What is the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup?
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, commonly known as the U.S. Open Cup (USOC), is a knock-out cup competition in American Soccer. It is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the U.S.
The 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the 106th edition of the U.S. Open Cup, and will be contested by 84 teams from leagues in the U.S. system.
The 84 entrants included the 21 American clubs from Major League Soccer and 25 non-affiliated American clubs in the USL Championship. The new USL League One entered its 6 non-affiliated clubs. The qualification tournament, held in 2018 and early 2019, determined 7 teams from local amateur leagues. The 10 entrants from the USL League Two and the 14 from the National Premier Soccer League were determined based on results achieved in those leagues in 2018.
Finally, beginning this year, the reigning champion of the National Amateur Cup, Milwaukee Bavarian SC, was invited to the tournament.
Houston Dynamo are the defending champions.
Fun Fact: 34 states and the District of Columbia are represented by clubs in the Open Cup this year.
Now Where does LAFC and the rest of the MLS come into play?
That would be the Fourth Round.
The Fourth Round will take place on June 11 and 12. The Fourth Round will consist of 16 games between the 11 Round 3 winners and the 21 American MLS teams. The teams will be divided into 8 regional groups of 4, with either 1 or 2 round 3 teams. Pairings will be drawn from the 8 groups and announced on May 30. Each Round 3 winner will play an MLS team.
Round of 16
The Round of 16 will take place between June 18 and 23. The Round of 16 draw will take place on June 13. The Fourth Round winners will be divided geographically into 4 groups, and pairings will be determined within those groups. A fixed bracket for the rest of the tournament will be established.
The Quarterfinal matches will take place on July 10.
The Semifinals will take place on August 7. The hosts of the Semifinals will be drawn on July 11.
The Final will take place on August 27 or 28. The host will be decided on July 11.
So what are we playing for? Other than bragging rights, The overall champion earns a total of $300,000 in prize money, the Dewar Cup, and qualifies for the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League. While the runner-up receives $100,000, and the furthest-advancing team from each lower division league receives $25,000.
And that’s it! LAFC faces RSL at Rio Tinto Stadium to start their US Open Cup Run! Stay tuned here on Heart of LAFC for all things LAFC and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup!