Richmond, VA – (Wednesday, June 1, 2011) – U.S. Soccer unveiled the groupings for the first two rounds of the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, pitting the Richmond Kickers against the Dayton Dutch Lions in the First Round on Tuesday, June 14 at Richmond City Stadium. The winner will advance to the Second Round to take on the winner of the Chattanooga FC (NPSL) versus Pittsburgh Riverhounds game on Tuesday, June 21 at a location to be determined.
Richmond Kickers regular admission prices will apply for the First Round match on June 14. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for youth ages 3-17. Avoid lines at the gate and click and print your tickets in advance at RichmondKickers.com. Richmond Kickers Season Passes, Coach Passes and Youth Pro Passes will be accepted for this match.
The Richmond Kickers receive an automatic berth into the first round of competition, alongside the 10 other USL PRO teams. The first and second rounds are comprised exclusively of lower division and amateur teams and will be played on June 14 and June 21, respectively, with eight teams advancing to play eight MLS teams on June 28 in the third round. The quarterfinals will be played on July 12 and the semifinals will be played on Aug. 30. All 2011 U.S. Open Cup matches are scheduled to be played on Tuesdays.
The 2011 season marks the 13th time the Richmond Kickers have qualified for the U.S. Open Cup over the past 19 seasons and hold an overall record of 19-11 during tournament play. The Kickers claimed the U.S. Open Cup title the first year of the “Professional Era” in 1995 and have since made it to the quarterfinal round four times (1995, 2001, 2004, 2007), ousting three Major League Soccer teams along the way including Colorado Rapids in 2000, DC United in 2004 and LA Galaxy in 2007. With 64 total goals scored during the Open Cup, the Kickers set several franchise records as well as a Professional Era U.S. Open Cup record for most goals (12) during the 8-4 rout over the Ocean City Barons in 2005.
About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
The tournament has crowned a champion for 97 consecutive years beginning in 1914. Every winning team’s name is engraved on the base of the Dewar Challenge Trophy which dates to the first year of the tournament and currently resides at U.S. Soccer House in Chicago. Like recent editions, the U.S. Open Cup is a single-elimination tournament, with games tied after regulation extended by two 15-minute overtime halves. If a winner is not determined in overtime, advancement will be determined by kicks from the penalty spot.
The 2011 champion will earn a $100,000 cash prize, while the runner-up will collect $50,000. The top Division III and Amateur Division clubs will each receive a $10,000 prize. No Division II teams will participate in the 2011 U.S. Open Cup as the North American Soccer League did not obtain provisional sanctioning in time to be included.
2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup First Round Schedule
|1||June 14||Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) at N.Y. Pancyprian Freedmons (USASA)||7:30 PM ET||Belson Stadium, St. John’s University; Queens, N.Y.|
|2||June 14||Western Mass Pioneers (PDL) at FC New York (USL PRO)||7:00 PM ET||Adelphi University; Garden City, N.Y.|
|3||June 14||Reading United A.C. (PDL) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO)||7:00 PM ET||Skyline Stadium; Harrisburg, P.A.|
|4||June 14||Phoenix SC (USASA-Pa.) at Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO)||7:35 PM ET||Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.|
|5||June 14||Chattanooga FC (NPSL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO)||7:00 PM ET||Chartiers Valley Stadium; Bridgeville, P.A.|
|6||June 14||Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) at Richmond Kickers (USL PRO)||7:00 PM ET||Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, V.A.|
|7||June 14||Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) at Carolina Dynamo (PDL)||7:00 PM ET||Macpherson Stadium; Browns Summit, N.C.|
|8||June 14||Central Florida Kraze (PDL) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO)||
7:30 PM ET
|Legion Stadium; Wilmington, N.C.|
|9||June 14||ASC New Stars (USASA-Tx) at Orlando City (USL PRO)||7:30 PM ET||Rollins College; Winter Park, F.L.|
|10||June 14||Regals FC (USASA-Tx) at Charleston Battery (USL PRO)||7:30 PM ET||Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.|
|11||June 14||AAC Eagles (USASA-III) at Madison 56ers||7:00 PM CT||Breese Stevens Field; Madison, W.I.|
|12||June 14||Chicago Fire (PDL) at Iowa Menace (USASA)||7:30 PM CT||Valley Stadium; West Des Moines, I.A.|
|13||June 14||DV8 Defenders (USASA-Ca) at Real Colorado Foxes (PDL)||7:00 PM MT||Shea Stadium; Highlands Ranch, C.O.|
|14||June 14||Kitsap Pumas (PDL) or Portland Timbers U-23s (PDL) at Chivas El Paso Patriots (PDL)||
8:00 PM MT
|Patriots Stadium; El Paso, T.X.|
|15||June 14||Hollywood United (NPSL) at Los Angeles Blues (USL PRO)||5:30 PM PT||Riverside Community College; Riverside, C.A.|
|16||June 14||Doxa Italia (USASA-Ca) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL)||7:05 PM PT||Ventura College; Ventura, C.A.|
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Second Round Possible Pairings
17 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
18 Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
19 Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
20 Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8
21 Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10
22 Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12
23 Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14
24 Winner Game 15 vs. Winner Game 16