2020 U.S. Open Cup qualification

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2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualification
Tournament details
DatesSeptember 21- November 24
(if necessary December 22), 2019
Teams88
Tournament statistics
Matches played64
Goals scored297 (4.64 per match)
Top scorer(s)Mohamed Sesay (6 Goals)
2019
2021

The 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament proper will feature teams from all five tiers of the men's American soccer pyramid.

Qualification for the 2020 tournament includes local qualifying matches contested by 88 teams, with a majority being amateur, and scheduled to take place in late 2019 between September and December. One team also qualified by winning the 2019 National Amateur Cup, and other clubs playing in national leagues that are not fully professional qualify based on their results in 2019 league play.

The Open Division Local Qualifying tournament was launched in 2016 as an alternative to holding state and regional qualifying tournaments. Now, all teams from any US Soccer-affiliated leagues just need to register. The competition begins in the fall and all entrants are divided up regionally to minimize travel, with the teams that advance the furthest qualifying for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup which will begin in the spring. The number of teams that will qualify for the tournament, and the number of rounds that will be required, is yet to be determined as it will depend on the number of professional teams that will take part in the 107th edition of the Open Cup in 2020.[1]

National Amateur Cup[edit]

Newtown Pride FC defeated Horizon FC, 4–0, on Saturday, August 3, to win the 2019 National Amateur Cup and qualify for the 2020 U.S. Open Cup.[2]

Local qualifying[edit]

U.S. Soccer originally announced that 89 teams would participate in local qualifying, however this number was reduced to 88 before the start of round one.[3][4] The teams will represent 18 different states and the District of Columbia (21 different state associations) and will feature teams from 26 different leagues. For the fifth year in a row, the most represented league is the United Premier Soccer League which entered 33 teams, which is two fewer than the 35 they entered in the previous year’s competition, and six fewer than the 39 that participated in the 2018 qualifying tournament.[1] Of the 88 teams, 53 have competed in the Open Division tournament before, leaving 35 new teams.

States Number
1  California 20
2  Colorado 10
 Texas
3  Florida 8
4  Pennsylvania 7
5  Virginia 5
 Maryland
6  Massachusetts 4
7  Michigan 3
 New Jersey
8  Georgia 2
 Louisiana
 New York
 South Carolina
9  District of Columbia 1
 Illinois
 Oregon
 Tennessee
 Utah
Qualifying Round Dates
First 21–22 September 2019
Second 19–20 October 2019
Third 23–24 November 2019
Fourth (if necessary) 21–22 December 2019

First qualifying round[edit]

The draw for the first qualifying round took place on August 26 with 42 matches originally being scheduled and five teams receiving byes into round two.[5] However, due to one team being disqualified from the competition, three additional teams were given byes and the total number of matches was decreased to 40 on September 11. Most of the games were played on September 21 and 22.[6][7] One game was postponed due to inclement weather and was later played on September 28.

East Region[edit]

Received bye to second round of qualification:

Central Region[edit]

Notes:

  1. ^ Match was postponed from originally scheduled date due to heavy rain.

Received bye to second round of qualification:

  • Ann Arbor FC Michigan
  • Nashville United Tennessee
  • Springfield FC Illinois

West Region[edit]

Second qualifying round[edit]

The draw for the second qualifying round took place on September 23.[8] Most of the games were played on October 19 and 20.[9][10] One game was postponed due to inclement weather and was played on November 2.

East Region[edit]

Central Region[edit]

Notes:

  1. ^ Match was postponed from originally scheduled date due to weather.

West Region[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

The draw for the third qualifying round took place on October 21.[11][12] The games are scheduled to be played on November 23 and 24.

East Region[edit]

Central Region[edit]

West Region[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hakala, Josh (August 26, 2019). "2020 US Open Cup qualifying: First Round matchups for Open Division Local tournament announced". TheCup.us. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Arnison, Tom (August 5, 2019). "Newtown Pride FC win first Amateur Cup title, qualify for 2020 US Open Cup". TheCup.us. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "EIGHTY-NINE AMATEUR TEAMS APPROVED FOR 2020 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP QUALIFYING". US Soccer. August 21, 2019. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  4. ^ Hakala, Josh (August 26, 2019). "2020 US Open Cup qualifying: First Round matchups for Open Division Local tournament announced". TheCup.us. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  5. ^ Open Cup (August 26, 2019). "Pairings for the first qualifying round of U.S. Open Cup 2020". Twitter. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  6. ^ Massey, Anthony. "2020 U.S. OPEN CUP QUALIFYING: GOALS FROM COAST TO COAST IN FIRST ROUND". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  7. ^ Hakala, Josh. "2020 US Open Cup Qualifying: Round 1 game-by-game review". TheCup.us. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  8. ^ Sillik, Jake (September 23, 2019). "2020 Open Cup Qualifying: US Soccer announces second qualifying round match-ups". TheCup.us. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  9. ^ Massey, Anthony. "2020 U.S. OPEN CUP QUALIFYING: EXTRA TIME GOALS ABOUND IN SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND". US Soccer. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  10. ^ TheCup.us Staff. "2020 US Open Cup Qualifying Round 2: Game-by-game review". TheCup.us. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  11. ^ Open Cup. "2020 U.S. OPEN CUP THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND SCHEDULE CONFIRMED". US Soccer. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  12. ^ Sillik, Jake (October 23, 2019). "2020 US Open Cup Qualifying: US Soccer announces Third Round matchups". TheCup.us. Retrieved November 3, 2019.

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