Follow us:

Sounders FC

Daily coverage of Seattle Sounders FC, MLS and world soccer.

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)

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►