The 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the 107th edition of the U.S. Open Cup, a knockout cup competition in American soccer. Atlanta United FC are the defending champions after defeating Minnesota United FC in the 2019 final. The competition was suspended on March 13, 2020, before the first round fixtures, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
This edition will feature 100 teams, including 62 professional sides—both modern-era records. Entrants will include the American clubs from across the soccer leagues system, with timing determined by league division. These include the 23 American clubs from Major League Soccer and clubs from the USL Championship and USL League One that are not owned or operated by an MLS team; MLS-affiliated clubs from these two leagues are eligible. Additionally, clubs from the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), a sanctioned Division III league, will take part. This is the first time two professional leagues from the same tier have both competed in the tournament since 2017.
USL League Two and the National Premier Soccer League will qualify teams based on previous season standings. Quantity of teams is determined by U.S. Soccer. Local qualifying is done by tournament and was held in 2019. It featured 88 mostly amateur teams representing 18 different states and the District of Columbia (21 different state soccer associations). 12 teams qualified out of this tournament. Finally, as with the previous year, the reigning champion of the National Amateur Cup, Newtown Pride FC, automatically qualify for the tournament proper.
The 2020 edition of the U.S. Open Cup will include a change in qualifying for professional teams. All Division II and Division III teams will enter together in the second round, while Major League Soccer teams will enter in the third and fourth rounds. The four 2020 CONCACAF Champions League qualifiers plus the four best American non-qualifiers in each 2019 MLS conference enter in the fourth round; the remaining clubs enter in the third round.
The U.S. Open Cup will also begin in March 2020, its earliest calendar date since 1995. The final is scheduled to take place in either early August or late September. The earlier start overlaps with the NCAA soccer season, causing lower-division teams to be unable to field their full lineups; Reading United AC and Flint City Bucks, both of USL League Two, along with Midland-Odessa Sockers FC of the National Premier Soccer League, announced they would not take part in the tournament due to this reason.
- $: 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
The 2020 Open Cup field represents a total of 36 states and the District of Columbia.
States without a team in the Open Cup: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
All times local to game site.
On March 13, 2020, U.S. Soccer announced that the U.S. Open Cup would be temporarily suspended due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Several participating leagues, including MLS and USL, had already announced month-long suspensions of activities.
The First Round of the Open Cup was scheduled to take place on March 24 and 25. There will be 19 matches between 13 local qualifiers, 14 NPSL, and 11 USL2 teams. Teams are paired geographically, and pairings were announced on January 22. The fixtures were suspended on March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic
|TBD||Western Mass Pioneers (USL2)||P-P||GPS Portland Phoenix (USL2)||Ludlow, Massachusetts|
|Stadium: Lusitano Stadium|
|TBD||West Chester United SC (NPSL)||P-P||Vereinigung Erzgebirge (LQ)||West Chester, Pennsylvania|
|Stadium: WCUSC/PF Kildare's Pub Turf Field|
|TBD||North Carolina Fusion U23 (USL2)||P-P||SC United Bantams (USL2)||High Point, North Carolina|
|Stadium: BB&T Point|
|TBD||Virginia United (LQ)||P-P||Christos FC (LQ)||Woodbridge, Virginia|
|Stadium: Howiston Homestead Soccer Complex|
