By MATT STYPULKOSKI
With the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup now in the books, U.S. Soccer has drawn the matchups for the upcoming Round of 16.
Headlining the contests is a clash between the New York Red Bulls and New York Cosmos, while the San Jose Earthquakes take on the LA Galaxy in another local derby. Elsewhere, the Philadelphia Union face off with D.C. United, Orlando City hosts the Columbus Crew and the Portland Timbers visit Real Salt Lake.
The remaining teams have been split into four, four-team pods, representing the East, South, Central and West Regions. Within each region, teams were drawn onto four seed lines, with the top seed hosting the third-seeded team and the No. 4 team traveling to the No. 2 team. The winner of the 1 vs. 3 matchup will also have the privilege of hosting the quarterfinal round in that region.
In addition, the draw also determined that the winner of the East region will host the winner of the South region in the semifinals, while the Central winner will host the West winner. The host of the final will be drawn shortly before the semifinals are played.
Specific match dates and times are expected later Thursday afternoon.
The results of the U.S. Open Cup draw are as follows:
1 – New York Red Bulls vs. 3 – New York Cosmos
2 – Philadelphia Union vs. 4 – D.C. United
1 – Chicago Fire vs. 3 – Charlotte Independence
2 – Orlando City SC vs. 4 – Columbus Crew SC
1 – Sporting Kansas City vs. 3 – FC Dallas
2 – Houston Dynamo vs. 4 – Colorado Rapids
1 – Real Salt Lake vs. 3 – Portland Timbers
2 – San Jose Earthquakes vs. 4 – Los Angeles Galaxy
What do you think of the Round of 16 matchups? Which teams would you like to see advance? Who has the best shot of winning the tournament?
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