2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualification

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This page details the qualification process for the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The tournament proper features teams from the top five levels of the American Soccer Pyramid. These five levels, namely Major League Soccer, the United Soccer Leagues (First Division, Second Division, and Premier Development League), and the United States Adult Soccer Association, each have their own separate qualification process to trim their ranks down to their final eight team delegations in the months leading up to the start of the tournament proper. It is expected that eight teams from each level will compete in the tournament proper, with the eight clubs from MLS receiving byes into the Third Round.

The qualifying process for MLS will take the form of an eight-team play-off tournament. The top six finishers, regardless of conference, in 2008 were given six of the berths into the Third Round. The eight remaining U.S.-based clubs will compete for the final two berths via a playoff.

Continuing the format of recent seasons, no qualification process will be needed for USL-1 and USL-2 as each level has exactly eight U.S.-based clubs for the 2009 season. The PDL has announced that selected early season games will again double as qualifying matches, as they had in recent years. Each conference will be given two berths that will be awarded to the best team in each division.

The qualifying process for the USASA will take the form of four regional tournaments. Assuming the continuation of recent seasons' format, the two finalists in each region will be awarded berths.


Tier 1: Major League Soccer (MLS)[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Qualification Semifinals Qualification Finals Qualified
                           
   New York Red Bulls 2  
 San Jose Earthquakes 1  
   New York Red Bulls 3  
   D.C. United 5  
 FC Dallas 0
   D.C. United 2  
     D.C. United
   Seattle Sounders FC
   Colorado Rapids (AET/PK) 0 (4)  
 Los Angeles Galaxy 0 (2)  
   Colorado Rapids 0
   Seattle Sounders FC 1  
 Real Salt Lake 1
   Seattle Sounders FC 4  

Schedule[edit]

Note: Scorelines use the standard U.S. convention of placing the home team on the right-hand side of box scores.

Qualification Semifinals[edit]


Qualification Finals[edit]

May 20, 2009
7:00 PM EDT
New York Red Bulls 3 - 5 D.C. United
Richards Goal 44'
Rojas Goal 48', Goal 61' (pen.)
Report Pontius Goal 8', Goal 52'
Khumalo Goal 18'
Barklage Goal 21'
Fred Goal 28'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 5,056
Referee: Mark Kadlecik

D.C. United qualify for the Third round.


May 26, 2009
7:00 PM PDT
Colorado Rapids 0 - 1 Seattle Sounders FC
Harvey Booked 71' Report Forrest Goal 62'

Seattle Sounders F.C. qualify for the Third round.



Tier 2: USL-1 and Tier 3: USL-2[edit]

No qualification is necessary for USL-1 and USL-2 since each level has eight U.S.-based clubs for the 2009 season.


Tier 4: USL Premier Development League (PDL)[edit]

Winners in each division advance to tournament
All teams play 4 designated games doubled as regular season games
Green indicates U.S. Open Cup berth clinched

Central Conference[edit]

Great Lakes Division[edit]

Team GP W L T Pts GD*
Chicago Fire Premier 4 3 0 1 10 +5
Kalamazoo Outrage 4 2 0 2 8 +2
Michigan Bucks 4 2 1 1 7 +3
Indiana Invaders 4 1 2 1 4 -1
Fort Wayne Fever 4 1 2 1 4 -2
Cleveland Internationals 4 1 3 0 3 -2
Cincinnati Kings 4 1 3 0 3 -7

Heartland Division[edit]

Team GP W L T Pts GD*
St. Louis Lions 4 3 0 1 10 +6
Des Moines Menace 4 3 0 1 10 +4
Real Colorado Foxes 4 2 2 0 6 +2
Rochester Thunder 4 2 2 0 6 +1
Kansas City Brass 4 1 3 0 3 -4
Springfield Demize 4 0 4 0 0 -9

Eastern Conference[edit]

Mid Atlantic Division[edit]

Team GP W L T Pts GD*
Reading Rage 4 3 0 1 10 +7
Carolina Dynamo 4 2 1 1 7 +2
Fredericksburg Gunners 4 2 1 1 7 +1
West Virginia Chaos 4 1 1 2 5 -2
Cary Clarets 4 1 2 1 4 -3
Virginia Legacy 3 0 0 3 3 0
Northern Virginia Royals 4 0 2 2 2 -2
Hampton Roads Piranhas 3 0 2 1 1 -3

