The first and second rounds of the 99th U.S. Open Cup are set.
The 64-team field is split evenly between 32 professional squads (16 MLS, 6 NASL, and 16 USL PRO) and 32 amateur clubs from all parts of the country. The 2012 event, by far the largest ever, marks the first time all Division I, II and III professional clubs are participating in the tournament.
Every amateur teams start play on May 15. The winners advancing to the second round on May 22, where notable matches include Gale Agbossoumonde’s Carolina Railhawks taking on either USASA Region IV Club or the Portland Timbers U-23s and the 1995 champion Richmond Kickers battling the Carolina Dynamo or the Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC.
Major League Soccer teams enter the action in the third round, which takes place on May 29 with the fourth round set for the following week.
The quarterfinals are set for June 26, the semifinals for July 10, and the final for Aug. 7 or 8.
Last year, the Seattle Sounders defeated the Chicago Fire 2-0 at CenturyLink Field. Osvaldo Alonso, remarkably starting in his fourth consecutive U.S. Open Cup Final, sealed the match in the 96th minute.
Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
JK: Alejandro Bedoya can’t make it due to illness. He’ll be replaced by Bobby Wood on the roster for tomorrow night. #USMNT#USAvMEX
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.