Dropoff: U.S. Open Cup qualifying down to 95 entrants

The 2019 edition of the U.S. Cup will begin in September with the first round of qualifying for which 95 teams are entered.

Open Division qualifying schedule:
First Qualifying Round: Sept. 22-23
Second Qualifying Round: Oct. 20-21
Third Qualifying Round: Nov. 17-18
*Fourth Qualifying Round: March 9-10, 2019
*Fifth Qualifying Round: April 6-7, 2019
*If needed.

For the 2018 competition, 108 teams entered Open Division qualifying, though eight teams (five in the first round and three in the second) ended up forfeiting. The 108 teams was a record, up from the record of 64 set the year before.

Just 48 teams entered for 2019 have previously played in Open Division qualifying so more than half the teams entered for 2018 aren't returning, including La Machina and Azteca FC, which both advanced to the Open Cup proper in 2018.

One change for the 2019 competition that some clubs cited as their reason for not returning is that the entry fee is now $1,200 and includes a $1,000 refundable performance bond to deter teams from entering and forfeiting.

The UPSL again leads all leagues with 35 entrants, down from 38 last year. It lost many entrants from California and Colorado, but that was made up by new entrants from growth areas in other parts of the country. California still leads all states with 24 entrants. Florida is second with 11.

Few teams are entered these days from traditional pockets of strength at the amateur level -- states like New York, New Jersey, Missouri and Illinois. The four states combined have only six entrants, among them the three-time champion New York Pancyprian Freedoms.

Arizona (1 team)
United Premier Soccer League (USASA)
Sporting AZ FC*; Scottsdale, Ariz.

California (24)
LIGA NorCal (US Club Soccer)
Academica Soccer Club; Turlock, Calif.
Contra Costa FC; Walnut Creek, Calif.
Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.
San Francisco Soccer Football League (USASA)
Oakland FC Leopards; Lafayette, Calif.
SoCal Premier League (USASA)
Buena Park FC; La Palma, Calif.
CaliGators FC; Lake Forest, Calif.
Chula Vista FC; Spring Valley, Calif.
L.A. South Bay Monsters FC; San Pedro, Calif.
Outbreak FC; Long Beach, Calif.
Quickening; Lancaster, Calif.
Real Sociedad Royals; Bellflower, Calif.
SC Trojans FC; Los Angeles, Calif.
United Premier Soccer League (USASA)
Cal FC; Thousand Oaks, Calif.
California United FC II; Irvine, Calif.
JASA RWC; Redwood City, Calif.
Lionside FC; Redondo Beach, Calif.
L.A. Wolves FC*; Bell Gardens, Calif.
Napa Sporting SC; Napa, Calif.
Oakland Stompers; Oakland, Calif.
Real San Jose; San Jose, Calif.
San Nicolás FC; Los Angeles, Calif.
San Ramon Dynamos FC; San Ramon, Calif.
Santa Ana Winds FC*; Lake Forest, Calif.
Valley United SC; North Hills, Calif.

Colorado (8)
Colorado Premier League (USSSA)
Club El Azul; Broomfield, Colo.
Colorado Rovers; Broomfield, Colo.
FC Denver*; Aurora, Colo.
Harpo's FC; Commerce City, Colo.
Northern Colorado FC; Fort Collins, Colo.
United Premier Soccer League (USASA)
Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Gam United FC; Aurora, Colo.
Indios Denver FC; Englewood, Colo.

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

District of Columbia (1)
District Sports Premier League (USASA)
DC Cheddar; Washington, D.C.

Florida (11)
American Premier Soccer League (USASA)
FC Kendall*; Miami, Fla.
Red Force FC*; Miami, Fla.
Central Florida Soccer League (USASA)
Central Florida FC Spartans; St. Cloud, Fla.
Orlando FC Wolves; Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Sun Cup (USSSA)
Naples United FC 2; Naples, Fla.
United Premier Soccer League (USASA)
ASC America Soccer Club; Jacksonville, Fla.
Deportivo Lake Mary; Kissimmee, Fla.
Florida Soccer Soldiers; Hialeah, Fla.
Hurricane FC; Delray Beach, Fla.
Miami Sun FC; Miami, Fla.
Sporting Orlando Soccer Club; Orlando, Fla.

