U.S. Open Cup: NASL-USL battle resumes

Nine NASL-USL meetings, including the first meeting between Oklahoma City rivals Rayo OKC and Energy FC, highlight the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. In 2015, USL teams swept all seven meetings with NASL teams. Six amateur teams are still alive, and at least one is assured of advancing to the next round against the LA Galaxy as the Southern California circuit UPSL's La Maquina and LA Wolves FC meet.

Open Cup: NASL vs. USL:
2015: USL wins series, 7-0
2014: NASL wins series, 2-1
2013: NASL wins series, 1-0
2012: USL wins series, 1-0

Two results -- Ventura County Fusion over LA Wolves FC and The Villages SC over the Charleston Battery -- were overturned because the winning team used ineligible players, while two other protests from Kraze United and San Francisco City FC regarding the use of ineligible players by The Villages SC and CD Aguiluchos USA were rejected because they weren't filed in time.

The MLS teams will enter in the round of 32. The Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes will face off in the lone tussle of league opponents. Defending champion Sporting Kansas City will open at either Minnesota United FC or Saint Louis FC.

U.S. Open Cup, Results:
First Round, May 11: Results
Second Round, May 18: Results

U.S. Open Cup, Schedule:
THIRD ROUND
June 1 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Chattanooga FC (NPSL) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)
June 1 in Tampa, Fla.
Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) vs. FC Cincinnati (USL)
June 1 in Cary, N.C.
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)
June 1 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) vs. Richmond Kickers (USL)
June 1 in Miami, Fla.
Miami FC (NASL) vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL)
June 1 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Indy Eleven (NASL) vs. Louisville City FC (USL)
June 1 in Rochester, N.Y.
Rochester Rhinos (USL) vs. Lansdowne Bhoys FC (N.Y.)
June 1 in Peoria, Ariz.
Arizona United (USL) vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)
June 1 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Jacksonville Armada (NASL) vs. Charleston Battery (USL)
June 1 in Fenton, Mo.
Saint Louis FC (USL) vs. Minnesota United FC (NASL)
June 1 in West Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines Menace (PDL) vs. San Antonio FC (USL)
June 1 in Yukon, Okla.
Rayo OKC (NASL) vs. OKC Energy FC (USL)
June 1 in Sacramento, Calif.
Sac Republic FC (USL) vs. Kitsap Pumas (PDL)
June 1 in Westminster, Calif.
La Maquina (Calif.) vs. LA Wolves FC (Calif.)
June 1 in Jamaica, N.Y.
New York Cosmos (NASL) vs. Jersey Express (PDL)

Round of 32: June 15
Round of 16:
June 29
Quarterfinals: July 20
Semifinals: August 10
Final: September 21
3 comments about "U.S. Open Cup: NASL-USL battle resumes".
  1. R2 Dad, June 1, 2016 at 12:53 a.m.

    What is the big picture here? MLS-backed USL teams will eventually overtake NASL teams due to their monopoly league position and sharing of resources. So MLS/Garber will lobby US Soccer/Gulati that USL becomes the defacto 2nd division of soccer in this country? If that's the case, that would be the perfect time for US Soccer/Gulati to argue for the best interests of the sport in this country (not just MLS) which would be to agree to this rearrangement ONLY if:
    1) training compensation is mandated
    2) merger of the two lower leagues
    3) pro-rel between those two divisions
    This gives the US a pro-rel environment to test out, to see if that dynamic makes the sport stronger or weaker, without involving MLS directly.

  2. Mark Buckley, June 1, 2016 at 7:49 a.m.

    Can't see the NASL agreeing to that arrangement. The original owners of the NASL were the ones who left the USL to start their own league. Why would they go back? Only super nerd soccer fans understand or care about relegation/promotion. The NASL has no reason to merge with the USL. The NASL only needs to have strong local markets so that the individual owners make money. The USL is just a training league for MLS (for players and future MLS clubs).

  3. Kyr-Roger St.-Denis, June 1, 2016 at 9:17 a.m.

    They would go back if there was money in it.

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