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2019 US Open Cup

Quarterfinals: LAFC 0 - 1 Portland Timbers | Recap | Highlights

Round Of 16: LAFC 3 - 1 San Jose Earthquakes | Recap | Highlights

4th Round: LAFC 3 - 0 Real Salt Lake | Recap | Highlights

2018 US Open Cup

Semifinals: LAFC 3 (6) - (7) 3 Houston Dynamo | Recap | Highlights

Quarterfinals: LAFC 3 - 2 Portland Timbers FC | Recap | Highlights

Round Of 16: LAFC 3 - 2 Sacramento Republic FC | Recap | Highlights

4th Round: LAFC 2 - 0 Fresno FC | Recap | Highlights

US Open Cup Info

Founded in 1914 and currently organized by U.S. Soccer, the Open Cup is the longest-running national soccer competition in the US. It is contested by clubs from all divisions of American soccer. MLS clubs join in the fourth round, where they meet teams from American soccer’s lower divisions – NASL, USL and semi-pro and amateur leagues – for a spot in the Round of 16.

84 teams will participate in the 106th edition of the US Open Cup tournament, with the first round kicking off on the week of May 7. 32 amateur teams and 6 USL League One teams will begin the proceedings, while the second round will see the entrance of 25 USL Championship squads a week later.

All 21 American MLS teams will enter the competition in the fourth round, on the week of June 12. As previously done, the teams in this round will be put into eight geographic regions of four teams each, to limit travel in most cases.

From the fourth round, the field will dwindle quickly in the single-elimination tournament: The Round of 16 will come around June 19, depending on the Gold Cup schedule at that time, while the quarterfinals will be on July 10. The semifinals will be a month later, on August 7, and the final will be on August 27 or 28.

In addition to lifting the U.S. Open Cup trophy, the 2019 U.S. Open Cup champion will net a berth in the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League and pick up $300,000 in prize money.

The runner-up won’t walk away empty-handed – they’ll grab $100,000 in prize money. Additionally, the team that advances furthest from each lower division receives $25,000.

US Open Cup History

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is an unbroken thread that runs from the early 20th century to today. From the industrial leagues of the 1920s and 30s, to the ethnic flavor of the post-World War II era, and the dominance of MLS since the league’s birth in 1996, the Open Cup tells the confusing, chaotic and unlikely story of soccer’s success on American shores.

Way, Way Back

The first U.S. Open Cup was played in 1914, making it the oldest cup competition for soccer in the United States and the country’s oldest annual tournament for team sports. While professional soccer came and went in various forms and incarnations, at various stages of the 20th century, the Open Cup crowned a champion for each of the last 104 years. Even through the want and woe of the Great Depression and the challenges of two World Wars, the U.S. Open Cup survived. Teams from 17 different states have won the title.

Brooklyn Beginnings

The first final took place at Coates Field in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, contested by a pair of teams from the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Brooklyn Field Club (pictured above) edged Brooklyn Celtic 2-1. Celtic returned to the final the next year only to be beaten by powerhouses Bethlehem Steel, who hold the joint-record of most titles with five. In all, eight teams with Brooklyn in their name have won the Open Cup.

Once There Were Two

Only once in the long history of the U.S. Open Cup has a champion not been established on the pitch. That was in 1923, when FC Paterson became the first team from New Jersey to win the title. Scullin Steel of St. Louis were unable to field a side for a replay after the initial final finished tangled at 2-2. In what might be the most American of soccer problems Scullin claimed they couldn’t play again because many of the young men in their side were making preparations for the upcoming professional baseball season.

