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The Centennial Edition of the U.S. Open Cup

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The 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will kick off this year on May 7th and the stakes are higher then ever before.  An increase of both teams that will participate and tournament prize money is sure to help bring in viewership and knowledge of the tournament come May.

The amount of teams competing in the tournament for its 100th anniversary has gone up from last years 64, to 68, the highest amount of teams to take the field in the modern era of the U.S. Open Cup (1995-present).  Teams also have more of a reason to take the Open Cup seriously this year, as prize money has been the highest it’s ever been.  The winner of the Lamar Hunter U.S. Open Cup will win a whopping $250,000 dollars, with the runner up receiving $60,000.  For the lower division teams (NASL, USL PRO), the team that goes the furthest will be awarded $15,000.

From U.S. Soccer:

“Another significant change for 2013 is the process for determining the site for the Open Cup tournament semifinals and final. In past years, the sites for the final three matches of the tournament had been determined through a sealed-bid process, but this year the hosts of those games will be determined by a coin flip. Home teams throughout the entire tournament will be determined by random selection.”

Last year, the Union advanced all the way to the semi-final round, but were knocked out of a spot in the final after a 4-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City who eventually went on to win the tournament.  This year, the Union will start the tournament in the third round, beginning on May 28th.  Stick with the PSL Soccer Desk as more information of the Centennial Editon of the U.S. Open Cup becomes available.

Thanks to US Soccer for the Information.

(photo courtesy of the Colorado Rapids)