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The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup qualifying ended this week. For those that don't know, the USOC is a national tournament dating back to 1914. 8 teams from each Soccer Pyramid qualify. Those are MLS, USL Division 1 (11 Clubs), USL Division 2 (10 Clubs), Primier Developement League (67 Clubs in four conferences; amateur league with higher club affiliations), NPSL (25 clubs in 5 conferences), and the PCSL (3rd division; 10 teams). Consider it the USA's FA Cup - Winner gets an automatic birth in CONCACAF's Champion's Cup.


 2008 U.S. Open Cup Competition Format



The 2008 U.S. Open Cup Competition will be conducted on a single-elimination, one-game-knockout


basis utilizing a tiered-bracket format (39 games--see the tournament bracket on the following page).


The number of teams competing in the 2008 Open Cup tournament will be as follows:





Major League Soccer: Eight of 13 U.S.-based teams enter in the Third Round. The top six clubs from the 2007 regular season (Chivas USA, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls) automatically qualify. The remaining seven clubs (Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes) compete in play-in games to determine which two will join the field.


USL First Division: All eight U.S.-based teams enter in the First Round.


Second Division champion) and Richmond (defending USL Second Division regular season champion) receive automatic berths. Of the remaining clubs, the top six based on point percentage from regular season games played through May 26 qualify.


USL Second Division: Eight of nine U.S.-based teams enter in the First Round. Harrisburg (defending USL


Premier Development League: Eight of 62 U.S.-based teams enter in the First Round. The top two from Central and Eastern conference groups, along with the top team each from the Mid South, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest division groups, qualify based on the results of four pre-selected 2008 regular season games (two home, two away) for each team.


USASA: Eight teams (winners and runners-up from qualifying competitions held in each of the four U.S. Soccer regions) from over 60 entering at the local and state levels. The eight qualifiers enter in the First Round.

Teams competing in the First Round will be assigned to one of four geographic groups, each containing an equal number of professional and amateur teams. A blind draw will then be conducted within each group to determine all First Round pairings. The placement order of the First Round pairings will determine the match-ups for the Second Round. After the First Round, MLS teams will be added to the bracket for Third Round games based on geographic considerations.


Pairings will be arranged to prevent the possibility of a lower division team playing a parent club (e.g.:Richmond Kickers Future [PDL] will not be pitted against Richmond Kickers [USL2], should both teams be in the competition in the same round) except for the Championship Game. Teams will enter the tournament and be matched with an opponent according to the following provisions:




First Round: Amateurs vs. Professionals. Eight USASA regional qualifiers and eight PDL squads are paired against eight USL Second Division clubs and eight USL First Division sides.


Second Round: First Round winners face each other.


Third Round: Eight MLS clubs enter to play eight winners from the Second Round.

 


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First Round Play-In Results for MLS teams:

April 30th: RSL defeats San Jose 4-0

May 27th: Colorado defeats LA Galaxy 1-0

May 27th: Columbus defeats RSL 2-0



Final Play-In Games for MLS to join the field:
Colorado advances to play Kansas City Wizards on June 4th
Columbus advances to play Chicago on June 10th

