U.S. Open Cup: Modern era record 99 teams are entered

The 104th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicks off with the first round involving 56 amateur teams on May 10. They are among a modern-era record 99 teams participating the tournament.

Tams will be paired geographically for the first four rounds and beginning with the round 16 a geographically based random draw will take place to determine the matchups and set a fixed bracket to the final four rounds.

The  Open Division teams (including clubs from the PDL and NPSL as well as those advancing from local qualifying) include La Maquina, which advanced all the way to the fourth round of the 2016 competition, where it fell to the LA Galaxy in overtime. Also still alive is LA Wolves FC, now coached by Eric Wynalda.

One local qualifier, Minneapolis City SC, was declared ineligible for switching leagues (from the Premier League of America to NPSL) during the midst of its 2017 Open Cup campaign in violation of competition regulations.

U.S. Open Cup schedule:
First Round: May 10 (28 games -- 56 Open Division teams)
Second Round: May 17 (26 games -- 28 first-round winners + 28 NASL/USL teams)
Third Round: May 31 (13 games -- 26 second-round winners)
Fourth Round: June 14 (16 games -- 13 third-round winners + 19 MLS teams)
Round of 16: June 28
Quarterfinals: July 11
Semifinals: Aug. 9
Final: Sept. 20

Open Division Teams:
Local Qualifiers (17 places): California (6): Chula Vista FC, El Farolito, La Maquina*, LA Wolves FC*, Moreno Valley FC, Outbreak FC*; Colorado (2): Azteca FC, Colorado Rush; Florida (2): Boca Raton FC*, Red Force FC; Maryland (1): Christos FC; Massachusetts (1): GPS Omens; Nevada (1): Anahuac FC; New Jersey (1): FC Motown; Pennsylvania (2): Junior Lone Star FC, Tartan Devils Oak Avalon; Texas (1): NTX Rayados

PDL (21 places): Charlotte Eagles* (N.C.), Des Moines Menace* (Iowa), FC Tucson* (Ariz.), Fresno Fuego (Calif.), GPS Portland Phoenix* (Maine), Michigan Bucks*, OKC Energy U23 (Okla.), Reading United AC* (Pa.), The Villages SC* (Fla.); Burlingame Dragons* (Calif.), Carolina Dynamo* (N.C.), Chicago FC United (formerly Chicago Fire U-23), Derby City Rovers (Ky.), FC Golden State Force (Calif.), Ocean City Nor’easters (N.J.), San Diego Zest (Calif.), SC United Bantams (S.C.), Sounders FC U-23* (Wash.), South Florida Surf, Ventura County Fusion* (Calif.), Western Mass Pioneers.
(The PDL used 2016 league results to determine its qualifiers.)

NPSL (18 places): 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 Athletics (Okla).
(The NPSL used 2016 league results to determine its qualifiers.)
* Participated in 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

2 comments about "U.S. Open Cup: Modern era record 99 teams are entered".
  1. Nick Daverese, March 2, 2017 at 4:43 a.m.

    When did that record start?

    There was a time anyone can put a team in.

    I seemed to remember putting our under 19 team in after they won the state cup.

    So they would understand the difference between under 19 and the adult game.

    Plus that is when they really understood how important a team captain can be in a game.

  2. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, March 2, 2017 at 10:56 a.m.

    1995 is considered the start of the "modern era" for this competition according to Wikipedia.

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