2022 U.S. Open Cup qualification

The 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament proper will feature teams from all six tiers of the men's American soccer pyramid.

2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualification
Tournament details
DatesSeptember 18,2021 – December 19,2021
Teams91 (from CONCACAF confederations)
2021
2023

Qualification for the 2022 tournament includes local qualifying matches contested by 90 amateur teams scheduled to take place in 2021. One team also qualified by winning the 2021 National Amateur Cup, and other clubs playing in national leagues that are not fully professional qualify based on their results in 2021 league play.[1] Clubs playing in fully professional leagues may enter the tournament proper and bypass the qualification process.

Qualification proceduresEdit

The United States Soccer Federation's (U.S. Soccer) Open Cup Committee manages both the tournament proper and the local qualification process.

Clubs based in the United States that play in a league that is an organization member of U.S. Soccer are generally eligible to compete for the U.S. Open Cup, if their league includes at least four teams and has a schedule of at least 10 matches for each club.[2]

U.S.-based teams in Division I, II and III professional leagues qualify for the U.S. Open Cup automatically, provided they are eligible. To be eligible, these teams must be members in good standing of their leagues on December 31, 2021, and remain so through the 2022 U.S. Open Cup Final. The league must also remain in operation through the 2022 U.S. Open Cup Final. A new Division I, II or III professional league must have its match schedule announced to the public by January 31, 2022, and the first match must be scheduled for no later than seven days before the first scheduled round of the U.S. Open Cup tournament proper that involves the team's division. If a new club joins an existing Division I, II or III league, the league must meet the aforementioned criteria applicable to new leagues in order for the new club to be eligible for the U.S. Open Cup.[2]

A professional team that is majority owned by a higher-level professional team or whose player roster is materially managed by a higher-level professional team is ineligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup.[2]

Clubs that are below Division III are Open Division teams. To be eligible for the 2022 U.S. Open Cup, an Open Division team must have been a playing member in good standing of its league on August 31, 2021, and remain so through the 2022 U.S. Open Cup Final. The league must have been in operation since no later than August 31, 2021, and remain so until the 2022 U.S. Open Cup Final. A team that started its first season of competition in an existing league must have started its new league's schedule no later than August 31, 2021.[2]

Starting in 2019, the winner of the previous year's National Amateur Cup automatically qualifies for the U.S. Open Cup.[3] The cup winner enters the tournament proper in the first round with the other Open Division clubs.

National leagues may elect to use the results of their previous year's seasons to determine which of their teams qualify for the U.S. Open Cup in lieu of having their teams play local qualifying matches. If a national league so elects, its teams are not eligible to participate in local qualifying. To qualify as a national league, the league must

  • Have a minimum of 50 active U.S.-based teams in good standing,
  • Have a common championship each season that is only available to league teams and is compulsory,
  • Use a league format with a standings table as opposed to a single-elimination (knockout) format,
  • Have teams in at least three U.S. time zones among Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific, with the three time zones containing the most teams each having at least 15% of the member teams,
  • Have two time zones represented by at least three different U.S. states or the District of Columbia and a third time zone represented by at least two different U.S. states or the District of Columbia,
  • Have teams in at least 10 different U.S. states or the District of Columbia,
  • Have played for at least three years meeting the above criteria and
  • Timely pay the team-based Open Cup entry fee for all teams in the league.[2]

Eligible Open Division clubs that did not win the National Amateur Cup and are not members of national leagues must have submitted an application to enter local qualifying by August 09, 2021.[2]

