Big jump: Record 108 Open Cup amateur entrants

A record-high 108 amateur teams have entered local qualifying for the 2018 edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, up from the record of 64 set last year. Play begins the weekend of Sept. 23-24 with the first qualifying round.

What's driving growth:
-- The success of Maryland's Christos FC generated lots of coverage. It made the fourth round; GPS Omens and L.A. Wolves FC (Eric Wynalda's team) made the third round. All three teams are entered for 2018 qualifying.

-- The expanding United Premier Soccer League has teams in seven states entered in 2018 qualifying: 20 in California alone. The UPSL also has teams entered in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts and Nevada.

-- Teams from smaller leagues popping up in U.S. Adult, U.S. Club and USSSA are also entered. California has teams entered from five leagues; Florida and Massachusetts from four each.

Where's it's not happening:
-- This growth contrasts with weak enrollment in traditional amateur hotbeds. New York's Cosmopolitan League has just two entrants. Former U.S. Amateur Cup champion El Farolito is the lone signup from San Francisco Bay Area. And there's none from St. Louis, home of seven former champions: Ben Millers, Scullin Steel, Stix, Baer and Fuller, Central Breweries, Simpkins-Ford, Kutis and Busch.

Arizona (6 teams)
Arizona Champions League
ALLSTARS SC; Phoenix, Ariz.
Chiapas FC; Phoenix, Ariz.
Galati FC; Phoenix, Ariz.
Ojuelos Jalisco; Phoenix, Ariz.

United Premier Soccer League
Inter EmpireWorks FC; Scottsdale, Ariz.
Sporting AZ FC; Scottsdale, Ariz.

California (30)
Academica Soccer Club; Turlock, Calif.
Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.

Los Angeles Municipal League
Los Angeles SC; Agoura Hills, Calif.

San Francisco Soccer Football League
El Farolito*; San Francisco, Calif.

SoCal Premier League
AC Brea Steaua United; Brea, Calif.
Buena Park FC; La Palma, Calif.
Chula Vista FC*; Chula Vista, Calif.
Outbreak FC*; Long Beach, Calif.
Real Sociedad Royals; Bellflower, Calif.
San Pedro Monsters FC; Wilmington, Calif.

United Premier Soccer League
Bell Gardens FC; Bell Gardens, Calif.
C.F. Cachorros USA; Santa Ana, Calif.
Cal Victory FC; Petaluma, Calif.
Del Rey City SC; Culver City, Calif.
Dynamos FC; San Ramon, Calif.
Fontana International Soccer Club; Fontana, Calif.
L.A. Wolves FC*; Bell Gardens, Calif.
La Máquina*; Santa Ana, Calif.
Newcastle United FC; Norco, Calif.
Newport FC; Newport Beach, Calif.
Oakland Pamperos; Oakland, Calif.
Pacific Side FC; Bakersfield, Calif.
Real San Jose; San Jose, Calif.
Santa Ana Winds FC; Lake Forest, Calif.
Santa Clarita Storm; Santa Clarita, Calif.
SFV Scorpions; Mission Hills, Calif.
Strikers FC South Coast; Lake Forest, Calif.
UFA Hawks L.A.; Los Angeles, Calif.
Valley United SC; North Hills, Calif.
Vanquish FC; Irvine, Calif.

Colorado (14)
Colorado Premier League
Azteca FC*; Aurora, Colo.
Colorado Rovers; Broomfield, Colo.
FC Denver; Aurora, Colo.
FC Union Jerez; Broomfield, Colo.
Harpo's FC; Commerce City, Colo.

United Premier Soccer League
Club El Azul; Westminster, Colo.
Colorado Rush*; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Colorado Springs FC; Colorado Springs, Colo.
Denver Metro FC; Englewood, Colo.
FC Boulder; Boulder, Colo.
FC Greeley; Greeley, Colo.
Fort Collins United; Loveland, Colo.
Gam United FC; Aurora, Colo.
Indios Denver FC; Englewood, Colo.

Connecticut (1)
Connecticut Soccer League
Newtown Pride FC; Newtown, Conn.

