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MLS pairings for U.S. Open Cup released


MLS teams have a better idea of who they'll be playing when they enter the U.S. Open Cup in the third round.

U.S. Soccer released the draw of possible matches for the third round, with the completion of the first round taking place on Tuesday. Unlike in past years, the host sites for the third-round games were determined by random coin flip as opposed to a bidding process, giving every team an equal shot at hosting a match.

Here are the possible pairings for the third round of the tournament (all games May 29):


Houston Dynamo at either Laredo Heat or San Antonio Scorpions

Chicago Fire at Michigan Bucks or vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Sporting Kansas City vs. KC Athletics or Orlando City SC

D.C. United at Richmond Kickers or vs. Aegan Hawks

Columbus Crew vs. Dayton Dutch Lions or Chicago Fire PDL

FC Dallas vs. Charlotte Eagles or El Paso Patriots

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Fresno Fire or Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Philadelphia Union vs. Brooklyn Italians or Rochester Rhinos

New England Revolution at Harrisburg City Islanders or vs. Long Island Rough Riders

New York Red Bulls at Charleston Battery or vs. Reading United

Chivas USA at Los Angeles Blues or vs. Ventura County Fusion

Los Angeles Galaxy at Carolina RailHawks or vs. PSA Elite

Colorado Rapids at Tampa Bay Rowdies or vs. Jacksonville United

Portland Timbers at Wilmington Hammerheads or vs. Cal FC

Seattle Sounders at Atlanta Silverbacks or vs. Georgia Revolution

Real Salt Lake at Minnesota Stars or vs. Des Moines Menace


  1. I love the new USOC set up….I wish MLS can incorporate this tourney into their season. Attendance is generally awful for MLS sides. The only question mark, all games on Tuesday’s? oh well.

  2. Based on the injuries suffered so far this season there won’t really be a whole lot of guys that haven’t seen action with the first team in the line up.

    You will get a full line up, because after May 26th the Sounders don’t play until June 16th.

  3. love that they did the coin flip. Really think all of the MLS teams should have to travel for their first round and help promote lower division sides. Successful lower divisions will help everyone involved with Soccer in the states.

  4. I believe the Open Cup final still belongs to FSC. NBC has the MLS rights, which has nothing to do with the Open Cup.

  5. Random coin flip to determine the home team?


    Which TV outfit will get the final?

    NBC Sports Network?

    or FOX Soccer?

  6. As a Silverbacks fan and Atlanta native, really pumped to see the Sounders come to town. I really hope they underestimate us and bring a weakened side and we can sneak a result.

    I’m actually going to be at the Sounders vs. Crew match a in Seattle next week, didn’t know it was going to be in a scouting capacity. Go Silverbacks!

  7. The Georgia Revolution play less than 10 minutes from my house, so I will go see them lose to the Silverbacks. Can’t wait to see the Sounders come to Atlanta. It’s a rare treat to see a MLS team down here in the south. (Fingers crossed)

  8. Right so “we win the same one trophy every year” because no one else cares about it and we can buy our way to the final.

  9. You win the USOC. Not “Trophies”. Trophies is the SS, the MLS Cup, the Champions League… not “Trophies”. Silly Sounders people.

  10. More commenting on last year’s All-Home game Open Cup run.

    Good on you for filling the seats and high bidding, just glad this year’s tourney is more equitable

    I yawn at your rebuttal of 1 meaningful road game.

  11. San Jose Earthquakes
    Chivas USA
    Fresno Fuego
    Cal FC
    PSA Elite
    Ventura County Fusion
    LA Blues
    LA Galaxy

    Wow California is very Well Represented

  12. Quakes vs. Strikers… old NASL re-match. One of the last times they played George Best scored one of the best goals of his career.

  13. Sweet. There are a few fantastic potential matchups between MLS and NASL sides that (with some proper advertising) could draw decent crowds at non-MLS venues. I’ll be hoping for Houston at San Antonio, Colorado at Tampa Bay, and RSL at Minnesota.


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