The 2012 U.S. Open Cup kicks off tonight. The 16 U.S.-based MLS teams — including three-time defending champion Sounders FC — join the competition in Round 3, two weeks from tonight.
Here’s a quick overview from the Sounders:
Road to the Cup
The 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup begins this week with the first and second rounds. The 16 U.S.-based MLS teams enter in round three in late-May.
The 99th edition of the U.S. Open Cup includes a 64-team field, which represents to largest in the modern era (1995-present). The first-round matches kick off on Tuesday, May 15, and second-round games are scheduled for Tuesday, May 22. The third round is slated for May 29.
The third-round matches will be based on geographic proximity. The Kitsap Pumas play at home against Cal FC (May 15, 7:15 p.m. at Bremerton Memorial Stadium) and the Portland Timbers U-23s host PSA Elite (May 15, 7:30 p.m. at JELD-WEN Field). The winner of the Kitsap match will visit the Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) and the Timbers-PSA Elite victor will travel to play the Carolina Railhawks.
The quarterfinals are set for June 26, the semifinals for July 10, and the final for August 7 or 8.
2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule (Per Round)
May 15: First Round
May 22: Second Round
May 29: Third Round
June 5: Fourth Round
June 26: Quarterfinals
July 10: Semifinals
Aug. 7 or 8: Final