The 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup first round gets underway on Wednesday, with 46 teams from American soccer’s lower divisions set to face off in 23 matches.
The winners of Wednesday’s contests will advance to face USL teams in the second round. MLS clubs will enter the competition in the fourth round, while NASL sides will begin their tournament participation in the third round.
Wednesday’s first round will be contested by a mixture of local qualifiers, PDL clubs and NPSL clubs. Three MLS organizations will be involved via their Under-23 PDL teams: the New York Red Bulls U-23s (at New York Pancyprian Freedoms), the Portland Timbers U-23s (vs. La Maquina of California) and Seattle Sounders U-23s (vs. Outbreak Soccer of California).
Unlike the fully professional USL teams that are owned or operated by American MLS clubs and barred from the competition, the U-23 PDL sides are amateur teams and are thus allowed to participate in the Open Cup.
The full list of first-round games follows below:
- Seacoast United Phantoms (NH) at Southie FC (MA)
- AFC Cleveland (OH) at GPS Portland Phoenix (ME)
- Boca Raton FC (FL) at Miami Fusion FC (FL)
- Kraze United (FL) at The Villages SC (FL)
- Detroit City FC (MI) at Michigan Bucks (MI)
- Cincinnati Dutch Lions (OH) at Indy Eleven NPSL (IN)
- CD Motagua of New Orleans (LA) at Mississippi Brilla FC (MS)
- Corinthians FC San Antonio (TX) at NTX Rayados (TX)
- Harpos FC (CO) at Albuquerque Sol FC (NM)
- Landsdowne Bhoys (NY) at Long Island Rough Riders (NY)
- New York Red Bulls U-23s (NJ) at New York Pancyprian Freedoms (NY)
- Jersey Express (NJ) at Clarkstown SC (NY)
- Des Moines Menace (IA) at FC Wichita (KS)
- Myrtle Beach Mutiny (SC) at Charlotte Eagles (NC)
- Aromas Café FC (VA) at Chesterfield United (VA)
- Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves (GA) at Reading United (PA)
- West Chester United Soccer Club (PA) at Fredericksburg FC (VA)
- CD Aguiluchos USA (CA) at San Francisco City FC (CA)
- Burlingame FC (CA) at Sacramento Gold (CA)
- LA Wolves FC (CA) at Ventura County Fusion (CA)
- San Nicolas FC (CA) at FC Tucson (AZ)
- La Maquina (CA) at Portland Timbers U-23s (OR)
- Outbreak Soccer (CA) at Seattle Sounders U-23s (WA)