2018 U.S. Open Cup qualification

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2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualification
Tournament details
DatesSeptember 23, 2017 – November 19, 2017
Teams108
2017
2019

The 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament proper will feature teams from all five tiers of the men's American soccer pyramid. A record 108 open division amateur teams have entered qualifying this year.

US Soccer oversaw the qualifying process that was formerly handled by each association. All teams within the Division I and II professional leagues qualified automatically as in past years. Any open division national league could use its previous year's league standings as its qualification method. Remaining open division teams participated in qualifying rounds to determine entrants into the tournament proper. Final slot allocation was determined when team registration concluded.[1]

National league track[edit]

Premier Development League[edit]

On March 14, 2018, it was announced that 20 PDL teams would be participating in the 2018 U.S. Open Cup.[2] The teams are

Charlotte Eagles, FC Golden State Force, FC Miami City, FC Tucson, Lakeland Tropics, Long Island Rough Riders, Michigan Bucks, Mississippi Brilla, Myrtle Beach Mutiny, New York Red Bulls U-23, Ocean City Nor'easters, OKC Energy U23, Portland Timbers U23, Reading United A.C., San Francisco City FC, Seacoast United Phantoms, SIMA Aguilas, South Georgia Tormenta FC, The Villages SC, Western Mass Pioneers

National Premier Soccer League[edit]

On March 14, 2018, it was announced that 19 NPSL teams would be participating in the 2018 U.S. Open Cup.[3] The teams are

AFC Ann Arbor, Brooklyn Italians, CD Aguiluchos USA, Dakota Fusion FC, Duluth FC, Elm City Express, Erie Commodores FC, FC Arizona, FC Motown, FC Wichita, Fort Worth Vaqueros FC, Inter Nashville FC, Kingston Stockade FC, Kitsap Pumas, Miami United FC, Midland-Odessa FC, New Orleans Jesters, Orange County FC

Local qualifying track[edit]

All qualifying matches took place in 2017.[4]

First qualifying round[edit]

Northeast Region[edit]

Carpathia FC MichiganForfeit
0–1
Michigan Ann Arbor FC
Santa Fe Wanderers KC KansasForfeit
0–1
MinnesotaStegman's Soccer Club
Aurora Borealis Soccer Club IllinoisForfeit
1–0
Wisconsin United Serbian Soccer Club

Southeast Region[edit]

Byes: Louisiana Cajun Soccer Club, Tennessee Nashville United

Miami Wolves FC FloridaForfeit
0–1
Florida Miami Nacional SC

Mountain Region[edit]

Byes: Arizona Galati FC, Arizona Sporting AZ FC

Pacific Region[edit]

Valley United SC CaliforniaForfeit
1–0
California Los Angeles SC

Second qualifying round[edit]

Northeast Region[edit]

Southeast Region[edit]

^a Miami Nacional SC conceded the game at halftime.

Mountain Region[edit]

Pacific Region[edit]

L.A. Wolves FC CaliforniaForfeit
1–0
California Vanquish FC

Third qualifying round[edit]

Northeast Region[edit]

Southeast Region[edit]

Mountain Region[edit]

Pacific Region[edit]

^b El Farolito joined the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) as an expansion team on November 20, 2017.[5] Clubs must remain playing members in good standing within their leagues from the date of the open division entry deadline through the date of the U.S. Open Cup Final in order to be eligible to compete in the U.S. Open Cup. Since El Farolito left the San Francisco Soccer Football League to join the NPSL, the club became ineligible for the 2018 U.S. Open Cup.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RECORD-HIGH 108 TEAMS ENTER LOCAL QUALIFYING FOR 2018 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP". ussoccer.com. August 29, 2017.
  2. ^ https://www.uslpdl.com/news_article/show/896899?referrer_id=2242498
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 15, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "2018 Schedule & Results". www.ussoccer.com. U.S. Soccer. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "El Farolito Joins the NPSL". National Premier Soccer League. November 20, 2017. Archived from the original on May 7, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  6. ^ Foster, Ian (January 18, 2018). "El Farolito, 1993 US Open Cup Champions, Disqualified from 2018 Tournament". TheCup.US. Retrieved May 7, 2018.

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