19 MLS And MLS Next PRO Clubs To Compete In 2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Revamped Tournament Features The Most Matchups Ever Between Amateur And Professional Teams


LAFC will compete in the revamped 2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup which will include 96 teams from across the amateur and professional ranks. MLS teams will enter in the Round of 32.

Over the last few months, Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer have worked together to discuss the evolution of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The conversations focused on increasing the overall investment in the Open Cup, including improved economics for all participants, providing young players with important developmental opportunities, reducing schedule congestion for MLS clubs, and addressing load management concerns to aid player health and safety.

MLS and U.S. Soccer have reached an agreement that will see eight MLS clubs and 11 MLS NEXT Pro teams in the Open Cup for 2024.  

  • MLS Clubs - The eight MLS clubs will include Houston Dynamo FC (last year’s Open Cup champion) and the top seven ranked U.S.-based teams according to the 2023 MLS Supporters’ Shield standings, other than clubs playing in the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup. 
  • MLS NEXT Pro Clubs - The 11 participating MLS NEXT Pro teams will include nine MLS affiliates and two independent clubs. The nine MLS-affiliated teams competing will be based on the 2023 MLS NEXT Pro final standings, other than those clubs whose MLS first teams are participating in either the 2024 U.S. Open Cup or 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup.

MLS teams will only play lower division opponents until it cannot be avoided, enhancing the tournament's drama and appeal.   

2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule

  • First Round Tuesday, March 19 - Thursday, March 21
  • Second Round Tuesday, April 2 - Wednesday, April 3
  • Third Round Tuesday, April 16 - Wednesday, April 17
  • Round of 32 Tuesday, May 7 - Wednesday, May 8
  • Round of 16 Tuesday, May 21 - Wednesday, May 22
  • Quarterfinal Tuesday, July 9 - Wednesday, July 10
  • Semifinal Tuesday, Aug. 27 - Wednesday, Aug. 28
  • Final Wednesday, Sept. 25

*Dates are subject to change