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June 1, 2011
Western Mass Pioneers to face FC NY in Open Cup

CHICAGO---The Western Mass. Pioneers are the only New England based team to qualify for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. They will face FC New York at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY on June 14 at 7pm in a first round game.

The Winner of that contest will face the winner of the Brooklyn Italians-New York Pancyprians match. The rest of the 14 other first round matches will all be played on June 14.

The first and second rounds will be made up exclusively of lower division and amateur teams and will be played on June 14 and June 21, respectively, with eight teams advancing to play eight MLS teams on June 28 in the third round.

The quarterfinals will be played on July 12 and the semifinals will be played on Aug. 30. All 2011 U.S. Open Cup matches are scheduled to be played on Tuesdays.

The tournament has crowned a champion for 97 consecutive years beginning in 1914. Every winning teamís name is engraved on the base of the Dewar Challenge Trophy which dates to the first year of the tournament and currently resides at U.S. Soccer House in Chicago. This yearís final will take place on Oct. 4.

Thirty-nine of the 40 teams are now qualified for the tournament proper, narrowed down from more than 155 teams that entered the competition in the initial stages. The remaining team is in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League where the Kitsap Pumas and the Portland Timbers U-23s finished with an identical 3-0-1 record in Open Cup qualifying games and also finished even in all tiebreakers. The teams played to a 0-0 draw on May 21, and finished with identical goal differentials and goals scored. These two teams already had a regularly scheduled game for June 3, which will now also serve as the winner-take-all match to secure the Northwest Division qualifying spot for the Open Cup.

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