U.S. Open Cup 2012: Semifinal Pairings Announced

June 5, 2012; Tukwila, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (6) and forward Fredy Montero (17) celebrate after Alonso scored a goal against the Cal FC during the 2nd half at Starfire Sports. Seattle defeated Cal FC 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

If they can advance to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, MLS teams will host all of their semifinal matchups.

Barring a pair of colossal upsets, MLS teams will host both U.S. Open Cup semifinals this year. The Seattle Sounders, Philadelphia Union and San Jose Earthquakes would each be guaranteed a home game if they win their quarterfinal matches.

Sporting Kansas City would host only if the Harrisburg City Islanders upset the Philadelphia Union, while Chivas USA is the only MLS team guaranteed to go on the road if they win.

The only way a MLS team won't be hosting a semifinal is if both Harrisburg and the Dayton Dutch Lions win their games. In that scenario, Harrisburg would host.

Unlike the previous rounds of the U.S. Open Cup, the semifinals were determined by a blind bid. Simply put, teams that bid more money were given the right to host.

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
SEMIFINALS - Tuesday, July 10, or Wednesday, July 11
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) at Philadelphia Union (MLS):
PPL Park; Chester, Pa.; 7:30 p.m. ET, July 11

OR

Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) at Philadelphia Union (MLS): PPL Park; Chester, Pa.; 7:30 p.m. ET, July 10

OR

Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS): Livestrong Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.; 7:30 p.m. CT, July 10

OR

Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO): Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.; 7:30 p.m. ET, July 10

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Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO)/Chivas USA (MLS) Winner at Seattle Sounders FC (MLS): Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.; 7 p.m. PT, July 10

OR

Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO)/Chivas USA (MLS) Winner at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS): Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.; 7:30 p.m. PT, July 10

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