Northeast Division[edit]

Team GP W L T Pts GD*
Ocean City Barons 4 3 0 1 10 +6
Long Island Rough Riders 4 3 1 0 9 +3
Brooklyn Knights 4 2 0 2 8 +2
Newark Ironbound Express 4 2 2 0 6 +3
Westchester Flames 4 1 1 2 5 -1
Rhode Island Stingrays 4 1 2 1 4 -3
New Hampshire Phantoms 4 0 3 1 1 -3
New Jersey Rangers 4 0 3 1 1 -7

Southern Conference[edit]

Mid South Division[edit]

Team GP W L T Pts GD*
El Paso Patriots 4 3 1 0 9 +3
Austin Aztex U23 4 2 1 1 7 +3
Laredo Heat 4 2 1 1 7 +2
Rio Grande Valley Bravos 4 1 1 2 5 0
West Texas United Sockers 4 1 1 2 5 -1
DFW Tornados 4 1 2 1 4 -2
Houston Leones 4 0 3 1 1 -5

Southeast Division[edit]

Team GP W L T Pts GD*
Mississippi Brilla 4 3 0 1 10 +3
Bradenton Academics 4 2 0 2 8 +5
New Orleans Jesters 4 1 0 3 6 +1
Baton Rouge Capitals 4 1 1 2 5 0
Atlanta Blackhawks 4 1 2 1 4 0
Nashville Metros 4 1 2 1 4 -2
Panama City Pirates 4 1 2 1 4 -4
Central Florida Kraze 4 0 3 1 1 -3

Western Conference[edit]

Northwest Division[edit]

Team GP W L T Pts GD*
Kitsap Pumas 4 3 0 1 10 +8
Portland Timbers U23's 4 3 1 0 9 +5
Seattle Wolves 4 2 1 1 7 +3
Cascade Surge 4 2 2 0 6 +1
Tacoma Tide 4 1 1 2 5 0
Spokane Spiders 4 1 3 0 3 -7
Yakima Reds 4 0 4 0 0 -10

Southwest Division[edit]

Team GP W L T Pts GD*
Orange County Blue Star 4 3 0 1 10 +5
Hollywood United Hitmen 4 3 1 0 9 +4
Ventura County Fusion 4 2 0 2 8 +4
BYU Cougars 4 2 1 1 7 0
Southern California Seahorses 4 1 0 3 6 +3
Los Angeles Legends 4 2 2 0 6 0
Fresno Fuego 4 1 2 1 4 0
Lancaster Rattlers 4 1 3 0 3 -4
Ogden Outlaws 4 0 3 1 1 -6
Bakersfield Brigade 4 0 3 1 1 -6

*-maximum goal differential of +/- 3 per game

Tier 5: United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA)[edit]

Region I[edit]

Nine teams will compete for the two Region I berths in the U.S. Open Cup.

Bracket[edit]

  Preliminary Round Qualification Semifinals Qualification Finals Qualified
                                     
        
  NY  New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 2  
    MA  Emigrantes Das Ilhas 4  
      
        
  MA  Emigrantes Das Ilhas 4 (AET)  
  CT  Danbury United 2  
        
        
  CLS  U.S. PARMA 1
    CT  Danbury United 6  
      
        
  MA  Emigrantes Das Ilhas
  VA  Aegean Hawks
        
        
  VA  Aegean Hawks 2
    PA  Vereinigung Erzgebirge 0  
      
        
  VA  Aegean Hawks 1
  NPSL  Charm City FC 0  
        
        
  MD  Christos FC 1
    NPSL  Charm City FC 4  
NJ  GO Soccer FC 0
NPSL  Charm City FC 5  

Preliminary Round[edit]

April 19, 2009
14:30 EDT
GO Soccer FC 0-5 Charm City FC
Calvert Hall College High School, Baltimore

Qualification Semifinals[edit]

May 3, 2009
14:00 EDT
New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 2-4 Emigrantes Das Ilhas
Massasoit Community College Field, Brockton

