US Open Cup: First Round kicks off today with U-23s of Seattle, Portland, New York
The 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is officially underway.
After a pair of play-in games last week, the First Round starts Tuesday, with amateur teams from all across the US, plus four teams from the third-division USL PRO set to kick things off.
The breakdown of the 36 teams for the First Round is as follows:
- USL PRO: 4 teams
- USL Premier Development League: 16 teams
- National Premier Soccer League: 8 teams (including 2 play-in winners)
- US Adult Soccer Association: 8 teams
The PDL and NPSL are equivalent to the fourth division in the U.S. Soccer pyramid, while the USASA can be equated to the fifth division.
Three entrants of note to follow for MLS fans are the U-23 teams from the New York Red Bulls, Portland Timbers (pictured above) and Seattle Sounders. The teams are largely composed of college players, many of them academy products of their respective teams, and boast MLS alumni such as DeAndre Yedlin and Connor Lade.
The 18 winners from the First Round will join 14 North American Soccer League (NASL) and USL PRO teams in the Second Round, which is set for next week. The 16 winners there will move on to the Third Round, set for May 28, when the 16 MLS entrants join the competition.
Complete schedule for the First Round of the 2013 Open Cup
Home team listed first, all games May 14 unless otherwise noted:
- GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) vs. Mass Premier Soccer (USASA), 8 pm ET
- Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) vs. Icon FC (USASA), 8 pm ET
- Ocean City Nor'easters (PDL) vs. New York Red Bulls U-23s (NPSL), 7:30 pm ET
- Reading United AC (PDL) vs. FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic (NPSL), 7 pm ET
- Red Force (USASA) vs. Ocala Stampede (PDL), 7:30 pm ET
- Orlando City U-23s (PDL) vs. VSI Tampa Bay FC (USL), 7 pm ET
- Carolina Dynamo (PDL) vs. Chattanooga FC (NPSL), 7 pm ET
- Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. Dearborn Stars (USASA), 7:30 pm ET
- Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL) vs. RWB Adria (USASA), 7 pm ET
- Dayton Dutch Lions (USL) vs. River City Rovers (PDL), 7 pm ET
- Austin Aztex (PDL) vs. NTX Rayados (USASA), 8:30 pm ET
- PFC Tucson (PDL) vs. Phoenix FC (USL), 10 :30 pm ET
- Portland Timbers U-23s (PDL) vs. Sacramento Gold (NPSL), 10:30 pm ET
- Seattle Sounders U-23s (PDL) vs. Doxa Italia (USASA), 10 pm ET
- Laredo Heat SC (PDL) vs. PSA Elite (USASA), 10:15 pm ET
- Georgia Revolution (NPSL) vs. Real Colorado Foxes (PDL)
- Ventura County Fusion (PDL) vs. FC Hasental (NPSAL)
- Des Moines Menace (PDL) vs. Madison 56ers (NPSL), 8:30 pm ET