Round of 16 Draw Dishes Mouth-Watering Matchups for Next Phase of 2022 U.S. Open Cup

CHICAGO (May 13, 2022) – US Soccer has announced the 2022 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Round of 16 schedule, with all eight games played on Wednesday, May 25 and streamed live on ESPN+.

Last night’s round of 16 pairings and potential quarterfinal hosts were determined during a live draw from the Futbol Americas Los Angeles studio on ESPN+. Along with the draw, the bracket for the last 16 was announced, with the path to the final now known for all remaining teams.

At the top of the round of 16 are two games involving teams from the lower division, the Div. I (MLS) opponents. One of the early kickoffs is USL Championship (Div II) club Louisville City FC hosting Nashville SC while the late kickoffs are Sacramento Republic FC hosting the San Jose Earthquakes.

Union Omaha (Div III) of USL League One, the only other minor division side remaining in contention, will head out in hopes of a dream run against 2019 Open Cup finalists Minnesota United FC .

The remainder of the schedule features a series of exciting encounters between MLS teams within the league, including two rivalries when Orlando City SC take on their fellow Sunshine Staters, Inter Miami CF, and MLS originals Los Angeles Galaxy, hosts of Los Angeles Football Club. receives.

Sporting Kansas City and Houston Dynamo will reignite a once fierce rivalry, while the regional rivalry between New York and Boston will add an Open Cup chapter when 2021 MLS Supporters Shield holders New England Revolution travel to Queens to compete at the to face reigning MLS Cup champions New York City FC. Finally, new kids from the MLS block Charlotte Football Club will head to the east coast to take on the New York Red Bulls.

ROUND OF 16 SCHEDULE

Wednesday May 25th

time

Match (home team listed first)

Venue

7 p.m. ET

Orlando City SC (MLS) vs Inter Miami CF (MLS)*

Exploria Stadium; Orlando, Fla.

7 p.m. ET

Louisville City FC (USLC) vs. Nashville SC (MLS)

Lynn Family Stadium; Louisville, Ky.

7:30 p.m. ET

New York City FC (MLS) vs. New England Revolution (MLS)

Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Jamaica, NY

8 p.m. ET

New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. Charlotte Football Club (MLS)*

Montclair State University Football Park; Montclair, NJ

7 p.m. CT

Minnesota United FC (MLS) vs Union Omaha (USLL1)

alliance field; St. Paul, Minn.

7:30 p.m. CT

Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. Houston Dynamo FC (MLS)

Mercy Park for children; Kansas City, Kan.

7:30 p.m. PT

Sacramento Republic FC (USLC) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

heart health park; Sacramento, California

7:30 p.m. PT

LA Galaxy (MLS) vs Los Angeles Football Club (MLS)

Dignity Health Sports Park; Carson, California

QUARTERFINALS PAIRINGS & HOSTS

Tuesday 21 June or Wednesday 22 June

(To be determined after round of 16)

group

Match (home team listed first)

Venue

South East

Orlando City SC (MLS) or Inter Miami CF (MLS)*
vs.
Louisville City FC (USLC) or Nashville SC (MLS)

Exploria Stadium; Orlando, Fla.
or
DRV PNK Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Northeast

New York Red Bulls (MLS) or Charlotte Football Club (MLS)*
vs.
New York City FC (MLS) or New England Revolution (MLS)

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, NJ

or
Bank of America Stadium; Charlotte, NC

Central

Sporting Kansas City (MLS) or Houston Dynamo FC (MLS)

vs.
Minnesota United FC (MLS) or Union Omaha (USLL1)

Mercy Park for children; Kansas City, Kan.
or

PNC Stadium; Houston, Texas

west

LA Galaxy (MLS) vs Los Angeles Football Club (MLS)
vs.
Sacramento Republic FC (USLC) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

Dignity Health Sports Park; Carson, California
or

Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, California

HOW ROUND-OF-16 & QUARTERFINALS MATCHUPS WERE DETERMINED

The teams were grouped geographically into groups of four. A random draw determined the pairings within each group. Cases where there was no logical geographic fit in determining the groups were resolved by random selection. The winners of the two games in each group were paired for the semi-finals, with the two teams at the top of the table receiving first home and away berths for the round of 16 to also host the quarter-finals

SEMIFINALS PAIRINGS

US Soccer announced that the Northeast and Southeast teams and the Center and West teams will be paired in the semifinals. The hosts of the semifinals and the hosting scenarios for the finals will be determined after the conclusion of the quarterfinals.

THE WAY AHEAD

The business end of the 2022 US Open Cup will be rounded off when the 16 remaining teams compete at the end of May. The teams are now in a final round that will determine their matchups en route to the 2022 US Open Cup finals. After the conclusion of the quarterfinals at the end of June, a draw will be held to determine the priority of hosting the finals.

25. May round of 16

21-22 June quarter finals

23rd June Draw to determine the semi-final and final organizers

26-27 July semifinals

7 Sept* Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final

*Subject to change

THE OPEN CUP QUEST SO FAR

The Round of 16 was a huge step forward for the Open Cup as the 10 games of the second game night were broadcast in a new whip show, the Open Cup Goalcast, on ESPN+ football show Futbol Americas. Hosted by Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez, the live broadcast lasted more than six hours and delivered all the action, drama and highlights of the evening, including a last-second comeback from Nashville SC that knocked out reigning Open Cup winners Atlanta United in overtime. A total of 13 clubs from the Div. I (MLS), two of Div. II (USL Championship) and one of Div. III – Union Omaha of USL League One, who won the $25,000 prize as the third-tier team with the furthest advance in the competition – earned a place in the finals of the tournament.

In the third round, Motown FC received the $25,000 award as the amateur team that went furthest in the tournament. The Morristown, NJ club finished the tournament with two wins and a draw in the third round, taking the prize ahead of NC Fusion U23, who finished with two wins and one loss.

Clubs from professional div. III leagues: USL League One and NISA and Division II (USL Championship) did very well against the 16 teams of the Open Division (amateur team) in the second round, winning 29 of 31 games, but they were not immune to their cup sets beat own as North Carolina Fusion U23 (USLL2) and FC Motown (NPSL) Div. III Professional teams to increase the credibility of amateur clubs in tournaments.

The 2022 US Open Cup began with the first round on March 22-23, with an even distribution of teams from different amateur leagues cracking their ticket to the next stage. Teams from the Local Qualifying circuit advanced on five occasions, while an equal number of USL League Two clubs also earned the right to advance. The NPSL upped the ante when six of its teams qualified for the second round, which featured the pro teams.

About the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

In its 107th edition, the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup – the national championship of US soccer – will crown a champion annually since 1914 (with the exception of 2020 & 21 due to COVID-19). The historic tournament will be run on a single-game knockout basis and is open to all professional and amateur teams that make up US Soccer. In 1999, the competition was renamed in honor of US soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is the oldest ongoing national football competition in the United States and the third longest running national cup tournament in the world.

The 2022 US Open Cup winner will receive $300,000 in prize money, a spot in the 2023 Concacaf Champions League and their name engraved on the Dewar Challenge Trophy – one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports – which is now permanently on display at is the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas. Runner-up gets $100,000, while the team furthest from each minor league takes home a $25,000 cash prize.

For full coverage of the 2022 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, visit usopencup.com and follow the tournament’s official social accounts Twitter and Instagram @OpenCup and Facebook @OfficialOpenCup.

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