Eco 3,008 Posted March 15, 2019 Share Posted March 15, 2019 Quote 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule, Format and Other Key Dates: Fourth Qualifying Round – April 6 & 7 First Round Pairings Announced – April 10 Second Round Pairings & Possible Pairings Announced – April 17 First Round – May 7 & 8* Number of Games: 19 Participants: 32 Open Division teams and six Division III (USL League One) clubs Competition: Teams will be paired geographically with the restriction that teams from the same qualifying pool (i.e. local qualifiers, NPSL, USL League Two, USL League One) cannot be paired to play each other. The restriction may be disregarded if doing so avoids extensive travel on balance for the participating teams. Second Round – May 14 & 15* Number of Games: 22 Participants: 19 First Round winners and 25 Division II (USL Championship) clubs Competition: After the First Round pairings are made, each pairing will be matched geographically to a specific Division II team, with the First Round winner playing the assigned Division II side. The six remaining Division II squads will be paired to play each other, with these pairings also made geographically. Third Round – May 29* Number of Games: 11 Participants: 22 Second Round winners play each other Competition: After each Second Round matchup has been determined, the Second Round pairs will be bracketed geographically to create the Third Round matchups, with the Second Round winners playing each other. Fourth Round Draw – May 30 The 11 Third Round winners and 21 Division I (Major League Soccer) clubs will be divided geographically into eight groups of four, with teams who are precluded from playing each other until the Final per tournament regulations (i.e. pro teams and their affiliated Open Division sides) placed in different groups. Each group will have at least one and no more than two Third Round winners, with pairs drawn randomly but done so that each Third Round winner faces an MLS team. Fourth Round – June 12* Number of Games: 16 Participants: 11 Third Round winners and 21 Division I (MLS) clubs. Competition: Eleven games will be between Third Round winners and MLS teams, while the remaining five matchups will be MLS vs. MLS affairs. Round of 16 Draw – June 13 The Fourth Round winners will be divided geographically (regardless of league affiliation) into groups of four, with teams who are precluded from playing each other until the Final per tournament regulations (i.e. pro teams and their affiliated Open Division sides) placed in different groups. A random draw will determine the pairings within each group, resulting in a fixed bracket for the remainder of the tournament. Should a precluded pair of teams reach the Semifinal Round and be scheduled to face each other, the matches will be re-drawn after the Quarterfinal Round to avoid this outcome. Round of 16 – June 19* (also June 18-23 if home team chooses and visiting team has at least three non-game days on each side of chosen date, with any overlap of U.S. MNT Gold Cup games on June 18 and June 22 disallowed) Number of Games: 8 Competition: Fourth Round winners face each other as determined by the Round of 16 Draw. Quarterfinals – July 10* Draw to Determine Hosts for Semifinals and Final – July 11 Semifinals – August 7* Final – August 27 or 28 * Any game from the Fourth Round through to the Semifinal Round where one of the participants has a league game the following Friday will be moved up a day (exception to this occurs when the team's opponent is scheduled for a league game the preceding Sunday; in this case, the provisions in the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Handbook to determine the match date will prevail). In addition, any game chosen by U.S. Soccer to be broadcast nationally in any round is subject to being moved up a day. The Commissioner has the authority to set outside of the confirmed schedule the date for any match if such a change is in the best interests of the tournament. Open Division Teams in Tournament Proper (32 total, all entering in the First Round): Local Qualifiers (winners of seven Fourth Qualifying Round games): Northeast Region Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue April 6 Safira FC (Mass.) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.) 8 p.m. ET Dilboy Stadium; Somerville, Mass. Mid-Atlantic Region Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue April 7 Virginia United (Va.) vs. World Class Premier Elite FC (Md.) 4 p.m. ET Howison Homestead Soccer Complex - Field 3; Woodbridge, Va. Southeast Region Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue April 7 Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.) vs. America Soccer Club (Fla.) 4 p.m. ET Tropical Park; Miami, Fla. Central Region Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue April 6 NTX Rayados* (Texas) vs. FC Maritsa (Mo.) 7 p.m. CT Mountain View College (Stadium Field); Dallas, Texas Mountain Region Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue April 6 Southwest FC (Texas) vs. FC Denver* (Colo.) 7:30 p.m. MT Pebble Hills High School; El Paso, Texas Southern California Region Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue April 7 Santa Ana Winds FC* (Calif.) vs. Cal FC (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Lake Forest Sports Park - Field A; Lake Forest, Calif. West Region Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue April 6 Academica SC (Calif.) vs. IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.) 7 p.m. PT Academica Fields - East Field; Turlock, Calif. 2018 U.S. Adult Soccer Association National Amateur Cup champion: Bavarian SC (Wis.) National Premier Soccer League (14 teams, listed alphabetically): AFC Ann Arbor (Mich.)*, Duluth FC* (Minn.), El Farolito (Calif.), Erie Commodores FC (Pa.)*, FC Baltimore (Md.), FC Motown (N.J.)*, FCM Portland (Ore.), Laredo Heat SC (Texas), Little Rock Rangers (Ark.), Miami FC (Fla.)*~, Midland-Odessa Sockers FC (Texas)*, New York Cosmos B (N.Y.)*, Orange County FC (Calif.)*, Philadelphia Lone Star FC^ (Pa.). The NPSL is a nationwide league affiliated with the U.S. Adult Soccer Association and opted to use 2018 league results to determine its qualifiers for the 2019 Open Cup. USL League Two (10 teams, listed alphabetically): Black Rock FC (Conn.), Brazos Valley Cavalry FC (Texas), Dayton Dutch Lions (Ohio), Des Moines Menace (Iowa), FC Golden State Force (Calif.)*, Lakeland Tropics (Fla.)*, New York Red Bulls U23*, Reading United AC (Pa.)*, South Georgia Tormenta FC 2*!, The Villages SC (Fla.)*. USL League Two (formerly called the Premier Development League) is a nationwide league affiliated with U.S. Soccer and opted to use 2018 league results to determine its qualifiers for the 2019 Open Cup. * Participated in 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup ~ Known in 2018 as Miami FC 2 ^ Known in 2018 as Junior Lone Star FC ! Known in 2018 as South Georgia Tormenta FC Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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