US Soccer unveiled the pairings and host scenarios for the Fourth Round of the 2015 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Thursday afternoon, creating the match-ups for the 17 Major League Soccer clubs that enter into the competition at the round of 32 being held June 16 & 17.
US Soccer President Sunil Gulati’s coin flip during the special edition of the Men in Blazers live stage podcast at MLS All-Star events in Portland landed with tails showing, sending the title game to either Frisco, Texas or Chester, Pa.
The United States Soccer Federation unveiled the semifinal pairings as well as the potential dates and locations of the for the upcoming final four set for August 12-13.
The potential pairings and host scenarios have been announced by the US Soccer Federation for the 2014 US Open Cup Quarterfinals set for July 8-9. As many as three lower division sides could host one of the four contests in the round with an all-MLS foursome in the other potential scenario out west.
In a showdown of central Florida foes, the future MLS side Orlando City of USL Pro dominated from the opening and cruised to a 4-1 victory over the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies.
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Seattle Sounders striker Obafemi Martins could easily claim the ‘Million Dollar Man’ tag for the US Open Cup this year, but it would not be a positive nickname. In a breakdown of MLS player salaries for the Third Round based on figures released earlier this year by the MLS Players Union, the Sounders were easily the highest paid MLS club based on who played, and Martins salary was twice that of any other player.
The United States Soccer Federation conducted and announced the draw for the potential Quarterfinal pairings and match hosts Wednesday. Highlighting the announced pairing is the scenario that the third division USL Pro Charleston Battery are the only one of four lower division clubs that will have the opportunity to host a match June 26 when the final eight take the field.
On a night where multiple MLS teams fell to lower division opponents, the defending US Open Cup Champion took care of business. Sporting Kansas City made a 12th minute goal by Kei Kamara stand up before adding an insurance strike from Claudio Bieler to defeat the Des Moines Menace 2-0 in front of 13,000 fans at Sporting Park.
A DC United squad that has not won since their second game of the MLS season (0-8-2) was dearly hoping for a change in fortune in the US Open Cup, and barely even got that as they prevailed in Richmond via penalties 4-2 after a grueling scoreless stalemate with the Kickers, their official affiliate in USL Pro.