June 14, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup first round concluded and the second round schedule set for Tuesday, June 21. Thirteen of the 16 games were won by the host, supporting the case for lower seeds to host. The Charlotte Eagles, Chicago Fire PDL and Kitsap Pumas were the winning away teams.
The 16 advancing teams consist of nine USL PRO teams, four PDL teams from the PDL, the N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms from the USASA and the Madison 56ers from the NPSL. The eight second round winners will advance to the third round on June 28 to face one of eight MLS teams. The structure is single elimination and tied games are resolved with two 15-minute overtime halves, and then penalties if still unresolved.
The quarterfinals will be played on July 12 and the semifinals on Aug. 30. All 2011 U.S. Open Cup matches are scheduled on Tuesdays and this year’s final will take place on October 4.
For more about the lower seed hosting debate read Rethinking Open Cup with coach Bill Becher, Harrisburg City Islanders, last D2 team in Open Cup.
$100k purse at stake
The 2011 champion wins a $100,000 cash prize, and the runner-up $50,000. The top Division III and Amateur Division clubs will each receive a $10,000 prize.
In 2010, the Seattle Sounders won the Cup for the second consecutive year. The New York Greek-Americans (1967-69) were the only team to win three consecutive Open Cups.
2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Second Round (June 21)
FC New York (USL PRO) at N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms (USASA)
7:30 p.m. ET
Belson Stadium, St. Johns University; Queens, N.Y.
Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO)
7 p.m. ET
Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) at Richmond Kickers (USL PRO)
7 p.m. ET
Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO)
7:30 p.m. ET
Legion Stadium; Wilmington, N.C.
Orlando City Soccer Club (USL PRO) at Charleston Battery (USL PRO)
7:30 p.m. ET
Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, N.C.
Chicago Fire PDL (PDL) at Madison 56ers (NPSL)
7 p.m. CT
Breese Stevens Field; Madison, Wis.
Real Colorado Foxes (PDL) at Kitsap Pumas (PDL)
7 p.m. PT
Bremerton Memorial Stadium; Bremerton, Wash.
Los Angeles Blues (USL PRO) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL)
7:05 p.m. PT
Ventura College; Ventura, Calif.
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup First Round Results
Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) 1 at N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms (USASA) 2
Western Mass. Pioneers (PDL) 0 at FC New York (USL PRO) 3
Reading United A.C. (PDL) 1 at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 2
Phoenix SC (USASA-Pa.) 1 at Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) 2
Chattanooga FC (NPSL) 2 at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) 3 OT
Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) 1 at Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) 4
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) 3 at Carolina Dynamo (PDL) 1
Central Florida Kraze (PDL) 0 at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) 4
ASC New Stars (USASA-Texas) 0 at Orlando City Soccer Club (USL PRO) 4
Regals FC (USASA-Texas) 0 at Charleston Battery (USL PRO) 2
AAC Eagles (USASA-Ill.) 0 at Madison 56ers (NPSL) 4
Chicago Fire PDL (PDL) 1 at Iowa Menace (USASA) 0
DV8 Defenders (USASA-Calif.) 0 at Real Colorado Foxes (PDL) 5
Kitsap Pumas (PDL) 0 at Chivas El Paso Patriots (PDL) 0
Hollywood United (NPSL) 1 at Los Angeles Blues (USL PRO) 3
Doxa Italia (USASA-Calif.) 1 at Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 3
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