2008 U.S. Open Cup qualification

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This page describes the qualification procedure for the 2008 U.S. Open Cup. This will be the first season where 8 teams from each level of the American Soccer Pyramid will compete in the tournament proper. As a result, each level will trim its ranks to its 8 team delegation before entering the full tournament.

Major League Soccer (MLS)[edit]

First Round (April 30)
   
1 Real Salt Lake 4
2 San Jose Earthquakes 0
Second Round (May 27)   Qualification Finals (June 4/10)   Qualified
                   
      Kansas City Wizards (AET/PSO) 2 (5)  
Colorado Rapids 1     Colorado Rapids 2 (3)  
Los Angeles Galaxy 0       Kansas City Wizards
    Chicago Fire
      Chicago Fire 3
Columbus Crew 2     Columbus Crew 2  
Real Salt Lake 0  

United Soccer Leagues (USL)[edit]

USL 1st Division (USL-1)[edit]

All American-based USL-1 teams qualify.

USL 2nd Division (USL-2)[edit]

Harrisburg City Islanders (2007 USL-2 champions) and Richmond Kickers (2007 USL-2 Regular Season Champions) have qualified based on their end of season performance in 2007.

Early season USL-2 games doubled as Open Cup qualification. Because teams played an uneven number of games the percentage of "Points per Points Possible" was used to rank the teams. All but the bottom-ranked team qualified for the tournament proper.

Green indicates Open Cup berth clinched

Team GP W L T Pts. Pts. % GD
Crystal Palace Baltimore 5 5 0 0 15 100% +9
Charlotte Eagles 6 4 1 1 13 72% +10
Cleveland City Stars 6 3 1 2 11 61% +7
Real Maryland Monarchs 6 3 3 0 9 50% -2
Western Mass Pioneers 6 2 3 1 7 39% -3
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 7 0 5 2 2 10% -10
Wilmington Hammerheads 5 0 4 1 1 7% -6

Standings as of May 26.

USL Premier Development League (PDL)[edit]

Each conference has its own qualification process.

All teams play 4 designated regular season games that double as Open Cup qualification
Green indicates Open Cup berth clinched

Central Conference[edit]

Top two teams qualify

Team GP W L T Pts. GD*
Michigan Bucks 4 4 0 0 12 +9
St. Louis Lions 4 3 0 1 10 +3
Chicago Fire Premier 4 3 1 0 9 +5
Cleveland Internationals 4 2 1 1 7 +5
Des Moines Menace 4 2 1 1 7 +3
Colorado Rapids U23's 4 2 1 1 7 +2
Kalamazoo Outrage 4 2 1 1 7 +1
Cincinnati Kings 4 2 2 0 6 -2
Kansas City Brass 4 1 2 1 4 0
Fort Wayne Fever 4 1 2 1 4 -4
West Michigan Edge 4 1 3 0 3 -5
West Virginia Chaos 4 0 2 2 2 -4
Indiana Invaders 4 0 3 1 1 -5
Springfield Demize 4 0 4 0 0 -8

*maximum goal differential of +/- 3 per game
Standings as of May 26.

Eastern Conference[edit]

Top two teams qualify

Team GP W L T Pts. GD*
Fredericksburg Gunners 4 4 0 0 12 +7
Brooklyn Knights 4 3 0 1 10 +5
Cape Cod Crusaders 4 3 1 0 9 +6
Reading Rage 4 3 1 0 9 +4
Ocean City Barons 4 2 0 2 8 +5
Newark Ironbound Express 4 2 0 2 8 +4
New Hampshire Phantoms 4 2 0 2 8 +2
Westchester Flames 4 2 1 1 7 +2
Long Island Rough Riders 4 1 1 2 5 +1
Vermont Voltage 4 1 3 0 3 -4
Northern Virginia Royals 4 1 3 0 3 -6
Virginia Legacy 4 0 2 2 2 -5
Richmond Kickers Future 4 0 3 1 1 -4
Hampton Roads Piranhas 4 0 3 1 1 -5
Rhode Island Stingrays 4 0 3 1 1 -5
New Jersey Rangers 4 0 3 1 1 -7

*maximum goal differential of +/- 3 per game
Standings as of May 26.