Once applications for local qualifying are approved, U.S. Soccer estimates the number of Open Division teams needed in the U.S. Open Cup, based on the anticipated participation of professional teams. One of these slots is allocated to the National Amateur Cup champions. The remainder are allocated among the pool of local qualification teams and the national leagues, based on the relative number of teams in each, resulting in a target number of local qualifiers. The number of rounds of local qualifying and the number of teams receiving byes in the first round of qualifying are then established to set the number of local qualifiers as close as possible to the target number. Byes are distributed randomly and are meant to avoid unnecessary travel but are kept to a minimum to preserve the integrity of the qualification tournament. Once the qualification tournament format has been finalized, the number of local qualifiers becomes fixed, unless a team that qualifies later becomes ineligible. After the December 31, 2021 professional clubs entry application deadline, the final number of Open Division teams needed in the 2022 U.S. Open Cup will become known. From this number, the fixed number of local qualifiers plus one for the National Amateur Cup champion are subtracted to determine the number of slots for clubs from the national leagues. These slots are allocated among the leagues based on their relative numbers of U.S.-based eligible teams.[2]

National Amateur CupEdit

Lansdowne Yonkers FC defeated Cal FC, 2–1, to win the 2021 National Amateur Cup and qualify for the 2022 U.S. Open Cup.[3] The eleven winners of the fourth round of local qualifying will join them as the twelve Open Division teams in the tournament proper.

Local qualifyingEdit

U.S. Soccer originally announced that 92 teams would participate in local qualifying.[2] Four rounds of local qualifying matches will result in 11 clubs advancing to the tournament proper.

First qualifying roundEdit

The first qualifying round matches were scheduled to be played on September 18. All East and Central Region Teams, 14 Southeast Region and 22 West Region teams were given byes into the Second Qualifying Round[4] One game was delayed due to bad weather and was instead played on September 24.[5]

West RegionEdit

September 18 Davis Legacy FC (UPSL)  3–4   FC Davis (NPSL) Davis, California
7:00 PM PDT
  • Padilla   50'
  • Manzoni   88'
  • Grant   90'
Report
  • Power   47' (Pen.)
  • Negrete   75'
  • Aldetimi   76'
  • Shikashio   1st OT'
Stadium: Davis Legacy Soccer Complex
September 18 Rebels SC (UPSL)   7–1  Gremio FC San Diego (UPSL)San Diego, California
7:00 PM PDT Report Stadium: Mira Mesa High School Stadium

Southeast RegionEdit

September 24 Deportivo Lake Mary FC (UPSL)  0–4   Orlando FC Wolves (NSL) Christmas, Florida
Report
  • Serrano   23'
  • Dar. Rios   29'
  • Lopez   77'
  • O'Sullivan   84'
Stadium: East Orange District Park

Second qualifying roundEdit

The second qualifying round was played on multiple weekends. The East and Central Region played between September 12th and October 1st. The West And Southeast region was played between October 16th and October 24th.[4] The game between Modesto City FC and Contra Costa FC was postponed until Oct 31 due to poor field conditions.[6]

Central RegionEdit

September 12 Peak Eleven SC (Colo SL)   0–0 (a.e.t.)
(4–3 p)
  FC Denver (Colo SL)Denver, Colorado
Rys   PK'
Henry   PK'
Badawi   PK'
Veiga   PK'
Report Castillo   PK'
Schmidt   PK'
Bernhardt   PK'
Stadium: Northfield High School
September 15 FC Union Jereza (Colo SL)  0–1   Harpos FC (Colo SL) Commerce City, Colorado
Report Straton   39' Stadium: Dicks Sporting Goods Park, Field 11
September 18 D'Feeters Kick SC (RL)   W–L (forfeit)  Lone Star Republic (DSA)Dallas, Texas
Report Stadium: Crum Lacrosse and Sport Field
September 18 San Antonio Runners (NSL)  1–6   Southwest Football Club (UPSL) El Paso, Texas
Report Stadium: Eastside Sports Complex
September 19 Athletic Club of Sloan's Lake (Colo SL)  1–2   Colorado Rovers (CPL) Golden, Colorado
Report Stadium: Victoria Sports Park
September 19 Athletic Katy FC (NSL)  1–3   Houston Hotshots - GPFC (NSL) Katy, Texas
Report Stadium: British International School of Houston
September 19 Azteca FC (Colo SL)   4–1  Colorado Rush (Colo SL)Arvada, Colorado
Report Stadium: Long Lake Regional Park, Field 3
September 19 Lexington Landsharks (OVPL)  L–W (forfeit)   FC Maritsa (MEFA) O'Fallon, Illinois
Report Stadium: O'Fallon Family Sports Park

