The final two slots in the U.S. Open Cup will be determined the first weekend in May when the U.S. Adult Soccer Association's Region IV championship tournament is staged in Ontario.
The winners of both four-team groups will join the 64-team field, and the victor in the May 6 title game at Ontario Soccer Park will advance to the USASA National Cup final four in Chicago in mid-July.
Five of eight teams in the Region IV tournament are from Southern California, and they include Manhattan Beach's Doxa Italia, a Coast Soccer League power guided by former New England Revolution draft pick Derk Droze which won the Region IV title last year. The others are Thousand Oaks' Cal FC (La Gran Liga), Irvine's PSA Elite (Coast Soccer League) and OC Crew (United Premier Soccer League) and Los Angeles' The Internationalist (L.A. City Municipal Soccer League).
Cal FC's side is being put together by U.S. National Soccer Hall of Famer Eric Wynalda, who last weekend told ESPN Los Angeles it would include former UCLA star Eder Arreola (Chino Hills/Chino Hills HS), a Houston Dynamo draft pick in January, and former UC Santa Barbara star Danny Barrera (Thousand Oaks/Westlake HS), who played last fall in Serbia, spent time in MLS's preseason with Chicago and recently trialed in England.
Two Bay Area teams -- Redwood City's DV8 Defenders, who qualified for last year's Open Cup, and Pittsburg Galaxy FC -- and EP Elite, an El Paso, Texas, team representing New Mexico, also are in the Region IV field.
Five Southern California teams already are in the field for the 99th edition of America's oldest soccer tournament, which has been won by MLS clubs 15 of the past 16 years:
MLS: Galaxy, Chivas USA
USL Pro: L.A. Blues
USL Premier Development League: Ventura County Fusion
National Premier Soccer League: Fullerton Rangers
The Open Cup kicks off May 15. The Blues enter the competition in the second round, on May 22, and the MLS clubs join in a week late in the third round. The final will be played Aug. 7 or 8.
Here's the schedule for the USASA Region IV tournament:
Friday, May 4
Group A: EP Elite vs. The Internationalist and Doxa Italia vs. Cal FC, 1 p.m.
Group B: OC Crew vs. Pittsburg Galaxy and PSA Elite vs. DV8 Defenders, 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 5
Group A: The Internationalist vs. Doxa Italia and Cal FC vs. EP Elite, 8 a.m.; The Internationalist vs. Cal FC and Doxa Italia vs. EP Elite, 3 p.m.
Group B: Pittsburg Galaxy vs. PSA Elite and DV8 Defenders vs. OC Crew, 10 a.m.; OC Crew vs. PSA Elite and DV8 Defenders vs. Pittsburg Galaxy, 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 6
Championship game, 9 a.m.