2012 U.S. Open Cup

The 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup was the 99th edition of the USSF's annual national soccer championship, running from May through early August. The Seattle Sounders FC, of Major League Soccer entered the competition as the three-time defending champions, making this tournament the first domestic tournament since 1970 that a team enters the tournament as the three-time defending winners. They appeared in their fourth consecutive U.S. Open Cup Final, losing to Sporting Kansas City on August 8, 2012.

2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
CountryUnited States
ChampionsSporting Kansas City
(2nd title)
Runners-upSeattle Sounders FC
Top goal scorer(s)Brian Shriver

For the 2012 tournament, U.S. Soccer increased the main tournament from a 40-club tournament, to a 64-club tournament. All Major League Soccer clubs based in the U.S. received automatic berths. This made the U.S. Open Cup very similar to other domestic knock-out competitions where all top tier clubs earn automatic berths. The farthest advancing NASL teams were the Minnesota Stars FC, Carolina RailHawks, and San Antonio Scorpions (all beat 1 MLS team), while the farthest advancing USL Pro teams were the Charlotte Eagles, Dayton Dutch Lions, and the Harrisburg City Islanders, who beat 2 MLS sides. All three USL Pro teams advanced a round past their division two NASL counterparts. The farthest advancing USL PDL team was the Michigan Bucks, who advanced to the 4th round after beating 1 MLS club.

The winner, Sporting Kansas City, received a cash prize of $100k[1] and will also qualify for the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League (placed in Pot B).[2]


For the first time, all 32 professional teams from the first 3 tiers of American Soccer will be participating. Additionally, 32 teams will also qualify from the USL Premier Development League, National Premier Soccer League, United States Adult Soccer Association, and US Club Soccer.[3]

Enter in First Round Enter in Second Round Enter in Third Round
6 teams/9 teams/1 team
16 teams
All teams (6)/(10)
All teams (16)
National Premier Soccer League
United States Adult Soccer Association
United States Club Soccer

 † League Champions in 2011
 ‡ League Premiers in 2011
 * Stanislaus United Turlock Express defeated the Bay Area Ambassadors of the NPSL in a play-in game[3] on April 28 to qualify for the First Round.[12]


Home team is listed first, winners are in bold.

