Eight MLS teams will join the Open Cup in the third round. They are: Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Kansas City, MetroStars, Miami, San Jose and Tampa Bay.
Six A-League teams have now clinched Open Cup berths. All four Western Conference teams have been decided, with Milwaukee joining El Paso, Nashville and Orange County after defeating Charleston over the weekend. In the Eastern Conference, Hershey and Rochester are in, with Hampton Roads, Worcester, Long Island and Staten Island battling for the final two places. Here are the A-League qualifying standings through May 26. Each A-League team's first six games count as Open Cup qualifiers. Three points are awarded for a regulation or overtime win, and one point for a shootout win. The top four teams in each conference advance to the Open Cup. Eastern Conference
* advances to U.S. Open Cup.
D3 Pro League
D3 Pro League qualifying was completed over the weekend. The eight division winners that will move on to the Open Cup are: Western Mass. (Northeast Division), Central Jersey (Mid-Atlantic), Delaware (Atlantic), Charlotte (South Atlantic), Orlando (Southeast), Chicago (North Central), Austin (South Central) and Arizona (West). Here are the final D3 Pro League qualfiying standings. Each team played four qualifying games, with teams receiving four points for a win in regulation, three points for a win in overtime, two points for a shootout win, one point for a shootout loss, and a bonus point for scoring three or more goals in regulation or overtime (win or lose).
Last Week's ResultsMay 22
- N.Y. Capital Dist. 1 Central Jersey 5
- Eastern Shore 0 Myrtle Beach 5
- Miami B. 7 SW Florida 1
- Pensacola 0 Tallahassee 3
- Reading 2 Vermont 1
- South Jersey 2 Myrtle Beach 0
- Tallahassee 2 Pensacola 3
- Rockford 2 Cleveland 4
- Chicago 3 Indiana B. 1
- Reno 1 Chico 3
Final StandingsNorth --
*Western Mass. 15 points; Rhode Island 14, New Hampshire 13; Cape Cod 12; Vermont 6. Mid-Atlantic --
*Central Jersey 19 points; Reading 13; New Jersey 10; South Jersey 4; N.Y. Capital District 0. Atlantic --
*Delaware 6 points; Roanoke 4; No. Virginia 3; Eastern Shore 0. South Atlantic --
*Charlotte 18 points; Myrtle Beach 15; South Carolina 9; Wilmington 6. Southeast --
*Orlando 18 points; Miami B. 9; Pensacola 6; Tallahassee 5; SW Florida 0. North Central --
*Chicago 18 points; Indiana B. 12; Cleveland 6; Rockford 1. South Central --
*Austin 16 points; Texas 8; Houston 7; San Antonio 6; Shreveport 5. West --
*Arizona 14 points; Valley Golden 10; Los Angeles, Chico 8; Stanislaus Cty. 5; Reno 3. * qualifies for U.S. Open Cup
The four PDSL entrants in the Open Cup have been determined. Jackson, Detroit and San Gabriel Valley all won their playoff matches to advance, and Kansas City advances as a wild card by virtue of having the most points of the three playoff losers.
Last Week's ResultsMay 23
- Jackson 5 Bradenton 0 (Jackson advances.)
- Detroit 5 Kansas City 1 (Detroit advances)
- San Gabriel Valley 2 Cascade 1 (OT) (SG Valley advances.)
Note: Kansas City advances as wild-card entrant.
THE 1998 U.S. OPEN CUP SCHEDULEFirst Round --
Four PDSL teams and 4 Amateur Regional winners vs. 8 D3 Pro League teams (June 10-14) Note: San Nicholas (California South) is the Region IV amateur winner, and Los Lobos (Oklahoma) is the Region III winner. The other two regional champions will be determined by June 7. Second Round --
Round One winners vs. 8 A-League teams (June 24-28). Third Round --
Round Two winners vs. 8 MLS teams (July 8)> Quarterfinals --
Round Three winners (July 22). Semifinals --
Quarterfinal winners (Aug. 4) Championship --
Semifinal winners (Aug. 26).