Southern Conference[edit]

Top team in each division qualifies

Mid South Division[edit]
Team GP W L T Pts. GD*
Austin Aztex U23 4 3 0 1 10 +6
Laredo Heat 4 2 1 1 7 +1
New Orleans Shell Shockers 4 2 1 1 7 -1
Houston Leones 4 2 2 0 6 +2
El Paso Patriots 4 1 1 2 5 0
Mississippi Brilla 4 1 2 1 4 -3
Baton Rouge Capitals 4 1 3 0 3 -1
DFW Tornados 4 1 3 0 3 -4

*maximum goal differential of +/- 3 per game
Standings as of May 26.

Southeast Division[edit]
Team GP W L T Pts. GD*
Bradenton Academics 4 3 0 1 10 +7
Carolina Dynamo 4 3 1 0 9 +4
Central Florida Kraze 4 3 1 0 9 +2
Atlanta Silverbacks U23's 4 2 1 1 7 +2
Nashville Metros 4 2 2 0 6 -1
Cary RailHawks U23's 4 1 2 1 4 -2
Panama City Pirates 4 0 3 1 1 -3
Palm Beach Pumas 4 0 4 0 0 -9

*maximum goal differential of +/- 3 per game
Standings as of May 26.

Western Conference[edit]

Top team in each division qualifies

Northwest Division[edit]
Team GP W L T Pts. GD*
Yakima Reds 4 3 0 1 10 +5
BYU Cougars 4 2 1 1 7 +3
Tacoma Tide 4 2 1 1 7 +3
Ogden Outlaws 4 1 2 1 4 -1
Spokane Spiders 4 1 3 0 3 -4
Cascade Surge 4 0 2 2 2 -6

*maximum goal differential of +/- 3 per game
Standings as of May 26.

Southwest Division[edit]
Team GP W L T Pts. GD*
Los Angeles Legends 4 3 0 1 10 +7
San Jose Frogs 4 3 0 1 10 +5
San Francisco Seals 4 2 0 2 8 +2
Fresno Fuego 4 2 1 1 7 +1
Bakersfield Brigade 4 1 0 3 6 +1
Orange County Blue Star 4 1 2 1 4 0
San Fernando Valley Quakes 4 1 2 1 4 -3
Southern California Seahorses 4 1 3 0 3 -3
Ventura County Fusion 4 0 2 2 2 -2
Lancaster Rattlers 4 0 4 0 0 -8

*maximum goal differential of +/- 3 per game
Standings as of May 26.

United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA)[edit]

Region I[edit]

First Round (April 27) Qualification Semifinals (May 4) Qualification Finals (May 18) Qualified (June 22)
     
        Queen City FC 0  
        Danbury United 2  
          Danbury United 0  
          Boston Olympiakos 1  
        SC Vistula Garfield (forfeit) L  
        Boston Olympiakos W  
          Boston Olympiakos
          Pancyprian-Freedoms
        Baltimore Colts FC 2  
Sport Club Portuguese 0     Aegean Hawks 3  
Aegean Hawks 1       Aegean Hawks 2  
          Pancyprian-Freedoms 3  
        Pancyprian-Freedoms 3      
        United German-Hungarians 1      
     

Region II[edit]

Qualification Semifinals (May 3)   Qualification Finals (May 17)   Qualified (June 27)
                   
Carpathia Kickers 0 (5)  
RWB Adria (AET, PSO) 0 (6)     RWB Adria 2  
Bloomington Cutters (forfeit) L   Princeton 56ers 0  
Princeton 56ers W       RWB Adria
Bavarian SC 2       AAC Eagles
AAC Eagles 3     AAC Eagles 2
WC Arsenal Soccer 0   Des Moines Menace Reserves 1  
Des Moines Menace Reserves 2  

