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Where to Watch | 2017 Opening Weekend

Fri, Mar 24, 2017 1:43 pm

NASL action returns to the field on Saturday night with three matchups. The New York Cosmos begin their title defense in the Caribbean against Puerto Rico FC, while the San Francisco Deltas kick off their inaugural contest against Indy Eleven later in the night.

Also on Saturday night, WakeMed Soccer Park welcomes a new era as North Carolina FC hosts Miami FC.

A guide to catching all of the action is below:

Puerto Rico FC vs. New York Cosmos
7:30 p.m. ET | Saturday, March 25
Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium | Bayamón, P.R.
Watch | beIN SPORTS (National – U.S.) beIN SPORTS CONNECT (National – U.S.), NASL.com (National – Canada)

North Carolina FC vs. Miami FC
7:30 p.m. ET | Saturday, March 25
WakeMed Soccer Park | Cary, N.C.
Watch | ESPN3 (National – U.S.), NASL.com (National – Canada), Spectrum SportsChannel (Regional – North and South Carolina), WRAL2 (Local – Cary/Raleigh)

San Francisco Deltas vs. Indy Eleven
10 p.m. ET | Saturday, March 25
Kezar Stadium | San Francisco, Calif.
Watch | Twitter (National – U.S., Canada)

Time Change - #INDvJAX

Thu, Mar 16, 2017 9:39 am

INDIANAPOLIS (March 16, 2017) - Indy Eleven has announced that the match between Indiana's Team and Jacksonville Armada FC, originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 PM has been moved up one hour to Saturday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. ET due to broadcast conflicts.

For more information, visit NASL.com and IndyEleven.com.

Things We Love ยป Kickoff Ball, Playworks & Preseason

Mon, Mar 13, 2017 3:20 pm

Things We Love -

The 2017 Kickoff Ball

Indy Eleven fans, you've once again proven why you're the best in the league by a mile with your show of support on Saturday night during the 2017 Kickoff Ball with Indiana's Team.

Between bustin' moves on the dance floor, sending off the "Boys in Blue" to Chicago, mingling with the best fans and team in the league, and raising over $2,000 for the Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation, it was an incredible evening wrapped up in soccer and celebration. Didn't attend? Make sure you save your spot for next year's event and get other exclusive Eleven-related info by subscribing to our mailing list.

Did YOU attend? Mind filling out our five-minute survey to let us know how you liked the night? We want to ensure the best experience for all involved, so let us know how we did!

 


Eamon Zayed works with Playworks Indiana

Early Monday afternoon, Indy Eleven forward Eamon Zayed turned from a player to a coach when working with Playworks INDY at the Kindezi Academy in Indianapolis! Playworks INDY, whose mission is to turn recess into a "healthy, integral part of the school day," hosted Zayed on the day and helped him teach students how to pass, shoot, and take a penalty kick!

 

Preseason continues!

After a 0-0 draw at the University of Louisville, Indy Eleven travels to the University of Evansville where they meet USL team Louisville City FC for their final preseason match of 2017!

Last year, Indiana's Team made the trip to Arad McCutcheon Stadium to face St. Louis FC in a successful preseason friendly, and this year the team is excited to be back to the southern edge of the Hoosier State again! The match is set to kick off at 6 PM ET / 5 PM CT, and tickets can be purchased at the gate for only $5! Come show some love to your "Boys in Blue" in their last "friendly" of the preseason slate!


 

Soccer Saturday: March 4

Fri, Mar 3, 2017 9:27 am

With the weekend fast approaching, 1070 The Fan and Indy Eleven personality Greg Rakestraw has a great show lined up for you:

  • Indy Eleven head coach Tim Hankinson hops on the horn to discuss the 2017 preseason and Thursday's 1-1 draw with USL side Swope Park Rangers
  • Indy Eleven forward Eamon Zayed gets the call to talk about his goalscoring record, his first tally of 2017, and what he's looking forward to about the upcoming season
  • Soccer analyst and Sirius XM FC Host Brian Dunseth rounds out the show to talk about the start of the 2017 MLS season and who he favors in the long run

Tune in this Saturday at 9 AM sharp to catch the full festivities! Visit www.1070thefan.com/listen to see all the ways in which you can tune in, or download 1070 The Fan's mobile app to listen in -> here for Android and here for iOS!

