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100th US Open Cup officially kicks off tonight

by Kim Tate
May 15, 2013 2:50 AM EDT



It's that time of year again. Perhaps one of the most anticipated tournaments in US soccer kicks off tonight, with 17 first - round games across the country featuring 36 lower division clubs battling to advance to the second round of the 100 year old competition.

The entire 2013 tournament features 68 teams as opposed to last year's 64, marking the largest field in the modern era (1995-present). 2013 also marks the second-consecutive year in which all U.S. based Division I, II and III teams will participate: 16 from Major League Soccer, six from the North American Soccer League (NASL) and 12 from USL PRO.

The amount of prize money has increased as well, with the overall champion earning a total of $250,000, a 150,000 increase from $100,000 in recent, previous years. The runner-up will receive $60,000 (up from $50,000) and the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will win $15,000 (up from $10,000).

From US Soccer: "Another significant change for 2013 is the process for determining the site for the Open Cup tournament semifinals and final. In past years, the sites for the final three matches of the tournament had been determined through a sealed-bid process, but this year the hosts of those games will be determined by a coin flip. Home teams throughout the entire tournament will be determined by random selection."

Beyond the Division I, II, and III teams, the remaining 34 spots in the tournament field will be filled by amateur teams from the Adult Council category. There will be 16 from the Premier Development League, eight from U.S. Adult Soccer Association regional qualifying, eight from the National Premier Soccer League, one from US Club Soccer and one from the United States Specialty Sports Association.

Fans can follow every single game on Twitter (@USOpenCup). The Twitter hashtag for the tournament this year is #USOC100.

A review of the play-in round, which commenced on May 7:

1. Georgia Revolution (NPSL) 1, Colorado Rovers (USSSA) 1 (Georgia Revolution wins 5-3 in PKs)
Shea Stadium; Highlands Ranch, Colo.

2. FC Hasental (NPSL) 5, Fresno Fuego Future (US Club Soccer) 3
Chukchansi Park; Fresno, Calif.

FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE (courtsey of US Soccer):


3. Mass Premier Soccer (USASA) at GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL)
Memorial Field, Deering High School; Portland, Maine
Tuesday, May 14, at 8 p.m. ET

4. Icon FC (USASA) at Brooklyn Italians (NPSL)
Aviator Sports Complex; Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tuesday, May 14, at 8 p.m. ET

5. New York Red Bulls U23’s (NPSL) at Ocean City Nor’easters (PDL)
Carey Stadium; Ocean City, N.J.
Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. ET

6. FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic (NPSL) at Reading United AC (PDL)
Don Thomas Stadium; Reading, Pa.
Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. ET

7. Ocala Stampede (PDL) at Red Force (USASA)
Florida International Soccer Stadium; Miami, Fla.
Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. ET

8. VSI Tampa Bay FC (USL PRO) at Orlando City U-23s (PDL)
Seminole Soccer Complex; Sanford, Fla.
Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. ET

9. Chattanooga FC (NPSL) at Carolina Dynamo (PDL)
Macpherson Stadium; Greensboro, N.C.
Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. ET

10. Dearborn Stars (USASA) at Michigan Bucks (PDL)
Ultimate Soccer Arenas, Pontiac, Mich.
Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. ET

11. RWB Adria (USASA) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO)
Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. ET

12. River City Rovers (PDL) at Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO)
Beavercreek High School; Beavercreek, Ohio
Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. ET

13. Madison 56ers (NPSL) at Des Moines Menace (PDL)
Valley Stadium; West Des Moines, Iowa
Wednesday, May 15^, at 7:30 p.m. CT

14. NTX Rayados (USASA) at Austin Aztex (PDL)
House Park; Austin, Texas
Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. CT

15. Phoenix FC (USL PRO) at FC Tucson (PDL)
Kino Sports Complex Grandstand, Field 5; Tucson, Ariz.
Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. Arizona Time

16. Sacramento Gold (NPSL) vs. Portland Timbers U23’s (PDL)
JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.
Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. PT

17. Doxa Italia (USASA) at Sounders FC U23s (PDL)
Sunset Chevrolet Stadium; Sumner, Wash.
Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. PT

18. PSA Elite (USASA) at Laredo Heat SC (PDL)
Texas A&M International Soccer Complex; Laredo, Texas
Tuesday, May 14, at 8:15 p.m. CT

19. Real Colorado Foxes (PDL) at Georgia Revolution (NPSL)
RYSA Soccerplex; Conyers, Ga.
Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. ET

20. FC Hasental (NPSL) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL)
Ventura College; Ventura, Calif.
Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. PT