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First-round pairings, schedule revealed for 2020 U.S. Open Cup

38 open division clubs from local qualifiers, USL League Two and the NPSL will compete in the first round of the tournament.

The largest and oldest professional soccer tournament in the U.S. will begin in just two months.

On Wednesday, U.S. Soccer released the first-round pairings for the 107th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which will kick-off on March 24 and 25 across 14 states.

The first round of the tournament will feature 38 teams; 13 are local qualifiers, 14 are National Premier League Soccer sides, and 11 are USL League Two clubs. All U.S. Open Cup games will be broadcast live on ESPN’s paid streaming service, ESPN+.

Several of the clubs playing in the first round have resumes featuring past accomplishments in the U.S. Open Cup. Virginia United FC has qualified for the second straight year, and they will take on Maryland-based Christos FC, which advanced to the tournament’s fourth round in 2017.

In Texas, NTX Rayados has qualified for its ninth U.S. Open Cup and will face the NPSL’s Denton Diablos. On the West Coast, Cal FC – which beat the Portland Timbers of MLS in 2012 – will face Ventura County Fusion of USL League Two.

The 19 winners of first-round match-ups will move on to the second round and get matched up with teams from the USL Championship, USL League One and the National Independent Soccer Association for a 58-team pool. Potential second-round pairings will be announced Jan. 29.

In the third round, 11 MLS clubs will enter, while 12 more MLS clubs will enter in the fourth round.

Full first-round schedule:

Northeast Region

Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue
March 24 Western Mass Pioneers (USLL2) vs. GPS Portland Phoenix (USLL2) 7 p.m. ET Lusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass.
March 24 West Chester United SC (NPSL) vs. Vereinigung Erzgebirge (Pa.) 7 p.m. ET WCUSC/PF Kildare’s Pub Turf Field; West Chester, Pa.
March 24 Virginia United FC (Va.) vs. Christos FC (Md.) 7:30 p.m. ET Howison Homestead Soccer Complex; Woodbridge, Va.
March 25 FC Motown (NPSL) vs. New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) 7 p.m. ET Montclair State University Soccer Park; Montclair, N.J.
March 25 Atlantic City FC (NPSL) vs. Newtown Pride FC (Conn.) 7 p.m. ET Rowan University Soccer Stadium; Glassboro, N.J.

Southeast Region

Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue
March 24 North Carolina Fusion U23 (USLL2) vs. South Carolina United Bantams (USLL2) 7 p.m. ET Macpherson Stadium; Greensboro, N.C.
March 25 The Villages SC (USLL2) vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 (USLL2) 4 p.m. ET The Villages Soccer Complex; Summerfield, Fla.
March 25 Miami United FC U23 (Fla.) vs. Naples United FC (NPSL) 7 p.m. ET Ted Hendricks Stadium (Milander Park); Hialeah, Fla.
March 25 Nashville United (Tenn.) vs. Cleveland SC (NPSL) 7 p.m. CT Vanderbilt University Soccer/Lacrosse Complex; Nashville, Tenn.

Central Region

Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue
March 24 Chicago FC United (USLL2) vs. Minneapolis City SC (NPSL) 7 p.m. CT SeatGeek Stadium; Bridgeview, Ill.
March 24 Tulsa Athletic (NPSL) vs. Fort Worth Vaqueros (NPSL) 7 p.m. CT Case Soccer Complex (Oral Roberts Univ.); Tulsa, Okla.
March 25 Louisiana Krewe FC (La.) vs. Corpus Christi FC (USLL2) 6 p.m. CT Ragin’ Cajuns Soccer/Track Facility (Univ. of Louisiana); Lafayetta, La.
March 25 Des Moines Menace (USLL2) vs. Med City FC (NPSL) 7 p.m. CT Lions Field (Des Moines Christian School); Urbandale, Iowa
March 25 Denton Diablos FC (NPSL) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas) 7 p.m. CT Univ. of North Texas Soccer Stadium; Denton, Texas

West Region

Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue
March 24 ASC San Diego (NPSL) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.) 6 p.m. PT Triton Soccer Stadium (UC San Diego); La Jolla, Calif.
March 24 Cal FC (Calif.) vs. Ventura County Fusion (USLL2) 7:30 p.m. PT Orange County Great Park, Field 5; Irvine, Calif.
March 25 FC Boulder Harpos (Colo.) vs. Crossfire Redmond (NPSL) 7 p.m. MT Regency Athletic Complex (Metropolitan State Univ. of Denver); Denver, Colo.
March 25 FC Golden State Force (USLL2) vs. FC Arizona (NPSL) 7:30 p.m. PT Rio Hondo Stadium; Whittier, Calif.
March 25 Olympic Club (Calif.) vs. FC Davis (NPSL) 7:30 p.m. PT Negoesco Stadium (Univ. of San Francisco); San Francisco, Calif.




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