Regional rivalries reign supreme in U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 draw

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An all-California affair, an all-USL matchup and a battle between New York and Philadelphia headlined the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 draw on Thursday.

The blind draw, conducted at Soccer House in Chicago, paired expansion side Los Angeles FC with USL club Sacramento Republic, and the other two USL teams remaining, Louisville City FC and Nashville SC, were drawn together as well, renewing their regional rivalry.

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Geography reigned supreme, for the most part, as the 16 remaining clubs were separated into four pots of four teams based on their geographic location – East, Mideast, Midwest and West. Here’s how the draw panned out.

East Region

Orlando City SC (MLS) AT D.C. United (MLS)
New York Red Bulls (MLS) AT Philadelphia Union (MLS)

Mideast Region

Chicago Fire (MLS) AT Atlanta United (MLS)
Nashville SC (USL) AT Louisville City FC (USL)

Midwest Region

Minnesota United (MLS) AT Houston Dynamo (MLS)
FC Dallas (MLS) AT Sporting Kansas City (MLS)

West Region

Sacramento Republic (USL) AT Los Angeles FC (MLS)
Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) AT Portland Timbers (MLS)

Round of 16 matches are set to take place on June 20, though teams can opt to move the games to June 16-17 if they choose. MLS clubs are off from June 13-23 as part of the league’s World Cup break.