By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 28, 2018) US Soccer Players - With Wednesday’s win over the Philadelphia Union, the Houston Dynamo are the 2018 US Open Cup champions. Their victory caps the latest version of the oldest and perhaps most widely loved annual event in American soccer. It’s also a useful time to take stock as the tournament turns the page on its 105th birthday. USMNT legend . . .
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By J Hutcherson (Aug 13, 2015) US Soccer Players - It's a tough question for a struggling MLS team. Can US Open Cup success, earned only by winning the domestic cup, salvage an MLS season? More than a few teams have asked that question, and the answer is decidedly mixed. DC United was an awful MLS team win they won the Open Cup in 2013. The Seattle Sounders spent several seasons using it as a de . . .
By J Hutcherson (May 22, 2015) US Soccer Players - It's tough for me to be objective about the US Open Cup. I'm one of those people who sees the potential for the tournament, in part because of personal ties. I was there for the 98 US Open Cup final when Chicago pulled off its expansion season double. The first game I ever covered professionally was the 2000 Open Cup final. It has meaning, . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 3, 2020) US Soccer Players - American soccer has experienced ample adversity, strife, and disruption over the years. Leagues have folded. The game's place in the nation's sporting culture has ebbed and flowed. Through it all, perhaps the only constant has been the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, the longest-running competition in the nation and the second-oldest . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 20, 2019) US Soccer Players - Despite its age, the US Open Cup has never really been the finished article. A rich history that goes back to 1914 gives the tournament a sheen of permanence that doesn't exist. There's no reason to think the Open Cup is going anywhere, but that doesn't mean it will resemble previous versions of itself from year-to-year. Some of . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 6, 2018) US Soccer Players - The enduring enigma known as the US Open Cup returns to Southern California on Wednesday, but there will be a new wrinkle this year. For the first time since 2014 there will be two local MLS teams competing in this event. MLS expansion side LAFC joins the LA Galaxy as both teams will play concurrently on Wednesday evening some 12 . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (May 9, 2018) US Soccer Players - It’s that time of year again, when the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing their songs, and the US Open Cup is upon us. The first round of the 105th edition of America’s oldest knockout soccer tournament got underway with a single game on Tuesday night and continues with 25 games on Wednesday. As is always the case in the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jun 20, 2018) US Soccer Players - Despite the world’s attention being on the events in Russia, the US Open Cup rolled into the round of 16 this week. A break in the MLS season for the group stage of the World Cup provided some flexibility in the schedule. Games featuring 13 MLS and three USL teams were strung out across a six-day period, beginning last . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (May 25, 2018) US Soccer Players - The Cinderellas are arriving at the US Open Cup ball in full regalia as the venerable, yet underappreciated, the tournament moves on to the Fourth Round. Wednesday night’s third round delivered a handful of upsets and set the stage for the David versus Goliath matchups that can make the competition so compelling. The Fourth Round is . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 13, 2019) US Soccer Players - With MLS shutting down for the Concacaf Gold Cup, its teams are still involved in meaningful matches. The US Open Cup kicked off the fourth round this week as MLS teams entered play. This presents an opportunity for one of LA's MLS teams to step up and take on the challenge of winning a trophy. LAFC and the LA Galaxy are in a battle . . .