2010 will mark the 97th year of the US Open Cup tournament, now called the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, and last week details of the tournament took form.

The 40-team field will be made up of sides from Major League Soccer (eight teams), the US Soccer Federation’s Division 2 Pro League (nine teams), the United Soccer Leagues Second Division (six teams) and USL Premier Development Leagues (eight teams) as well as teams from the amateur US Adult Soccer Association (eight teams).  Qualifying for all spots must be completed by May 31.

The winner of the 2010 US Open Cup get to have their team name placed on the Dewar Challenge Cup and receive $100,000 for their troubles, with the runner-up collecting $50,000.

There are also bonuses of $10,000 to the teams that advance the farthest in the tournament from each of the USSF D-2, USL2, USL PDL and USASA divisions.

The first two rounds of the tournament (June 15 and 22) will feature 32 teams from USSF D-2, USL2, USL PDL and USASA division in a knock-out format, with the eight remaining teams going up against the eight Major League Soccer Qualifiers starting on June 29.

A lone difference in this year’s tournament is that there will be an amateur play-in game to contest a spot left vacant by there only being six USL Second Division sides in this years tournament, as opposed to seven in the 2009 edition.

Two California teams will battle for the 40th spot in the 2010 US Open Cup; the NPSL Champion Sonoma County Sol will battle the PSA Los Gatos Storm. The Storm have had a fascinating and unorthodox road leading up to this years tournament.


May 31: Qualifying deadline

June 15: First round – 32 lower-division teams (USSF D-2, USL-2, amateur)

June 22: Second round – 16 first-round winners

June 29: Third round – Eight second-round winners plus eight MLS teams

July 6 or 7: Quarterfinals – Third-round winners

Aug. 31 or Sept. 1: Semifinals – Quarterfinal winners

Oct. 5: Final – Semifinal winners


Major League Soccer – 8 teams (Division I)

  1. Seattle Sounders (Defending Champions)
  2. Chicago Fire
  3. Chivas USA
  4. Columbus Crew
  5. Houston Dynamo
  6. Los Angeles Galaxy
  7. TBDReal Salt Lake or DC United
  8. TBD Colorado Rapids, New England Revolution or New York Red Bull

USSF Division 2 – 9 teams (Division II)

  1. AC St. Louis
  2. Austin Aztex
  3. Carolina Railhawks
  4. Crystal Palace Baltimore
  5. Miami FC
  6. NSC Minnesota
  7. Portland Timbers
  8. Rochester Rhinos
  9. Tampa Bay Rowdies

USL Second Division – 6 teams (Division III)

  1. Charleston Battery
  2. Charlotte Eagles
  3. Harrisburg City Islanders
  4. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
  5. Real Maryland Monarchs
  6. Richmond Kickers

USL Premier Development League – 8 teams (Amateur)

Check out the up-to-date qualifying standings here for the USL-PDL, the 8 final qualifiers will then be posted here

USASA – 8.5 teams (Amateur)

Check here for USASA Region I qualifying information
Check here for USASA Region II qualifying information
Check here for USASA Region III qualifying information
Check here for USASA Region IV qualifying information

US Club Soccer – 0.5 teams (Amateur)

Details of this match will be posted when available.


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2 Responses to “2010 US OPEN CUP FORMAT SET”

  1. Mike Says:

    For those wondering: The 5 MLS teams that got automatic qualifications were the top five in the MLS standings from the year before (Seattle would have been one of them, but they qualify as the Champions). If Seattle didn’t win DC would be the champion and Chicago or Chivas would have to to play to get in (not sure on the tie-breaker there).

  2. Mike Says:

    of course this system has changed so many times I could be very wrong….

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