Venues for MLS Open Cup qualifying announced with coin flip video

Posted by | March 7, 2010
2010 MLS Open Cup qualifying bracket
2010 MLS Open Cup qualifying bracket

For the fourth year in a row, Major League Soccer (MLS) announced that they will utilize a play-in tournament for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

The top six teams from last year’s MLS regular season, including defending Open Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC, will automatically qualify, while the remaining nine U.S.-based clubs will battle for two spots in the competition.

Along with the Sounders, the Columbus Crew, Los Angeles Galaxy, Houston Dynamo, Chicago Fire and Chivas USA will enter the tournament in the Third Round.

The pairings were determined by the teams’ finish in the overall MLS standings last season, with the expansion Philadelphia Union seeded last.

Coin flips were held to determine home teams for the first five matches, which will be completed by the end of April; coin flips also will be held for the last two games once the final four teams are determined.

MLS made the announcement on its website,, with a video featuring Greg Lalas and the Executive VP of Competition, Nelson Rodriguez. (Video below)

Game A:
Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls
Game B: New England Revolution at Philadelphia Union or New York Red Bulls
Game C: Real Salt Lake at San Jose Earthquakes
Game D: Colorado Rapids at Kansas City Wizards
Game E: FC Dallas at D.C. United
Game F: Game B winner vs. Game D winner (winner qualifies), home team TBD
Game G: Game C winner vs. Game E winner (winner qualifies), home team TBD
Games A-E: Games to be completed by the end of April
Games F-G: Games to be completed by the end of May


  • Sasha says:

    I little bit MLS-centric, as should be expected. Crew stadium wasn’t the first Soccer Specific Stadium, although it was the first in MLS. Even in the “MLS Era”, Blackbaud Stadium, home of the Charleston Battery, opened one month prior to Crew Stadium.

  • socmin says:

    Ahhh…association football is in the air!
    It may be small, but I appreciate these little videos to keep me going. The early matchups I am looking forward to are the NY-PHL match at the new stadium and then either NE-NY or NE-PHL at those new venues.

  • Jacob says:

    US football is silly. Put all the teams from all the leagues in a pool of and have a draw like they do everywhere else. Then you get some exciting first round matchups and and more chances for the minnows to get thru.

  • Matt says:

    Jacob, I 100 percent agree. It is so stupid to not have every team from a country’s top level play in the cup tournament.

  • JR Salazar says:

    Observe how the FA does its FA Cup draws and emulate it. Boom. Problem solved.

  • The Helm says:

    Ahh, to emulate is not the American Football way… JR Salazar, that would be too easy a solution for the bureaucrats of American soccer. I am still surprised we actually use a round ball… 🙂

  • jorge says:

    wow typical,american football..why not make a draw,like the fa cup..or the champions leauge..why does USA ,always wanna make things diff then others,

  • Kadar says:

    tis a beautiful post…,Labamba

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