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May 29, 2007
W. Mass to face Danbury United

CHICAGO – U.S. Soccer has announced the first round pairings for the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The first round features 32 teams from the United Soccer Leagues First Division, USL Second Division, Premier Development League and United States Adult Soccer Association ranks.

Pairings for the opening round were determined by blind draw for the first time since the 2001 tournament. The first round will be played on Tuesday, June 12, with the winners facing off in the second round on June 26.

Eight USASA squads will participate in the first round of the Open Cup, with the Aegean Hawks FC (Arlington, Va.) facing the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2), Danbury United (Conn.) hosting the Western Mass Pioneers (USL-2) and the Azzurri from Dallas, Texas, traveling to take on the Atlanta Silverbacks (USL-1). The Milwaukee Bavarians will host the Cincinnati Kings (USL-2) and Lynch’s Irish Pub FC (Jacksonville, Fla.) will travel to North Carolina to take on the Charlotte Eagles (USL-2). Open Cup newcomer RWB Adria (Chicago, Ill.) will also visit the Tar Heel state to battle first-year club Carolina RailHawks (USL-1). The El Paso Indios USA (Texas) take on the Minnesota Thunder (USL-1) and Banat Arsenal (Phoenix, Ariz.) travels to Washington State to face the Seattle Sounders (USL-1).

There are also eight PDL squads in the first round as the Ocean City Barons host Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL-2), the Long Island Rough Riders take on the Rochester Rhinos (USL-1), the Michigan Bucks face the Richmond Kickers (USL-2) and the Kansas City Brass host the Cleveland City Stars (USL-2). In South Carolina, the Central Florida Kraze will battle the Charleston Battery (USL-1) while Miami FC (USL-1) heads to Texas to face the El Paso Patriots, the California Victory (USL-1) takes on the BYU Cougars and the Portland Timbers (USL-1) meet the Bakersfield Brigade.

Date Teams Venue Time
June 12 Aegean Hawks FC (Arlington, Va.) (USASA)
at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2)
Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa. 7:05 p.m. ET
June 12 Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL-2) at Ocean
City Barons (PDL)
Cary Stadium; Ocean City, N.J. 7:30 p.m. ET
June 12 Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) at
Rochester Rhinos (USL-1)
Paetec Park; Rochester, N.Y. 7:35 p.m. ET
June 12 Western Mass Pioneers (USL-2) at Danbury
United (USASA)
Portuguese Cultural Center; Danbury, Conn. 4 p.m. ET
June 12 Michigan Bucks (PDL) at Richmond Kickers
UR Stadium; Richmond, Va 7 p.m. ET
June 12 Cleveland City Stars (USL-2) at Kansas
City Brass (PDL)
William Jewell College; Liberty, Mo. 7:30 p.m. CT
June 12 RWB Adria (Chicago, Ill.) (USASA) at
Carolina Rail Hawks (USL-1)
SAS Soccer Park; Cary, N.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
June 12 Cincinnati Kings (USL-2) at Milwaukee
Bavarians (USASA)
Bavarian Soccer Park; Glendale, Wis. 7:30 p.m. CT
June 12 Azzurri (Dallas, Texas) (USASA) at
Atlanta Silverbacks (USL-1)
Remax Greater Atlanta Stadium; Atlanta,
7:55 p.m. ET
June 12 Lynch’s Irish Pub FC (Jacksonville, Fla.)
(USASA) at Charlotte Eagles (USL-2)
UNCC Transamerica Field; Charlotte, N.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
June 12 Central Florida Kraze (PDL) at Charleston
Battery (USL-1)
Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
June 12 Miami FC (USL-1) at El Paso Patriots (PDL) Patriots Stadium; El Paso, Texas 7:30 p.m. MT
June 12 El Paso Indios USA (USASA) at Minnesota
Thunder (USL-1)
James Griffin Stadium; St. Paul, Minn. 7:05 p.m. CT
June 12 California Victory (USL-1) at BYU Cougars
BYU South Stadium; Provo, Utah 7:30 p.m. MT
June 12 Banat Arsenal (Phoenix, Ariz.) (USASA) at
Seattle Sounders (USL-1)
Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash. 8 p.m. PT
June 12 Portland Timbers (USL-1) at Bakersfield
Brigade (PDL)
Bakersfield Christian H.S.; Bakersfield,
7:30 p.m. PT

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