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100th Edition of US Open Cup kicks off Tonight with two Play-in Matches

by US Soccer
May 08, 2013 1:35 PM EDT



The 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicks off Tuesday night with two play-in matches between amateur clubs. The 100th edition of the U.S. Open Cup features 68 teams - an increase from the 64 that competed last year, marking the largest field in the modern era (1995-present).

"To have the 100th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup taking place during U.S. Soccer's Centennial is a fitting moment for our country's rich soccer history," U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said. "As the sport continues growing in the U.S., the Open Cup has become one of the most important trophies and the tournament increases in popularity every year. We are looking forward to all the competitive matches among the professional and amateur teams during what will surely be an exciting tournament."

The pairings for the tournament's second round were detailed earlier today. Eight USL PRO (Division III) clubs and six North American Soccer League (Division II) teams are scheduled to kick off their participation at this stage on Tuesday, May 21. Historically, this group has had its share of strong U.S. Open Cup runs. In 2012, USL PRO's Harrisburg City Islanders defeated Major League Soccer's New England Revolution and New York Red Bulls in the third and fourth rounds, respectively, to advance to the quarterfinal stage.

The 2013 U.S. Open Cup opens Tuesday night with the Colorado Rovers (U.S. Specialty Sports Association) hosting the Georgia Revolution (National Premier Soccer League) and Southern California-based FC Hasental (NPSL) heading north to face the Fresno Fuego Future (US Club Soccer).

The following week, the first round will take place on May 14 and May 15. The first round will set a record for most Open Cup games played in a single round (18) and on a single day (17 on May 14) in the tournament's modern era (1995-present), breaking the previous record of 16, set most recently in 2012. The two play-in round winners will be joined by 30 other amateur sides, including six other NPSL teams, 16 from the USL Premier Development League, and eight U.S. Adult Soccer Association regional qualifiers. Four Division III professional clubs from USL PRO complete the first round field.

The defending U.S. Open Cup champion is Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City, which captured its second Dewar Challenge Trophy at the 2012 U.S. Open Cup with a thrilling 3-2 shootout victory against three-time defending champion Seattle Sounders FC on Aug. 9, 2012, at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. It was the tournament's first final decided by penalties since 1997 as Sporting and the Sounders played to a 1-1 draw through regulation and extra time.

Two scheduling changes were made toward the U.S. Open Cup's early-round schedule following the initial release. The kickoff time for the May 7 play-in round game between the NPSL's Georgia Revolution and USSSA's Colorado Rovers is at 8:30 p.m. MT. The first-round match between the Madison 56ers (NPSL) and Des Moines Menace (PDL) was changed to Wednesday, May 15.

PLAY-IN ROUND SCHEDULE:
1. Georgia Revolution (NPSL) at Colorado Rovers (USSSA)
Shea Stadium; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Tuesday, May 7, at 8:30 p.m. MT^

2. FC Hasental (NPSL) at Fresno Fuego Future (US Club Soccer)
Chukchansi Park; Fresno, Calif.
Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. PT

FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE:
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 Colorado Rovers (USSSA)
Shea Stadium; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Tuesday, May 14, at8 p.m. MT

OR

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

20. Winner of Fresno Fuego Future (US Club Soccer)/FC Hasental (NPSL) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL)
Ventura College; Ventura, Calif.
Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. PT

SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE:
21. GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL)/Mass Premier (USASA) winner at Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO)
Sahlen's Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:35 p.m. ET

22. Brooklyn Italians (NPSL)/Icon FC (USASA) winner at Richmond Kickers (USL PRO)
Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

23. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at Reading United AC (PDL)
Don Thomas Stadium; Reading, Pa.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET

OR

Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic (NPSL)
Whitehall High School Soccer Complex; Whitehall, Pa.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:05 p.m. ET

24. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO)/RWB Adria (USASA) winner at Ocean City Nor'easters (PDL)
Carey Stadium; Ocean City, N.J.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET

OR

New York Red Bulls U-23s (NPSL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO)
Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

OR

New York Red Bulls U-23s (NPSL) vs. RWB Adria (USASA)
TBD

25. Michigan Bucks (PDL)/Dearborn Stars (USASA) winner at Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO)
Beavercreek High School; Beavercreek, Ohio
Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

OR

Michigan Bucks (PDL)/Dearborn Stars (USASA) winner vs. River City Rovers (PDL)
TBD

26. Carolina Dynamo (PDL)/Chattanooga FC (NPSL) winner at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)
WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

27. Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at VSI Tampa Bay (USL PRO)
Plant City Stadium; Plant City, Fla.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET

OR

Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at Orlando City U23s (PDL)
Seminole Soccer Complex; Sanford, Fla.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

28. Orlando City (USL PRO) at Ocala Stampede (PDL)
Trinity Catholic High School; Ocala, Fla.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

OR

Orlando City (USL PRO) at Red Force (USASA)
Florida International Soccer Stadium; Miami, Fla.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET

29. Des Moines Menace (PDL)/Madison 56ers (NPSL) winner at Minnesota United FC (NASL)
National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. CT

30. FC Tucson (PDL)/Phoenix FC (USL PRO) winner at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL)
Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. CT

31. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) at Austin Aztex (PDL)
House Park; Austin, Texas
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. CT

OR

Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) at NTX Rayados (USASA)
Richland Community College; Dallas, Texas
Tuesday, May 21, at 8 p.m. CT

32. Ventura County (PDL)/FC Hasental (NPSL)/Fresno Fuego Future (US Club Soccer) winner at L.A. Blues (USL PRO)
Titan Stadium; Fullerton, Calif.
Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. PT

33. Charleston Battery (USL PRO) at Portland Timbers U-23s (PDL)
JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. PT

OR

Sacramento Gold (NPSL) at Charleston Battery (USL PRO)
Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET

If Georgia Revolution (NPSL) advances to First Round:
34. Sounders FC U-23 (PDL)/Doxa Italia (USASA) winner at Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO)
Queens University of Charlotte Sports Complex; Charlotte, N.C.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

35. Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Georgia Revolution (NPSL)
RYSA Soccerplex; Conyers, Ga.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

OR

Real Colorado Foxes (PDL) vs. Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)
TBD

36. Laredo Heat (PDL)/PSA Elite (USASA) winner at Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)
Lockhart Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET

If Colorado Rovers (USSSA) advance to First Round:
34. Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) at Colorado Rovers (USSSA)
Shea Stadium; Highlands Park, Colo.
Tuesday, May 21, at 8 p.m. MT

OR

Real Colorado Foxes (PDL) at Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO)
Queens University of Charlotte Sports Complex; Charlotte, N.C.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

35. Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Laredo Heat (PDL)
Texas A&M International Soccer Complex; Laredo, Texas
Tuesday, May 21, at 8:15 p.m. CT

OR

Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at PSA Elite (USASA)
Irvine Stadium; Irvine, Calif.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. PT

36. Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at Sounders FC U-23 (PDL)
Sunset Chevrolet Stadium; Sumner, Wash.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. PT

OR

Doxa Italia (USASA) at Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)
Lockhart Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET

^Indicates scheduling change following initial announcement

- ussoccer.com