May 3, 2009
14:00 EDT
U.S. PARMA 1-6 Danbury United
Portuguese Cultural Center, Danbury

May 3, 2009
14:00 EDT
Aegean Hawks 2-0 Vereinigung Erzgebirge
VE Main Field, Warminster Township

May 3, 2009
14:00 EDT
Christos F.C. 1-4 Charm City FC
Cedar Lane Park, Harford County

Qualification Finals[edit]

May 24, 2009
14:00 EDT
Danbury United 2-4
(AET)
Emigrantes Das Ilhas
Portuguese Cultural Center, Danbury

May 24, 2009
15:30 EDT
Aegean Hawks 1-0 Charm City FC
Denison Nusery Field, Waldorf

Region II[edit]

Seven teams have qualified from Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Indiana and Iowa.

Qualification Semifinals Qualification Finals Qualified
                 
MN Minnesota Hawks 1
NE 402 FC 10
NE 402 FC 5 (aet)
IL RWB Adria 3
IL RWB Adria
Bye
NE 402 FC
WI Bavarian SC
MI Ann Arbor FC Elite 0
WI Bavarian SC 1
WI Bavarian SC 3
IA Des Moines 2
NPSL FC Indiana 2
IA Des Moines Menace Reserves 4

Region III[edit]

The following teams have qualified for the regional finals to be held in St. Johns, Florida from May 22 to 25, 2009.

Group A

Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
Lynch's Irish Pub F.C. 3 2 0 1 11 2 +9 7
Pumas FC (NPSL) 3 2 0 1 10 2 +8 7
Baton Rouge Classics 3 1 2 0 3 11 -8 3
Greenwood Wanderers 3 0 3 0 0 9 -9 0
May 22, 2009
Lynch's Irish Pub F.C. 2–2 Pumas FC
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
May 22, 2009
Baton Rouge Classics 3–0* Greenwood Wanderers
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
May 23, 2009
Pumas FC 5–0 Baton Rouge Classics
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
May 23, 2009
Lynch's Irish Pub F.C. 3–0* Greenwood Wanderers
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
May 24, 2009
Lynch's Irish Pub F.C. 6–0 Baton Rouge Classics
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
May 24, 2009
Pumas FC 3–0* Greenwood Wanderers
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida

*Greenwood Wanderers failed to show, so all games were 3–0 forfeits

Group B

Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
Atlanta FC (NPSL) 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 9
Legends F.C. 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 6
Rocket City United (NPSL) 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 3
Dynamo New Tampa 3 0 3 0 0 9 -9 0
May 22, 2009
Dynamo New Tampa 0–3* Rocket City United
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
May 22, 2009
Legends F.C. 0–1 Atlanta FC
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
May 23, 2009
Rocket City United 0–1 Legends F.C.
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
May 23, 2009
Dynamo New Tampa 0–3* Atlanta FC
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
May 24, 2009
Dynamo New Tampa 0–3* Legends F.C.
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
May 24, 2009
Rocket City United 1–2 Atlanta FC
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida

*Dynamo New Tampa failed to show, so all games were 3–0 forfeits

Final

Final
     
1 Lynch's Irish Pub F.C. 3
2 Atlanta FC 4
May 25, 2009
Lynch's Irish Pub F.C. 3 - 4 Atlanta FC
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida

Region IV[edit]

The following teams participated in the regional finals to be held in Scottsdale, Arizona from May 15 to 17, 2009.

Group A

Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
Sonoma County Sol 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 7
Doxa-Italia 3 2 0 1 8 5 +3 7
San Diego United 3 1 2 0 5 7 -2 3
F.C. Hasental 3 0 3 0 3 9 -5 0

Group B

Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
Miran F.C.* 3 2 0 1 4 0 +4 7
Arizona Sahuaros 3 1 0 2 5 1 +4 5
All Sol F.C. 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
Rockstar United 3 0 3 0 2 10 -8 0

Final

Final
     
1 Sonoma County Sol 2
2 Miran F.C. 1

*Miran F.C. was disqualified for using illegitimate players, so the group runner up (Arizona Sahuaros) will participate in the U.S. Open Cup

See also[edit]