Draw for 2018 U.S. Open Cup round of 16 sets bracket through to tournament final

Submitted by chepetiso on Fri, 06/08/2018 - 00:16
Lamar Hunt


Source_ U.S. Soccer Communications


CHICAGO (June 2018) - Following the conclusion of this week's Fourth Round of play in U.S. Soccer's National Championship, the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, officials conducted the Draw to pair the winners for their Round of 16 matchups and set a bracket through to the tournament Final. 

The 16 winners from the Fourth Round (13 from Major League Soccer and three from the United Soccer League) were divided geographically into groups of four in advance of the Draw, streamed live on ussoccer.com.

Geographic Grouping of Teams Prior to Round of 16 Draw

Midwest Region 
FC Dallas 
Houston Dynamo 
Minnesota United FC 
Sporting Kansas City

East Region 
D.C. United 
New York Red Bulls 
Orlando City SC 
Philadelphia Union

West Region 
LA Galaxy 
Los Angeles FC 
Portland Timbers 
Sacramento Republic FC

Mideast Region 
Atlanta United FC 
Chicago Fire 
Louisville City FC 
Nashville SC

The winners of the Round of 16 matches in each region will face each other in the Quarterfinal Round. During the Draw broadcast, U.S. Soccer announced that the Quarterfinal winners of the East and Mideast Regions would form the matchup for one Semifinal, while the last team standing from the Midwest would take on the West Region survivor for the remaining slot to the Final. The result is a fixed bracket now in place through to the tournament's championship game in September.

The Round of 16 will consist of eight games and will be played between June 15 and June 20. It will be followed by a Quarterfinal round set for July 18, the Semifinals on Aug. 7-8 and a Final on Sept. 26 (date tentative). A draw to determine the Semifinal hosts and the priority order for hosting the Final will take place on July 19.