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Thursday, June 21, 2012
OPEN CUP: Chivas hits road with win

By Scott French

Chivas USA would play at San Jose or Seattle if it wins its U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal Tuesday night.

U.S. Soccer announced the semifinal pairings Thursday, and they followed the expected regionalization, with all three West Coast teams on one side of the bracket and the clubs in the East and Midwest in the other bracket.

Chivas plays against an Eastern team, third-division Charlotte Eagles, on Tuesday at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium. MLS rivals San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders meet in San Francisco.

Seattle is the 99-year-old tournament's three-time defending champion.

If the Earthquakes advance, they will stage the semifinal at Santa Clara University's Buck Shaw Stadium, their home field until a planned permanent stadium opens possibly next year or in 2014. The Sounders would play at their No. 2 facility, Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.

Chivas reached the semifinals in 2010, losing to Seattle.

Semifinal games would be played July 10 or 11.

Here are the semifinal pairings:
And here are Tuesday's quarterfinal pairings: