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U.S. Open Cup moves forward as MLS teams enter the fray this week

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Any minnows remaining find themselves in the ocean as the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup takes its fourth round bow on Tuesday night.

Will we see any Cupsets this week? Hard to say. MLS teams haven’t played a league game in over a week heading into the fourth round, while the NASL and USL are coming off weekend matches.

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Then, there’s PDL professional side Kitsap Pumas and USASA entry La Maquina FC, who would have to knock off Seattle Sounders and L.A. Galaxy to move forward. Either of those would be absolutely shocking wins.

One of those will be contested tonight, with the Galaxy hosting La Maquina.

Fourth round matches

Tuesday
Colorado Rapids (MLS) vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)
Real Salt Lake (MLS) vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL)
L.A. Galaxy (MLS) vs. La Maquina FC (USASA)
Portland Timbers (MLS) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

Wednesday
Rochester Rhinos (USL) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Jacksonville Armada (NASL) vs. Orlando City (MLS)
Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Indy Eleven (NASL)
New York City FC (MLS) vs. New York Cosmos (NASL)
Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) vs. New England Revolution (MLS)
Columbus Crew SC (MLS) vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)
DC United (MLS) vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)
Minnesota United (NASL) vs. Sporting KC (MLS)
FC Dallas (MLS) vs. Oklahoma City Energy (USL)
Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. San Antonio FC (USL)
Seattle Sounders (MLS) vs. Kitsap Pumas (PDL)

U.S. Open Cup roundup: Cupset in Sacramento, NASL teams thrive

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Fourth-tier professional side Kitsap Pumas knocked USL side Sacramento Republic out of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in third round dominated by the second-tier on Wednesday.

Kitsap, who plays as a professional side in the mostly amateur PDL, picked up a 3-1 win over the Republic.

Kitsap and fifth-tier side La Maquina FC are the lowest ranked sides remaining in the tournament. La Maquina, from Santa Ana, California, had an all-USASA matchup with L.A. Wolves and won 2-0.

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The NASL rebounded from last year’s poor USOC results — as predicted by commissioner Bill Peterson — with a resounding night of results. The nine teams of the second-tier league went 7-2 against third-tier USL competition (The USL has applied for second tier status, and went 6-9 Wednesday).

June 15’s fourth round is now a showdown between MLS and NASL or USL sides, the exception being an all-MLS matchup between Portland and San Jose.

Full results
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1-1 (2-0, PKs) Richmond Kickers
Jacksonville Armanda 2-1 Charleston Battery
Chattanooga FC 1-2 Harrisburg City Islanders
New York Cosmos 2-0 Jersey Express
Carolina RailHawks 5-0 Charlotte Independence
Miami FC 1-2 Wilmington Hammerheads
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0 FC Cincinnati
Rochester Rhinos 2-0 Lansdowne Bhoys
Indy Eleven 2-1 Louisville City FC
Saint Louis FC 0-2 Minnesota United
Rayo OKC 1-2 Oklahoma City Energy
Des Moines Menace 1-2 San Antonio FC
Arizona United 0-3 Colorado Springs Switchbacks
La Maquina FC 2-0 L.A. Wolves FC
Kitsap Pumas 3-1 Sacramento Republic

Fourth round matches
Rochester Rhinos (USL) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Jacksonville Armada (NASL) vs. Orlando City (MLS)
Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Indy Eleven (NASL)
New York City FC (MLS) vs. New York Cosmos (NASL)
Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) vs. New England Revolution (MLS)
Columbus Crew SC (MLS) vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)
DC United (MLS) vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)
Minnesota United (NASL) vs. Sporting KC (MLS)
FC Dallas (MLS) vs. Oklahoma City Energy (USL)
Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. San Antonio FC (USL)
Colorado Rapids (MLS) vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)
Real Salt Lake (MLS) vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL)
L.A. Galaxy (MLS) vs. La Maquina FC (USASA)
Seattle Sounders (MLS) vs. Kitsap Pumas (PDL)
Portland Timbers (MLS) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

Will upsets continue in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s third round?

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The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup hits the third round on Wednesday, with NASL teams entering the fray and at least one fourth-tier or lower side guaranteed to advance to face MLS competition.

The USASA had three teams win second round matches, and two will face each other on Wednesday. The L.A. Wolves knocked off the USL’s Orange County Blues, while L Maquina FC handed the NPSL’s Sacramento Gold an ouster. They will tangle for the right to a high-profile match-up with the L.A. Galaxy.

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We’ll also see NASL vs. USL geographical rivalries when Carolina faces Charlotte and Rayo OKC meets Oklahoma City.

Wednesday’s third round matches
Chattanooga FC (NPSL) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) vs. Richmond Kickers (USL)
Jacksonville Armada (NASL) vs. Charleston Battery (USL)
New York Cosmos (NASL) vs. Jersey Express (PDL)
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)
Miami FC (NASL) vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL)
Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) vs FC Cincinnati (USL)
Rochester Rhinos (USL) vs. Lansdowne Bhoys FC (USASA)
Indy Eleven (NASL) vs. Louisville City FC (USL)
Saint Louis FC (USL) vs. Minnesota United (NASL)
Rayo OKC (NASL) vs Oklahoma City Energy (USL)
Des Moines Menace (PD) vs. San Antonio FC (USL)
Arizona United (USL) vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)
La Maquina (USASA) vs. L.A. Wolves (USASA)
Kitsap Pumas (PDL) vs. Sacramento Republic (USL)

US Open Cup second round wrap: Several USL sides clipped by “minnows”

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In one more round, USL sides will become the smallest fish in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s pond.

