2019 US Open Cup qualifying to begin Sept. 22-23 with 95 teams

Posted by | August 22, 2018
The Open Division Local Qualifying tournament for the 2019 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup kicks off on Sept. 22. Graphic by: Dallas Kreil

The Open Division Local Qualifying tournament for the 2019 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup kicks off on Sept. 22. Graphic by: Dallas Kreil

The 2018 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final is still more than a month away but the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) announced the entries for the qualifying tournament for next year’s tournament.

The federation’s Open Division Local Qualifying tournament will feature 95 entries from across the country and the majority of them will begin play in the competition’s opening round on Sept. 22-23. According to the USSF’s announcement, the draw for the first round will take place in the final week of August.

The teams will represent 25 different states and the District of Columbia (30 different state associations) and will feature teams from 29 different leagues. The most represented league is the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) which entered 35 teams, down from the 39 the UPSL entered a year ago.

The Open Division Local Qualifying tournament was launched in 2016 as an alternative to holding state and regional qualifying tournaments. Now, all teams from any US Soccer-affiliated leagues all enter the same tournament. The competition begins in the fall and all entrants are divided up regionally to minimize travel, with the teams that advance the furthest qualifying for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup which will begin in the spring. The number of teams that will qualify for the tournament, and the number of rounds that will be required, is yet to be determined as it will depend on the number of professional teams that will take part in the 106th edition of the Open Cup next year.

Of the 95 teams, 50 of the teams have competed in the Open Division tournament before, leaving 45 new teams.

The federation also confirmed TheCup.us’ report that one amateur team has already punched their ticket to the 2019 US Open Cup. Bavarian SC won the 2018 USASA Amateur Cup championship which earned them an automatic berth into next year’s Open Cup. The Milwaukee-based club has been playing soccer since 1929 and were the runner-up in the 1994 US Open Cup. They have qualified for the tournament six times in the Modern Era with the last entry coming in 2009.

The most notable of the “new” teams is the Ukrainian Nationals who may be making their first appearance in the Open Division Local Qualifying tournament, but they have a rich history in the US Open Cup. The Nationals reached the US Open Cup Final five times during the 1960s and won the tournament four times (1960, 1961, 1963, 1966). They haven’t qualified for the tournament during the Modern Era (1995-present) and last attempted to qualify in 2015. The Philadelphia Union, who will take on the Houston Dynamo on Sept. 26 in the 2018 US Open Cup Final are seeking to become the first Philly team to lift the trophy since the Nationals did it in 1966.

Of the returning teams, the Philadelphia area is well-represented with teams with rich histories. United German Hungarians (Oakford, Pa.) have been playing soccer since 1922 and are two-time US Open Cup runners-up (1977, 1993). Vereinigung Erzgebirge (Warminster, Pa.) were founded in 1969 and last qualified for the Open Cup in 2002.

There are other returning teams that made a name for themselves nationally through the US Open Cup. Most recently, last year’s Cinderella story NTX Rayados are back seeking to qualify for the Open Cup for the eighth year in a row. Last year, they joined a short list of amateur teams that have reached the Fourth Round when they took on the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. They would fall 5-0.

After two years off, Cal FC are back. They made a name for themselves by stunning the Portland Timbers of MLS back in 2012. Baltimore-based Christos FC got the nation’s attention with a run to the Fourth Round where they lost to D.C. United (MLS) in 2017 but they were one-and-done after a penalty kick loss to Reading United AC (PDL) in Round 1 of the 2018 tournament.

2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Open Division Local Qualifying Schedule

First Qualifying Round: Sept. 22-23
Second Qualifying Round: Oct. 20-21
Third Qualifying Round: Nov. 17-18
Fourth Qualifying Round: March 9-10, 2019
Fifth Qualifying Round: April 6-7, 2019

2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup 
Open Division Teams Entering via the Local Qualifying Track
Listed by State and League (Sanctioning Body) Affiliation

Arizona (1 team) 
United Premier Soccer League (U.S. Adult Soccer Assn.)
Sporting AZ FC*; Scottsdale, Ariz.

California (24) 
LIGA NorCal (US Club Soccer) 

Academica Soccer Club; Turlock, Calif.
Contra Costa FC; Walnut Creek, Calif.
Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.

San Francisco Soccer Football League (Calif. Soccer Assn.-North/USASA) 
Oakland FC Leopards; Lafayette, Calif.

