2020 US Open Cup Qualifying: US Soccer announces Third Round matchups

Posted by | October 23, 2019

The NTX Rayados huddle up before their 2020 US Open Cup qualifier against Inocentes Futbol Club. Photo: NTX Rayados

The United States Soccer Federation announced the matchups for the Third Round of Open Division Local qualifiers for the 2020 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

There are now 25 teams remaining to qualify for next year’s tournament proper. 24 will participate in this third round, after the postponed second round match between Soda City Sorinex FC and Georgia Revolution FC Reserves is completed on Nov. 2. [MORE: 2020 US Open Cup Qualifying Schedule/Results]

The teams that are taking part in the competition are mostly amateur — although there are no rules limiting professional teams from participating.

The Open Division Local Qualifying tournament was launched in 2015, ahead of the 2016 US Open Cup, as an alternative to holding state and regional qualifying tournaments. Now, all teams from any US Soccer-affiliated leagues just need to register. 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 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 107th edition of the Open Cup next year.

One team has already punched their ticket into the 2020 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Newtown Pride FC  won the 2019 USASA Amateur Cup championship which earned them an automatic berth into next year’s Open Cup. The Connecticut-based club has qualified for the first time after being unsuccessful each year since 2013, and now have finally gotten over the hump.

The match-ups for the Third Round of the qualifying tournament are listed below:

(Since some games are missing details, you can find the latest qualifying schedule and results here)

2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – Third Qualifying Round Schedule
All Times Eastern

East Region

Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue
TBD Brockton FC United (Mass.) vs. New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) TBD TBD
Nov. 24 Vereinigung Erzgebirge (Pa.) vs. West Chester United (Pa.) 2:30 p.m. Vereinigung Erzgebirge Clubhouse, Field 1; Warminster, PA
Nov. 24 Christos FC (Md.) vs. Steel FC (Pa.) 5 p.m. North County High School; Glen Burnie, MD
Nov. 24 CD Huateras (Va.) vs. Virginia United (Va.) 5 p.m. Howison Homestead Soccer Complex, Field TBD; Woodbridge, VA

Central Region

Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue
Nov. 23 Miami United FC U23 (Fla.) vs. Hurricane FC (Fla.) 7 p.m. Kendall Soccer Park; Miami, FL
Nov. 23 Soda City Sorinex FC (S.C.) vs. Nashville United (Tenn.) 7 p.m. Saluda Shoals Soccer Park; Columbia, SC
Nov. 23 Louisiana Krewe FC (La.) vs. Livonia City FC (Mich.) 8 p.m. St. Thomas More Catholic High School; Lafayette, LA
Nov. 23 NTX Rayados (Texas) vs. Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas) 8 p.m. Premier Park, Field 1; Balch Springs, TX

West Region

Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue
TBD Azteca FC (Colo.) vs. Olympic Club (Calif.) TBD TBD
Nov. 23 Chula Vista FC (Calif.) vs. L.A. Monsters FC (Calif.) 5:30 p.m. Terra Nova Park; Chula Vista, CA
Nov. 23 Oxnard Guerreros FC (Calif.) vs. Cal FC (Calif.) 9:30 p.m. Del Sol Stadium; Oxnard, CA
Nov. 24 FC Boulder Harpos (Colo.) vs. Colorado Rovers (Colo.) 3 p.m. Fairview High School; Boulder, CO

Fourth Qualifying Round (if necessary): Dec. 21-22


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