Northeast RegionEdit

September 18 IASC Boom (RDSL)   4–0  Pittsburgh City United FC (UPSL)Monroeville, Pennsylvania
Report Stadium: Monroeville Community Park West
September 18 NY Pancyprian-Freedoms (EPSL)   W–L (forfeit)  New Amsterdam FC II (EPSL)Warwick, New York
Report Stadium: Hudson Sports Complex
September 18 Alianza Futbol Club (WSL)  L–W (forfeit)   Districtonia Futbol (DCPL) Washington, D.C.
Report Stadium: Riggs Lasalle Recreation Center
September 18 Corinto FC (WSL)  1–5   DC Cheddar (DCPL) Washington, D.C.
Report Stadium: RFK Stadium Auxiliary Turf Field
September 18 Springfield FC (WSL)  0–2   NoVa FC (EPSL) Leesburg, Virginia
Report Stadium: Evergreen Sportsplex
September 19 Unations FC (UPSL)  3–5   Brockton FC United (BSSL) Randolph, Massachusetts
Report Stadium: Randolph High School
September 19 Aegean Hawks FC (WPL)  L–W (forfeit)   Lynchburg FC (UPSL) Lynchburg, Virginia
Report Stadium: Lynchburg City Stadium
September 19 New York Greek Americans (EPSL)  0–0 (a.e.t.)
(2–3 p)
  Oyster Bay United FC (UPSL) Rockville Center, New York
Report Stadium: Darcy Field
September 19 Rockville SC (MMSL)   2–1 (a.e.t.)  C.A. United (WSL)Woodbridge, Virginia
Report Stadium: George Hampton Middle School
September 19 Westchester United FC (UPSL)   5–2  New Jersey Alliance FC (UPSL)Clifton, New Jersey
Report Stadium: Athenia Steel Recreation Complex
September 19 Virginia United FC (EPSL)   4–2 (a.e.t.)  Toros FC (WSL)Woodbridge, Virginia
Report Stadium: Greg Hampton Middle School
September 25 Newtown Pride FC (Conn SL)  0–1 (a.e.t.)   Kendall Wanderers (BSSL) Waltham, Massachusetts
Report Stadium: James P Falzone Memorial Park
October 1 Jackson Lions FC (GSSL)   3–0  EFA Metro (UPSL)Lyndhurst, New Jersey
Report Stadium: Lyndhurst Recreation Center

West RegionEdit

October 16 Metro FC (SFSFL)   4–2  JASA RWC (UPSL)Redwood City, California
Report Stadium: Red Morton Community Park - Bechet Field
October 17 FC Davis (NPSL)  2–4   BattleBorn FC (UPSL) Minden, Nevada
Report Stadium: Douglass High School Grass Field
October 17 Villareal Las Vegas (UPSL)  0–1   Desert Communities SC Pathfinders (UPSL) Helendale, California
Report Stadium: Helendale Community Park
October 17 Outbreak FC (SWPL)   4–0   L.A. Monsters FC (SWPL) Wilmington, California
Report Stadium: Wilmington Athletic Complex
October 17 White Tigers FC (UPSL)  0–2   Chula Vista FC (SWPL) Chula Vista, California
Report Stadium: Terra Nova Park
October 17 Real San Jose (NSL)  2–4   Inter San Francisco (SFSFL) San Francisco, California
Report Stadium: Beach Chalet Fields, Field 4
October 17 Rebels Soccer Club (UPSL)  2–3   Escondido FC (UPSL) Spring Valley, California
Report Stadium: Mount Miguel High School
October 17 Rose City FC (UPSL)  0–6   Sporting ID11 (UPSL) Lake Forest, California
Report Stadium: Lake Forest Sports Park, Turf Field A
October 17 Trojans FC (UPSL)  1–2   San Fernando Valley FC (UPSL) Encino, California
Report Stadium: Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex
October 17 Capistrano FC (SWPL)   6–0   Real Sociedad Royals (SWPL) Irvine, California
Report Stadium: Orange County Great Park, Field 13
October 31 Modesto City FC (UPSL)  1–3   Contra Costa FC (NPSL) Concord, California
Report Stadium: Mount Diablo High School

