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US Soccer unveils pairings for the first two rounds of the 2016 US Open Cup

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Four Virginia-based sides found out who their first opponent will be in this year's USOC

The draw for the first round of the 2016 US Open Cup came out today, announcing the pairings for teams that qualified from the National Premier Soccer League, the Premier Development League, and various amateur teams that made it through regional playoffs. While D.C. United and the rest of MLS's American clubs will not enter until the fourth round (currently listed as taking place on June 15th), the Richmond Kickers did find out which 1st round pairing will produce their 2nd round opponent.

Fredericksburg FC, an NPSL club out of - you guessed it - Fredericksburg, VA will host West Chester United, an amateur team from Pennsylvania that frequently qualifies for the Open Cup via the US Adult Soccer Association's Region I. Meanwhile, two other Virginia-based teams - the NPSL's Chesterfield United FC and USASA qualifier Aromas Cafe FC - will face each other, with Chesterfield hosting. Aromas Cafe, in classic cup soccer fashion, is a club based around a Charlottesville restaurant.

All first round matches are currently scheduled for May 11th, though experience in following this tournament requires me to note that games might be moved up or back a day here and there.

US Soccer also drew the second round pairings, which will see USL clubs (along with one team each from the PDL and NPSL thanks to some late structure juggling) enter the fray. The Richmond Kickers will host the winner of the Chesterfield-Aromas Cafe match, and that game - along with the rest of the 2nd round - currently scheduled for May 18th.