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Sounders U-23 to meet Doxa Italia of California in U.S. Open Cup first round match in Sumner

Sounders-U-23-bloglogoThis just in from the club:

The Sounders FC U-23 will host a 1st Round match in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Sounders U-23 will host Doxa Italia on May 14th at 7pm from Sunset Chevrolet Stadium in Sumner, Washington.

Sounders U-23 GM and Head Coach, Darren Sawatzky, said, “We are excited to host the 1st round Open Cup game at Sunset Stadium in Sumner. The beauty of the open cup tournaments in all countries is the ability for teams of all levels to advance and compete with the top teams.”

Tickets are on sale for the U.S. Open Cup match on for just $10 – general admission. Season ticket holders receive this match at no charge.

The Sounders U-23 qualified for the 2013 U.S. Open Cup by winning the Northwest Division of the PDL last season. Joining the Sounders U-23 as representatives from the Northwest is the Portland Timbers U-23, who finished 2nd in the regular season standings, behind the Sounders.

Their opponents, Doxa Italia, are a member of the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

Doxa Italia qualified through the US Adult Soccer Association Region IV playoffs. Six teams were split into two groups of three, with Doxa Italia knocking off last year’s sweethearts, Cal FC and San Fran City to top their group. Also advancing from Region IV was PSA Elite.

Darren Sawatzky added, “We expect a hard game and look forward to the event.”

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Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup information2013 is the largest field in the tournament’s history and is the 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The 2013 tournament features 68 teams, an increase from the 64 that competed last year, marking the largest field in the modern era (1995-present). This year also marks the second-consecutive year in which all U.S. based Division I, II and III teams will participate in the tournament proper: 16 from Major League Soccer, six from the North American Soccer League and 12 from USL PRO.

The amount of prize money distributed will also see a substantial increase, with the overall champion earning a total of $250,000 (up from $100,000 in recent years). The tournament runner-up will receive $60,000 (up from $50,000) and the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will win $15,000 (up from $10,000).

Another significant change for 2013 is the process for determining the site for the Open Cup tournament semifinals and final. In past years, the sites for the final three matches of the tournament had been determined through a sealed-bid process, but this year the hosts of those games will be determined by a coin flip. Home teams throughout the entire tournament will be determined by random selection.

Beyond the Division I, II, and III teams, the remaining 34 spots in the tournament field will be filled by amateur teams from the Adult Council category. There will be 16 from the Premier Development League, eight from U.S. Adult Soccer Association regional qualifying, eight from the National Premier Soccer League, one from US Club Soccer and one from the United States Specialty Sports Association. Entry deadline for all amateur teams is March 15.

2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Facts:-Largest field of teams (68) in tournament proper in competition's modern era (1995-present), eclipsing previous record of 64 (2012)

-Second consecutive year in modern era where all U.S.-based Division I, II and III professional clubs will participate in tournament proper

-Home teams through entire tournament to be determined by random selection (change from sealed bid process for semifinals and final)