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Ventura County FC to Play Host to Irvine Zeta FC in Second Round of 2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, April 3

March 22, 2024 - MLS NEXT Pro (MLS NEXT Pro)
Ventura County FC News Release

LOS ANGELES - U.S. Soccer today announced the Second Round matchups for the 2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, with Ventura County FC playing host to National Independent Soccer Association side Irvine Zeta FC at Dignity Health Sports Park's Track & Field Stadium on Wednesday, April 3 (7:30 p.m. PT).

The U.S. Open Cup Second Round match between VCFC and Irvine Zeta FC at Dignity Health Sports Park's Track & Field Stadium on Wednesday, April 3 will be open to the public. Tickets for the Second Round match will not be required, but standard event policies will be in effect.

Ventura County FC advanced to the Second Round of the U.S. Open Cup following a 2-1 win over United Premier Soccer League side Irvine Zeta FC II in the First Round of the competition at Dignity Health Sports Park's Track & Field Stadium on March 21. Sean Karani scored the game-winning goal for VCFC in the First Round victory over Irvine.

The 24 professional teams from Div. III that moved on from Round One include 11 from USL League One. Closing out the professional representatives are seven clubs from MLS NEXT Pro (Div. III) and six from the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) (Div. III). The 24 pro sides will be joined in the Second Round by eight amateur Open Division clubs, spread across the UPSL, USSSA Soccer-USSL, USL League Two and USASA-NPSL.

Second Round pairings were made on a geographical basis. If three or more teams/pairings were from the same proximity, matchups for these teams were made by random selection. Instances where a logical geographic fit did not exist were resolved by random selection. Home teams for each round are determined by random selection among those who apply to host. Clubs whose venue meets minimum tournament standards are given priority. The winners of the Second Round will move on to the Third Round (April 16-17), where 16 Division II professional teams from the USL Championship - the bottom 14 from last year's regular-season standings and newcomers North Carolina FC and Rhode Island FC - will enter the competition.

The remaining eight Div. II USL Championship sides (champions Phoenix Rising FC and the next seven best teams from the 2023 regular-season standings) enter in the Round of 32 (May 7-8) alongside the eight competing Div. I Major League Soccer clubs.

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