And if you miss the show, go back and listen to any episode on the Soccer Saturday podcast page, normally updated within an hour of the end of each week's program (hat tip to engineer David Dearing for his quick handiwork!).

2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup format announced

Thu, Mar 2, 2017 11:17 am

CHICAGO (March 1, 2017) – Entering its 104th year of competition, the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup format is now set, with the remaining eligible Open Division local qualifiers advancing directly to the First Round on May 10. As a result, the tiered-bracket and single-game knockout format will see a modern era record of 99 teams participate.

As has been the case the past two years, teams will be paired geographically from the First Round through the Fourth Round. After the Fourth Round, a geographically-based random draw will take place to determine the Round of 16 matchups and set a fixed bracket to the Final, scheduled for Sept. 20.

A total of 56 Open Division teams (including clubs from the Premier Development League and National Premier Soccer League as well as those advancing from local qualifying) will enter in the First Round, while 24 clubs from the Division II North American Soccer League and United Soccer League will see their first action in the Second Round on May 17. The Third Round takes place May 31, with the winners from this stage joined by 19 Division I Major League Soccer clubs in the Fourth Round on June 14. 

In a related matter, Open Division local qualifier Minneapolis City SC has lost its tournament eligibility as a result of switching leagues during the midst of its 2017 Open Cup campaign. Competition regulations require that a team must remain a member of its league from the club’s time of entry and continuing until the Final.  


2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Champions FC Dallas

This year’s winning team will receive $250,000, a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions’ League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in U.S. team sports. The runner-up will earn $60,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will take home a $15,000 cash prize.

Owned and operated by Lamar Hunt’s sons Clark and Dan, FC Dallas is the defending U.S. Open Cup champion, having earned the club’s second tournament title (following its triumph in 1997) thanks to a 4-2 win against the New England Revolution on Sept. 13, 2016 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. 

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer's National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 103 consecutive years dating from 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor United States soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT, SCHEDULE AND OTHER KEY DATES:

Initial Pairings Announcement – April 12

•     First Round games as well as Second Round possibilities announced.

First Round – May 10

•     Number of Games: 28 

•     Participants: 56 Open Division teams 

•     Competition: Teams will be paired geographically with the restriction that teams from the same qualifying pool (e.g. local qualifiers, PDL, NPSL) cannot be paired to play each other.

Second Round – May 17

•     Number of Games: 26 

•     Participants: Winners of 28 First Round games are joined by 24 Division II clubs (6 from NASL, 18 from USL).

•     Competition: At the time the First Round pairings are made, each Division II team will be matched geographically to a specific First Round pairing and be scheduled to play its winner. The remaining First Round matchups not paired with a Division II side will be paired geographically, with the winners playing each other to complete the round.

Third Round – May 31

•     Number of Games: 13 

•     Participants: Winners of 26 Second Round games will play each other. 

•     Competition: After each Second Round matchup has been determined, the Second Round pairs will be bracketed geographically to create the Third Round matchups.

Fourth Round – June 14*

•     Number of Games: 16 

•     Participants: Winners from 13 Third Round games are joined by 19 MLS clubs.

•     Competition: After each Third Round matchup has been determined, 13 of 19 MLS teams will be paired geographically to a specific Third Round matchup and be scheduled to play these winners, while the remaining six MLS teams will be paired up to complete the bracket.

Round of 16 Draw – June 15

•     The Fourth Round winners will be divided geographically (regardless of league affiliation) into groups of four, with teams who are precluded from playing each other until the Final per tournament regulations (i.e. pro teams and their affiliated Open Division sides) placed in different groups. A random draw will determine the pairings within each group, resulting in a fixed bracket for the remainder of the tournament. Should a precluded pair of teams reach the Semifinal Round and be scheduled to face each other, the matches will be re-drawn after the quarterfinals to avoid this outcome.

Round of 16 – June 28*

•     Number of Games: 8 

•     Fourth Round winners face each other as determined by the Round of 16 Draw.

