2016 U.S. Open Cup qualification

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2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates17 October 2015 – 22 November 2015

The 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament proper will feature teams from all five tiers of men's soccer of the American Soccer Pyramid.

Starting with the 2016 tournament, US Soccer took over the qualifying process that used to be handled by each association. According to US Soccer, all teams within the Division I, II, & III professional leagues will qualify automatically as in past years. Any national league not in the top three divisions can apply to use previous year's league standings as their qualification method. Remaining teams will participate in up to five qualifying rounds to determine entrants into the tournament proper. In prior years, slots were allocated and the individual associations created tournaments and qualifiers to determine their representatives. Final slot allocation will be determined when team registration has concluded.[1][2]

As of September 8, 2015, US Soccer has made the decision to ban all lower division teams that are majority owned by a higher division team. This means Bethlehem Steel, LA Galaxy 2, New York Red Bulls 2, Orlando City B, Portland Timbers 2, Real Monarchs, Seattle Sounders 2, and Swope Park Rangers (all from the United Soccer League) will not qualify for the 2016 tournament.[3] On November 5, 2015, New York Cosmos Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover stated that eligible New York Cosmos B would not enter as "the integrity of the tournament is more important".[4][5] Just before the tournament, USL side Rio Grande Valley FC Toros and their MLS parent Houston Dynamo asked that RGVFC be banned from the tournament by US Soccer. While RGVFC is not owned by the Dynamo, the MLS side staffs and coaches the Toros.

Local Qualifying Track (56)[edit]

First qualifying round[edit]

Forfeit International Portland Select1–0KC Athletics
Forfeit Motagua New Orleans1–0Tobacco Road FC

Second qualifying round[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

On February 3, teams scheduled for the Third Qualifying Round received letters from USSF advising them that due to the withdrawal of some professional teams (the USL clubs mentioned above), the round was cancelled and all twelve teams had qualified for the First Round of the main tournament along with the two teams who had received prior byes.[6]

Teams scheduled to receive byes to the First Round

Teams scheduled to play in the Third Qualifying Round before cancellation

National League Track[edit]

Premier Development League (15)[edit]

On September 16, 2015, US Soccer announced the 15 PDL sides for the US Open Cup listed below. 2015 league results were used to determine the qualifying teams.[7]

National Premier Soccer League (13)[edit]

On September 13, 2015, the NPSL announced the 13 NPSL sides for the US Open Cup listed below. Detroit City was added later as a late addition at-large berth due to the withdrawal of New York Cosmos B. 2015 league results were used to determine the qualifying teams.[8]

Withdrew on November 5, 2015


  1. ^ "New Amateur Team Qualifying Process for 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup". ussoccer.com. September 18, 2015.
  2. ^ "2016 US Open Cup qualifying: Open division tournament begins in October; PDL gets 15 spots, NPSL gets 13". thecup.us. September 16, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  3. ^ Halaka, Josh (November 4, 2015). "MLS-owned USL teams not allowed in 2016 US Open Cup, per USSF policy change". thecup.us. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  4. ^ https://twitter.com/ErikStoverNYC/status/662286704167002112
  5. ^ https://twitter.com/ErikStoverNYC/status/662288555566329856
  6. ^ Hakala, Josh (February 3, 2016). "Final round of 2016 US Open Cup qualifying canceled, remaining 14 amateur teams punch ticket". thecup.us. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "Thirty-Six Slots Awarded to Open Division Teams for 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup". US Soccer. September 16, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  8. ^ "2016 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP DETAILS ANNOUNCED". National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). September 13, 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved September 19, 2015.

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