2014 US Open Cup Round 3 draw: NASL joins competition as teams set to battle for matches with MLS

Posted by | May 8, 2014

The US Soccer Federation conducted the draw for Round 3 of the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, as the 101st edition of the tournament adds all eight of the US-based NASL (Division II pro) teams.

The Third Round, which will take place on May 28, will see the NASL teams join the 24 Round 2 winners to decide which clubs will earn a date with Major League Soccer. All US-based MLS clubs enter the tournament in Round 4 as a result of this year’s record number of partcipating teams (80).

The procedure to host an Open Cup game will remain in place as they have for the last few years. If a team wants to host, they submit an application to the federation and if that venue meets the minimum standards, then that team will be a part of a coin flip to determine who hosts. If one team does not meet the standards, or just doesn’t apply, then the other team receives the rights to host.

The draw was held at the US Soccer headquarters in Chicago with Indy Eleven president Peter Wilt in attendance to witness the proceedings. Also attending the draw was Chicago Fire writer Jeff Crandall, who last year, introduced Open Cup fans across the country to the federation’s procedure when it comes to the tournament’s draw. He has returned with another installment, as he explains which teams did not apply to host third round games, which teams didn’t meet the fed’s venue standards and how it all went down. (Read the full story here)

UPDATE: US Soccer announced on Twitter that the Sacramento Republic-Ventura County Fusion Second Round match has been moved to Cosumnes River College Stadium in Sacramento.

Check out the Results/Schedule here

Here are the results of the Third Round draw:

    2014 US Open Cup Third Round

Greater Binghamton FC Thunder (NPSL) / Reading United AC (PDL) winner at Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO)
Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, NY – 7:35 p.m. ET
OR
Greater Binghamton FC Thunder (NPSL) / Reading United AC (PDL) winner at Western Mass Pioneers (PDL)
Lusitano Stadium; Ludlow, MA – 7:30 p.m. ET

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Brooklyn Italians SC (NPSL) / Jersey Express (PDL) winner at New York Cosmos (NASL)
Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Queens, NY – 7:30 p.m. ET

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Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) / RVA FC (NPSL) winner at Ocean City Nor’easters (PDL)
Carey Stadium; Ocean City, NJ – 7 p.m. ET
OR
New York Greek American Atlas (USASA) at Richmond Kickers (USL PRO)
Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, VA – 7 p.m. ET
OR
New York Greek American Atlas (USASA) at RVA (NPSL)
Sports Backers Stadium; Richmond, VA – 7 p.m. ET

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Icon FC (USASA) / Baltimore Bohemians (PDL) winner at FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic (NPSL)
Whitehall High School Soccer Stadium; Whitehall, PA – 7:05 p.m. ET
OR
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at Baltimore Bohemians (PDL)
Calvert Hall College High School; Towson, MD – 5:30 p.m. ET
OR
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) vs. Icon FC (USASA)
Site/Time TBD

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RWB Adria (USASA) / Michigan Bucks (PDL) winner at New York Red Bulls U23s (NPSL)
Site/Time TBD
OR
RWB Adria (USASA) / Michigan Bucks (PDL) winner at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO)
Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, PA – 7 p.m. ET

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Carolina Dynamo (PDL) / Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) winner at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)
WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, NC – 7:30 p.m. ET

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Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO)
Legion Stadium; Wilmington, NC – 7:30 p.m. ET
OR
Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Chattanooga FC (NPSL)
Finley Stadium; Chattanooga, TN – 7:30 p.m. ET

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Jacksonville United FC (NPSL) / Orlando City U23s (PDL) winner at Charleston Battery (USL PRO)
Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, SC – 7:30 p.m. ET
OR
Panama City Beach Pirates (PDL) at Jacksonville United FC (NPSL)
Site TBD – 7:30 p.m. ET
OR
Panama City Beach Pirates (PDL) vs. Orlando City U23s (PDL)
Site/Time TBD

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Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at Orlando City (USL PRO)
ESPN Wide World of Sports; Kissimmee, FL – 7:30 p.m. ET
OR
Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at Ocala Stampede (PDL)
Trinity Catholic High School; Ocala, FL – 7 p.m. ET

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Red Force (USASA) / Laredo Heat (PDL) winner at Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)
Lockhart Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, FL – 7:45 p.m. ET

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Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) / Schwaben AC (USASA) winner at Indy Eleven (NASL)
Carroll Stadium; Indianapolis, IN – 7:30 p.m. ET

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NTX Rayados (USASA) / Austin Aztex (PDL) winner at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL)
Toyota Field; San Antonio, TX – 8:30 p.m. ET

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Minnesota United FC (NASL) at Des Moines Menace (USASA)
Valley Stadium; West Des Moines, IA – 8:30 p.m. ET
OR
Real Colorado Foxes (PDL) at Minnesota United FC (NASL)
National Sports Center; Blaine, MN – 8 p.m. ET

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Oklahoma City Energy FC (USL PRO) / Tulsa Athletics (NPSL) winner at Portland Timbers U23s (PDL)
Providence Park; Portland, OR – 10 p.m. ET
OR
Arizona United SC (USL PRO) at Tulsa Athletics (NPSL)
Tulsa Athletics Stadium; Tulsa, OK – 8:30 p.m. ET
OR
Arizona United SC (USL PRO) vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC (USL PRO)
Site/Time TBD

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Orange County Blues (USL PRO) / Fresno Fuego (PDL) winner at Sacramento Republic (USL PRO)
Charles C. Hughes Stadium; Sacramento, CA – 10:30 p.m. ET
OR
Orange County Blues (USL PRO) / Fresno Fuego (PDL) winner at Ventura County Fusion (PDL)
Ventura College Sportsplex; Ventura, CA – 10 p.m. ET

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PSA Elite (USASA) / San Diego Flash (NPSL) winner at LA Galaxy II (USL PRO)
StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium; Carson, CA – 10:30 p.m. ET
OR
Cal FC (USASA) at PSA Elite (USASA)
Irvine Stadium; Irvine, CA – 10:30 p.m. ET
OR
Cal FC (USASA) at San Diego Flash (NPSL)
Mira Mesa High School; San Diego, CA – 10 p.m. ET

3 Comments

  • El Conductor says:

    Wow. I can’t believe how many potential NPSL hosting scenarios there are this year. Last year we had about four total. The hosting draws seem really even this year. I wonder what changed.

    • Josh Hakala says:

      Nothing changed, it’s just the luck of the coin flip. And in some cases, some NPSL teams don’t have the stadium good enough to host or they don’t apply in the first place. You have to take all those factors into consideration. Jeff Crandall did a really nice job in his recap by pointing out who didn’t apply and who did and which venues didn’t meet standards. That should help fans understand the process more.

  • SJJ says:

    What is this fascination about how many NPSL teams would host?

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