CHICAGO – The opening round of the 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – returning as U.S. Soccer’s annual national championship following a two-year hiatus caused by COVID-19 pandemic – kicks off with 16 Open Division first round games played across the country on March 22-23.
All matches of the 2022 Open Cup will be streamed live. Next week’s matches, consisting of 32 Open Division amateur sides, will be broadcast on a combination of platforms with ESPN+ carrying seven games and U.S. Soccer’s YouTube channel showing the remaining nine matches. The games in subsequent rounds will broadcast on ESPN+.
Every game of the U.S. Open Cup is single elimination in format. The first round contests (16 in all) will feature 11 local qualifiers (arrived at this stage via the various state qualifying paths), 10 teams from United Soccer League League Two and 10 more from the National Premier Soccer League.
Tuesday, March 22 – First Round
|ESPN+||7 p.m. ET||FC Motown (NPSL)||West Chester United SC (USLL2)||MSU Soccer Park; Montclair, N.J.|
|USSF YT||7:15 p.m. ET||Cleveland SC (NPSL)||Chicago FC United (USLL2)||George Finnie Stadium; Berea, Ohio|
|USSF YT||7:30 p.m. ET||Western Mass Pioneers (USLL2)||Brockton FC United (Mass.)||Lusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass.|
|ESPN+||7:30 p.m. ET||Hartford City FC (NPSL)||Oyster Bay United FC (N.Y.)||Dillon Stadium; Hartford, Conn.|
|USSF YT||7:30 p.m. ET||The Villages SC (USLL2)||Orlando FC Wolves (Fla.)||The Villages SC Complex; Summerfield, Fla.|
|USSF YT||7:30 p.m. CT||Southern States SC Stars (NPSL)||Georgia Revolution FC (NPSL)||The Oakes; Hattiesburg, Miss.|
|ESPN+||7:30 p.m. CT||Denton Diablos FC (NPSL)||D’Feeters Kicks Soccer Club (Texas)||UNT Soccer and Track & Field Stadium; Denton, Texas|
|ESPN+||7 p.m. ET||Ocean City Nor’easters (USLL2)||Lansdowne Yonkers FC (N.Y.)||Carey Stadium; Ocean City, N.J.|
|USSF YT||7 p.m. ET||Lynchburg FC (Va.)||Nova FC (Va.)||Lynchburg City Stadium; Lynchburg, Va.|
|USSF YT||7 p.m. ET||South Carolina United FC (USLL2)||NC Fusion U23 (USLL2)||SEFL Soccer Complex; Columbia, S.C.|
|ESPN+||7:30 p.m. ET||Miami United FC (NPSL)||City Soccer FC (Fla.)||Ted Hendricks Stadium; Hialeah, Fla.|
|ESPN+||7 p.m. CT||Des Moines Menace (USLL2)||Minneapolis City SC (NPSL)||Valley Stadium; West Des Moines, Iowa|
|USSF YT||7 p.m. CT||Tulsa Athletic (NPSL)||Azteca FC (Colo.)||Case Soccer Complex (ORU); Tulsa, Okla.|
|USSF YT||2:45 p.m. PT||San Fernando Valley FC (Calif.)||Escondido FC (Calif.)||Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex; Encino, Calif.|
|USSF YT||7 p.m. PT||Portland Timbers U23 (USLL2)||Contra Costa FC (Calif.)||John Chambers Field; Salem, Ore.|
|ESPN+||7:30 p.m. PT||Las Vegas Legends FC (NPSL)||Park City Red Wolves SC (USLL2)||Peter Johann Soccer Field (UNLV); Las Vegas, N.V.|
2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. 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
The 32 teams involved in the first round include reigning USASA (U.S. Adult Soccer Association) National Amateur Champions Lansdowne Yonkers FC, back for their third tilt at American soccer’s oldest prize. They open against tournament regulars (10-time Open Cup participants) Ocean City Nor’easters of USL League Two. Led by head coach and former captain Sean Kelly, the side from Yonkers last appeared in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2018, when they were eliminated in the third round by then second-tier professional side North Carolina FC.
Oyster Bay United, which upset former Open Cup champions New York Greek Americans and Pancyprian Freedoms during local qualifying last fall, plays at Hartford City (NPSL) in Dillon, Conn.
Elsewhere in the Northeast region, debutants Brockton FC United of Massachusetts of the Bay State Soccer League take on 11-time Open Cup participants Western Mass Pioneers at the historic and soccer-specific Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Massachusetts.
The Des Moines Menace (USL League Two) are back for their 14th Open Cup and will meet tournament first-timers Minneapolis City SC (NPSL) in their first-round match-up.
San Fernando Valley FC, Escondido FC (both of the United Premier Soccer League – UPSL) and Contra Costa FC (NPSL) comprise a trio of First Round representatives from the State of California – producer of eight Open Cup winners (with 15 titles overall) since the tournament’s first edition back in 1914.