Name Game

The competition was known as the National Challenge Cup from 1914 to 1999, when it was renamed and dedicated to M.L.S. owner and American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt. From then on it became the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. In 2016, FC Dallas, who are owned and operated by Hunt’s sons Clark and Dan, gave the trophy a homecoming of sorts when they defeated New England Revolution 4-2 in the tournament final played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

The Open Cup's Greatest

Many legends of American soccer have graced the stages of the U.S. Open Cup through the years. Perhaps none shine as bright as the mustachioed and lethally left-footed Billy Gonsalves, who won the Cup a record eight times with four different teams. In 1931, Glasgow Celtic manager Willie Maley said, without hesitation: “This Billy Gonsalves is the greatest player I’ve ever seen.” Sometimes called the Babe Ruth of American Soccer, this son of Portuguese immigrants and the seventh of nine children, Gonsalves lined up for the U.S. Men’s National Team in both the 1930 and 1934 FIFA World Cups.

Industrial Giants

Employer-owned teams dominated the 1920s and 30s, with industrialists in the Northeast and Midwest importing talented foreign players with the promise of good jobs and soccer on the side. Bethlehem Steel won five titles between 1914 and 1924. The likes of St. Louis Ben Miller, named after a prominent hat company, Brooklyn Robbins Dry Dock, St Louis Scullin Steel, Todd Shipyards, Vesper Buick, Holley Carburator, Manhattan Beer, Morgan Strasser and St Louis Stix, Baer & Fuller all made their mark on the competition.

A Rich Broth Of Backgrounds

It’s impossible to untangle ethnicity and soccer in a country of immigrants like the United States. Many Open Cup champions were teams formed by newcomers, proud of their native land and their adoptive home, and eager to meld the two in the form of a soccer club. The result of this most American of hybrids are champions with names that span the old world and the new, like New York Hakoah – champions of 1929, who took their name from the Hebrew word meaning Strength. Philadelphia German-American SC won in 1936 and Chicago Sparta (pictured above) two years after. Among the list of Open Cup winners are: Brooklyn St. Mary’s Celtic, Brooklyn Hispano, New York German-Hungarians, SC Eintracht, Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals, New York Hungaria, New York Ukrainians, New York Greek-American, New York Hota, Los Angeles Maccabee, New York Pancyprian-Freedoms, Brooklyn Italians, DC’s Club España and San Francisco Greek-American.

Old NASL Opt Out

There’s no matching the North American Soccer League of the 1970s and early 80s for over-the-top glitz and glamor. During the league’s salad days, when global superstars like Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, George Best and Pele, came to play in the USA, the league declined to take part in the U.S. Open Cup. Theories abound as to why the likes of the New York Cosmos, Chicago Sting and LA Aztecs refused to play, the most plausible being that those big-timers wanted to avoid the possibility of being beaten by smaller fish.

Major League Dominance

Romance be damned! Since the inception of Major League Soccer in 1996, teams from the country’s top flight have dominated the U.S. Open Cup. Only once since then has a team from below the summit of the United States’ soccer pyramid won the competition, when the Rochester Rhinos beat four MLS teams to claim the crown in 1999. The Charleston Battery also reached the final in 2008, but fell 2-1 to D.C. United. With four titles each, Chicago Fire, Seattle Sounders FC, and Sporting Kansas City lead the pack of MLS clubs, followed by D.C. United (3), FC Dallas and Galaxy (2 each) and Columbus Crew SC, New England Revolution, and Houston Dynamo (1 each).

Travails Of A Trophy

The 63 winners of the U.S. Open Cup all have their names etched on the base of the Sir Thomas Dewar Cup. The trophy was donated by whiskey magnate and soccer promoter Sir Thomas Dewar in 1912. The original trophy was retired in 1979 due to the damage sustained over a long life of being grasped by grateful hands. But the Dewar Cup came back out of retirement for a brief revival in 1997 and was last awarded to the Chicago Fire when they won the 2006 tournament.

Flirting With Long-Ago Legends

Chicago Fire, Seattle Sounders, and Sporting Kansas City are both on the cusp of equaling the record of most wins in Open Cup history. Another title for either one of these four-time champions would bring them level with Bethlehem Steel and Maccabee Los Angeles, a club formed by Israeli ex-pats, Holocaust survivors among them, who dominated the 1970s and early 80s with their five championship runs. Fall River Marksmen and Philadelphia Ukrainians both have four titles to their name, but are currently defunct. The other four-time champs, New York Greek Americans, are not among the participating teams in 2019.

