2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

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2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Country United States
Teams 64
Champions Sporting Kansas City
(2nd title)
Runners-up Seattle Sounders FC
Top goal scorer(s) Brian Shriver
(5 goals)

The 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup was the 99th edition of the USSF's annual national soccer championship, running from May through early August. The Seattle Sounders FC, of Major League Soccer entered the competition as the three-time defending champions, making this tournament the first domestic tournament since 1970 that a team enters the tournament as the three-time defending winners. They appeared in their fourth consecutive U.S. Open Cup Final, losing to Sporting Kansas City on August 8, 2012.

For the 2012 tournament, U.S. Soccer increased the main tournament from a 40-club tournament, to a 64-club tournament. All Major League Soccer clubs based in the U.S. received automatic berths. This made the U.S. Open Cup very similar to other domestic knock-out competitions where all top tier clubs earn automatic berths. The farthest advancing NASL teams were the Minnesota Stars FC, Carolina RailHawks, and San Antonio Scorpions (all beat 1 MLS team), while the farthest advancing USL Pro teams were the Charlotte Eagles, Dayton Dutch Lions, and the Harrisburg City Islanders, who beat 2 MLS sides. All three USL Pro teams advanced a round past their division two NASL counterparts. The farthest advancing USL PDL team was the Michigan Bucks, who advanced to the 4th round after beating 1 MLS club.

The winner, Sporting Kansas City, received a cash prize of $100k[1] and will also qualify for the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League (placed in Pot B).[2]


For the first time, all 32 professional teams from the first 3 tiers of American Soccer will be participating. Additionally, 32 teams will also qualify from the USL Premier Development League, National Premier Soccer League, United States Adult Soccer Association, and US Club Soccer.[3]

Enter in First Round Enter in Second Round Enter in Third Round
6 teams/9 teams/1 team
16 teams
All teams (6)/(10)
All teams (16)
National Premier Soccer League
United States Adult Soccer Association
United States Club Soccer

 † League Champions in 2011
 ‡ League Premiers in 2011
 * Stanislaus United Turlock Express defeated the Bay Area Ambassadors of the NPSL in a play-in game[3] on April 28 to qualify for the First Round.[12]


Home team is listed first, winners are in bold.