SoCal Premier League (Calif. State Soccer Assn.-South/USASA)
Buena Park FC; La Palma, Calif.
CaliGators FC; Lake Forest, Calif.
Chula Vista FC; Spring Valley, Calif.
L.A. South Bay Monsters FC; San Pedro, Calif.
Outbreak FC; Long Beach, Calif.
Quickening; Lancaster, Calif.
Real Sociedad Royals; Bellflower, Calif.
SC Trojans FC; Los Angeles, Calif.

United Premier Soccer League (U.S. Adult Soccer Assn.)
Cal FC; Thousand Oaks, Calif.
California United FC II; Irvine, Calif.
JASA RWC; Redwood City, Calif.
Lionside FC; Redondo Beach, Calif.
L.A. Wolves FC*; Bell Gardens, Calif.
Napa Sporting SC; Napa, Calif.
Oakland Stompers; Oakland, Calif.
Real San Jose; San Jose, Calif.
San Nicolás FC; Los Angeles, Calif.
San Ramon Dynamos FC; San Ramon, Calif.
Santa Ana Winds FC*; Lake Forest, Calif.
Valley United SC; North Hills, Calif.

Colorado (8) 
Colorado Premier League (U.S. Specialty Sports Assn.)
Club El Azul; Broomfield, Colo.
Colorado Rovers; Broomfield, Colo.
FC Denver*; Aurora, Colo.
Harpo’s FC; Commerce City, Colo.
Northern Colorado FC; Fort Collins, Colo.

United Premier Soccer League (U.S. Adult Soccer Assn.)
Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Gam United FC; Aurora, Colo.
Indios Denver FC; Englewood, Colo.

Connecticut (1) 
Connecticut Soccer League (Conn. State Soccer Assn./USASA) 

Newtown Pride FC; Newtown, Conn.

District of Columbia (1) 
District Sports Premier League (Metro D.C-Virginia Soccer Assn./USASA) 

DC Cheddar; Washington, D.C.

Florida (11) 
American Premier Soccer League (Florida State Soccer Assn./USASA) 

FC Kendall*; Miami, Fla.
Red Force FC*; Miami, Fla.

Central Florida Soccer League (Florida State Soccer Assn./USASA) 
Central Florida FC Spartans; St. Cloud, Fla.
Orlando FC Wolves; Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Sun Cup (U.S. Specialty Sports Assn.)
Naples United FC 2; Naples, Fla.

United Premier Soccer League (U.S. Adult Soccer Assn.)
ASC America Soccer Club; Jacksonville, Fla.
Deportivo Lake Mary; Kissimmee, Fla.
Florida Soccer Soldiers; Hialeah, Fla.
Hurricane FC; Delray Beach, Fla.
Miami Sun FC; Miami, Fla.
Sporting Orlando Soccer Club; Orlando, Fla.

Georgia (1) 
Atlanta District Amateur Soccer League (Georgia State Soccer Assn./USASA) 

Shahin Atlanta FC; Marietta, Ga.

Idaho (1) 
United Premier Soccer League (U.S. Adult Soccer Assn.)
Boise FC Cutthroats; Boise, Idaho

Illinois (1) 
United Premier Soccer League (U.S. Adult Soccer Assn.)
Aurora Borealis Soccer Club; North Aurora, Ill.

Louisiana (1) 
Gulf Coast Premier League (Louisiana Soccer Assn./USASA) 

Motagua New Orleans; New Orleans, La.

Maryland (7) 
Maryland Major Soccer League (Md. State Soccer Assn./USASA) 

Christos FC*; Elkridge, Md.
Izee Auto FC; Columbia, Md.
Rockville Soccer Club; Rockville, Md.
Steel Pulse FC; Windsor Mill, Md.
Super Delegates Football Club; Laurel, Md.
World Class Premier Elite FC; Boyds, Md.

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

Massachusetts (8) 
Bay State Soccer League (Mass. Adult State Soccer Assn./USASA) 

Boston City FC II; Malden, Mass.
Boston Siege FC; Revere, Mass.
Global Premier Soccer (GPS) Omens; Boston, Mass.
Kendall Wanderers*; Cambridge, Mass.
Southie FC; Roxbury, Mass.

United Premier Soccer League (U.S. Adult Soccer Assn.)
Juve-Pro Soccer; Stoughton, Mass.
Mass United FC; Sommerville, Mass.
Safira FC; Sommerville, Mass.

Michigan (2) 
Ann Arbor Premier Development League (Michigan Soccer Association/USASA) 

Ann Arbor FC; Ann Arbor, Mich.

Michigan Premier Soccer League (Michigan Soccer Association/USASA) 
Livonia City FC; Livonia, Mich.