On Wednesday, several lost that opportunity to USASA, NPSL and PDL sides.

It was a night for minnows, as a batch of tightly-contested second round games featured several upsets as USL teams entered the tournament.

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And there’s a guarantee that a fourth-tier side or lower will see the fourth round, thanks to a pair of surprise wins that saw the LA Galaxy II and Orange County Blues drop out of the tourney.

NASL sides enter in the third round (May 27), and American-born MLS clubs join June 16-17. Highlights of the third-round are a PDL vs. USASA matchup, as well as Baby Cascadia Cup draw of Portland and Seattle 2 sides.

As an aside, the “2” sides of USL make their scorelines quite jumbled, Shoutout to L.A. and RBNY for going with “II”.

Second round wrap
Wilmington Hammerheads 1-1 (PKs, 3-5) Chattanooga FC
Charlotte Independence 4-1 Upward Stars
Charleston Battery 1-0 Miami United
Lansing United 0-1 Louisville City
Jersey Express 1-0 New York Red Bulls II
Reading United 0-3 Harrisburg City Islanders
Rochester Rhinos 1-0 Greater Binghamton FC Thunder (pictured above)
Long Island Rough Riders 0-1 Real Monarchs
Colorado Springs Switchbacks 2-1 Harpo’s FC
Seattle Sounders 2 4-2 Kitsap Pumas
Michigan Bucks 0-2 Portland Timbers 2
Richmond Kickers 2-0 Virginia Beach City FC
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3-0 West Virginia Chaos
Saint Louis FC 2-1 Des Moines Menace
Austin Aztex 2-0 Laredo Heat
Tulsa Roughnecks 1-0 Seacoast United Phantoms
Midland/Odessa Sockers 1-3 Oklahoma City Energy
Sacramento Republic 4-2 Sonoma County Sol
Arizona United 0-3 Chula Vista FC
LA Galaxy II 1-2 Ventura County Fusion
Orange County Blues 1-2 PSA Elite

Third round schedule
Chattanooga FC (NPSL) vs. Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)
Carolina Railhawks (NASL) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)
Charleston Battery (USL) vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)
Indy Eleven (NASL) vs. Louisville City FC (USL)
Jersey Express (PDL) vs. New York Cosmos (NASL)
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) vs. Rochester Rhinos (USL)
Real Monarchs (USL) vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)
Seattle Sounders 2 (USL) vs. Portland Timbers 2 (USL)
Richmond Kickers (USL) vs. Jacksonville Armada (NASL)
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL) vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)
Saint Louis FC (USL) vs. Minnesota United (NASL)
San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) vs. Austin Aztex (USL)
Tulsa Roughnecks (USL) vs. Oklahoma City Energy (USL)
Sacramento Republic (USL) vs. Chula Vista FC (USASA)
Ventura County Fusion (PDL) vs. PSA Elite (USASA)

Canadian Championships, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup roll on this evening

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Montreal’s in a bad place heading into leg two of its match with NASL side FC Edmonton in the Canadian Championships, while Toronto FC will look to finish off the Vancouver Whitecaps in the other semi.

The Impact trail the Eddies 2-1 heading into tonight’s match at Stade Saputo, which means they’ll need a 1-0 or two-goal win in order to advance to the final.

Meanwhile Vancouver has an away goal, so a 1-0 win or two-goal win would work for them as well.

South of the Canadian border, USL Pro sides join the fray for the second formal round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Some of the higher profile match-ups feature LA Galaxy II vs. previous darlings Cal FC and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds’ date with the New York Red Bulls’ NPSL side.

Tuesday
Portland Timbers U23s (PDL) 2-3 Arizona United (USL PRO)

Wednesday
Orlando City U23 (PDL) vs. Jacksonville United (NPSL)
FC Schwaben AC (USASA) vs. Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO)
Baltimore Bohemians (PDL) vs. Icon FC (USASA)
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) vs. New York Red Bulls (NPSL)
Ocean City Nor’easters (PDL) vs. Greek American AA (USASA)
Reading United  (PDL) vs. GBFC Thunder (NPSL)
RVA FC (NPSL) vs. Richmond Kickers (USL PRO)
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) vs. Carolina Dynamo (PDL)
FC Sonic Lehigh Valley (NPSL) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO)
Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. RWB Adira (USASA)
Orlando City (USL PRO) vs. Ocala Stampede (PDL)
Charleston Battery (USL PRO) vs. Panama City Beach Pirates (PDL)
Chattanooga FC (NPSL) vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO)
Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) vs. Western Mass Pioneers (PDL)
Jersey Express (PDL) vs. Brooklyn Italians (NPSL)
Tulsa Athletics (NPSL) vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC (USL PRO)
Des Moines Menace (USASA) vs. Real Colorado Foxes (PDL)
Austin Aztex  (PDL) vs. NTX Rayados (USASA)
Fresno Fuego (PDL)  vs. Orange County Blues (USL PRO)
Laredo Heat (PDL) vs. Red Force FC (USASA)
Sacramento Republic FC (USL PRO) vs. Ventura County Fusion (PDL)
San Diego Flash (NPSL) forfeit match to PSA Elite (USASA)
LA Galaxy II (USL PRO) vs. Cal FC (USASA)