SuperLiga, Copa America, cuts into domestic cup scheduling
January 30, 2007 — (ASN) With a 2007 season that will have MLS and the US national team playing more games than ever before, the number of Major League Soccer teams that will enter the US Open Cup has been reduced to eight teams. The top six ranked teams from 2006 – Chicago, Chivas USA, D.C. United, Dallas, Houston and New England entering the tournament in the third round, while the remaining teams will play qualifying matches.
The USL First Division will have ten teams participating – up from eight in 2006.
Teams compete in one of the following four categories: professional outdoor Division I (Major League Soccer), Division II (USL First Division) or Division III (USL Second Division); or Amateur Division (USL Premier Development League and U.S. Adult Soccer Association).
Qualifying for the first round of the tournament is to be completed by May 28, and the additional amateur qualifying round that was played in 2005 and 2006 has been eliminated. The tournament will begin with the first round on June 12, with all 32 lower division teams taking the field.
The U.S. Open Cup is a single-elimination tournament, with games tied after regulation being decided in two fifteen-minute overtime halves. If neither team scores during the overtime period, the winner is decided on penalty kicks.
The team that advances the furthest from each level except Division I earns a $10,000 cash prize. The runner-up takes home $50,000, while the champion collects $100,000.
2007 U.S. Open Cup Schedule and Results
|May 28 — Qualifying Deadline|
|May 29 – First Round Pairings Announced|
|June 12 — First Round 1 – Aegean Hawks FC (Arlington, Va.) (USASA) 0-4 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2)
Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa. 7:05 p.m. ET 2 – Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL-2) 0-1 Ocean City Barons (PDL)
Carey Stadium; Ocean City, N.J. 7:30 p.m. ET
3 – Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) 0-1 Rochester Rhinos (USL-1)
4 – Western Mass Pioneers (USL-2) 3-2 Danbury United (USASA)
5 – Michigan Bucks (PDL) 2-4 Richmond Kickers (USL-2)
6 – Cleveland City Stars (USL-2) 4-0 Kansas City Brass (PDL)
7 – RWB Adria (Chicago, Ill.) (USASA) 1-4 Carolina Rail Hawks (USL-1)
8 – Cincinnati Kings (USL-2) 0-1 Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA)
9 – Azzurri (Dallas, Texas) (USASA) 0-10 Atlanta Silverbacks (USL-1)
10 – Lynch’s Irish Pub FC (Jacksonville, Fla.) (USASA) 0-2 Charlotte Eagles (USL-2)
11 – Central Florida Kraze (PDL) 0-3 Charleston Battery (USL-1) -
12 – Miami FC (USL-1) 2-2 El Paso Patriots (PDL)
13 – El Paso Indios USA (USASA) 2-3, Minnesota Thunder (USL-1)
14 – California Victory (USL-1) 2-1 BYU Cougars (PDL)
15 – Banat Arsenal (Phoenix, Ariz.) (USASA) 1-4 at Seattle Sounders (USL-1)
16 – Portland Timbers (USL-1) 2-0 Bakersfield Brigade (PDL)
|June 26 — Second Round 17 – Ocean City Barons (PDL) 1-2 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2)
Carey Stadium; Ocean City, N.J. 7:30 p.m. ET 18 – Rochester Rhinos (USL-1) 2-1 Western Mass Pioneers (USL-2)
PAETEC Park; Rochester, N.Y. 7:35 p.m. ET
19 – Richmond Kickers (USL-2) 2-1 Cleveland City Stars (USL-2)
20 – Carolina Rail Hawks (USL-1) 4-0 Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA)
21 – Atlanta Silverbacks (USL-1) 1-0 Charlotte Eagles (USL-2)
22 -Charleston Battery (USL-1) 1-0 El Paso Patriots (PDL)
23 – Minnesota Thunder (USL-1) 0-1 California Victory (USL-1)
24 – Seattle Sounders (USL-1) 2-1 Portland Timbers (USL-1)
|July 10, 11, 15 — Third Round Round 2 winners face eight MLS teams 25 -Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) 1-0 D.C. United (MLS)
July 11 Hempfield High School Stadium; Greensburg, Pa.
26 – Rochester Rhinos (USL-1) 2-4 N.E. Revolution (MLS)
27 – Richmond Kickers (USL-2) 1-0 Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
28 – Carolina RailHawks (USL-1) 1-0 Chicago Fire (MLS) at
29 – FC Dallas (MLS) 1-1 Atlanta Silverbacks (USL-1) at
30- Charleston Battery (USL-1) 1-0 Houston Dynamo (MLS) (Overtime)
31 – Colorado Rapids (MLS) 3-1 California Victory (USL-1)
32 – Seattle Sounders (USL-1) 3-1 CD Chivas USA (MLS)
|August 7, 8 — Quarterfinals Round 3 winners 33 – New England Revolution (MLS) 2-1 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2)
August 8 Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
34 – Carolina Railhawks (USL-1) 1-0 Richmond Kickers (USL-2)
35 – Charleston Battery (USL-1) 1-2 FC Dallas (MLS)
36 – Seattle Sounders (USL-1) 5-0 Colorado Rapids (MLS)
|September 4 — Semifinals Quarterfinal winners37 – New England Revolution (MLS) 2-1 (OT) Carolina RailHawks (USL-1)
Veterans Stadium; New Britain, CT
38 – Seattle Sounders (USL-1) 1-2 (OT) FC Dallas (MLS)
FC Dallas (MLS) 2-3 New England Revolution (MLS)
Composition of participating teams
|MLS Automatically Qualified Teams: Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, New England Revolution Eligible Qualifying Teams: Columbus Crew, Kansas City Wizards, Real Salt Lake, Colorado Rapids, Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls (Rapids and Galaxy advance)|
|USL First Division – 10 Teams
All ten U.S.-based teams in the USL First Division will participate in the tournament. USL-1 Teams: Atlanta Silverbacks, California Victory, Carolina RailHawks, Charleston Battery, Miami FC, Minnesota Thunder, Portland Timbers, Rochester Raging Rhinos, Seattle Sounders, Virginia Beach Mariners
|USL Second Division – Six Teams (qualifying through May 28)
Six of the nine U.S.-based teams will qualify. The Richmond Kickers receive an automatic berth as the defending league champion. In addition, the top five teams, based on point percentage from games played through May 28, will qualify. Defending Champion (automatic qualifier): Richmond Kickers
Eligible Teams for Qualification: Cincinnati Kings, Charlotte Eagles, Cleveland City Stars, Crystal Palace Baltimore, Harrisburg City Islanders, New Hampshire Phantoms, Western Mass Pioneers, Wilmington Hammerheads
|Premier Development League – Eight Teams (qualifying through May 28)
Eight of the sixty PDL U.S.-based teams are eligible. The top two teams from each conference based on the results of four pre-designated league games will advance.
|U.S. Adult Soccer Association Regional Qualifiers – Eight Teams (qualifying through May 28)
Two teams qualify from each of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association four regions, where qualifying tournaments will be staged statewide and then regional.
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