US Open Cup eliminates first-round video games will start with 16 teams

US Open Cup eliminates first-round video games will start with 16 teams

The U.S. Open Cup was canceled final 12 months as a result of coronavirus pandemic. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports activities

The U.S. Soccer Federation introduced that as a result of continued influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup area has been lowered to 16 teams, ensuing within the cancellation of the beforehand deliberate opening spherical.

The choice was made by the united states’s Open Cup Committee at a gathering final week. The opening spherical was scheduled to happen from Could 4-5. The spherical of 16 — the de facto first spherical — is now set to happen on Could 18-19.

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That is the 107th version of the event. Final 12 months it was canceled as a result of pandemic. The Open Cup Committee will meet once more on April 19 to verify if the event can go forward. The ultimate is scheduled to happen on June 29th or 30th.

“After assembly with the Committee and listening to our members and our medical professionals, it turned clear that the difficulties of staging the Opening Spherical given the present surroundings made the choice to not play the right one, as we’ll all the time prioritize the well being and security of the gamers and employees first,” stated U.S. Open Cup Commissioner Paul Marstaller.

“We’ll proceed to observe the scenario and hope for extra constructive information in three weeks because it pertains to the Spherical of 16. Crowning a champion in essentially the most history-filled soccer competitors within the USA, one thing we missed doing in 2020 for the primary time in 107 years, is an annual spotlight within the U.S. Soccer calendar that we all the time stay up for.”

The 16 teams will probably be comprised of eight from MLS, 4 from the USL Championship, one from USL League One, one from the Nationwide Impartial Soccer Affiliation and two from the Open Division.The highest eight U.S.-based MLS teams enter the competitors based mostly on the league standings as of Could 3. The 4 USL Championship sides will probably be comprised of final 12 months’s semifinalists: El Paso Locomotive FC, Louisville SC, Phoenix Rising FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. NISA’s entrant will probably be 2020 fall champions Detroit Metropolis FC, whereas the League One entrant will probably be final 12 months’s common season champion, Greenville Triumph SC. The 2 Open Division slots are nonetheless to be decided.

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