US Open Cup preview: MLS teams enter as regional rivalries take center stage

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The big boys are about to make some noise in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

As is customary, all U.S. teams from Major League Soccer will enter the USOC at the fourth round stage with plenty of regional rivalries taking center stage across Tuesday and Wednesday in the 102nd edition of America’s oldest knockout competition.

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With teams from the NASL and USL aiming to make a name for themselves by taking an MLS scalp, there are some extremely tasty games coming up with regional rivalries set up by the organizers through to the semifinal rounds.

Defending champions Seattle Sounders (who have won four of the last seven Open Cup titles in case you haven’t bumped into a Sounders fan lately…) host Cascadia rivals the Portland Timbers at the always boisterous Starfire Sports Complex on Tuesday in the only all-MLS tie of the last 32.

Elsewhere everyone else is on upset alert as the pick of Tuesday’s games sees Sporting Kansas City host USL new-boys Saint Louis FC, while the San Jose Earthquakes host Sacramento Republic and the Chicago Fire welcome Louisville City FC to Toyota Park.

On Wednesday there are some beauties to look forward to as New York City FC head out to Long Island to take on the New York Cosmos of the NASL. Other standout games on Wednesday include 2013 champs D.C. United head to the Steel City to face the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL, Orlando City head up to South Carolina to play Charleston Battery and 2014 MLS champions LA Galaxy host surprise package PSA Elite.

Below is the full schedule for the USOC fourth round with links to watch or listen to the games live.

U.S. Open Cup – Fourth round

Tuesday

Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. Rochester Rhinos (USL) – 7:30 p.m. ET – live on U.S. Soccer YouTube
New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) – 7:30 p.m. ET – live on U.S. Soccer YouTube
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. Saint Louis FC (USL) – 8:30 p.m. ET – live on U.S. Soccer YouTube
Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Louisville City FC (USL) – 8:30 p.m. ET – live on U.S. Soccer YouTube
FC Dallas (MLS) at Oklahoma City Energy FC (USL) –  9 p.m. ET – updates on FC Dallas’ Twitter feed
Colorado Rapids (MLS) vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USL) – 9 p.m. ET – live audio, ColoradoRapids.com
Real Salt Lake (MLS) vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2 (USL)- 10 p.m. ET – live on U.S. Soccer YouTube
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) vs. Sacramento Republic FC (USL) – 10:30 p.m. ET – live on U.S. Soccer YouTube
Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) vs. Portland Timbers FC (MLS) – 10:30 p.m. ET – live on U.S. Soccer YouTube

Wednesday

Richmond Kickers (USL) vs. Columbus Crew SC (MLS) – 7 p.m. ET – live on U.S. Soccer YouTube
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL) vs. D.C. United (MLS) – 7:08 p.m. ET- live on U.S. Soccer YouTube
New York Cosmos (NASL) vs. New York City FC (MLS) – 7:30 p.m. ET – live on U.S. Soccer YouTube
Charleston Battery (USL) vs. Orlando City SC (MLS) – 7:30 p.m. ET – live on U.S. Soccer YouTube
New England Revolution (MLS) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL) – 7:30 p.m. ET – live on U.S. Soccer YouTube
Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. Austin Aztex (USL) – 9 p.m. ET – live on U.S. Soccer YouTube
LA Galaxy (MLS) vs. PSA Elite (USASA) – 10:30 p.m. ET – live on U.S. Soccer YouTube