For the fifth year in a row, Major League Soccer will conduct a play-in tournament to narrow the number of teams that enter the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Beginning on June 28, eight MLS clubs will join the 98th edition of the tournament in the third round, with the top six MLS teams based on the 2010 league standings automatically qualifying. The 10 remaining US-based clubs are left to fight for the last two spots.
2011 US Open Cup qualifying
Doxia Italia’s 18-0 win (no, that’s not a typo) clinched a spot in the US Open Cup while a late penalty gave the DV8 Defenders the draw they needed to qualify. Check out the final standings/results and stay tuned for a recap of Day 2 of the Region IV tournament.
On a cold, rainy, Saturday afternoon, AAC Eagles came away with a satisfying 4-1 victory over RWB Adria at the Toyota Park practice field in Bridgeview, Illinois. The match was the final USASA Region II play-in match for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, the region’s second berth. Piotr Kolasinski was the man of the match with a hat-trick on the day.
It appears the deciding moment of who will represent the National Premier Soccer League’s West Division in the 2011 US Open Cup will not be decided on the field Sunday, but rather off the field. It was learned today that the leading contender San Diego Flash have been penalized by the league for use of an illegal player, forfeiting two matches played as reported by SoccerNation.com.
Tonight, May 11, kicks off a marathon of qualifying for the US Open Cup as all but one day between now and May 30 features qualification matches for Major League Soccer, the USL Premier Development League, the National Premier Soccer League and the US Adult Soccer Association’s four regions.
In the first of two qualification matches for the National Premier Soccer League’s berth into the US Open Cup from the league’s Northeast Conference, the two-time US Open Cup champion Brooklyn Italians (1979, 91) narrowly defeated visiting FC Buffalo 1-0 Saturday. Brooklyn advances to face FC Sonic Lehigh Valley in the final May 27 in Bethlehem, PA for a spot in the tournament.
Ike Opara’s goal in the 120th minute was the only goal of the match as the San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Portland Timbers 1-0 to earn a date with the Chicago Fire in a “Win & You’re In” match later this month.
Home field proved to be a deciding factor on the day as each of the four hosts were victorious in the Quarterfinals of USASA Region I qualifying for the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Sunday afternoon. Moving onto the Semifinals were Go Soccer FC (NJ), Mass Premier Soccer (MA), NY Pancyprian Freedoms (East NY) and Phoenix SC (East PA).
Kheli Dube had one of his best games since the 2009 season to guide the New England Revolution to a 3-2 victory against DC United in a Major League Soccer US Open Cup qualifier.
In mid-March, Hollywood United Hitmen announced a last-minute change in league affiliation for the 2011 season, joining the National Premier Soccer League after playing two seasons in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League. Three weeks later, the PDL announced the addition of LA Blues 23 as a replacement. Hollywood United Hitmen have been a […]