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Teams and Format Finalized for 2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Tournament

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CHICAGO (March 1, 2024) – U.S. Soccer has finalized the format for the 2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup which will include 96 teams from across the amateur and professional ranks playing a total of 95 games from March to September.

 

In a historic shift for the tournament, the upcoming First Round will mark the first time since 2008 that all 32 matchups will be exclusively between amateur and professional teams. Overall, this year’s edition of the tournament will feature the most First Round matchups between amateur and professional teams in the tournament’s 109-year history, more than doubling the previous amount of 16. 

 

U.S. Soccer will be making its largest-ever investment in the tournament in 2024. With new commercial partners – including Marriott, Michelob Ultra, New York Life, and Nike – U.S. Soccer has prioritized enhanced financial incentives for participating teams, including significantly increased travel reimbursement. The Federation’s financial commitment also represents the most significant effort to date towards promotion of the tournament, underscoring U.S. Soccer’s dedication to fostering a more vibrant Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup experience for teams and fans alike.  

 

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is U.S. Soccer's Club Championship and has crowned a champion annually since 1914 (with the exception of 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19). The historic tournament is conducted on a single-game, knockout basis and open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer and is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States and the world's third-longest continuously run national cup tournament. 

 

The First Round of the 2024 U.S. Open Cup will consist of 32 games with 32 amateur clubs from the Open Division meeting 32 professional teams from Division III. The Open Division representatives include 11 Qualifying Round winners, 11 USL League Two teams, eight NPSL teams, the USASA National Amateur Cup champion and the UPSL Spring Champion. Division III representatives include 12 USL League One teams, nine NISA teams and 11 MLS Next Pro teams. The winners of the First Round will play each other in the Second Round of the tournament.  

 
The winners of the Second Round will then be matched up against the 16 Division II professional teams from the USL Championship which will enter the competition in the Third Round. The remaining eight USL Championship teams and eight MLS teams will enter in the Round of 32, along with the winners from the Third Round. The eight USL Championship teams include 2023 league champion Phoenix Rising FC and the next seven best teams from 2023 standings enter Round of 32.  

 

The MLS clubs participating in the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup, and their MLS Next Pro teams, were excluded from the selection process for the 2024 U.S. Open Cup, which was determined based on results in the 2023 MLS regular season. See below for the full list of participating teams. 

 
"First and foremost, I want to extend my sincere gratitude to all our members for their invaluable input over the past couple of months— sharing with us of the reasons the U.S. Open Cup is so great, and what we can do to make it even better,” said U.S. Soccer CEO JT Batson. “After extensive discussions, we have put together a competitive format specific to the 2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, promising exciting matchups from the First Round and through the entire tournament. U.S. Soccer values the tradition and importance of the U.S. Open Cup, and we will continue to have conversations with all our members to explore avenues for enhancing future editions of the tournament and how we all work together to grow soccer in every community in the country”.  

 
2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule 

First Round               Tuesday, March 19 - Thursday, March 21              
Second Round           Tuesday, April 2 - Wednesday, April 3                   
Third Round              Tuesday, April 16 - Wednesday, April 17               
Round of 32              Tuesday, May 7 - Wednesday, May 8                     
Round of 16               Tuesday, May 21 - Wednesday, May 22                 
Quarterfinal               Tuesday, July 9 - Wednesday, July 10                    
Semifinal                        Tuesday, Aug. 27 - Wednesday, Aug. 28               
Final                              Wednesday, Sept. 25 

*Dates are subject to change 

 

Complete List of Teams for 2024 Open Cup Proper 

 
Professional Division Teams 
 
Division I 
8 teams 
Major League Soccer  
(All 8 teams enter in the Round of 32) 
Atlanta United FC 
FC Dallas 
Houston Dynamo FC (Defending U.S. Open Cup Champion) 
Los Angeles FC 
Real Salt Lake 
San Jose Earthquakes 
Seattle Sounders FC  
Sporting Kansas City 

 
Division II  
24 teams  
USL Championship  
(16 teams enter in the Third Round and 8 teams in the Round of 32) 
Birmingham Legion FC 

Charleston Battery* 

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC* 

Detroit City FC 

El Paso Locomotive 

FC Tulsa 

Hartford Athletic 

Indy Eleven 

Las Vegas Lights FC 

Loudoun United FC 

Louisville City FC 

Memphis 901 FC 

Miami FC 

Monterey Bay FC 

New Mexico United 

North Carolina FC 

Oakland Roots SC 

Orange County Soccer Club* 

Phoenix Rising FC* 

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC* 

Rhode Island FC 

Sacramento Republic FC* 

San Antonio FC* 

Tampa Bay Rowdies* 
 
* USL Championship league champion (Phoenix Rising FC) and next seven best teams from 2023 standings enter Round of 32  

