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U.S. Open Cup, 2012: Union Would Host Semis If They Advance

Barring a pair of colossal upsets, MLS teams will be hosting both U.S. Open Cup semifinals this year. The Seattle Sounders, Philadelphia Union and San Jose Earthquakes would each be guaranteed to host 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 Harrisburg and the Dayton Dutch Lions win their games. In that instance, Harrisburg would host.

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

Complete pairings after the jump

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

This story originally appeared at SBNation.com.

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