2009 U.S. Open Cup qualification

This page details the qualification process for the 2009 U.S. Open Cup.

The tournament proper features teams from the top five levels of the American Soccer Pyramid. These five levels, namely Major League Soccer, the United Soccer Leagues (First Division, Second Division, and Premier Development League), and the United States Adult Soccer Association, each have their own separate qualification process to trim their ranks down to their final eight team delegations in the months leading up to the start of the tournament proper. It is expected that eight teams from each level will compete in the tournament proper, with the eight clubs from MLS receiving byes into the Third Round.

The qualifying process for MLS will take the form of an eight-team play-off tournament. The top six finishers, regardless of conference, in 2008 were given six of the berths into the Third Round. The eight remaining U.S.-based clubs will compete for the final two berths via a playoff.

Continuing the format of recent seasons, no qualification process will be needed for USL-1 and USL-2 as each level has exactly eight U.S.-based clubs for the 2009 season. The PDL has announced that selected early season games will again double as qualifying matches, as they had in recent years. Each conference will be given two berths that will be awarded to the best team in each division.

The qualifying process for the USASA will take the form of four regional tournaments. Assuming the continuation of recent seasons' format, the two finalists in each region will be awarded berths.

Tier 1: Major League Soccer (MLS)Edit

BracketEdit

Qualification Semifinals Qualification Finals Qualified
         
New York Red Bulls 2
San Jose Earthquakes 1
New York Red Bulls 3
D.C. United 5
FC Dallas 0
D.C. United 2
D.C. United
Seattle Sounders FC
Colorado Rapids (AET/PK) 0 (4)
Los Angeles Galaxy 0 (2)
Colorado Rapids 0
Seattle Sounders FC 1
Real Salt Lake 1
Seattle Sounders FC 4

ScheduleEdit

Note: Scorelines use the standard U.S. convention of placing the home team on the right-hand side of box scores.

Qualification SemifinalsEdit

April 7, 2009 Colorado Rapids 0 – 0 (aet)
(4 – 2 p)
Los Angeles Galaxy Carson, California
20:00 PDT Dalby   36' Report Gonzales   41'
Marshall   63'
Magee   109'
Stadium: The Home Depot Center
Attendance: 6,219
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja
Penalties
Cummings  
Ballouchy  
Clark  
Ihemelu  
  Gordon
  Klein
  Jordan
  Magee
April 22, 2009 FC Dallas 0 - 2 D.C. United Washington, D.C.
19:30 EDT Report Fred   21'
Barklage   66'
Stadium: Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 5,163
Referee: Jeff Gontarek
April 28, 2009 Real Salt Lake 1 - 4 Seattle Sounders FC Tukwila, Washington
19:00 PDT Johnson   32'
Olave   41'
Report Ianni   20'
Le Toux   25' (PK)   54'
Nyassi   27'
King   52'
Nyassi   71'
Stadium: Starfire Sports Complex
Attendance: 3,890
April 29, 2009 New York Red Bulls 2 - 1 San Jose Earthquakes Santa Clara, California
19:30 PDT Petke   2'
Sassano   76'
Wolyniec   80'
Pietravallo   82'
Report[permanent dead link] Salinas   39'
Campos   47'   71'
Denton   67'
Stadium: Buck Shaw Stadium
Attendance: 4,011
Referee: Alejandro Mariscal

Qualification FinalsEdit

New York Red Bulls3 - 5D.C. United
Richards   44'
Rojas   48',   61' (pen.)
Report[permanent dead link] Pontius   8',   52'
Khumalo   18'
Barklage   21'
Fred   28'
Attendance: 5,056
Referee: Mark Kadlecik

D.C. United qualify for the Third round.


Seattle Sounders F.C. qualify for the Third round.


Tier 2: USL-1 and Tier 3: USL-2Edit

No qualification is necessary for USL-1 and USL-2 since each level has eight U.S.-based clubs for the 2009 season.

