U.S. Soccer on Wednesday announced the pairings for the First Round of the 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

A total of 32 Open Division teams facing off March 22-23 to kick off the 107th edition of U.S. Soccer’s national championship.

Those Open Division teams include 11 local qualifiers, 10 National Premier Soccer League clubs, 10 USL League Two sides and the U.S. Adult Soccer Association’s 2021 National Amateur Cup champion.

The teams, which constitute the best amateur sides from across the country, will each battle another Open Division club during one of the opening two days of the single-elimination tournament. As part of a First Round provision that allows avoidance of extensive travel at this stage of the competition, four of the 16 matches are between teams from the same qualifying pool.

The 16 First Round winners will earn the opportunity to face professional clubs in the Second Round, which is scheduled for April 5-7. Twenty-three USL Championship (Division II), 11 USL League One (Division III), two MLS NEXT Pro (Division III) and 10 National Independent Soccer Association (Division III) professional teams await the First Round winners in the only major American team sports competition in which amateurs can earn the chance at meaningful games against professional clubs and players.

The second round pairings and possible pairings will be announced the week of Feb. 7.

Seventeen lower-seeded U.S.-based Division I Major League Soccer clubs will enter in the Third Round, which will be played April 19-21, while the remaining eight MLS sides will take the field for their first Open Cup action in the Round of 32, which takes place May 10-11.

Home teams for each round are determined by random selection among those who apply to host. Clubs whose venue meets minimum tournament standards are given priority.

ESPN+ will be the home for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup this year, with the broadcast schedule to be announced.

 

 

 

April 5-7 – Second Round (Division II and III teams enter)
April 8 – Third Round Draw
April 19-21 – Third Round (17 lower-seeded Division I teams enter)
April 22 – Round of 32 Draw
May 10-11 – Round of 32 (Eight higher-seeded Division I teams enter)
May 12 – Round of 16/Quarterfinal Draw
May 24-25 – Round of 16
June 21-22 – Quarterfinals
July 26-27 – Semifinals
Sept. 6, 7, 13 or 14 – Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final