Potential opening U.S. Open Cup opponents for MLS teams unveiled

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 16 American-based Major League Soccer teams learned their potential opponents when they all kick off U.S. Open Cup action in the third round of the competition, which is celebrating its 100th year.

The first round of the tournament began on Tuesday, and U.S. Soccer announced the second round match-ups as well as the pairings for the third round on Wednesday.

Sporting Kansas City will begin defense of their U.S. Open Cup title on May 28th at Sporting Park against one of three possible teams. The Des Moine Menace of the PDL host the NPSL Madison 56ers tonight in the final first-round match-up of the tournament, with the winner taking on the NASL’s Minnesota United for a chance to be Sporting KC’s first U.S. Open Cup opponent.

The Los Angeles Galaxy will be on the road in North Carolina on May 29th to take on the winner of the second-round match-up between the Carolina Railhawks of the NASL and the Carolina Dynamo of the PDL.

Here is a rundown of all the second-round match-ups, as well as the possible third-round match-ups and locations:

 

2013 U.S. OPEN CUP

SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE:
21. GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) at Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO)
Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:35 p.m. ET

22. Icon FC (USASA) at Richmond Kickers (USL PRO)
Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

23. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at Reading United AC (PDL)
Don Thomas Stadium; Reading, Pa.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

24. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) at Ocean City Nor’easters (PDL)
Carey Stadium; Ocean City, N.J.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET

25. Dearborn Stars (USASA) at Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO)
Beavercreek High School; Beavercreek, Ohio
Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

26. Carolina Dynamo (PDL) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)
WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

27. Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at VSI Tampa Bay (USL PRO)
Plant City Stadium; Plant City, Fla.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET

28. Orlando City (USL PRO) at Ocala Stampede (PDL)
Forest High School^; Ocala, Fla.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

29. Des Moines Menace (PDL)/Madison 56ers (NPSL) winner at Minnesota United FC (NASL)
Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium; St. Paul, Minn.^
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. CT

30. FC Tucson (PDL) at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL)
Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. CT

31. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) at Austin Aztex (PDL)
House Park; Austin, Texas
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. CT

32. Ventura County Fusion (PDL) at L.A. Blues (USL PRO)
Titan Stadium; Fullerton, Calif.
Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. PT

33. Charleston Battery (USL PRO) at Portland Timbers U-23s (PDL)
JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. PT

34. Sounders FC U-23s (PDL) at Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO)
Queens University of Charlotte Sports Complex; Charlotte, N.C.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

35. Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Georgia Revolution (NPSL)
RYSA Soccerplex; Conyers, Ga.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET

36. Laredo Heat (PDL) at Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)
Lockhart Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET

^Indicates scheduling change following initial announcement


THIRD ROUND SCHEDULE
37. Philadelphia Union (MLS) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO)
Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. ET

OR

Ocean City Nor’easters (PDL) at Philadelphia Union (MLS)
PPL Park; Chester, Pa.
Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. ET

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38. D.C. United (MLS) at Richmond Kickers (USL PRO)
Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.
Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. ET

OR

Icon FC (USASA) at D.C. United (MLS)
Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.
Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. ET

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39. New England Revolution (MLS) at Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO)
Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
Tuesday, May 28, at 7:35 p.m. ET

OR

GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) at New England Revolution (MLS)
Harvard University; Cambridge, Mass.
Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. ET

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40. Chicago Fire (MLS) at Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO)
Winthrop University Stadium; Rock Hill, S.C.
Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. ET

OR

Sounders FC U-23 (PDL) at Chicago Fire (MLS)
Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. CT

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41. Colorado Rapids (MLS) at Orlando City SC (USL PRO)
Florida Citrus Bowl; Orlando, Fla.
Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. ET

OR

Ocala Stampede (PDL) at Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.
Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. MT

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42. FC Dallas (MLS) at Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)
Lockhart Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. ET

OR

FC Dallas (MLS) at Laredo Heat SC (PDL)
Texas A&M International Soccer Complex; Laredo, Texas
Tuesday, May 28, at 8:15 p.m. CT

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43. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL PRO)
Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.
Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. ET

OR

San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) at Portland Timbers U-23s (PDL)
JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.
Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. PT

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44. Minnesota United FC (NASL)/Des Moines Menace (PDL)/Madison 56ers (NPSL) winner at Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. CT

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45. Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)/Georgia Revolution (NPSL) winner at Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. MT

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46. Chivas USA (MLS) at L.A. Blues (USL PRO)
Titan Stadium; Fullerton, Calif.
Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. PT

OR

Chivas USA (MLS) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL)
Ventura College; Ventura, Calif.
Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. PT

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47. LA Galaxy (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)
WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Wednesday, May 29, at 7:15 p.m. ET

OR

LA Galaxy (MLS) at Carolina Dynamo (PDL)
Macpherson Stadium; Greensboro, N.C.
Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. ET

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48. Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO)/Dearborn Stars (USASA) winner at Columbus Crew (MLS)
Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET

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49. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO)/Reading United AC (PDL) winner at New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.
Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET

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50. Houston Dynamo (MLS) at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL)
Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas
Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. CT

OR

FC Tucson (PDL) at Houston Dynamo (MLS)
BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. CT

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51. Seattle Sounders (MLS) at Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)
Al Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla.
Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET

OR

VSI Tampa Bay (USL PRO) at Seattle Sounders (MLS)
Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.
Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. PT

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52. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO)/Austin Aztex (PDL) winner at Portland Timbers (MLS)
JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.
Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. PT

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9 Responses to Potential opening U.S. Open Cup opponents for MLS teams unveiled

  1. AzTeXan says:

    Dynamo v Scorpions? Yes please.

    • Hogatroge says:

      Agreed… the Dynamo need to teach them a lesson after laying an egg last year.

      That said, kinda strange that SA gets the rematch again.

  2. Mark Maxen says:

    Sucks that the potential galaxy@ rail hawks is the same day as USA Belgium.

  3. Brain Guy says:

    Isn’t Harrisburg the team that knocked RBNY out of the competition last year?

    I hear they’re bringing Backe back just for this match because he loves the Cup so much.

  4. Arnold says:

    ATL gonna kick some Conyers butt.

  5. Beto says:

    Some great match ups. I really like how the cup has changed over the years..

  6. Redneck says:

    Good to see the Galaxy coming to NC for the second year in a row. Hopefully, they’ll have a second half meltdown against the Railhawks like they did last year.

  7. Brian says:

    Timbers U23 versus the Goons will be fun to see, but I doubt the U23s will get past a team like Charleston.