Greensboro, NC: The United States Soccer Federation has unveiled the first round pairings for the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The 98th edition of the tournament kicks off on Tuesday, June 14 with all 32 lower division teams competing.
The draw was determined by dividing the teams geographically into eight groups of four in an effort to limit travel costs. Once the groups were determined, a blind draw determined the match-ups. The first three rounds will take place in consecutive weeks, with the Second Round scheduled for June 21, followed by the Third Round on June 28. The eight lower division teams that advance beyond the first and second rounds, will each play one of the eight qualified teams from Major League Soccer in Round 3, scheduled for June 28.
The Carolina Dynamo just one of four PDL teams to host a first round match will face USL Pro side and long time rival the Charlotte Eagles on Tuesday, June 14th. Kick-off is slated for 7:00 at Macpherson Stadium.
All tickets for the game will be general admission at just $5/ticket. Tickets can be purchased starting on Friday by calling the Dynamo front office at (336) 316-1266 or by visiting www.carolinadynamo.com
The US Open Cup is the national championship for the United States and has crowned a champion every year since 1914, making it the second oldest continuously run cup competition in the world. The single-elimination
tournament is open to teams from every level of American soccer from local rec leagues to the best from Major League Soccer. The winner of the 2011 competition wins $100,000 and a place in the 2012 CONCACAF Champions League. The runner-up wins $50,000 and the team that advances the furthest among the two lower divisions, Division III (USL Pro) and Amateur (PDL, NPSL, USASA) will each win $10,000.