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Local lower-league teams get started in 2017 US Open Cup

USOC 2017 looks set to kick off before the 2016 edition is finished.

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The 2016 edition of US Open Cup will conclude...shortly. Per Sports Illustrated's Brian Straus, the final between FC Dallas and New England Revolution is in the process of being rescheduled:

A release from US Soccer notes simply that the showpiece game of the oldest tournament it presides over will be held "in September on a date to be determined." Good work, US Soccer.

But we are here to highlight the primary point of that same release: the start of the 2017 edition of US Open Cup.

The New York Red Bulls won't join the competition until well into next year, and the RBNY U-23 team - bounced in the first round proper this season - likely won't join it all. The U23s had an uneven season in PDL and don't have a particularly compelling case to be one of their league's entrants to the tournament.

But there are other local, lower-league teams that will be in USOC 2017. At least, they will try to be - and that trying starts with September's opening round of qualifying matches.

The New York and New Jersey teams in the draw are:

  • Brick FC
  • FC Motown
  • Lansdowne Bhoys FC
  • New York Greek Americans SC
  • New York Pancyprian Freedoms

And their first qualifying round obligations are as follows:

So the five New York and New Jersey entrants will be whittled down to at least three by the next round of qualifying. And the second qualifying round will pit the winner of the Bhoys/Freedom match against the winner of the Motown/Greek Americans game.

In USOC 2016, the Pancyprian Freedoms made the second round proper, losing to Jersey Express. Lansdowne Bhoys lost to Rochester Rhinos in the third round. In 2017, only one will make through the early rounds of qualifying for a shot at making the main draw of the tournament. There will be at least one further round of qualifying (to be played in November).