US Open Cup Schedule
For more than a century the US Open Cup has been held to determine the best team affiliated
with the United States Soccer Federation. It has only grown since the development of the MLS and the inclusion of teams from
the top professional league in the U.S. Eighty teams, with eight from each level of the United States Soccer Pyramid are invited
to participate in qualifying for the US Open Cup and each league hosts qualifying rounds before the final field of 68 teams
competing for the championship is chosen. This is the chance to see some of the top amateur club teams go up against the best
teams from the professional leagues and the level of competition at this tournament is unrivaled.
Preliminary play for
the US Open Cup begins in the spring with the home team for each match decided by a coin toss so a serious underdog could
be buoyed by home field advantage and pull off a major upset. Following a thrilling 2014 World Cup that brought in the most
viewers in the history of soccer in the United States, the beautiful game has gained some serious traction and soccer games
are drawing more and more fans. This should make the 2015 US Open Cup more popular than ever and you can be sure that players
on every team will be looking to put on an unforgettable show for fans both old and new. Tickets to see any game in the US
Open Cup are sure to sell quickly so be sure to get yours from StubHub well in advance so you can be right on the sidelines
cheering on your favorite side.
US Open Cup History
The first US Open Cup was held in 1913, making it
the oldest national soccer tournament in the United States. It is also the third oldest open soccer tournament in the world.
The US Open Cup allows teams from all levels the opportunity to compete against all of the best teams in the country for the
chance to earn a spot representing the United States in the CONCACAF Champions League. This is one of the premiere tournaments
in all of American soccer and every team participating in the tournament is as eager to score a big one as the next.
There are few events as exciting as seeing one elite soccer team compete at against another in
a major tournament. The players competing in the US Open Cup have grown up playing the sport that they love and are out there
playing as much for the love of the game as they are to score a big win, especially the amateurs. Soccer is the most popular
sport in the world and has some of the most excitable and dedicated fans. One step into a stadium where two teams are competing
for the US Open Cup and you will understand what all of the commotion is about. Unrelenting action, stunning slide tackles,
otherworldly footwork, and acrobatic, mind-blowing saves by goalies will have you seeing exactly why soccer is referred to
as "the beautiful game." You will be chanting and singing along and barely even need to use your seat as move after move will
have you jumping up and cheering for the home team. By the time the referee blows the final whistle you will be anxiously
awaiting the next opportunity to attend a US Open Cup game and will find yourself a soccer fan for life.
of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, or CONCACAF as it is usually called, was formed in 1961 and
became one of the six continental governing bodies acknowledged by FIFA. On the men's side ten members of CONCACAF have qualified
for the World Cup and half of those have only qualified one time. Costa Rica, the United States, Cuba, and Mexico are the
only teams to have reached the quarter-final round, with Costa Rica doing it most recently, in 2014. The only team from CONCACAF
ever to reach the semifinals is the United States who accomplished the feat in 1930. The 2014 World Cup saw CONCACAF teams
achieve a great deal of success with Mexico, the United States, and Costa Rica all making it out of group stage. The U.S.
and Mexico both suffered heart-breaking close losses in the first stage of knock-out play while Costa Rica advanced to the
quarter-finals. The success of those three teams in the World Cup has gone a long way in proving to the rest of the world
that CONCACAF is well on its way to becoming one of the elite federations on the planet.
Bethlehem Steel and Maccabi Los Angeles both lead the way with five US Open Cup championships apiece, although the Seattle
Sounders have won four and look to be in prime position to set a new record. MLS teams began competing in the US Open Cup
in 1996 and have won every year but one since they began competing.