2011 U.S. Open Cup

The 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup was the 98th edition of the USSF's annual national soccer championship, running from June through early October. Seattle Sounders FC, who entered the competition as the two-time defending champions, successfully defended their title again. They became the third team in U.S. Open Cup history to win three straight U.S. Open Cups (the others being Stix, Baer and Fuller/St. Louis Central Breweries from 1933 to 1935 and Greek American AA from 1967 to 1969 — this excludes the run of Fall River Marksmen in 1930 and 1931, as the team that won in 1932, New Bedford Whalers, was the result of mergers of teams that included Fall River). As winner of the Open Cup, the Sounders earned a place in the 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage (the Preliminary Round will be eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League starting from 2012–13). The farthest advancing USL Pro team was the Richmond Kickers.

2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
CountryUnited States
ChampionsSeattle Sounders FC (3rd title)
Runners-upChicago Fire
Top goal scorer(s)David Bulow

Like the previous edition, the Open Cup featured 40 clubs from across the five tiers of the American soccer pyramid. This season, due to late provisional sanctioning, the North American Soccer League was not allowed to send its clubs to the tournament. The event featured eight clubs from Major League Soccer, with six automatically qualifying based on their league position in the 2010 season and two qualifying through a play-in tournament. They entered the tournament in the third round. All 11 USL Pro League clubs based in the United States, nine clubs from the USL Premier Development League, four clubs from the National Premier Soccer League,[1] and eight United States Adult Soccer Association qualifiers began play in the first round.[2]


Date[2] Round Notes
June 14 First Round 11 USL Pro, 9 USL PDL, 4 NPSL, and 8 USASA clubs enter
June 21 Second Round
June 28 Third Round 8 MLS clubs enter
July 12 Quarterfinals
August 30 Semifinals
October 4 Final

Participating teams

The tournament consisted of 40 teams, according to the following distribution:

Major League Soccer (8 teams)
North American Soccer League (0 teams)
  • On February 17, 2011, the USSF announced that no NASL teams will be participating in the competition since the league did not obtain provisional sanctioning in time.[3]
USL Pro League (11 teams)
Premier Development League (9 teams)
National Premier Soccer League (4 teams)
USASA (8 teams)

Open Cup Bracket

First Round Second Round
NY Pancyprian-Freedoms 2
Brooklyn Italians 1
NY Pancyprian-Freedoms 0 (5)
F.C. New York 0 (6)
F.C. New York 3
Western Mass Pioneers 0
First Round Second Round
Harrisburg City Islanders 2
Reading United 1
Harrisburg City Islanders 0
Rochester Rhinos 1
Rochester Rhinos 2
Phoenix SC 1
First Round Second Round
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3 (AET)
Chattanooga FC 2
Richmond Kickers 4
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1
Richmond Kickers 4
Dayton Dutch Lions 1
First Round Second Round
Carolina Dynamo 1
Charlotte Eagles 3
Wilmington Hammerheads 3 (AET)
Charlotte Eagles 2
Wilmington Hammerheads 4
Central Florida Kraze 0
First Round Second Round
Orlando City 4
ASC New Stars 0
Charleston Battery 0
Orlando City 1
Charleston Battery 2
Regals FC 0
First Round Second Round
Madison 56ers 4
A.A.C. Eagles 0
Madison 56ers 0
Chicago Fire Premier 2
Iowa Menace 0
Chicago Fire Premier 1
First Round Second Round
Real Colorado Foxes 5
DV8 Defenders 0
Kitsap Pumas 3
Real Colorado Foxes 1
Chivas El Paso Patriots 0 (5)
Kitsap Pumas 0 (6)
First Round Second Round
Los Angeles Blues 3
Hollywood United Hitmen 1
Ventura County Fusion 0
Los Angeles Blues 1
Ventura County Fusion 3
Doxa Italia 1
Third Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
New York Red Bulls 2
F.C. New York 1
Chicago Fire 4
New York Red Bulls 0
Rochester Rhinos 0
Chicago Fire 1
Chicago Fire 2
Richmond Kickers 1
Columbus Crew 1
Richmond Kickers 2
Sporting Kansas City 0
Richmond Kickers 2
Sporting Kansas City 3
Chicago Fire Premier 0
Seattle Sounders FC 2
Chicago Fire 0
FC Dallas 3
Orlando City 2
FC Dallas 2
Real Salt Lake 0
Real Salt Lake 2
Wilmington Hammerheads 0
Seattle Sounders FC 1
FC Dallas 0
Seattle Sounders FC 2
Kitsap Pumas 1
Seattle Sounders FC 3
Los Angeles Galaxy 1
Los Angeles Galaxy 2
Los Angeles Blues 1

Home teams listed on top of bracket. (AET): After Extra Time


Note: Scorelines use the standard U.S. convention of placing the home team on the right-hand side of box scores.

First round

Second round

Third round




Chicago Fire (MLS)0–2Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)
Report Montero  77'
Alonso  90+6'
Attendance: 35,615
Referee: Alex Prus (South Carolina)

Top scorers

Statistics current as of 4 October 2011

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 David Bulow Richmond Kickers 6
2 Jhonny Arteaga F.C. New York 3
Andriy Budnyi Wilmington Hammerheads 3
Matthew Delicâte Richmond Kickers 3
Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC 3
6 Darren Toby Charlotte Eagles 2
Orr Barouch Chicago Fire 2
Dominic Oduro Chicago Fire 2
Jackson FC Dallas 2
Robbie Christner Kitsap Pumas 2
Mehrshad Momeni Los Angeles Blues 2
Jed Hohlbein Madison 56ers 2
Stefan Dimitrov New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 2
Devorn Jorsling Orlando City 2
Shaka Bangura Richmond Kickers 2
Mike Fucito Seattle Sounders FC 2
Luke Mulholland Wilmington Hammerheads 2


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-22. Retrieved 2011-03-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. http://thecup.us/2011-us-open-cup-team-allocations-dates-finalized-mls-qualifying-returns-npsl-gets-automatic-berths-pdl-gets-extra-team/
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-02-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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