|TBD||Chicago FC United (USL2)||P-P||Minneapolis City SC (NPSL)||Bridgeview, Illinois|
|Stadium: SeatGeek Stadium|
|TBD||Tulsa Athletic (NPSL)||P-P||Fort Worth Vaqueros (NPSL)||Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|Stadium: Case Soccer Complex at Oral Roberts University|
|TBD||Cal FC (LQ)||P-P||Ventura County Fusion (USL2)||Irvine, California|
|Stadium: Orange County Great Park Field 5|
|TBD||The Villages SC (USL2)||P-P||South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 (USL2)||Summerfield, Florida|
|Stadium: The Villages Soccer Complex|
|TBD||FC Motown (NPSL)||P-P||New York Pancyprian-Freedoms (LQ)||Montclair, New Jersey|
|Stadium: MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field|
|TBD||Atlantic City FC (NPSL)||P-P||Newtown Pride FC (LQ)||Glassboro, New Jersey|
|Stadium: Rowan University Soccer Stadium|
|TBD||Miami United FC U23 (LQ)||P-P||Naples United FC (NPSL)||Hialeah, Florida|
|Stadium: Ted Hendricks Stadium|
|TBD||Louisiana Krewe FC (LQ)||P-P||Corpus Christi FC (USL2)||Lafayette, Louisiana|
|Stadium: Ragin' Cajuns Soccer/Track Facility|
|TBD||Nashville United (LQ)||P-P||Cleveland SC (NPSL)||Nashville, Tennessee|
|Stadium: Vanderbilt University Soccer/Lacrosse Complex|
|TBD||Des Moines Menace (USL2)||P-P||Med City FC (NPSL)||Urbandale, Iowa|
|Stadium: Lions Field at Des Moines Christian School|
|TBD||Denton Diablos FC (NPSL)||P-P||NTX Rayados (LQ)||Denton, Texas|
|Stadium: University of North Texas Soccer Stadium|
|TBD||FC Boulder Harpos (LQ)||P-P||Crossfire Redmond (NPSL)||Denver, Colorado|
|Stadium: Regency Athletic Complex at MSU Denver|
The Second Round was scheduled to take place on April 7–9 with 29 matches, a modern-era Open Cup record. 19 winners from the First Round will be joined by 6 teams from USL1, 8 from NISA, and 25 from USL Championship (USLC). Pairings were made geographically when possible and announced on January 29.
|April 7||Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (USLC)||v||West Chester United SC (NPSL) or Vereinigung Erzgebirge (LQ)||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|7:00 pm EDT||Stadium: Highmark Stadium|
|April 7||FC Motown (NPSL) or New York Pancyprian-Freedoms (LQ)||v||Saint Louis FC (USLC)||Montclair, New Jersey or Queens, New York|
|7:00pm EDT or 8:00 pm EDT||Stadium: MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field or Belson Stadium|
|April 7||Charlotte Independence (USLC)||v||Stumptown Athletic (NISA)||Matthews, North Carolina|
|7:00 pm EDT||Stadium: Sportsplex at Matthews|
|April 7||Tampa Bay Rowdies (USLC)||v||The Villages SC (USL2) or South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 (USL2)||St. Petersburg, Florida|
|7:00 pm EDT||Stadium: Al Lang Stadium|
|April 7||North Carolina FC (USLC)||v||North Carolina Fusion U23 (USL2) or SC United Bantams (USL2)||Cary, North Carolina|
|7:00 pm EDT||Stadium: WakeMed Soccer Park|
|April 7||Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (USL1)||v||Birmingham Legion FC (USLC)||Chattanooga, Tennessee|
|7:00 pm EDT||Stadium: Chattanooga Christian School|
|April 7||Louisville City FC (USLC)||v||Nashville United (LQ) or Cleveland SC (NPSL)||Louisville, Kentucky|
|7:00 pm EDT||Stadium: Lynn Family Stadium|
|April 7||Greenville Triumph SC (USL1)||v||New Mexico United (USLC)||Greenville, South Carolina|
|7:30 pm EDT||Stadium: Legacy Early College Field|
|April 7||Los Angeles Force (NISA)||v||San Diego Loyal SC (USLC)||Los Angeles, California|
|7:30 pm PDT||Stadium: Jesse Owens Stadium (Cal State LA)|
|April 8||Richmond Kickers (USL1)||v||Virginia United FC (LQ) or Christos FC (LQ)||Richmond, Virginia|
|6:30 PM EDT||Stadium: City Stadium|
|April 8||Atlantic City FC (NPSL) or Austin Bold FC (USLC)||v||Austin Bold FC (USLC) or Newtown Pride FC (LQ)||Glassboro, New Jersey or Austin, Texas|
|7:00 pm EDT||Stadium: Rowan University Soccer Stadium or Bold Stadium|
