2009 U.S. Open Cup

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2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
CountryUnited States
Defending championsD.C. United
ChampionsSeattle Sounders FC (1st title)
Runners-upD.C. United
Matches played39
Goals scored107 (2.74 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Taiwo Atieno
Bryan Kanu
Stephen King
Sébastien Le Toux
Keita Mandjou
Randi Patterson
Melvin Tarley
(3 goals each)

The 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup was the 96th edition of the USSF's annual national soccer championship, running from June through early September.

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. The eight MLS clubs receive byes into the third round, while the remaining 32 teams play in the first two round with brackets influenced by geography.

Seattle Sounders FC defeated defending-champion D.C. United 2-1 in the final at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Both clubs had started in the MLS qualification tourney, and ended up playing 6 matches each.


Match pairings were announced on May 27.[1]

Date Round Notes
June 9 First Round 32 USL and USASA clubs enter
June 16 Second Round
June 30/July 1 Third Round 8 MLS clubs enter
July 7 Quarterfinals
July 21 Semifinals
September 2 Final


As in the previous tournament, forty teams qualified to the tournament. The qualifying process for MLS took 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 competed for the final two berths via a playoff.

Continuing the format of recent seasons, no qualification process was needed for USL-1 and USL-2 as each level has exactly eight U.S.-based clubs for the 2009 season. The PDL announced that four selected early season games will again double as qualifying matches, as they had in recent years. Each division received a berth, since there are eight divisions instead of the ten that existed in 2008. The qualifying process for the USASA took the form of four regional tournaments, with the two finalists in each region being awarded berths.

Major League Soccer (8 teams)
USL First Division (8 teams)
USL Second Division (8 teams)
USL PDL (8 teams)
USASA (8 teams)

Open Cup bracket[edit]

Second Round winners advance to play one of 8 clubs in 16-team knockout tournament
Home teams listed on top of bracket

First Round Second Round
Harrisburg City Islanders 4
Reading Rage 1
Harrisburg City Islanders (aet/pso) 0 (4)
Western Mass Pioneers 0 (3)
Western Mass Pioneers (aet) 3
Emigrantes das Ilhas 2
First Round Second Round
Ocean City Barons 3
Crystal Palace Baltimore 0
Ocean City Barons (aet) 1
Real Maryland Monarchs 0
Real Maryland Monarchs 1
Aegean Hawks 0
First Round Second Round
Carolina RailHawks 2
Richmond Kickers 1
Carolina RailHawks (aet/PSO) 3 (3)
Wilmington Hammerheads 3 (4)
Wilmington Hammerheads 2
Charlotte Eagles 0
First Round Second Round
Miami FC 2
Lynch's FC 1
Miami FC 0
Charleston Battery 1
Charleston Battery 2
Atlanta FC 0
First Round Second Round
Rochester Rhinos 1 (4)
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1 (2)
Rochester Rhinos (aet) 2
Cleveland City Stars 1
Cleveland City Stars 3
St. Louis Lions 0
First Round Second Round
Minnesota Thunder 3
402 FC 2
Minnesota Thunder 4
Chicago Fire Premier 0
Chicago Fire Premier 3
Milwaukee Bavarians 1
First Round Second Round
Austin Aztex 2
Mississippi Brilla 0
Austin Aztex 2
El Paso Patriots 0
El Paso Patriots 2
Arizona Sahuaros 1
First Round Second Round
Orange County Blue Star 2
Sonoma County Sol 5
Sonoma County Sol 0
Portland Timbers 3
Kitsap Pumas 0
Portland Timbers 3
Third Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
D.C. United 2
Ocean City Barons 0
D.C. United 2
Harrisburg City Islanders 1
New England Revolution 1
Harrisburg City Islanders 2
D.C. United 2
Rochester Rhinos 1
Rochester Rhinos 4 (5)
Columbus Crew 4 (3)
Rochester Rhinos 2
Wilmington Hammerheads 1
Wilmington Hammerheads 1
Chicago Fire 0
D.C. United 1
Seattle Sounders FC 2
Portland Timbers 1
Seattle Sounders FC 2
Seattle Sounders FC 1
Kansas City Wizards 0
Minnesota Thunder 3 (2)
Kansas City Wizards 3 (4)
Seattle Sounders FC (aet) 2
Houston Dynamo 1
Austin Aztex 0
Houston Dynamo 2
Houston Dynamo 4
Charleston Battery 0
Charleston Battery 3
Chivas USA 1


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

First round[edit]

Second round[edit]

Third round[edit]




Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)2 – 1D.C. United (MLS)
Ianni Yellow card 25'
González Yellow card 49'
Montero Goal 67'
Vagenas Yellow card 79'
Levesque Goal 86'
(Report) Wicks Red card 69'
Simms Goal 89'
RFK Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 17,329
Referee: Alex Prus (South Carolina)

Goal scorers[edit]

External links[edit]