Tier 4: USL Premier Development League (PDL)Edit

Winners in each division advance to tournament
All teams play 4 designated games doubled as regular season games
Green indicates U.S. Open Cup berth clinched

Central ConferenceEdit

Great Lakes DivisionEdit

Team GP W L T Pts GD*
Chicago Fire Premier 4 3 0 1 10 +5
Kalamazoo Outrage 4 2 0 2 8 +2
Michigan Bucks 4 2 1 1 7 +3
Indiana Invaders 4 1 2 1 4 -1
Fort Wayne Fever 4 1 2 1 4 -2
Cleveland Internationals 4 1 3 0 3 -2
Cincinnati Kings 4 1 3 0 3 -7

Heartland DivisionEdit

Team GP W L T Pts GD*
St. Louis Lions 4 3 0 1 10 +6
Des Moines Menace 4 3 0 1 10 +4
Real Colorado Foxes 4 2 2 0 6 +2
Rochester Thunder 4 2 2 0 6 +1
Kansas City Brass 4 1 3 0 3 -4
Springfield Demize 4 0 4 0 0 -9

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Mid Atlantic DivisionEdit

Team GP W L T Pts GD*
Reading Rage 4 3 0 1 10 +7
Carolina Dynamo 4 2 1 1 7 +2
Fredericksburg Gunners 4 2 1 1 7 +1
West Virginia Chaos 4 1 1 2 5 -2
Cary Clarets 4 1 2 1 4 -3
Virginia Legacy 3 0 0 3 3 0
Northern Virginia Royals 4 0 2 2 2 -2
Hampton Roads Piranhas 3 0 2 1 1 -3

Northeast DivisionEdit

Team GP W L T Pts GD*
Ocean City Barons 4 3 0 1 10 +6
Long Island Rough Riders 4 3 1 0 9 +3
Brooklyn Knights 4 2 0 2 8 +2
Newark Ironbound Express 4 2 2 0 6 +3
Westchester Flames 4 1 1 2 5 -1
Rhode Island Stingrays 4 1 2 1 4 -3
New Hampshire Phantoms 4 0 3 1 1 -3
New Jersey Rangers 4 0 3 1 1 -7

Southern ConferenceEdit

Mid South DivisionEdit

Team GP W L T Pts GD*
El Paso Patriots 4 3 1 0 9 +3
Austin Aztex U23 4 2 1 1 7 +3
Laredo Heat 4 2 1 1 7 +2
Rio Grande Valley Bravos 4 1 1 2 5 0
West Texas United Sockers 4 1 1 2 5 -1
DFW Tornados 4 1 2 1 4 -2
Houston Leones 4 0 3 1 1 -5

Southeast DivisionEdit

Team GP W L T Pts GD*
Mississippi Brilla 4 3 0 1 10 +3
Bradenton Academics 4 2 0 2 8 +5
New Orleans Jesters 4 1 0 3 6 +1
Baton Rouge Capitals 4 1 1 2 5 0
Atlanta Blackhawks 4 1 2 1 4 0
Nashville Metros 4 1 2 1 4 -2
Panama City Pirates 4 1 2 1 4 -4
Central Florida Kraze 4 0 3 1 1 -3

Western ConferenceEdit

Northwest DivisionEdit

Team GP W L T Pts GD*
Kitsap Pumas 4 3 0 1 10 +8
Portland Timbers U23's 4 3 1 0 9 +5
Seattle Wolves 4 2 1 1 7 +3
Cascade Surge 4 2 2 0 6 +1
Tacoma Tide 4 1 1 2 5 0
Spokane Spiders 4 1 3 0 3 -7
Yakima Reds 4 0 4 0 0 -10

Southwest DivisionEdit

Team GP W L T Pts GD*
Orange County Blue Star 4 3 0 1 10 +5
Hollywood United Hitmen 4 3 1 0 9 +4
Ventura County Fusion 4 2 0 2 8 +4
BYU Cougars 4 2 1 1 7 0
Southern California Seahorses 4 1 0 3 6 +3
Los Angeles Legends 4 2 2 0 6 0
Fresno Fuego 4 1 2 1 4 0
Lancaster Rattlers 4 1 3 0 3 -4
Ogden Outlaws 4 0 3 1 1 -6
Bakersfield Brigade 4 0 3 1 1 -6

*-maximum goal differential of +/- 3 per game

Tier 5: United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA)Edit

Region IEdit

Nine teams will compete for the two Region I berths in the U.S. Open Cup.