Georgia (1)
Atlanta District Amateur Soccer League (USASA)
Shahin Atlanta FC; Marietta, Ga.

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

Illinois (1)
United Premier Soccer League (USASA)
Aurora Borealis Soccer Club; North Aurora, Ill.

Louisiana (1)
Gulf Coast Premier League (USASA)
Motagua New Orleans; New Orleans, La.

Maryland (7)
Maryland Major Soccer League (USASA)
Christos FC*; Elkridge, Md.
Izee Auto FC; Columbia, Md.
Rockville Soccer Club; Rockville, Md.
Steel Pulse FC; Windsor Mill, Md.
Super Delegates Football Club; Laurel, Md.
World Class Premier Elite FC; Boyds, Md.
Washington Premier League (USASA)
Aegean Hawks FC; Boyds, Md.

Massachusetts (8)
Bay State Soccer League (USASA)
Boston City FC II; Malden, Mass.
Boston Siege FC; Revere, Mass.
Global Premier Soccer (GPS) Omens; Boston, Mass.
Kendall Wanderers*; Cambridge, Mass.
Southie FC; Roxbury, Mass.
United Premier Soccer League (USASA)
Juve-Pro Soccer; Stoughton, Mass.
Mass United FC; Sommerville, Mass.
Safira FC; Sommerville, Mass.

Michigan (2)
Ann Arbor Premier Development League (USASA)
Ann Arbor FC; Ann Arbor, Mich.
Michigan Premier Soccer League (USASA)
Livonia City FC; Livonia, Mich.

Minnesota (1)
Minnesota Amateur Soccer League (USASA)
FC Minnesota; Blaine, Minn.

Mississippi (1)
Gulf Coast Premier League (USASA)
Port City FC; Gulfport, Miss.

Missouri (1)
United Premier Soccer League (USASA)
FC Maritsa; St. Louis, Mo.

Nevada (1)
United Premier Soccer League (USASA)
Nevada Coyotes FC; Carson City, Nev.

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

New York (3)
Cosmopolitan Soccer League (USASA)
Lansdowne Bhoys FC*; Yonkers, N.Y.
New York Pancyprian Freedoms; Jamaica, N.Y.
Rochester District Soccer League (USASA)
Rochester River Dogz*; Spencerport, N.Y.

North Carolina (1)
United Premier Soccer League (USASA)
FC Cardinals; Winston-Salem, N.C.

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

Pennsylvania (5)
Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League (USASA)
Tartan Devils Oak Avalon; Pittsburgh, Pa.
United Soccer League of Pennsylvania (USASA)
Ukrainian Nationals; North Wales, Pa.
United German Hungarians; Oakford, Pa.
Vereinigung Erzgebirge; Warminster, Pa.
West Chester United; West Chester, Pa.

South Carolina (1)
Central League (USASA)
Soda City FC Sorinex; Lexington, S.C.

Texas (7)
Austin Men's Soccer Association (USSSA)
Celtic Cowboys Premier; Austin, Texas
North Texas Premier Soccer Association (USASA)
Leon FC; Dallas, Texas
NTX Rayados*; Dallas, Texas
United Premier Soccer League (USASA)
Bay Area Oiler FC; Houston, Texas
Dallas Elite FC; Plano, Texas
San Antonio Runners; San Antonio, Texas
Southwest FC; El Paso, Texas

Utah (1)
United Premier Soccer League (USASA)
San Juan FC; Draper, Utah

Virginia (4)
Soccer Organization of the Charlottesville Area (USASA)
Cville Alliance FC Reserves; Charlottesville, Va.
Tigres FC; Crozet, Va.
Woodbridge Soccer League (Asociacion Nacional Fútbol en USA)
Centro America FC; Woodbridge, Va.
Virginia United; Woodbridge, Va.
*Advanced to 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

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