U.S. Open Cup kicks off 105th edition on May 9 with 94 entrants

The 105th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicks off May 9 with 94 teams, including 13 teams that advanced from the three-round qualifying phase played last fall.

Once again, the tournament will consist of eight rounds of single-elimination play with USL teams entering in the second round and MLS teams jumping in for the fourth round.

Prize money has been increased:

-- $300,000 to winner (up from $250,000 last year);
-- $100,000 to runner-up (up from $60,000); and
-- $25,000 team that advances the furthest from each lower division  (up from $15,000).

U.S. Soccer has increased the levels of travel reimbursement and the size of the traveling party eligible for reimbursement:

-- Up to 24 people and $12,000 through the semifinals;
-- Up to 30 people and $25,000 for the final.

2018 Open Cup schedule:
May 9: First Round (26 games involving 52 Open Division teams).
May 16: Second Round (24 games involving 26 first-round winners and 22 USL teams).
May 23: Third Round (12 games involving 24 second-round winners)
June 5-6: Fourth Round (16 games involving 12 third-round winners and 20 MLS teams)
June 16-17, 19-20: Round of 16
July 17-18: Quarterfinals
Aug. 7-8: Semifinals (date tentative)
Sept. 26: Final (date tentative)

Professional Teams (42 teams):
MLS (20 teams): Atlanta United, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Los Angeles FC, LA Galaxy, Minnesota United, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders, Sporting Kansas City.

USL (22 teams): Charleston Battery, Charlotte Independence, Colorado Springs Switchbacks, FC Cincinnati, Fresno FC, Indy Eleven, Las Vegas Lights, Louisville City, Nashville SC, North Carolina FC, OKC Energy FC, Orange County SC, Penn FC, Phoenix Rising, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Reno 1868, Richmond Kickers, Sac Republic FC, Saint Louis FC, San Antonio FC, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Tulsa Roughnecks.

Open Division (52 teams):
Local Qualifiers (13 teams): Arizona (1): Sporting AZ FC; California (3): La Maquina*, LA Wolves*, Santa Ana Winds; Colorado (2): Azteca FC*, FC Denver; Florida (2): FC Kendall, Red Force FC*; Maryland (1): Christos FC*; Massachusetts (1): Kendall Wanderers; New York (2): Lansdowne Bhoys, Rochester River Dogz; Texas (1): NTX Rayados*

PDL (20 teams)
: Charlotte Eagles (N.C.)*, FC Golden State Force (Calif.)*, FC Miami City (Fla.), FC Tucson (Ariz.)*, Lakeland Tropics (Fla.), Long Island Rough Riders (N.Y.), Michigan Bucks*, Mississippi Brilla, Myrtle Beach Mutiny (S.C.), New York Red Bulls U23, Ocean City Nor'easters (N.J.)*, OKC Energy U23 (Okla.)*, Portland Timbers U23 (Ore.), Reading United AC (Pa.)*, San Francisco City FC (Calif.), Seacoast United Phantoms (N.H.), SIMA Aguilas (Fla.), Tormenta FC, The Villages SC (Fla.)*, Western Mass Pioneers*

NPSL (19 teams): AFC Ann Arbor (Mich.)*, Brooklyn Italians (N.Y.), Aguiluchos USA (Calif.), Dakota Fusion (N.D.), Detroit City FC (Mich.), Duluth FC (Minn.), Elm City Express (Conn.), Erie Commodores (Pa.), FC Arizona, FC Motown (N.J.)*, FC Wichita (Kan.)*, Fort Worth Vaqueros (Texas), Inter Nashville FC (Tenn.), Kingston Stockade FC (N.Y.), Kitsap SC (Wash.), Miami United FC (Fla.)*, Midland-Odessa FC (Texas), New Orleans Jesters (La.), Orange County FC (Calif.)
* Participated in 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
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