5/28/08 10:32 AM
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June 10
 Brooklyn Knights (PDL) at Carolina RailHawks (USL-1)
WakeMed Park
7:30 p.m.
June 10  NY Pancyprian Freedom (USASA) at Real Maryland Monarchs (USL-2)
Maryland SoccerPlex
8 p.m.
 3 June 10  Fredericksburg Gunners (PDL) at Richmond Kickers (USL-2)
SportsBackers Stadium
8 p.m.
 4 June 10 Boston Olympiakos (USASA) at Western Mass Pioneers (USL-2)
Lusitano Stadium
7:30 p.m.
 5 June 10  Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL-2) at AAC Eagles (USASA)
Benedictine University
7:30 p.m. 
 6 June 10 Cleveland City Stars (USL-2) at Michigan Bucks (PDL)
Ultimate Soccer Arena
7:30 p.m. 
 7 June 10 St. Louis Lions (PDL) at Minnesota Thunder (USL-1)
National Sports Center
7 p.m.
 8 June 10 RWB Adria (USASA) at Rochester Rhinos (USL-1)
PAETEC Park
7:30 p.m. 
 9 June 10 Atlanta Silverbacks (USL-1) at Austin Aztex (PDL)
Dragon Stadium
7:30 p.m. 
 10 June 10
ASC New Stars (USASA) at Charleston Battery (USL-1)
Blackbaud Stadium
7:30 p.m. 
 11 June 10 Clearwater Galactics (USASA) at Charlotte Eagles (USL-2)
Charlotte Christian School
7 p.m.
 12 June 10 Bradenton Academics (PDL) at Miami FC (USL-1)
Tropical Park
8 p.m.
 13 June 10  Seattle Sounders (USL-1) at Arizona Sahuaros (USASA)
Grand Canyon University
7:30 p.m.
 14 June 10 Yakima Reds (PDL) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2)
Skyline Sports Complex
7 p.m.
 15 June 10 Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL-2) at Los Angeles Legends (PDL)
Cougar Athletic Stadium
7:30 p.m. 
 16 June 10 Hollywood United (USASA) at Portland Timbers (USL-1)
PGE Park
7 p.m.

5/28/08 12:58 PM
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Looking forward to it as always. The Fire own the US Open Cup
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oh, it's on - I'm out that week for surgery, so I'll be watching the game from the couch.
5/28/08 8:29 PM
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You may not want to watch the game then.  Can't be good for a recovering patient to witness what the Fire will do to your Crew


This year would be a record tying 5th US Open Cup title for the Fire.  Bring it home boys!


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First round updated.
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Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

First Round results

(home teams listed first)

Charlotte (USL-2) 5 : 2 Galactics (USASA)

Carolina (USL-1) 1 : 0 Brooklyn (PDL)

Rochester (USL-1) 2 : 1 (aet) RWB Adria (USASA)

Charleston (USL-1) 3 : 0  ASC New Stars (USASA)

Michigan (PDL) 1 : 2 Cleveland (USL-2)

Miami (USL-1) 4 : 2 Bradenton (PDL)

Richmond (USL-2) 3 : 0 Fredericksburg (PDL)

Harrisburg (USL-2) 5 : 1 Yakima (PDL)

AAC Eagles (USASA) 0 : 4 Pittsburgh (USL-2)

Minnesota (USL-1) 4 : 1 St. Louis (PDL)
Western Mass (USL-2) 2 : 0 Olympiakos (USASA)

Austin (PDL) 2 : 2 (aet) Atlanta (USL-1)

Atlanta advance on PKs, 5-4

Los Angeles (PDL) 1 : 2 CP Baltimore (USL-2)

Arizona (USASA) 0 : 1 (aet) Seattle (USL-1)

Portland (USL-1) 2 : 3 Hollywood (USASA)
Real Maryland 3 : 2 (aet) NY Pancyprian Freedoms

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 Sorry it took so long to update.  After the hospital I just plain left it off my plate.

Some pretty nice upsets the last round - most notible being CP Baltimore blanking NY Red Bulls 2-0.  Charleston and Seattle, both USL-1 sides, took out Houston and Chivas, respectively.

Quarterfinals are set July 8th and look like this:
 

  • New England (MLS) vs Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL-2)
  • DC United (MLS) vs Chicago Fire (MLS)
  • FC Dallas (MLS) vs Charleston Battery (USL-1)
  • Kansas City Wizards (MLS) vs Seattle Sounders (USL-1)


From USopenCup:

Things you should know about the Quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup
Since 1996, MLS teams have only lost five times in the Quarterfinals.

1996 - Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) defeated the Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS), 4-3 after extra time.
1997 - San Francisco Bay Seals (Division 3) defeated the San Jose Clash (MLS), 2-1
1999 - Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) defeated the Dallas Burn (MLS) 2-1 in golden goal overtime.
2005 - Minnesota Thunder (USL First Division) defeated the Kansas City Wizards (MLS) 3-1.
2007 - Seattle Sounders (USL First Division) defeated the Colorado Rapids (MLS) 5-0.

