The brackets were revealed today for the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup — and two Pittsburgh area teams finally know who they will or might be playing as the tournament kicks off Wednesday, May 10.
In fact, there’s a chance, if Tartan Devils advance to the second round, that they would be the only team in Pittsburgh hosting a second round game. That’s because the Pittsburgh Riverhounds learned that regardless of results in the first round games, they will be playing on the road at Grand Rapids FC (NPSL) or Chicago FC United (PDL).
The Tartan Devils FC, a local amateur team, earned its way into the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament by advancing in the preliminary round, and today, they learned who they will face in the first round.
On Wednesday, May 10, the Tartan Devils-Avalon FC will take on Derby City Rovers (PDL) at Woehrle Athletic Complex, in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
The Tartan Devils FC defeated Aromas Cafe FC 3-1 at Rooney Field on the campus of Duquesne University in October in the preliminary round.
If the Tartan Devils FC could pull off the win in the first round, they would get to host one of the top teams in USL, Louisville City FC at Rooney Field.
It was already decided in March when the format for the 2017 tournament was revealed that the Pittsburgh Riverhounds will play a second round match on May 17 — and we now at least know who the teams are who they could play.
Last season was a huge disappointment for Pittsburgh, as they were defeated at home by amateur side Lansdowne Bhoys FC. In 2015, the Hounds faced Major League Soccer’s DC United, losing 3-1 in overtime and 2014, they lost to Chicago Fire 2-1 in a weather-delayed match that was called after 52 minutes.
Here’s the schedule/information for this year’s Open Cup:
First Round May 9-10 (PDL, NPSL, Open Division clubs enter)
Second Round May 16-17 (NASL and USL clubs enter)
Third Round May 31 (Winners of 26 Second Round games play each other)
Fourth Round June 14* (Major League Soccer clubs enter)
Round of 16 June 28* (matches determined by Round of 16 Draw on June 15)
Quarterfinals July 11 (window of July 7-16 available for consideration)
Semifinals Aug. 9*
Final Sept. 20
PITTSBURGH’s HISTORY IN U.S. OPEN CUP
In the history of the U.S. Open Cup, two Pittsburgh teams have won the competition: Pittsburgh Morgan SC (1949) and Pittsburgh Harmarville SC (1952, 1956).
Dating back to 1914, the U.S. Open Cup is the oldest cup competition in United States soccer and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States, the annual U.S. Open Cup is a 100-plus-year-old single-elimination tournament.
ABOUT U.S. OPEN CUP
In a nutshell, the U.S. Open Cup is very similar to domestic cup competitions popular throughout Europe, South America and the rest of the world. Cup competitions, which usually run concurrent with a country’s league season, are open in the early stages to any club that qualifies, giving local amateur teams a chance to compete against the best teams a country has to offer.