Region III[edit]

Group winners qualify
All times in Eastern Daylight Time

Group Stage[edit]

Green indicates Open Cup berth clinched

Group A

Team GP W L T Pts. GD
Clearwater Galactics 3 2 0 1 7 +6
Atlanta FC 3 2 1 0 6 +4
Dallas Roma F.C. 3 1 1 1 4 +2
LA Mudbugs 3 0 3 0 0 -12

Group B

Team GP W L T Pts. GD
ASC New Stars 3 2 0 1 7 +5
Mustang Legends FC 3 2 1 0 6 +1
Lynch's F.C. 3 1 2 0 3 +3
Greenwood Wanderers 3 0 2 1 1 -9
Group Stage Matches[edit]
Dallas Roma F.C.5 – 0LA Mudbugs
Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex
Atlanta FC3 – 4Clearwater Galactics
Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex
Lynch's F.C.1 – 2Mustang Legends FC
Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex
ASC New Stars4 – 4Greenwood Wanderers
Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex

Dallas Roma F.C.0 – 0Clearwater Galactics
Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex
Mustang Legends FC0 – 3ASC New Stars
Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex
LA Mudbugs1 – 3Atlanta FC
Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex
Greenwood Wanderers1 – 7Lynch's F.C.
Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex

Dallas Roma F.C.0 – 3Atlanta FC
Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex
LA Mudbugs1 – 6Clearwater Galactics
Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex
Lynch's F.C.1 – 3ASC New Stars
Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex
Mustang Legends FC4 – 1Greenwood Wanderers
Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex
Final Match[edit]
Clearwater Galactics2 – 1ASC New Stars
Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex

Region IV[edit]

Group winners qualify
All times in Eastern Daylight Time

Group Stage[edit]

Green indicates Open Cup berth clinched

Group A

Team GP W L T Pts. GD
Arizona Sahuaros 3 2 0 1 7 +5
Sonoma County Sol 3 2 0 1 7 +4
Rockstar United 3 1 2 0 3 0
Salinas Valley Samba 3 0 3 0 0 -9

Group B

Team GP W L T Pts. GD
Hollywood United F.C. 3 3 0 0 9 +5
Santa Cruz County Breakers 3 1 1 1 4 +2
San Diego United 3 1 1 1 4 +1
Banat Arsenal 3 0 3 0 0 -8
Group Stage Matches[edit]
Arizona Sahuaros4–0Salinas Valley Samba
Scottsdale Sports Complex Field 1
Rockstar United0–1Sonoma County Sol
Scottsdale Sports Complex Field 2
San Diego United4–1Banat Arsenal
Scottsdale Sports Complex Field 3
Hollywood United F.C.2–0Santa Cruz County Breakers
Scottsdale Sports Complex Field 4

Salinas Valley Samba0–3Sonoma County Sol
Scottsdale Sports Complex Field 3
Banat Arsenal1–5Santa Cruz County Breakers
Scottsdale Sports Complex Field 1
Rockstar United1–2Arizona Sahuaros
Scottsdale Sports Complex Field 4
Hollywood United F.C.2–0San Diego United
Scottsdale Sports Complex Field 2

Sonoma County Sol0–0Arizona Sahuaros
Scottsdale Sports Complex Field 2
Salinas Valley Samba0–2Rockstar United
Scottsdale Sports Complex Field 3
Santa Cruz County Breakers1–1San Diego United
Scottsdale Sports Complex Field 4
Banat Arsenal2–3Hollywood United F.C.
Scottsdale Sports Complex Field 1
Final Match[edit]
Arizona Sahuaros1–0Hollywood United F.C.
Scottsdale Sports Complex Field 1

See also[edit]