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April 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM

U.S. Open Cup details released, MLS teams enter field June 10-18

U.S. Soccer has released details on the 2014 U.S. Open Cup, the early rounds of which are set to begin May 7. Jumping ahead to the good stuff, MLS teams enter the field June 10-18 as Sounders FC will be looking to claim a fourth trophy in six years.

The 101st edition of the tournament will have a record 80 teams (42 amateur, 38 professional), breaking last year’s mark of 68.

In another new wrinkle, many MLS teams will play their first games on a weekend, an opportunity provided by a leaguewide break for the early stages of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Quick notes: the winner gets $250,000, the runner-up gets $60,000 and the team that advances furthest from each of the lower divisions gets $15,000. D.C. United is the defending champion after being Real Salt Lake in the 2013 final.

Here are some other details from the release:

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Tournament Format and Match Dates

The 2014 U.S. Open Cup will be conducted on a single-elimination, one-game-knockout basis utilizing a tiered-bracket format. Teams will be paired geographically. In the event that three or more teams are from the same proximity, pairings for these teams will be made by random selection. Pairings will be arranged to prevent the possibility of a lower division team playing a parent club (e.g. Portland Timbers U-23s [PDL] will not be pitted against the Portland Timbers [MLS], should both teams be in the competition in the same round) except for the Final.

• First Round-May 7 (16 amateur teams: 5 PDL, 4 USASA regional qualifiers, 5 NPSL, 1 US Club Soccer, 1 USSSA): Teams from the same qualifying pool cannot be paired with each other.

• Second Round-May 14 (8 First Round winners, 26 remaining amateur teams [14 PDL, 6 USASA regional qualifiers, 6 NPSL], and 14 Division III [USL PRO] clubs): Teams from the same qualifying pool cannot be paired with each other.

• Third Round-May 28 (24 Second Round winners and 8 Division II [NASL] clubs): Each Division II team will be matched geographically to play the winner of a specific Second Round pairing. The winners of the 16 remaining Second Round matches not paired with a    Division II side will play each other.

• Fourth Round-June 10-18 (16 Third Round winners vs. Division I [MLS] clubs): Each Division I team will be matched geographically to play the winner of a specific Third Round pairing. The exact date for each match will be determined by the club selected as the home    team from among those dates where the visiting team doesn’t have a league game already scheduled. The date selected must allow the visiting team at least two rest days before and after the match date.

• Fifth Round-June 24-25 (16 Fourth Round winners face each other): Each Fourth Round pair will be matched geographically with another Fourth Round pair to determine the Fifth Round possibilities.

• Quarterfinal (Sixth) Round-July 8-9: Each Fifth Round pair will be matched geographically with another Fifth Round pair to determine the Quarterfinal Round possibilities.

• Semifinal Round-Aug. 12-13: Each Quarterfinal Round pair will be matched geographically with another Quarterfinal Round pair to determine the Semifinal Round possibilities.

• Final-Sept. 30-Oct. 1

2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Participating Teams

Major League Soccer (Division I): All 16 U.S.-based teams, entering in the Fourth Round:

Chicago Fire Houston Dynamo Portland Timbers
Chivas USA LA Galaxy Real Salt Lake
Colorado Rapids New England Revolution San Jose Earthquakes
Columbus Crew New York Red Bulls Seattle Sounders FC
D.C. United Philadelphia Union Sporting Kansas City
FC Dallas

North American Soccer League (Division II): All eight U.S.-based teams, entering in the Third Round:

Atlanta Silverbacks Indy Eleven San Antonio Scorpions
Carolina RailHawks Minnesota United FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
Fort Lauderdale Strikers New York Cosmos

USL PRO (Division III): All 14 teams, entering in the Second Round:

Arizona United LA Galaxy II Richmond Kickers
Charleston Battery Oklahoma City Energy Rochester Rhinos
Charlotte Eagles Orange County Blues Sacramento Republic
Dayton Dutch Lions Orlando City SC Wilmington Hammerheads
Harrisburg City Islanders Pittsburgh Riverhounds

PDL (Amateur Division): Nineteen of 56 U.S.-based teams, with 14 entering in the Second Round and five in the First Round. Clubs from each of nine regional divisions qualified based on 2013 regular season records:

Austin Aztex LA Misioneros1 Portland Timbers U-23s
Baltimore Bohemians Michigan Bucks Reading United A.C.
Carolina Dynamo Ocala Stampede Real Colorado Foxes
Fresno Fuego Ocean City Nor’easters (N.J.) Ventura County Fusion1
GPS Portland Phoenix (Maine)1 Orlando City U23s Vermont Voltage1
Jersey Express Panama City Beach Pirates Western Mass. Pioneers1
Laredo Heat

U.S. Adult Soccer Association regional qualifiers: Ten teams from qualifying competitions held in each of the four U.S. Soccer regions from 63 participating at the local and state levels, with six clubs entering in the Second Round and four in the First Round.

Region I (East): Region III (South): Region IV (West):
Icon FC (New Jersey) NTX Rayados (N. Texas) Cal FC (Cal. South)
N.Y. Greek Americans
(Eastern N.Y.)
Red Force (Florida)1 PSA Elite (Cal. South)1
Region II (Midwest): Wild Card Entries:
Des Moines Menace (Iowa) Mass Premier Soccer1
Schwaben AC (Illinois) RWB Adria (Illinois)1

National Premier Soccer League (a USASA-affiliated national league ): Eleven teams from 80 in the league, with six clubs entering in the Second Round and five in the First Round.

Brooklyn Italians Greater Binghamton Thunder RVA FC (Richmond, Va.)
CD Aguiluchos (Oakland)1 Jacksonville United San Diego Flash1
Chattanooga FC FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic1 Tulsa Athletics
Detroit City FC1 New York Red Bulls U-23s1

US Club Soccer (an amateur-level Organization Member of U.S. Soccer): A single qualifier from eight who competed will enter in the First Round.

Team TBD at time of announcement

U.S. Specialty Sports Association (an amateur-level Organization Member of U.S. Soccer ): A single qualifier from eight who competed will enter in the First Round.

Colorado Rovers

1 Team entering in First Round

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