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2019 Winner: Atlanta United FC
2020 Dates: March 24 to August or September
Number of Participating Clubs in 2020: 100
Format: Single-game knockout
US Open Cup TicketsThe US Open Cup is an intriguing knockout competition that involves 100 teams, ranging from the 23 US-based Major League Soccer (MLS) teams to amateur clubs such as Newtown Pride FC. It is played over eight rounds with 11 MLS teams joining in the third round and the remaining 12 in the round that follows. Although MLS teams generally rise to the top, shocks occur too. In 2019, New Mexico United eliminated MLS teams Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas en route to the quarterfinals. In 2008, the Charleston Battery became the most recent non-MLS team to advance to the final. The Rochester Rhinos took it one step further in 1999, lifting the trophy. They are the only non-MLS team to do so since the MLS teams began playing in the US Open Cup in 1996. This event allows fans of non-MLS clubs opportunities to dream of taking down some giants in American soccer. It also provides another trophy-winning opportunity for MLS teams. Get your US Open Cup tickets at StubHub to experience this event live.
When will US Open Cup matches take place?The 2020 edition of this competition will be played from March to August or September. Possible match dates include March 24, 25, April 7, 8, 9, 21, 22, 23, May 19, 20, June 10, 23, 24, July 14, 15, Aug. 11, 12 and Sept. 22, 23 and 24. The final could be played on any of those last five date options. Match-ups will be announced at least 11 days in advance with the announcement of the exact match dates and kick-off times and related US Open Cup ticket details coming soon afterwards.
Where will US Open Cup matches be played?All matches will be hosted by one of the two participating teams. Which one will be the host is generally decided by a random draw although teams may decline to host. Clubs proposing home venues that meet minimum standards will receive an advantage over those that don’t.
Will US Open Cup matches go to extra time if they’re tied?Yes, all US Open Cup matches will require an extra 30 minutes of extra time if the score is deadlocked at the end of 90 minutes. A penalty shootout will follow if it’s a stalemate at the conclusion of 120 minutes.
Which teams have claimed the US Open Cup the most times?Bethlehem Steel was an early powerhouse as it claimed five of the first 13 US Open Cups played. Maccabi Los Angeles later tied that record of five titles, which has not been equaled since.
Which MLS clubs have won the most US Open Cup trophies?The Seattle Sounders FC, who played their first MLS match in 2009, immediately started dominating the US Open Cup, winning this competition in each of their first three seasons and once again in 2014. That tied the record for most US Open Cup trophies claimed by an MLS club. The Chicago Fire FC has also won this cup four times. Meanwhile, a recent powerhouse in this competition has been Sporting Kansas City. This club's players have pleased their US Open Cup ticket holders by lifting this trophy four times as well with the most recent one coming in 2017.
When was the US Open Cup first held?This historic competition was first held in 1914, making it 82 years older than MLS. Brooklyn Field Club claimed that initial competition. It knocked off Brooklyn Celtic, 2-1, in an all-Brooklyn final.
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