Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is an American soccer cup competition, which is open to all teams recognized by the United States Soccer Federation. The spectrum ranges from amateur clubs to the professional teams of Major League Soccer.
Since 1914 there is the U.S. Open Cup, originally under the name of National Challenge Cup. 1999 finally it was renamed the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to honor one of the main sponsors of U.S. football. The trophy winners will DeWar the Cup, donated in 1914 by Sir Thomas DeWar the promotion of football in America.
Since 1996, the professional team of the Major League Soccer dominate the tournament, only in 1999 were the Rochester Raging Rhinos (A -League, now USL First Division ) scored a surprise victory over the Colorado Rapids of the MLS for themselves.
Since the 2008 season, the winner of the Cup for the CONCACAF Champions League qualifying.
Current competition format
The tournament will be played in a knockout system in a game.
Round 1 The first round contest the teams from the following leagues after they have identified their participants according to their own qualification rules:
- USL Premier Development League ( 16 teams )
- NPSL (6 teams)
- USASA ( 9 teams )
- USCS (1 team)
- Winner of the first round (16 teams)
- NASL (6 teams)
- USL Pro ( 10 teams )
The sixteen teams from the Major League Soccer start the tournament in the third round.
- 5 - Bethlehem Steel F. C., Maccabi Los Angeles
- 4 - Chicago Fire SC, Greek American AA, Ukrainian Nationals of Philadelphia, Fall River Marksmen
- 3 - D.C. United, New York Pancyprian Freedoms -, Seattle Sounders FC
- 2 - Brooklyn Hispano, Chicago Sparta ABA, Elizabeth SC, Greek - American AC of San Francisco, CA, Harmarville SC, SC Kuti, Los Angeles Galaxy, Los Angeles Kickers, Sporting Kansas City and Kansas City Wizards, St. Louis Simpkins - Ford, Stix, Baer and Fuller FC