Southeast RegionEdit

September 18 Miami Sun FC (UPSL)  2–3   City Soccer FC (NSL) West Palm Beach, Florida
Report Stadium: Gaines Park
September 18 Naples City FC (UPSL)  1–2   Miami Soccer Academy (NSL) Miami Beach, Florida
Report Stadium: Flamingo Park, Abel Holtz Stadium
October 16 Miami Sun FC (UPSL)  2–3   City Soccer FC (NSL)) West Palm Beach, Florida
Report Stadium: Gaines Park
October 16 Georgia Storm FC (UPSL)  2–2 (a.e.t.)
(2–4 p)
  Georgia Revolution FC Reserves (ADASL) Locust Grove, Georgia
Report Stadium: Luella High School Stadium
October 16 Oceanway FC (UPSL)  0–4   Orlando FC Wolves (NSL) Christmas, Florida
Report Stadium: East Orange District Park
October 17 Atletico Atlanta (UPSL)  1–3   South Carolina United Heat (UPSL) Columbia, South Carolina
Report Stadium: Southeastern Freight Line Soccer Center
October 17 Red Force FC (NSL)   3–3 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
  Florida Brothers (NSL) Miami Gardens, Florida
Report Stadium: Dr. Lester Brown Park
October 17 International Soccer Academy (UPSL)   4–0  Palm Beach Breakers (NSL)West Palm Beach, Florida
Report Stadium: Lake Lytal Park

Third qualifying roundEdit

The third qualifying round was played on multiple weekends. The Northeast and Central Region played October 16th and 17th. The West And Southeast region was played on November 20th and 21st.[7]

Central RegionEdit

October 16 Colorado Rovers (CPL)  2–5   Azteca FC (Colo SL) Commerce City, Colorado
Report Stadium: Dicks Sporting Goods Park, Field 10
October 16 Peak Eleven FC (Colo SL)  0–1   Harpos FC (Colo SL) Commerce City, Colorado
Report Stadium: Dicks Sporting Goods Park, Field 8
October 16 Gam United FC (Colo SL)  1–7   Southwest FC (UPSL) El Paso, Texas
Report Stadium: Eastside Sports Complex
October 17 Houston Hotshots GPFC (NSL)  1–2 (a.e.t.)   D'Feeters Kick SC (RL) Mansfield, Texas
Report Stadium: Lake Ridge High School

Northeast RegionEdit

October 16 Districtonia Futbol (WSL)   3–2 (a.e.t.)  DC Cheddar (DCPL)Washington, D.C.
Report Stadium: The Field at RFK Campus, Field 3
October 16 Brockton FC United (BSSL)   7–0  Kendall Wanderers (BSSL)Waltham, Massachusetts
Report Stadium: James P. Falzone Memorial Park
October 16 Jackson Lions FC (GSSL)  L–W (forfeit)   Westchester United FC (UPSL) Brewster, New York
Report Stadium: Brewster High School
October 16 NoVa FC (EPSL)   2–1  Virginia United FC (EPSL)Woodbridge, Virginia
Report Stadium: George Hampton Middle School
October 17 Lynchburg FC (UPSL)   3–0  Rockville SC (MMSL)Gaithersburg, Maryland
Report Stadium: Laytonia Recreiational Park - Turf Field
October 17 FC Maritsa (MEFA)   1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–4 p)
  IASC Boom (RDSL)East Rochester, New York
Report Stadium: East Rochester Public High School
October 17 Oyster Bay United FC (UPSL)   2–0 (a.e.t.)  New York Pancyprian-Freedoms (EPSL)Jamaica, New York
Report Stadium: Belson Stadium (St. John's University)