Florida (12)
American Premier Soccer League
Boca Raton Football Club*; Pembroke Pines, Fla.
FC Kendall; Miami, Fla.
Hurricane FC; Delray Beach, Fla.
InterUnited AC; Davenport, Fla.
Miami United FC U23; Miami, Fla.
Red Force FC*; Miami, Fla.
South Florida FC; Cooper City, Fla.

Central Florida Soccer League
Orlando Storm; Orlando, Fla.

National Soccer League
Miami Nacional SC; Miami Gardens, Fla.

United Premier Soccer League
FC Ginga; Miami Shores, Fla.
Leu Blacks FC; Miami, Fla.
Miami Wolves FC; Miami Beach, Fla.

Georgia (1)
Atlanta District Amateur Soccer League
Majestic Soccer Club; Atlanta, Ga.

Idaho (1)
United Premier Soccer League
Boise FC Cutthroats; Boise, Idaho

Illinois (1)
Premier League of America
Aurora Borealis Soccer Club; Mooseheart, Ill.

Kansas (1)
Kansas City Kansas Soccer League
Santa Fe Wanderers KC; Olathe, Kan.

Louisiana (2)
Gulf Coast Premier League
Cajun Soccer Club; Lafayette, La.
Motagua New Orleans; New Orleans, La.

Maryland (4)
Maryland Major Soccer League
Christos FC*; Elkridge, Md.
Izee Auto FC; Baltimore, Md.
NLS Graduates; Baltimore, Md.

Washington Premier League
Aegean Hawks FC; Boyds, Md.

Massachusetts (8)
American Soccer League
Mass United FC; Sommerville, Mass.

Bay State Soccer League
Global Premier Soccer (GPS) Omens*; Boston, Mass.
Kendall Wanderers; Cambridge, Mass.
Southie FC; Medford, Mass.
Unations FC; Worcester, Mass.

New England Over-The-Hill Soccer League
Safira FC; Sommerville, Mass.

United Premier Soccer League
Boston Siege FC; Boston, Mass.
Lynn United; Lynn, Mass.

Michigan (2)
Ann Arbor Premier Development League
Ann Arbor FC; Ann Arbor, Mich.

Premier League of America
Carpathia FC; Auburn Hills, Mich.

Minnesota (1)
Minnesota Amateur Soccer League
Stegman's Soccer Club; Minneapolis, Minn.

Mississippi (1)
Gulf Coast Premier League
Gaffa FC; Ridgeland, Miss.

Nevada (2)
United Premier Soccer League
Las Vegas Mobsters FC; Las Vegas, Nev.
Western Nevada Futbol Club; Sparks, Nev.

New Jersey (1)
Garden State Soccer League
Jackson Lions FC; Jackson, N.J.

New York (3)
Cosmopolitan Soccer League
Lansdowne Bhoys FC; Yonkers, N.Y.
New York Pancyprian Freedoms^; Jamaica, N.Y.

Rochester District Soccer League
Rochester River Dogz; Spencerport, N.Y.

Oregon (1)
Oregon Premier Soccer League
International Portland Select (IPS)/Marathon Taverna; Portland, Ore.

Pennsylvania (9)
Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League
Tartan Devils Oak Avalon*; Pittsburgh, Pa.

Philadelphia Premier Soccer League
Junior Lone Star FC*; Drexel Hill, Pa.
Junior Lone Star U23s; Drexel Hill, Pa.
Salone FC; Drexel Hill, Pa.
Upper Darby FC; Drexel Hill, Pa.

United Soccer League of Pennsylvania
Phoenix Soccer Club; Trevose, Pa.
United German Hungarians; Oakford, Pa.
Vereinigung Erzgebirge; Warminster, Pa.
West Chester United; West Chester, Pa.

South Carolina (1)
Charleston Soccer League
Lowcountry United; Charleston, S.C.

Tennessee (1)
Middle Tennessee Soccer Alliance
Nashville United; Nashville, Tenn.

Texas (4)
Austin Men's Soccer Association
Celtic Cowboys Premier; Austin, Texas
Central Texas Lobos; Kyle, Texas

North Texas Premier Soccer Association
NTX Rayados*; Balch Springs, Texas

Texas Premier League
Austin Real Cuauhtemoc; Georgetown, Texas

Wisconsin (1)
Wisconsin Soccer League
United Serbian Soccer Club; Milwaukee, Wis.
*Advanced to 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup 

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