CHICAGO – One amateur team from New York will reach the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament next year.

It will be either Westchester United FC or Oyster Bay United FC.

Those teams will battle for the honor in the fourth and final Local Qualifying Round on the weekend of Nov. 20-21.

Thirty-two teams will take the field across all parts of the U.S. that weekend as qualifying action resumes in for the 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s national championship. Twelve teams – those in the Northeast and Central regions – will be playing their final qualifying round and are one game away from reaching the First Round of next year’s competition.

A total of 11 berths in the 2022 Open Cup, set to open March 22-23, will be available to the local amateur squads left standing after four qualifying rounds. The history-filled annual tournament, holding its 107th edition, is the only high-profile event in American team sports that grants amateur sides the opportunity, should they advance far enough, to face professionals in meaningful competition.

Over the weekend of Oct. 16-17, the West Region second qualifying round game between Modesto City Football Club (Calif.) and Contra Costa FC (Calif.) was postponed due to unsafe field conditions. The match has been rescheduled for Oct. 24 at an alternate location.

As teams in the Northeast and Central regions will play no more than three qualifying rounds, the schedule for these areas was shifted earlier so that the fourth qualifying round takes place during the Nov. 20-21 window, avoiding play in mid-December for some of the coldest parts of the country. The fourth qualifying round for the Southeast and West regions is set for Dec. 18-19.

Open Division Local Qualifying is conducted on a single-game, knockout basis. Matchups are determined geographically to minimize travel time and expense, with random selection used when practicable to determine opponent pairings. Home teams are determined via random selection. Pairings for subsequent rounds are determined and announced after each preceding round of games has taken place.

2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – Open Division Local Qualifying Schedule

Sept. 12-19: First Qualifying Round (Southeast, West), Second Qualifying Round (Central, Northeast)
Oct. 16-17: Second Qualifying Round (Southeast, West), Third Qualifying Round (Central, Northeast)
Nov. 20-21: Third Qualifying Round (Southeast, West), Fourth Qualifying Round (Central, Northeast)
Dec. 18-19: Fourth Qualifying Round (Southeast, West)