Davids And Goliaths

The romance of the U.S. Open Cup derives, in large part, from its format as a single-elimination competition open to all affiliated professional and amateur teams in the United States. $300,000 in prize money is on offer to the winner of the 2019 event, an unfathomable amount for the hopeful amateurs from the Open Division. And while a non-Major League Soccer side hasn’t won since the Rochester Rhinos did it back in 1999, the dream of a fairytale scramble to the final is a spur for those small sides who play for the love of the game. Financial inducements don’t stop with the champions, either, as the runner-up collects $100,000 and the team that advances farthest from each lower division gets $25,000.

Doorway To The International Arena

The winner of the U.S. Open Cup qualifies directly for the CONCACAF Champions League (formerly the CONCACAF Champions Cup), a tournament of the league champions and cup winners from North, Central America and the Caribbean. The CONCACAF Champions League has only ever been won on two occasions by American teams (both from MLS) – DC United in 1998 and Galaxy in 2000.

Great Big Field

The 99 participating clubs, hailing from 30 different states, made 2017’s the largest field in modern-era U.S. Open Cup history. Among the sides in the 104th installment of the competition were reigning champions FC Dallas and 18 other Major League Soccer outfits. There were six participants from the North American Soccer League (NASL) and 18 teams from the United Soccer League (USL), including Charleston Battery, who, in 2008, became the last non-MLS team to reach the final. Among the brigade of amateur combatants, FC Chattanooga returned for their fifth-straight Open Cup, after capturing the imagination in 2016 with huge crowds at their Finlay Stadium.

California Dreamin'

Eleven teams in the 2019 U.S. Open cup call the Golden State home. The first team from California to win the Open Cup was Los Angeles Kickers in 1958, with a 2-1 win against Pompei SC of Baltimore. Six years later, the Kickers won the title once again after losing in the final in 1960. In all, eight teams from California have claimed 15 Open Cup titles, second-best in the tournament’s history behind only New York.

