CHICAGO (Via U.S. Soccer) – The Draw to determine the Semifinal hosts and hosting priority for the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final took place Friday morning at Soccer House in Chicago. Sporting Kansas City will host the San Jose Earthquakes in the West Semifinal on Aug. 9, while the winner of the Aug. 2 Quarterfinal between Miami FC and FC Cincinnati will host the New York Red Bulls in the East Semifinal.
Should Miami FC advance, they would welcome the Red Bulls on Aug. 9. If FC Cincinnati prevails, however, they take on New York in the Queen City on Aug. 15.
Immediately following the Draw to determine the Semifinal hosts, the Draw to determine the hosting priority for the 2017 U.S. Open Cup Final was held. The names of all five potential Finalists were placed in separate envelopes (except for Miami FC and FC Cincinnati sharing the same envelope and representing the winner of the Quarterfinal game still to be played between the two clubs) and drawn at random to set the priority ranking. The resulting order was drawn as follows: Sporting Kansas City, New York Red Bulls, Miami FC/FC Cincinnati and San Jose Earthquakes.
Sporting Kansas City has first priority to host the Sept. 20 Final should they win their Semifinal against the San Jose Earthquakes. Second Priority went to the New York Red Bulls with Miami FC (NASL) and FC Cincinnati (USL) still in the running to host should either Division II side beat New York Red Bulls in the East Semifinal and Kansas City lose the West Semifinal to San Jose. The only team of not eligible to host the Final by dint of its draw positioning is San Jose.
Of the five teams still in contention in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup, only Sporting Kansas City has previously won the competition. They lifted the Dewar Cup most recently in 2015 and were also crowned champions of the now 104-year-old cup competition (oldest in the U.S. and third-oldest in the world) in 2012 and 2004. The San Jose Earthquakes have never reached an Open Cup Final while New York Red Bulls reached one in 2003, finishing runners-up to the Chicago Fire. Miami FC and FC Cincinnati have never reached this far in an Open Cup competition. Both teams come from Division II of the U.S. Soccer pyramid and are only in their second season as clubs.
2017 U.S. Open Cup Semifinals
|Aug. 9||Miami FC (NASL) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS)||7:30 p.m. ET||Riccardo Silva Stadium (Fla. International Univ.); Miami, Fla.|
|Aug. 15||FC Cincinnati (USL) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS)||8 p.m. ET||Nippert Stadium (Univ. of Cincinnati); Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Aug. 9||Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)||7:30 p.m. CT||Children’s Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.|
2017 U.S. Open Cup Final
|Sept. 20||Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. Miami FC (NASL)/FC Cincinnati (USL)/New York Red Bulls (MLS) winner||TBD||Children’s Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.|
|New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)||TBD||Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.|
|Miami FC (NASL) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)||TBD||Riccardo Silva Stadium (Fla. International Univ.); Miami, Fla.|
|FC Cincinnati (USL) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)||TBD||Nippert Stadium (Univ. of Cincinnati); Cincinnati, Ohio|