Minnesota (1) 
Minnesota Amateur Soccer League (Minnesota Soccer Assn./USASA) 

FC Minnesota; Blaine, Minn.

Mississippi (1) 
Gulf Coast Premier League (Louisiana Soccer Assn./USASA) 

Port City FC; Gulfport, Miss.

Missouri (1) 
United Premier Soccer League (U.S. Adult Soccer Assn.)
FC Maritsa; St. Louis, Mo.

Nevada (1) 
United Premier Soccer League (U.S. Adult Soccer Assn.)
Nevada Coyotes FC; Carson City, Nev.

New Jersey (1) 
Garden State Soccer League (New Jersey Soccer Assn./USASA) 

Jackson Lions FC; Jackson, N.J.

New York (3) 
Cosmopolitan Soccer League (Eastern New Youth State Soccer Assn./USASA) 

Lansdowne Bhoys FC*; Yonkers, N.Y.
New York Pancyprian Freedoms^; Jamaica, N.Y.

Rochester District Soccer League (Western New Youth Soccer Assn./USASA)
Rochester River Dogz*; Spencerport, N.Y.

North Carolina (1) 
United Premier Soccer League (U.S. Adult Soccer Assn.)
FC Cardinals; Winston-Salem, N.C.

Oregon (1) 
Oregon Premier Soccer League (Oregon Adult Soccer Assn./USASA) 

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

Pennsylvania (5) 
Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League (Pa. West Soccer Assn./USASA) 

Tartan Devils Oak Avalon; Pittsburgh, Pa.

United Soccer League of Pennsylvania (Eastern Pa. Soccer Assn./USASA) 
Ukrainian Nationals; North Wales, Pa.
United German Hungarians; Oakford, Pa.
Vereinigung Erzgebirge; Warminster, Pa.
West Chester United; West Chester, Pa.

South Carolina (1) 
Central League (South Carolina Amateur Soccer Assn./USASA) 

Soda City FC Sorinex; Lexington, S.C.

Texas (7) 
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)
Leon FC; Dallas, Texas
NTX Rayados*; Dallas, Texas

United Premier Soccer League (U.S. Adult Soccer Assn.)
Bay Area Oiler FC; Houston, Texas
Dallas Elite FC; Plano, Texas
San Antonio Runners; San Antonio, Texas
Southwest FC; El Paso, Texas

Utah (1) 
United Premier Soccer League (U.S. Adult Soccer Assn.)
San Juan FC; Draper, Utah

Virginia (4) 
Soccer Organization of the Charlottesville Area (Metro D.C-Virginia Soccer Assn./USASA) 

Cville Alliance FC Reserves; Charlottesville, Va.
Tigres FC; Crozet, Va.

Woodbridge Soccer League (Asociacion Nacional Fútbol en USA/U.S. Soccer)
Centro America FC; Woodbridge, Va.
Virginia United; Woodbridge, Va.

* Advanced to 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup 
^ Three-time U.S. Open Cup Champion (1980, 1982-83)

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

  • 29 different leagues represented (including six new leagues added this year)
  • 25 different states plus the District of Columbia represented (four new states added this year: Missouri, North Carolina, Utah and Virginia; Washington, D.C., is also new to qualifying)
  • 24 teams entering from California alone
  • 11 teams from Florida
  • 8 teams from Colorado and Massachusetts
  • 7 teams each from Maryland and Texas
  • 5 teams from Pennsylvania
  • 4 teams from Virginia
  • 3 teams from New York
  • 2 teams from Michigan
  • 1 team each from Arizona, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina and Utah
  • 48 teams are veterans of Open Division local qualifying, having participated in at least one of the three previous competitions
  • 24 teams have participated in all three previous years of Open Division local qualifying
  • 47 teams are entering Open Division local qualifying for the first time
  • 83 teams are from U.S. Adult Soccer Association-affiliated leagues
  • 7 teams are from U.S. Specialty Sports Association-affiliated leagues
  • 3 teams are from US Club Soccer-affiliated leagues
  • 2 teams are from Asociacion Nacional Fútbol en USA-affiliated leagues
  • 11 teams entering 2019 Open Division local qualifying reached the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup first round; four of these reached the second round; two of these reached the third round
  • NTX Rayados (Dallas, Texas) advanced to the 2018 Open Cup fourth round where they battled MLS mainstay Houston Dynamo, holding the possible 2018 Open Cup champion scoreless through 55 minutes and not allowing a second goal until midway through the second half
  • New York Pancyprian Freedoms are a three-time U.S. Open Cup Champion (1980, 1982-83)