Quarterfinals – July 11^

Semifinals – Aug. 9*

Final – Sept. 20

* Any game in the Fourth Round, Round of 16 and Semifinal Round where one of the participants has a league game the following Friday will be moved up a day (exception to this is when the team’s opponent is scheduled for a league game the preceding Sunday; in this case, the provisions in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Handbook to determine the match date will prevail). In addition, any game chosen by U.S. Soccer to be broadcast nationally is subject to being moved up a day. 

^ For the Quarterfinal Round, teams may apply to change the match date within a window that runs between July 7-16 if both teams in a match are not scheduled otherwise.

Note: The day following each of the dates listed above is reserved as a make-up date in the event of a weather postponement.

2017 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP PARTICIPATING TEAMS

Division I and II Professional Teams Eligible to Participate (43 total):

Division I (19 teams, entering in the Fourth Round) - Major League Soccer: Atlanta United FC, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew SC, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, Minnesota United FC, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City

Division II (24 teams, entering in the Second Round) - North American Soccer League (6): Indy Eleven, Jacksonville Armada, Miami FC, New York Cosmos, North Carolina FC (formerly Carolina RailHawks), San Francisco Deltas; United Soccer League (18 teams): Charleston Battery, Charlotte Independence, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, FC Cincinnati, Harrisburg City Islanders, Louisville City FC, OKC Energy FC, Orange County SC (formerly Orange County Blues), Phoenix Rising FC (formerly Arizona United), Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Reno 1868 FC, Richmond Kickers, Rochester Rhinos, Sacramento Republic FC, Saint Louis FC, San Antonio FC, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Tulsa Roughnecks FC

Open Division Teams (56 total, all entering in the First Round):

Local Qualifiers (17 places, listed alphabetically by state): California (6): Chula Vista FC, El Farolito, La Máquina*, LA Wolves FC*, Moreno Valley Fútbol Club, Outbreak FC*; Colorado (2): Azteca FC, Colorado Rush; Florida (2): Boca Raton Football Club*, Red Force FC; Maryland (1): Christos FC; Massachusetts (1): GPS Omens; Nevada (1): Anahuac FC; New Jersey (1): FC Motown; Pennsylvania (2): Junior Lone Star FC, Tartan Devils Oak Avalon; Texas (1): NTX Rayados

Premier Development League (21 places): Division Winners: Charlotte Eagles* (N.C.), Des Moines Menace* (Iowa), FC Tucson* (Ariz.), Fresno Fuego (Calif.), GPS Portland Phoenix* (Maine), Michigan Bucks*, OKC Energy U23 (Okla.), Reading United AC* (Pa.), The Villages SC* (Fla.); At-Large Berths: Burlingame Dragons* (Calif.), Carolina Dynamo* (N.C.), Chicago FC United (formerly Chicago Fire U-23), Derby City Rovers (Ky.), FC Golden State Force (Calif.), Ocean City Nor’easters (N.J.), San Diego Zest (Calif.), SC United Bantams (S.C.), Sounders FC U-23* (Wash.), South Florida Surf, Ventura County Fusion* (Calif.), Western Mass Pioneers. The PDL is a nationwide league affiliated with the U.S. Adult Soccer Association and opted to use 2016 league results to determine its qualifiers for the 2017 Open Cup. 

National Premier Soccer League (18 places): Qualified via 2016 NPSL playoffs: AFC Cleveland* (Ohio), Albion SC Pros (Calif.), Chattanooga FC* (Tenn.), Clarkstown SC Eagles* (N.Y.), Grand Rapids FC (Mich.), Miami United FC (Fla.), New Jersey Copa FC (N.J.), Sonoma County Sol (Calif.); At-Large Berths: AFC Ann Arbor (Mich.), Atlanta Silverbacks*, Boston City FC (Mass.), Dutch Lions FC (Texas), FC Wichita* (Kan.), Fredericksburg FC* (Va.), Jacksonville Armada U-23 (Fla.), Legacy 76 (Va.), OSA FC (Wash.) Tulsa Athletics (Okla). The NPSL is a nationwide league affiliated with the U.S. Adult Soccer Association and opted to use 2016 league results to determine its qualifiers for the 2017 Open Cup. 

* Participated in 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup 

A list of teams not eligible to play each other until the Final will be announced at a later date.

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