In 2007, when the Seattle Sounders (USL-1) defeated the Colorado Rapids (MLS) 5-0, it was the worst loss suffered by an MLS team in the U.S. Open Cup.

In 2007, the USL First Division had three teams in the quarterfinals (Carolina, Charleston, Seattle), the most ever. That same year, only three MLS teams advanced to the quarterfinal round, the fewest ever. For the first time ever, two USL-2 teams (Richmond Kickers, Harrisburg City Islanders) made the round of eight in the same year.

The Carolina RailHawks and the Seattle Sounders won their quarterfinal matches in 2007, marking only the second time that two USL First Division teams had done that in the same year. In 1999, the Charleston Battery and the Rochester Raging Rhinos both made the semifinals, with Rochester eventually winning the tournament.

The USL First Division has been represented in the quarterfinals by at least one team in all but two tournaments (2000, 2006).
 
 
Since 1996, MLS teams have only lost five times in the Quarterfinals.

1996 - Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) defeated the Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS), 4-3 after extra time.
1997 - San Francisco Bay Seals (Division 3) defeated the San Jose Clash (MLS), 2-1
1999 - Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) defeated the Dallas Burn (MLS) 2-1 in golden goal overtime.
2005 - Minnesota Thunder (USL First Division) defeated the Kansas City Wizards (MLS) 3-1.
2007 - Seattle Sounders (USL First Division) defeated the Colorado Rapids (MLS) 5-0.

In 2007, when the Seattle Sounders (USL-1) defeated the Colorado Rapids (MLS) 5-0, it was the worst loss suffered by an MLS team in the U.S. Open Cup.

In 2007, the USL First Division had three teams in the quarterfinals (Carolina, Charleston, Seattle), the most ever. That same year, only three MLS teams advanced to the quarterfinal round, the fewest ever. For the first time ever, two USL-2 teams (Richmond Kickers, Harrisburg City Islanders) made the round of eight in the same year.

The Carolina RailHawks and the Seattle Sounders won their quarterfinal matches in 2007, marking only the second time that two USL First Division teams had done that in the same year. In 1999, the Charleston Battery and the Rochester Raging Rhinos both made the semifinals, with Rochester eventually winning the tournament.

The USL First Division has been represented in the quarterfinals by at least one team in all but two tournaments (2000, 2006).


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You may not want to watch the game then. Can't be good for a recovering patient to witness what the Fire will do to your Crew

PS - Damn you! haha
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 Quarterfinal results are in!

New England Revolution 5
- 3 Chrystal Palace Birmingham (PKs)
DC United 2 - 1 Chicago Fire
FC Dallas 1 - 3 Charleston Battery
Seattle Sounders 6 -
5 KC Wizards (PKs)


So it looks like New England and DC are playing in one semi while the other is an all USL-1 affair.  Either way, a USL-1 team makes it into the finals with a good chance at the upset :)

Great tourney this year so far
7/10/08 2:14 PM
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anyone watch the fire vs DC shit! Blanco is a fucking piece of shit and should be suspended for at least 5 games!

KC sent two starters to Seattle so I don't see an upset, I wanted to see Crystal Palace succeed.
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He should have been arrested imo

edit - assuming the allegations of what he did to the cops are true as well...
7/11/08 10:23 AM
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lol! I missed the match, what did he do?
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he punched Simms, headbutted a DC staffer and got into a scuffle with cops at the stadium, MLS is trying to sweep the shit under the rug.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/soccerinsider/2008/07/the_blanco_situation.html#comments
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Mr. White can do as he pleases.
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Semifinals tonight! 7:30 EST

New England Revolution at DC United

Seattle Sounders at Charleston Battery
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fuck dc united lol
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Not trying to hijack the thread, but probably better that you didn't come to Toronto after-all. It could have been a little awkward if we were both pleading for reason afterwards.

A lot of supporters from Toronto are really upset about what happened afterwards. Security totally screwed up, but still that's no excuse to mob up like that.

Hope all your bros, and that chick Chelsea made it back alright and that the police escort back to the hotel worked out.

Fucking idiots giving our city a bad name!

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