BracketEdit

Preliminary Round Qualification Semifinals Qualification Finals Qualified
            
NY New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 2
MA Emigrantes Das Ilhas 4
MA Emigrantes Das Ilhas 4 (AET)
CT Danbury United 2
CLS U.S. PARMA 1
CT Danbury United 6
MA Emigrantes Das Ilhas
VA Aegean Hawks
VA Aegean Hawks 2
PA Vereinigung Erzgebirge 0
VA Aegean Hawks 1
NPSL Charm City FC 0
MD Christos FC 1
NPSL Charm City FC 4
NJ GO Soccer FC 0
NPSL Charm City FC 5

Preliminary RoundEdit

Qualification SemifinalsEdit

New York Pancyprian-Freedoms2-4Emigrantes Das Ilhas
Massasoit Community College Field, Brockton

U.S. PARMA1-6Danbury United
Portuguese Cultural Center, Danbury


Christos F.C.1-4Charm City FC
Cedar Lane Park, Harford County

Qualification FinalsEdit

Danbury United2-4
(AET)
Emigrantes Das Ilhas
Portuguese Cultural Center, Danbury

Aegean Hawks1-0Charm City FC
Denison Nursery Field, Waldorf

Region IIEdit

Seven teams have qualified from Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Indiana and Iowa.

Qualification Semifinals Qualification Finals Qualified
         
MN Minnesota Hawks 1
NE 402 FC 10
NE 402 FC 5 (aet)
IL RWB Adria 3
IL RWB Adria
Bye
NE 402 FC
WI Bavarian SC
MI Ann Arbor FC Elite 0
WI Bavarian SC 1
WI Bavarian SC 3
IA Des Moines 2
NPSL FC Indiana 2
IA Des Moines Menace Reserves 4

Region IIIEdit

The following teams have qualified for the regional finals to be held in St. Johns, Florida from May 22 to 25, 2009.

Group A

Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
Lynch's Irish Pub F.C. 3 2 0 1 11 2 +9 7
Pumas FC (NPSL) 3 2 0 1 10 2 +8 7
Baton Rouge Classics 3 1 2 0 3 11 -8 3
Greenwood Wanderers 3 0 3 0 0 9 -9 0
Lynch's Irish Pub F.C.2–2Pumas FC
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
Baton Rouge Classics3–0*Greenwood Wanderers
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
Pumas FC5–0Baton Rouge Classics
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
Lynch's Irish Pub F.C.3–0*Greenwood Wanderers
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
Lynch's Irish Pub F.C.6–0Baton Rouge Classics
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
Pumas FC3–0*Greenwood Wanderers
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida

*Greenwood Wanderers failed to show, so all games were 3–0 forfeits

Group B

Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
Atlanta FC (NPSL) 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 9
Legends F.C. 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 6
Rocket City United (NPSL) 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 3
Dynamo New Tampa 3 0 3 0 0 9 -9 0
Dynamo New Tampa0–3*Rocket City United
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
Legends F.C.0–1Atlanta FC
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
Rocket City United0–1Legends F.C.
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
Dynamo New Tampa0–3*Atlanta FC
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
Dynamo New Tampa0–3*Legends F.C.
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida
Rocket City United1–2Atlanta FC
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida

*Dynamo New Tampa failed to show, so all games were 3–0 forfeits

Final

Final
   
1 Lynch's Irish Pub F.C. 3
2 Atlanta FC 4
Lynch's Irish Pub F.C.3 - 4Atlanta FC
Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns, Florida

Region IVEdit

The following teams participated in the regional finals to be held in Scottsdale, Arizona from May 15 to 17, 2009.

Group A

Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
Sonoma County Sol 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 7
Doxa-Italia 3 2 0 1 8 5 +3 7
San Diego United 3 1 2 0 5 7 -2 3
F.C. Hasental 3 0 3 0 3 9 -5 0

Group B

Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
Miran F.C.* 3 2 0 1 4 0 +4 7
Arizona Sahuaros 3 1 0 2 5 1 +4 5
All Sol F.C. 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
Rockstar United 3 0 3 0 2 10 -8 0

Final

Final
   
1 Sonoma County Sol 2
2 Miran F.C. 1

*Miran F.C. was disqualified for using illegitimate players, so the group runner up (Arizona Sahuaros) will participate in the U.S. Open Cup

See alsoEdit