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US Open Cup semifinal pairings released

US Open Cup Semifinal pairings released
US Open Cup Semifinal pairings released
US Open Cup

Today, U.S. Soccer released the potential pairings for the upcoming semifinal round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Semifinal-round games will be held Aug. 12-13 and will showcase the winners of the upcoming quarterfinal round, which features two NASL teams and six MLS teams, on July 8 and 9.

The Atlanta Silverbacks and Carolina RailHawks represent the North American Soccer League, the USA's second division, and have already defeated MLS opponents Colorado Rapids and Los Angeles Galaxy, respectively.

The Open Cup quarterfinals kick off this week, with the Philadelphia Union hosting the New England Revolution on Tuesday, July 8. The other three quarterfinals take place on Wednesday, July 9. U.S. Soccer has picked Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders as "Game of the Round" and will stream the match at ussoccer.com, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. PT at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington.

Semifinal winners of the U.S. Open Cup will advance to the tournament's final on Sept. 30 or Oct. 1. The prize for the Open Cup Championship is one of the four U.S. berths in the CONCACAF Champions League and $250,000. The runner-up will take home $60,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will earn a $15,000 cash prize.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating back to 1914.

2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
Semifinal Round Possible Pairings

Aug. 12: Philadelphia Union (MLS) at FC Dallas (MLS)
8 p.m. CT: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
or
Aug. 13: New England Revolution (MLS) at FC Dallas (MLS)
8 p.m. CT: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
or
Aug. 12: Philadelphia Union (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)
7:30 p.m. ET; WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
or
Aug. 13: New England Revolution (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)
7:30 p.m. ET: WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

Aug. 13: Chicago Fire (MLS) / Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) winner at Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)
7:30 p.m. PT: Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.
or
Aug. 13: Chicago Fire (MLS) / Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) winner at Portland Timbers (MLS)
7:30 p.m. PT: Providence Park; Portland, Ore.

Quarterfinal Round Schedule

July 8: New England Revolution (MLS) at Philadelphia Union (MLS)
7 p.m. ET: PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

July 9: Chicago Fire (MLS) at Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)
7:30 p.m. ET: Atlanta Silverbacks Park; Chamblee, Ga.

July 9: FC Dallas (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)
7:30 p.m. ET: WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

July 9: Portland Timbers (MLS) at Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)
7:30 p.m. PT: Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

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