West RegionEdit

Nov 20 Capistrano FC (SWPL)   3–2  Outbreak FC (SWPL)Long Beach, California
1:00 pm Report Stadium: George Allen Field, Cal State Long Beach
Nov 20 Desert Communities SC Pathfinders (UPSL)  L–W (forfeit)   San Fernando Valley FC (UPSL) Encino, California
3:30 pm Report Stadium: Sepulveda Basin Sports Park
Nov 21 Metro FC (SFSFL)   1–0  BattleBorn FC (UPSL)Minden, Nevada
4:00 pm Report Stadium: Douglass High School Grass Field
Nov 21 Inter San Francisco (SFSFL)  1–3   Sporting ID11 (UPSL) Lake Forest, California
6:00 pm Report Stadium: Lake Forest Sports Park, Turf Field B
Nov 21 Chula Vista FC (SWPL)  2–3 (a.e.t.)   Escondido FC (UPSL) San Marcos, California
9:00 pm Report Stadium: Minkoff Park (Palomar College)

Southeast RegionEdit

Nov 20 Miami Sports Academy (NSL)  1–3   Orlando FC Wolves (NSL) Christmas, Florida
7:00 pm Report Stadium: East Orange District Park
Nov 20 South Carolina United Heat (UPSL)   3–2 (a.e.t.)  Georgia Revolution FC Reserves (ADASL)McDonough, Georgia
7:30 pm Report Stadium: Ola High School
Nov 21 City Soccer FC (NSL)   7–2  International Soccer Academy (UPSL)Boca Raton, Florida
7:00 pm Report Stadium: South County Regional Park

Fourth qualifying roundEdit

The fourth qualifying round will be played on multiple weekends. The Northeast and Central Region played November 20th and 21st. The West And Southeast region was played on December 18th and 19th.[1] The eleven winners of this round will advance to the First Round in March 2022.[8]

Central RegionEdit

Nov 20 D'Feeters Kicks Soccer Club (RL)   2–1  Southwest Football Club (UPSL)El Paso, Texas
9:00 pm Report Stadium: Eastside Sports Complex, Field 1
Nov 21 Harpos FC (Colo SL)  3–4 (a.e.t.)   Azteca FC (Colo SL) Golden, Colorado
4:00 pm Report Stadium: Victoria Sports Park

Northeast RegionEdit

Nov 20 FC Maritsa (MEFA)  0–1   Lynchburg FC (UPSL) Lynchburg, Virginia
5:00 pm Report Stadium: Lynchburg City Stadium
Nov 20 Brockton FC United (BSSL)   5–0  Philadelphia Lone Star FC (UPSL)Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1:30 pm Report Stadium: John Bartram High School Football Field
Nov 21 Districtonia Futbol (DCPL)  0–5   NoVa FC (EPSL) Leesburg, Virginia
7:15 pm Report Stadium: Evergreen Sportsplex
Nov 21 Oyster Bay United FC (UPSL)   4–1  Westchester United F.C. (UPSL)Brewster, New York
5:00 pm Report Stadium: Brewster High School

West RegionEdit

Dec 13 Sporting ID11 (UPSL)  1–3   Escondido FC (UPSL) Temecula, California
10:00 pm Report Stadium: Patricia H. Birdsall Sports Park (Field 3)
Dec 19 Capistrano FC (SWPL)  1–2   San Fernando Valley FC (UPSL) Encino, California
2:30 pm Report Stadium: Sepulveda Basin Sports Park
Dec 19 Metro FC (SFSFL)  1–1 (a.e.t.)
(7–8 p)
  Contra Costa FC (NPSL) Richmond, California
4:30 pm Report Stadium: Salesian College Prep Stadium

Southeast RegionEdit

Dec 18 South Carolina United Heat (UPSL)  L–W (forfeit)   Orlando FC Wolves (NSL) Celebration, Florida
7:00 pm Report Stadium: Celebration High School
Dec 18 City Soccer FC (NSL)   4–0  Florida Soccer Soldiers (UPSL)Pembroke Pines, Florida
7:30 pm Report Stadium: Broward College Soccer Field

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