CHICAGO – U.S. Soccer has determined the pairings and possible pairings for the second Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the organization announced Friday.

Twenty-three Division II and 23 Division III pro teams will see their first tournament action, joining 16 first round winners in a week that will feature a modern record of 31 matches in one round.

The 46 professional teams include 23 from the USL Championship (Division II), two from MLS NEXT Pro (Division III), 10 from the National Independent Soccer Association (Division III) and 11 from USL League One (Division III). They will be joined in the second round by the 16 Open Division winners from the first round, set for March 22-23.

Match dates and times will be announced at a later date.

As a result of competition parameters and the hosting draw for the second round, eight games of the 31 matchups will see first round winners against Division II clubs, eight first round winners taking on Division III sides, while Division II vs. Division III will be on the marquee for 15 matches.

Competition rules for the second round require first round winners to be paired against either a Division II or Division III club. The tournament has a universal provision to preclude teams from the same qualifying pool playing their first Open Cup game from facing each other. Each pro division is considered a unique qualifying pool regardless of the number of leagues in the division.

Pairings were made on a geographical basis within the parameters listed above. If three or more teams/pairings were from the same proximity, matchups for these teams were made by random selection. Instances where a logical geographic fit did not exist were resolved by random selection.

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 in 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.


Open Cup schedule
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