  First Round
(May 15)
Second Round
(May 22)
Third Round
(May 29 and 30)
PDL Michigan Bucks 6     USLP Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0     PDL Michigan Bucks (aet) 3
USASA Jersey Shore Boca 0     PDL Michigan Bucks 1     MLS Chicago Fire 2
NPSL FC Sonic Lehigh Valley 0     USLP Harrisburg City Islanders 2     USLP Harrisburg City Islanders (aet) 3 (4)
PDL Long Island Rough Riders 2     PDL Long Island Rough Riders 0     MLS New England Revolution 3 (3)
PDL Kitsap Pumas 1     USLP Wilmington Hammerheads 0     MLS Portland Timbers 0
USASA Cal FC 3     USASA Cal FC 4     USASA Cal FC (aet) 1
PDL Portland Timbers U23's 1     NASL Carolina RailHawks 6     NASL Carolina RailHawks 2
USASA PSA Elite 3     USASA PSA Elite 0     MLS Los Angeles Galaxy 1
USCS Stanislaus United Turlock Express 0     NASL Fort Lauderdale Strikers 7     MLS San Jose Earthquakes 2
PDL Fresno Fuego 2     PDL Fresno Fuego 2     NASL Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1
PDL Real Colorado Foxes 1     USLP Orlando City 7     MLS Sporting Kansas City 3
USASA KC Athletics 3     USASA KC Athletics 0     USLP Orlando City 2
PDL Reading United 2     USLP Charleston Battery 2     USLP Charleston Battery 0
USASA Greek American Atlas 1     PDL Reading United 1     MLS New York Red Bulls 3
PDL Portland Phoenix 2     USLP Rochester Rhinos 3     MLS Philadelphia Union 3
NPSL Brooklyn Italians 3     NPSL Brooklyn Italians 0     USLP Rochester Rhinos 0
PDL Orlando City U-23 1     NPSL Jacksonville United 0     NASL Tampa Bay Rowdies 1
NPSL Jacksonville United 2     NASL Tampa Bay Rowdies 3     MLS Colorado Rapids 3
USASA Aegean Hawks 3     USASA Aegean Hawks 0     USLP Richmond Kickers 1
PDL Carolina Dynamo 1     USLP Richmond Kickers 4     MLS D.C. United (aet) 2
NPSL Georgia Revolution (aet) 1     NPSL Georgia Revolution 0     MLS Seattle Sounders FC 5
PDL Mississippi Brilla 0     NASL Atlanta Silverbacks 1     NASL Atlanta Silverbacks 1
PDL Laredo Heat 4     NASL San Antonio Scorpions 2     NASL San Antonio Scorpions 1
USASA ASC New Stars 2     PDL Laredo Heat 0     MLS Houston Dynamo 0
PDL Chicago Fire Premier 1     PDL Chicago Fire Premier 1     MLS Columbus Crew 1
USASA Croatian Eagles 0     USLP Dayton Dutch Lions 2     USLP Dayton Dutch Lions 2
NPSL Milwaukee Bavarians 1     PDL Des Moines Menace 0     MLS Real Salt Lake 1
PDL Des Moines Menace (aet) 3     NASL Minnesota Stars 2     NASL Minnesota Stars 3
PDL El Paso Patriots 3     PDL El Paso Patriots 0     MLS FC Dallas 0
USASA NTX Rayados 1     USLP Charlotte Eagles 1     USLP Charlotte Eagles 2
NPSL Fullerton Rangers 2     USLP Los Angeles Blues 1     PDL Ventura County Fusion 0
PDL Ventura County Fusion (aet) 6     PDL Ventura County Fusion (aet) 3     MLS Chivas USA 1
Fourth Round
(June 5)
(June 26)
(July 11)
(August 8)
MLS D.C. United 1
MLS Philadelphia Union (aet) 2
MLS Philadelphia Union 5
USLP Harrisburg City Islanders 2
USLP Harrisburg City Islanders (aet) 3
MLS New York Red Bulls 1
MLS Philadelphia Union 0
MLS Sporting Kansas City 2
MLS Sporting Kansas City 2
MLS Colorado Rapids 0
MLS Sporting Kansas City 3
USLP Dayton Dutch Lions 0
PDL Michigan Bucks 1
USLP Dayton Dutch Lions (aet) 2
MLS Sporting Kansas City (aet) 1(3)
MLS Seattle Sounders FC 1(2)
MLS San Jose Earthquakes 1
NASL Minnesota Stars FC 0
MLS San Jose Earthquakes 0
MLS Seattle Sounders FC 1
MLS Seattle Sounders FC 5
MLS Seattle Sounders FC 4
MLS Chivas USA 1
NASL Carolina RailHawks 1
MLS Chivas USA 2
MLS Chivas USA 2
USLP Charlotte Eagles 1
NASL San Antonio Scorpions 1
USLP Charlotte Eagles (aet) 2


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

First Round

32 Teams from USL PDL, NPSL, and USASA begin competition.[13][14]

Second Round

16 teams from NASL and USL Pro enter.[13]

Third Round

16 teams from MLS enter.[15][16]

Fourth Round




Top scorers

Statistics current through the Cup Final.[17]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Brian Shriver Carolina RailHawks 5
2 Danny Barrera Cal FC 4
Osvaldo Alonso Seattle Sounders FC 4
Frankie López Ventura County Fusion 4
5 Artur Aghasyan Cal FC 3
Nate Thornton Charlotte Eagles 3
Aly Hassan Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3
Brian Ombiji Harrisburg City Islanders 3
Sainey Touray Harrisburg City Islanders 3
Freddy Adu Philadelphia Union 3
Sammy Ochoa Seattle Sounders FC 3


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