2019 U.S. Open Cup

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2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
CountryUnited States
Matches played41
Goals scored129 (3.15 per match)

The 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the 106th edition of the U.S. Open Cup, a knockout cup competition in American soccer. It is the oldest ongoing competition in the United States, and will be contested by 84 teams from leagues in the U.S. system.[1]

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.[1]


Enter in First Round Enter in Second Round Enter in Fourth Round
Open Division Division III Division II Division I
Local Qualifiers
8 teams
14 teams
USL League Two
10 teams
USL League One
6 teams
USL Championship
25 teams
21 teams
  • $: Winner of $25,000 bonus for advancing the furthest in the competition from their respective divisions.
  • $$: Winner of $100,000 for being the runner-up in the competition.
  • $$$: Winner of $300,000 for winning the competition.

Number of teams by State[edit]

34 states and the District of Columbia are represented by clubs in the Open Cup this year.

States Number Teams
1  California 11 Academica SC, Cal FC, El Farolito, FC Golden State Force, Fresno FC, LA Galaxy, Los Angeles FC, Orange County FC, Orange County SC, Sacramento Republic FC, San Jose Earthquakes
2  Texas 9 Austin Bold FC, Brazos Valley Cavalry FC, El Paso Locomotive FC, FC Dallas, Laredo Heat, Midland-Odessa Sockers FC, NTX Rayados, San Antonio FC, Houston Dynamo
3  Florida 6 Florida Soccer Soldiers, Lakeland Tropics, Miami FC, Orlando City SC, Tampa Bay Rowdies, The Villages SC
 Pennsylvania Erie Commodores FC, Philadelphia Lone Star FC, Philadelphia Union, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, Reading United AC, West Chester United SC
5  Colorado 3 Colorado Rapids, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, FC Denver
 Georgia Atlanta United FC, South Georgia Tormenta FC, South Georgia Tormenta FC 2
 New Jersey FC Motown, New York Red Bulls, New York Red Bulls U-23
 Ohio Columbus Crew SC, Dayton Dutch Lions, FC Cincinnati
 Tennessee Chattanooga Red Wolves SC, Memphis 901 FC, Nashville SC
10  Massachusetts 2 Black Rock FC, New England Revolution
 Michigan AFC Ann Arbor, Lansing Ignite FC
 Minnesota Duluth FC, Minnesota United FC
 Nevada Las Vegas Lights FC, Reno 1868 FC
 New York New York City FC, New York Cosmos B
 North Carolina Charlotte Independence, North Carolina FC
 Oklahoma Oklahoma City Energy FC, Tulsa Roughnecks FC
 Oregon FC Mulhouse Portland, Portland Timbers
 South Carolina Charleston Battery, Greenville Triumph SC
 Virginia Richmond Kickers, Virginia United FC
 Wisconsin Forward Madison FC, Milwaukee Bavarian SC
21  Alabama 1 Birmingham Legion FC
 Arizona Phoenix Rising FC
 Arkansas Little Rock Rangers
 Connecticut Hartford Athletic
 District of Columbia D.C. United
 Illinois Chicago Fire
 Indiana Indy Eleven
 Iowa Des Moines Menace
 Kansas Sporting Kansas City
 Kentucky Louisville City FC
 Maryland FC Baltimore
 Missouri Saint Louis FC
 New Mexico New Mexico United
 Utah Real Salt Lake
 Washington Seattle Sounders FC

States without a team in the Open Cup: Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.


First Round[edit]

The First Round of the Open Cup will take place on May 7 and 8. There will be 19 games between 8 local qualifiers, 14 NPSL, 10 League 2, and 6 League 1 teams. The teams will be paired geographically, and matches between two teams in the same league will be avoided unless the distance between two teams is too much. The pairings were announced on April 10.[2]

Second Round[edit]

The Second Round will be played on May 14 and 15. 22 games will be played between the 19 Round 1 winners and 25 USL Championship teams. Each Round 1 pairing will be matched to a Championship team, and the 6 remaining Championship teams will be paired against each other. Pairings were made geographically, and announced on April 17.[3]

Third Round[edit]

The Third Round will be played on May 28 and 29. 11 games will be played between the winners of Round 2. Pairings were made geographically, and announced on May 14.[4]

Fourth Round[edit]

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[edit]

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.[1]

Top goalscorers[edit]

  Team eliminated for this round.
Rank Player Team Goals By round
1R 2R 3R 4R R16 QF SF F
1 Ghana Charles Boateng Richmond Kickers 4 4
2 Israel Orr Barouch Cal FC 3 3
3 Germany Adrian Billhardt South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 2 1 1
Jamaica Neco Brett Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 2
United States Dakota Collins Orange County FC 1 1
Bosnia and Herzegovina Robert Kristo North Carolina FC 2
United States JP Marin New York Red Bulls U-23 1 1
United States Josh Morton Memphis 901 FC 2
Cameroon Elma N'For Lansing Ignite FC 2
United States Jeremy Rafanello Reading United AC 2
United States Devon Sandoval New Mexico United 2
United States Ian Svantesson Charleston Battery 2
Japan Jiro Barriga Toyama Forward Madison FC 1 1
England Reece Wilson NTX Rayados 2

Updated to games played as of May 15, 2019


On April 5, 2019, U.S. Soccer announced a 4-year deal with ESPN to broadcast the Open Cup. The entire tournament, from first round to final, will be carried exclusively on the ESPN+ streaming service; in previous years, ESPN networks had only broadcast marquee matches such as the final.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Format and Schedule Finalized" (Press release). U.S. Soccer Federation. January 31, 2019. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  2. ^ "2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup First Round Pairings Unveiled". USSoccer.com. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "2019 U.S. Open Cup Second Round Pairings and Host Scenarios Released". USSoccer.com. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "2019 U.S. Open Cup Third Round Pairings and Host Scenarios Set". USSoccer.com. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "ESPN+ signs deal for exclusive U.S. Open Cup rights through 2022". Awful Announcing. April 5, 2019. Retrieved April 5, 2019.

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