NPSL Teams Begin First Round Play May 9-10

U.S. Soccer today announced the pairings and host scenarios for the start of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The First Round, which will commence with one game on May 9 followed by 27 matches on May 10, marks the opening stage of the tournament for 18 National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) sides.

“The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup remains one of the strongest opportunities for NPSL teams to measure themselves against other competition and the progress that the NPSL continues to enjoy,” NPSL Chairman Joe Barone commented.  “We are honored to have eighteen automatic qualification spots for NPSL teams in this historic competition.”

This year’s winning team will receive $250,000, a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions’ League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will earn $60,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will take home a $15,000 cash prize.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 103 consecutive years dating from 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.


First Round

May 10Fredericksburg FC (NPSL) vs. Christos FC (Md.)5 p.m. ETUniv. of Mary Washington Battleground Stadium; Fredericksburg, Va.
May 10Atlanta Silverbacks (NPSL) vs. SC United Bantams (PDL)5 p.m. ETAtlanta Silverbacks Park; Atlanta, Ga.
May 10Western Mass Pioneers (PDL) vs. Boston City FC (NPSL)7 p.m. ETLusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass.
May 10New Jersey Copa FC (NPSL) vs. FC Motown (N.J.)7 p.m. ETSaint John Vianney High School; Holmdel, N.J.
May 10Charlotte Eagles (PDL) vs. Chattanooga FC (NPSL)7 p.m. ETCharlotte Christian School; Charlotte, N.C.
May 10Carolina Dynamo (PDL) vs. Legacy 76 (NPSL)7 p.m. ETMacpherson Stadium; Greensboro, N.C.
May 10Miami United FC (NPSL) vs. Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.)7 p.m. ETTed Hendricks Stadium; Hialeah, Fla.
May 10Jacksonville Armada U-23 (NPSL) vs. The Villages SC (PDL)7 p.m. ETPatton Park; Jacksonville, Fla.
May 10Reading United AC (PDL) vs. Clarkstown SC Eagles (NPSL)7:30 p.m. ETExeter Township Senior High School; Reading, Pa.
May 10Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL)7:30 p.m. ETUltimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich.
May 10Chicago FC United (PDL) vs. Grand Rapids FC (NPSL)7 p.m. CTMartin Stadium (Northwestern Univ.); Evanston, Ill.
May 10Dutch Lions FC (NPSL) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)7 p.m. CTDutch Lions FC Soccer Facility; Conroe, Texas
May 10FC Wichita (NPSL) vs. Azteca FC (Colo.)7 p.m. CTStryker Soccer Compex; Wichita, Kan.
May 10Des Moines Menace (PDL) vs. AFC Cleveland (NPSL)7:30 p.m. CTValley Stadium; West Des Moines, Iowa
May 10Tulsa Athletic (NPSL) vs. Oklahoma City Energy U23 (PDL)7:30 p.m. CTHurricane Soccer & Track Stadium; Tulsa, Okla.
May 10Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) vs. Anahuac FC (Nev.)7 p.m. PTCasa Grande High School; Petaluma, Calif.
May 10Albion SC Pros (NPSL) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.)7 p.m. PTMission Bay High School; San Diego, Calif.
May 10OSA FC (NPSL) vs. Sounders FC U-23 (PDL)7:30 p.m. PTSeattle High School Memorial Stadium; Seattle, Wash.

NPSL Teams that Qualified for the 2017 Open Cup (18): 

Qualified via 2016 NPSL playoffs: AFC Cleveland* (Ohio), Albion SC Pros (Calif.), Chattanooga FC* (Tenn.), Clarkstown SC Eagles* (N.Y.), Grand Rapids FC (Mich.), Miami United FC (Fla.), New Jersey Copa FC (N.J.), Sonoma County Sol (Calif.)

At-Large Berths: AFC Ann Arbor (Mich.), Atlanta Silverbacks*, Boston City FC (Mass.), Dutch Lions FC (Texas), FC Wichita* (Kan.), Fredericksburg FC* (Va.), Jacksonville Armada U-23 (Fla.), Legacy 76 (Va.), OSA FC (Wash.) Tulsa Athletic (Okla).

The NPSL opted to use 2016 league results to determine its qualifiers for the 2017 Open Cup.

* Denotes teams that participated in 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

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