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U.S. OPEN CUP

Jan. 29, 2007
LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP
Revs get a spot, Phantoms, Pioneers get a shot


The New England Revolution will automatically qualify for one of MLS’s berths in this year's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup competition, while the New Hampshire Phantoms, and Western Mass Pioneers will be among the teams eligible to participate in qualification from the USL second diviison.

Eight MLS teams will participate in the competition, along with the USL First Division teams, 6 USL second division teams, eight Premier Development League teams and teams through state and regional qualifying conducted by the U.S. Adult Soccer Association.

For the first time since 2002, all eligible MLS teams will not participate in the tournament due to fixture congestion with international and club events this summer. However, each team will have the chance to qualify for the tournament. The top six MLS teams from the 2006 standings were placed in the tournament proper, while the six remaining teams will play qualifying matches.

The Columbus Crew, Kansas City Wizards, Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles Galaxy will play in the first qualifying round, with the winners facing the Red Bulls and Colorado Rapids for a chance to qualify for the tournament.

The six MLS clubs that already have qualified are the defending champion Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo and the Revolution.

The MLS teams enter the tournament on July 10 in the third round. The quarterfinals will be played Aug. 7, the semifinals will be played Sept. 4, and the final will be played on Oct. 2.

Six of the nine U.S.-based USL Second Division teams will qualify in the tournament. The Richmond Kickers receive an automatic berth as the defending league champion In addition, the top five teams, based on point percentage from games played through May 28, qualify for the tournament.

In a change from recent years, the fixture dates for this competition have been scheduled for Tuesday instead of Wednesday.

2007 U.S. OPEN CUP QUALIFYING BREAKDOWN
MLS – 8 Teams
For the first time since 2002, all eligible MLS teams will not participate in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament proper due to fixture congestion with international and club events this summer. However, each team will have the chance to qualify for the tournament. The top six MLS teams from the 2006 standings are being placed in the tournament proper, while the six remaining teams will play qualifying matches. The Columbus Crew, Kansas City Wizards, Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles Galaxy will play in the first qualifying round, with the winners facing the New York Red Bulls and Colorado Rapids for a chance to qualify for the tournament.

Automatically Qualified Teams: Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, New England Revolution
Eligible Qualifying Teams: Columbus Crew, Kansas City Wizards, Real Salt Lake, Colorado Rapids, Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls

USL First Division – 10 Teams
All 10 U.S.-based teams in the USL First Division will participate in the tournament.

USL-1 Teams: Atlanta Silverbacks, California Victory, Carolina RailHawks, Charleston Battery, Miami FC, Minnesota Thunder, Portland Timbers, Rochester Raging Rhinos, Seattle Sounders, Virginia Beach Mariners

USL Second Division – 6 Teams (qualifying through May 28)
Six of the nine U.S.-based teams will qualify in the tournament. The Richmond Kickers receive an automatic berth as the defending league champion In addition, the top five teams, based on point percentage from games played through May 28, qualify for the tournament.

Defending Champion (automatic qualifier): Richmond Kickers
Eligible Teams for Qualification: Cincinnati Kings, Charlotte Eagles, Cleveland City Stars, Crystal Palace Baltimore, Harrisburg City Islanders, New Hampshire Phantoms, Western Mass Pioneers, Wilmington Hammerheads

Premier Development League – 8 Teams (qualifying through May 28)
Eight teams will participate from the PDL, where 60 U.S.-based teams are eligible to qualify for the U.S. Open Cup. The top two teams from each conference based on the results of four pre-designated league games will advance to the tournament.

U.S. Adult Soccer Association Regional Qualifiers – 8 Teams (qualifying through May 28)
Eight representatives from the U.S. Adult Soccer Association will also qualify for the 2007 U.S. Open Cup. Two teams qualify from each of the USASA’s four regions (I, II, III & IV), where qualifying tournaments will be staged on a statewide and then regional basis.

   
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