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May 5, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Sounders FC to start its U.S. Open Cup defense on June 29

The schedule for the U.S. Open Cup was released this morning and your Sounders FC — the current trophy holders — will start its title defense in the third round on Tuesday, June 29.
If you remember last year, Seattle had to go through several knockout rounds of qualifying before reaching the final bracket. But as the defending champ, the team gets to join the tournament in the round of 16 for its top-six finish in the 2009 MLS league season.
Here’s the schedule and breakdown of the participating teams by league:
Schedule:
May 31: Qualifying deadline
June 15: First round – 32 lower-division teams (USSF D-2, USL-2, amateur)
June 22: Second round – 16 first-round winners
June 29: Third round – Eight second-round winners plus eight MLS teams
July 6 or 7: Quarterfinals – Third-round winners
Aug. 31 or Sept. 1: Semifinals – Quarterfinal winners
Oct. 5: Final – Semifinal winners
Number of participating teams (by division):
8 – Major League Soccer (Division I)
9 – USSF Division-2 Pro League (Division II)
6 – United Soccer Leagues Second Division (Division III)
8 – USL Premier Development League (Amateur)
8.5 – US Adult Soccer Association (Amateur)
0.5 – US Club Soccer (Amateur)

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