 

Division III 
32 teams 
USL League One, NISA, MLS Next Pro  
(All teams entering in the First Round) 
 

USL League One 
12 teams 
(Teams entering in the First Round) 
Central Valley Fuego FC 

Charlotte Independence 

Chattanooga Red Wolves SC 

Forward Madison FC 

Greenville Triumph SC 

One Knoxville SC 

Lexington SC 

Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC 

Richmond Kickers 

South Georgia Tormenta FC 

Spokane Velocity FC 

Union Omaha 

 
MLS Next Pro 
11 teams 
(Entering in the First Round)  

Austin FC II 

Carolina Core FC 

Chattanooga FC 

Chicago Fire II 

Colorado Rapids 2 

Crown Legacy FC 

Minnesota United FC2 

LA Galaxy II 

New York City FC II 

New York Red Bulls II 

Portland Timbers 2 

 
NISA (National Independent Soccer Association)  
9 teams 
(Teams entering in the First Round) 
Arizona Monsoon FC  

Capo FC  

Club de Lyon FC  

Georgia Lions FC  

Irvine Zeta FC  

Los Angeles Force  

Maryland Bobcats FC  

Michigan Stars FC  

Savannah Clovers FC 

 
Open Division Teams 
 
Division IV/Open  
32 teams 
(Teams entering in the First Round)  
 
SC MesoAmerica (California / USASA / USASA National Amateur Cup Winner)  
AS Frenzi (Florida / UPSL Spring Champion)  
 
Open Division Local Qualifiers 
11 teams – winners from the Four Rounds of Local Qualifying / Fall 2023  
Azteca FC (Colorado, Colorado Premier League / USSSA-Soccer) 
Chicago House AC (Illinois / Midwest Premier League / USASA) 
Christos FC (Maryland / Maryland Super Soccer League/ USASA) 
FC America CFL Spurs (Florida / United States Soccer League / USSSA-Soccer) 
FORO SC (Texas / UPSL) 
SCU Heat (South Carolina / UPSL) 
Brockton FC United (Massachusetts / UPSL) 
Vereinigung Erzgebirge (Pennsylvania / United Soccer League of Penn. / USASA) 
Miami United FC (Florida / United States Soccer League / USSSA-Soccer) 
FC Folsom (California / UPSL) 
Irvine Zeta FC II (California / UPSL) 

 
National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) 
8 teams – based on 2023 league competition 
Tulsa Athletic (Oklahoma)  
Apotheos FC (Georgia)  
West Chester United SC (Pennsylvania)  
El Farolito (California)  
Steel City FC (Pennsylvania)  
FC Motown (New Jersey) 
Lubbock Matadors SC (Texas) 
Duluth FC (Minnesota)  

 
USL League Two  
11 teams – based on 2023 league competition  
Ballard FC (Washington) 
Chicago City SC (Illinois) 
Asheville City SC (North Carolina)  
Brave SC (Formerly The Villages SC, Florida) 
Redlands FC (California)  
South Carolina United Bantams (South Carolina) 
Des Moines Menace (Iowa)  
Western Mass Pioneers (Massachusetts)  
Vermont Green FC (Vermont) 
Hudson Valley Hammers (New York)  

*TBA 

*Final team to be announced soon 
 
About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup 
Now in its 109th edition, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has crowned a champion since 1914 in every year except 2020 and 2021. The history-filled tournament is conducted on a single-game-knockout basis and open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. In 1999, the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt. 

  

The 2024 U.S. Open Cup winner will earn $300,000 in prize money, a berth in the 2025 Concacaf Champions League and have its name engraved on the Dewar Challenge Trophy – one of the oldest nationally-contested trophies in American team sports – now on permanent display at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas. The runner-up will earn $100,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will take home a $25,000 cash prize. 

  

Houston Dynamo FC are the defending Open Cup champions, having earned the club's second tournament title thanks to a 2-1 victory over Inter Miami last Sept. 27 in front of a capacity crowd at Fort Lauderdale’s DRV PNK Stadium. 

  

usopencup.com is the official website of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Fans can also follow the competition on Twitter and Instagram @OpenCup and Facebook @OfficialOpenCup. 

 
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