CHICAGO – The draw for the opening two rounds of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup was announced on Wednesday, as the 17 USL clubs entered in the competition learned their potential matchups in the second round on Wednesday, May 18.
Eleven USL teams are guaranteed to be at home for the round, including new USL clubs San Antonio FC – which will face either Corinthians FCSA or NTX Rayados – and FC Cincinnati – which will host either the PDL’s Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC or Indy Eleven NPSL – as they make their Open Cup debuts.
There could be as many as 13 matchups between USL clubs and teams from the PDL, including what would be three fascinating in-state matchups between the Charlotte Independence and Charlotte Eagles, Arizona United SC and FC Tucson, and Orange County Blues FC and the Ventura County Fusion that would see the PDL clubs play host.
There is also the potential for a rematch from the 2015 edition of the tournament, with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC set to host the winner between Harpo’s FC – which the Switchbacks defeated a year ago – and PDL club Albuquerque Sol FC.
2015 USL Champions the Rochester Rhinos – who remain the lone club from outside Major League Soccer to win the tournament in the modern era – will open at home against the winner from the match between the PDL’s Seacoast United Phantoms and Southie FC.
Also set to open the tournament at home are the Richmond Kickers, Charleston Battery, Wilmington Hammerheads FC, Louisville City FC, Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Saint Louis FC.
2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Second Round Draw
Wednesday, May 18
FC Cincinnati vs. Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC or Indy Eleven NPSL
San Antonio FC vs. Corinthians FCSA or NTX Rayados
Richmond Kickers vs. Chesterfield United or Aromas Café FC
FC Tucson vs. Arizona United SC
OR - Arizona United SC vs. San Nicolas FC
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. Albuquerque Sol FC or Harpo’s FC
Ventura County Fusion or LA Wolves FC vs. Orange County Blues FC
Mississippi Brilla vs. OKC Energy FC
OR - OKC Energy FC vs. CD Motagua of New Orleans (Host to be determined)
Sacramento Republic FC vs. San Francisco City FC or CF Aguiluchos USA
Charlotte Independence vs. Myrtle Beach FC
OR – Charlotte Eagles vs. Charlotte Independence
Charleston Battery vs. Kraze United or The Villages SC
Wilmington Hammerheads FC vs. Boca Raton FC or Miami Fusion
Louisville City FC vs. Detroit City FC or Michigan Bucks
Fredericksburg FC or West Chester United SC vs. Harrisburg City Islanders
Rochester Rhinos vs. Seacoast United Phantoms or Southie FC
Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs. Long Island Rough Riders or Lansdowne Bhoys FC
Saint Louis FC vs. AFC Cleveland or GPS Portland Phoenix
Des Moines Menace or FC Wichita vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC