer Football League (SFSFL), El Farolito decided to take its talents to the continually-growing National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

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As road teams huddle in bathrooms, warehouses, what are venue standards for US Open Cup qualifying?

Players from Motagua of New Orleans gather in a warehouse in Balch Springs, Texas, the site of their 2018 US Open Cup qualifying match against NTX Rayados. Photo: Motagua of New Orleans Facebook page
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Like all knockout competitions, open division qualifying for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is a grind that often has a charming edge to it lost in the later rounds when professional teams enter the fray. But there’s hardly anything romantic about a coach giving his team a halftime talk in a public bathroom or another team finding shelter from the cold in a storage shed only to be kicked out by a groundskeeper.

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Del Rey City SC partners with TheCup.us, unveils custom jersey featuring US Open Cup website

As part of the partnership, DRCSC has also unveiled their new custom design jerseys, made by Admiral Sports, which brandish the logo of TheCup.us across the front chest.

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About the site: How TheCup.us became US Open Cup’s independent media outlet

Since 2003, TheCup.us (originally USOpenCup.com) remains the home for in-depth information and coverage about one of the best-kept secrets in American sports.

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Since 2003, the small staff at TheCup.us (formerly USOpenCup.com) has been the Internet’s only source for full coverage of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

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The US Open Cup Final: 1914-present

The US Open Cup debuted in 1913, and since then has had different names and a variety of formats, but it has remained the national championship for the sport of soccer in the United States for more than a century.

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