  First Round
(May 15)
Second Round
(May 22)
Third Round
(May 29 and 30)
PDL  Michigan Bucks 6     USLP  Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0     PDL  Michigan Bucks (aet) 3
USASA  Jersey Shore Boca 0     PDL  Michigan Bucks 1     MLS  Chicago Fire 2
NPSL  FC Sonic Lehigh Valley 0     USLP  Harrisburg City Islanders 2     USLP  Harrisburg City Islanders (aet) 3 (4)
PDL  Long Island Rough Riders 2     PDL  Long Island Rough Riders 0     MLS  New England Revolution 3 (3)
PDL  Kitsap Pumas 1     USLP  Wilmington Hammerheads 0     MLS  Portland Timbers 0
USASA  Cal FC 3     USASA  Cal FC 4     USASA  Cal FC (aet) 1
PDL  Portland Timbers U23's 1     NASL  Carolina RailHawks 6     NASL  Carolina RailHawks 2
USASA  PSA Elite 3     USASA  PSA Elite 0     MLS  Los Angeles Galaxy 1
USCS  Stanislaus United Turlock Express 0     NASL  Fort Lauderdale Strikers 7     MLS  San Jose Earthquakes 2
PDL  Fresno Fuego 2     PDL  Fresno Fuego 2     NASL  Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1
PDL  Real Colorado Foxes 1     USLP  Orlando City 7     MLS  Sporting Kansas City 3
USASA  KC Athletics 3     USASA  KC Athletics 0     USLP  Orlando City 2
PDL  Reading United 2     USLP  Charleston Battery 2     USLP  Charleston Battery 0
USASA  Greek American Atlas 1     PDL  Reading United 1     MLS  New York Red Bulls 3
PDL  Portland Phoenix 2     USLP  Rochester Rhinos 3     MLS  Philadelphia Union 3
NPSL  Brooklyn Italians 3     NPSL  Brooklyn Italians 0     USLP  Rochester Rhinos 0
PDL  Orlando City U-23 1     NPSL  Jacksonville United 0     NASL  Tampa Bay Rowdies 1
NPSL  Jacksonville United 2     NASL  Tampa Bay Rowdies 3     MLS  Colorado Rapids 3
USASA  Aegean Hawks 3     USASA  Aegean Hawks 0     USLP  Richmond Kickers 1
PDL  Carolina Dynamo 1     USLP  Richmond Kickers 4     MLS  D.C. United (aet) 2
NPSL  Georgia Revolution (aet) 1     NPSL  Georgia Revolution 0     MLS  Seattle Sounders FC 5
PDL  Mississippi Brilla 0     NASL  Atlanta Silverbacks 1     NASL  Atlanta Silverbacks 1
PDL  Laredo Heat 4     NASL  San Antonio Scorpions 2     NASL  San Antonio Scorpions 1
USASA  ASC New Stars 2     PDL  Laredo Heat 0     MLS  Houston Dynamo 0
PDL  Chicago Fire Premier 1     PDL  Chicago Fire Premier 1     MLS  Columbus Crew 1
USASA  Croatian Eagles 0     USLP  Dayton Dutch Lions 2     USLP  Dayton Dutch Lions 2
NPSL  Milwaukee Bavarians 1     PDL  Des Moines Menace 0     MLS  Real Salt Lake 1
PDL  Des Moines Menace (aet) 3     NASL  Minnesota Stars 2     NASL  Minnesota Stars 3
PDL  El Paso Patriots 3     PDL  El Paso Patriots 0     MLS  FC Dallas 0
USASA  NTX Rayados 1     USLP  Charlotte Eagles 1     USLP  Charlotte Eagles 2
NPSL  Fullerton Rangers 2     USLP  Los Angeles Blues 1     PDL  Ventura County Fusion 0
PDL  Ventura County Fusion (aet) 6     PDL  Ventura County Fusion (aet) 3     MLS  Chivas USA 1
Fourth Round
(June 5)
(June 26)
(July 11)
(August 8)
MLS D.C. United 1
MLS Philadelphia Union (aet) 2
MLS Philadelphia Union 5
USLP Harrisburg City Islanders 2
USLP Harrisburg City Islanders (aet) 3
MLS New York Red Bulls 1
MLS Philadelphia Union 0
MLS Sporting Kansas City 2
MLS Sporting Kansas City 2
MLS Colorado Rapids 0
MLS Sporting Kansas City 3
USLP Dayton Dutch Lions 0
PDL Michigan Bucks 1
USLP Dayton Dutch Lions (aet) 2
MLS Sporting Kansas City (aet) 1(3)
MLS Seattle Sounders FC 1(2)
MLS San Jose Earthquakes 1
NASL Minnesota Stars FC 0
MLS San Jose Earthquakes 0
MLS Seattle Sounders FC 1
MLS Seattle Sounders FC 5
MLS Seattle Sounders FC 4
MLS Chivas USA 1
NASL Carolina RailHawks 1
MLS Chivas USA 2
MLS Chivas USA 2
USLP Charlotte Eagles 1
NASL San Antonio Scorpions 1
USLP Charlotte Eagles (aet) 2


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

First Round[edit]

32 Teams from USL PDL, NPSL, and USASA begin competition.[13][14]

Second Round[edit]

16 teams from NASL and USL Pro enter.[13]

Third Round[edit]

16 teams from MLS enter.[15][16]

Fourth Round[edit]




Top scorers[edit]

Statistics current through the Cup Final.[17]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 United States Brian Shriver Carolina RailHawks 5
2 United States Danny Barrera Cal FC 4
Cuba Osvaldo Alonso Seattle Sounders FC 4
United States Frankie López Ventura County Fusion 4
5 Armenia Artur Aghasyan Cal FC 3
United States Nate Thornton Charlotte Eagles 3
United States Aly Hassan Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3
Kenya Brian Ombiji Harrisburg City Islanders 3
The Gambia Sainey Touray Harrisburg City Islanders 3
United States Freddy Adu Philadelphia Union 3
United States Sammy Ochoa Seattle Sounders FC 3


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  2. ^ "Winner qualifies for CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage". April 26, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Format, Composition and Schedule Finalized for 99th Edition of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
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  7. ^ a b c NY Greek American Atlas, Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks emerge from USASA Region I
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  10. ^ "2012 US Open Cup qualifying: Croatian Eagles from Milwaukee return to the Open Cup". TheCup.us. April 15, 2012. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  11. ^ KC Athletics qualify; AAC Eagles, Croatian Eagles play Sunday in a “Win & You’re In” match
  12. ^ "Stanislaus United Turlock Express become first US Club Soccer team to qualify for US Open Cup". TheCup.us. April 30, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Pairings Announced for First and Second Rounds.
  14. ^ OPEN CUP: Coin flip falls as choices did (7 May 2012). ESPN.
  15. ^ UPDATED: US Open Cup Third Round Pairings Unveiled: 11 MLS clubs could travel for Round 3; 2 PDL clubs with shot to host from USSoccer.com.
  16. ^ USL PRO, NASL Sides Provide Offensive Pop During Second Round of 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
  17. ^ "2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup goalscoring leaders". TheCup.us. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 

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