|April 8||Charleston Battery (USLC)||v||South Georgia Tormenta FC (USL1)||Mount Pleasant, South Carolina|
|7:00 pm EDT||Stadium: Patriots Point Soccer Complex|
|April 8||Indy Eleven (USLC)||v||Michigan Stars FC (NISA)||Indianapolis, Indiana|
|7:00 pm EDT||Stadium: Carroll Stadium|
|April 8||Detroit City FC (NISA)||v||El Paso Locomotive FC (USLC)||Hamtramck, Michigan|
|7:00 pm EDT||Stadium: Keyworth Stadium|
|April 8||Louisiana Krewe FC (LQ) or Corpus Christi FC (USL2)||v||San Antonio FC (USLC)||Lafayette, Louisiana or Corpus Christi, Texas|
|6:30 or 7:00 pm CDT||Stadium: Ragin' Cajuns Soccer/Track Facility or Dugan Family Soccer and Track Stadium|
|April 8||Memphis 901 FC (USLC)||v||Chattanooga FC (NISA)||Memphis, Tennessee|
|7:00 pm CDT||Stadium: Mike Rose Soccer Complex|
|April 8||FC Tulsa (USLC)||v||Tulsa Athletic (NPSL) or Fort Worth Vaqueros (NPSL)||Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|7:00 pm CDT||Stadium: Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium|
|April 8||Forward Madison FC (USL1)||v||Chicago FC United (USL2) or Minneapolis City SC (NPSL)||Madison, Wisconsin|
|7:00 pm CDT||Stadium: Breese Stevens Field|
|April 8||FC Boulder Harpos (LQ) or Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USLC)||v||Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USLC) or Crossfire Redmond (NPSL)||Denver, Colorado or Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|7:00 pm MDT||Stadium: Regency Athletic Complex at MSU Denver or Weidner Field|
|April 8||Phoenix Rising FC (USLC)||v||FC Golden State Force (USL2) or FC Arizona (NPSL)||Tempe, Arizona|
|7:30 pm MST||Stadium: Casino Arizona Field|
|April 8||Sacramento Republic FC (USLC)||v||Oakland Roots SC (NISA)||Sacramento, California|
|7:30 pm PDT||Stadium: Papa Murphy's Park|
|April 8||Orange County SC (USLC)||v||California United Strikers FC (NISA)||Irvine, California|
|7:30 pm PDT||Stadium: Championship Soccer Stadium|
|April 8||Olympic Club (LQ) or FC Davis (NPSL)||v||Reno 1868 FC (USLC)||San Francisco, California or Davis, California|
|7:30 pm PDT||Stadium: Negoesco Stadium or Ron and Mary Brown Stadium at Davis Senior High School|
|April 9||Hartford Athletic (USLC)||v||Western Mass Pioneers (USL2) or GPS Portland Phoenix (USL2)||Hartford, Connecticut|
|7:00 pm EDT||Stadium: Dillon Stadium|
|April 9||Union Omaha (USL1)||v||Des Moines Menace (USL2) or Med City FC (NPSL)||Omaha, Nebraska|
|7:00 pm CDT||Stadium: Al F. Caniglia Field|
|April 9||Las Vegas Lights FC (USLC)||v||Cal FC (LQ) or Ventura County Fusion (USL2)||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|7:30 pm PDT||Stadium: Cashman Field|
|TBD||Miami United FC U23 (LQ) or Miami FC (USLC)||v||Miami FC (USLC) or Naples United FC (NPSL)||Hialeah, Florida or Miami, Florida|
|Stadium: Ted Hendricks Stadium or Riccardo Silva Stadium|
|TBD||Denton Diablos FC (NPSL) or NTX Rayados (LQ)||v||OKC Energy FC (USLC)||Denton, Texas or TBD|
|Stadium: University of North Texas Soccer Stadium or TBD|
|TBD||San Diego 1904 FC (NISA)||v||ASC San Diego (NPSL) or Chula Vista FC (LQ)||San Diego, California|
|Stadium: Lincoln High School|
The Third Round draw will be conducted on April 10, with 20 matches to be played on April 21–23. 29 winners from the Second Round will be joined by the 11 lower-ranked American MLS teams in the 2019 season's final standings.
Round of 32
The Round of 32 draw will be conducted on April 24, with 16 matches to be played on May 19–20. 20 winners from the Third Round will join the 12 higher-ranked MLS teams.
Round of 16 and beyond
The draw for the Round of 16 and quarterfinals will be conducted on May 21. Beginning with the Round of 16, match dates will be flexibly scheduled as follows:
- June 10: Possible Round of 16
- June 23–24: Possible Round of 16 or Quarterfinal
- July 14–15: Quarter- or Semifinals
- August 11–12: Semifinals or Final
- September 22–24: Possible Final
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