US Open Cup List Of Winners

Season Winner Score Runners–up Venue Location Attendance
1913–14 Brooklyn Field Club 2–1 Brooklyn Celtic Coates Field Pawtucket, Rhode Island 10,000
1914–15 Bethlehem Steel 3–1 Brooklyn Celtic Taylor Field Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 7,500
1915–16 Bethlehem Steel (2) 1–0 Fall River Rovers Coates Field Pawtucket, Rhode Island 10,000
1916–17 Fall River Rovers 1–0 Bethlehem Steel Coates Field Pawtucket, Rhode Island 7,000
1917–18 Fall River Rovers 2–2 Bethlehem Steel Heritage Park Fall River, Massachusetts 13,000
(R) Bethlehem Steel (3) 3–0 Fall River Rovers Federal League Park Harrison, New Jersey 7,000
1918–19 Bethlehem Steel (4) 2–0 Paterson F.C. Athletic Field Fall River, Massachusetts 10,000
1919–20 Ben Millers 2–1 Fore River Handlan's Park St. Louis, Missouri 12,000
1920–21 Robins Dry Dock 4–2 Scullin Steel Athletic Field Fall River, Massachusetts 8,000
1921–22 Scullin Steel 3–2 Todd Shipyards High School Field St. Louis, Missouri 8,000
1922–23 Paterson F.C. 2–2 Scullin Steel Federal Park Harrison, New Jersey 15,000
(R) Paterson F.C. 3–0
Scullin Steel Handlan's Park St. Louis, Missouri DNP
1923–24 Fall River Marksmen 4–2 Vesper Buick High School Field St. Louis, Missouri 14,000
1924–25 Shawsheen Indians 3–0 Chicago Canadian Club Mark's Stadium North Tiverton, Rhode Island 2,500
1925–26 Bethlehem Steel (5) 7–2 Ben Millers Ebbets Field Brooklyn, New York 18,000
1927 Fall River Marksmen (2) 7–0 Holley Carburetor University of Detroit Stadium DetroitMichigan 10,000
(Leg 1)
Chicago Bricklayers 1–1 New York Nationals Polo Grounds New York City 16,000
(Leg 2)
New York Nationals 3–0
(4–1 agg.)
Chicago Bricklayers Soldier Field Chicago 15,000
(Leg 1)
New York Hakoah 2–0 St. Louis Madison Kennel Sportsman's Park St. Louis, Missouri 15,000
(Leg 2)
New York Hakoah 3–0
(5–0 agg.)
St. Louis Madison Kennel Dexter Park Queens, New York 21,583
(Leg 1)
Fall River Marksmen 7–2 Cleveland Bruell Polo Grounds New York City 10,000
(Leg 2)
Fall River Marksmen (3) 2–1
(9–3 agg.)
Cleveland Bruell Luna Park Cleveland, Ohio 3,500
(Leg 1)
Fall River Marksmen 6–2 Chicago Bricklayers Polo Grounds New York City 12,000
(Leg 2)
Chicago Bricklayers 1–1 Fall River Marksmen Mills Stadium Chicago 8,000
(R) Fall River Marksmen (4) 2–0
(8–2 agg.)
Chicago Bricklayers Sparta Field Chicago 4,500
(Leg 1)
New Bedford Whalers 3–3 Stix, Baer and Fuller Sportsman's Park St. Louis, Missouri 7,181
(Leg 2)
New Bedford Whalers 2–1
(5–4 agg.)
Stix, Baer and Fuller Sportsman's Park St. Louis, Missouri 7,371
(Leg 1)
Stix, Baer and Fuller 1–0 New York Americans Sportsman's Park St. Louis, Missouri 15,200
(Leg 2)
Stix, Baer and Fuller 2–1
(3–1 agg.)
New York Americans Starlight Park The Bronx, New York 4,200
1934 Stix, Baer and Fuller (2) 4–2
(11–5 agg.)
Pawtucket Rangers Walsh Memorial Stadium
Coats Field
Walsh Memorial Stadium
St. Louis, Missouri
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
St Louis, Missouri
1935 St. Louis Central Breweries (3) 5–2
Pawtucket Rangers Walsh Memorial Stadium
Coats Field
Walsh Memorial Stadium
St. Louis, Missouri
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
St Louis, Missouri
1936 Uhrik Truckers 2–2
St. Louis Shamrocks Walsh Memorial Stadium
Rifle Club Grounds
St. Louis, Missouri
Philadelphia Pennsylvania
1937 New York Americans 0–1
St. Louis Shamrocks Public Schools Stadium
Starlight Park
St. Louis, Missouri
The Bronx, New York
1938 Chicago Sparta 3–0
Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic Sparta Stadium
Starlight Park
The Bronx, New York
1939 Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic 1–0
Chicago Manhattan Beer Sparta Stadium
Starlight Park
The Bronx, New York
1940[A] Baltimore SC 1–1
2–2 *
Sparta Fallstaff Bugle Field
Sparta Stadium
Baltimore, Maryland
1941 Pawtucket F.C. 4-2
4-3 *
Detroit Chrysler N/A Pawtucket, Rhode Island
1942 Pittsburgh Gallatin 2-1
Pawtucket F.C. Legion Field
Coates Field
Donora, Pennsylvania
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
1943 Brooklyn Hispano 2-2 *
Morgan Strasser Starlight Park
Starlight Park
Bronx, New York
Bronx, New York
1944 Brooklyn Hispano (2) 4-0 Morgan Strasser Polo Grounds New York City N/A
1945 Brookhattan 4-1
Cleveland Americans Starlight Park
Shaw Field
Bronx, New York
Cleveland, Ohio
1946 Chicago Viking A.A. 1-1
Ponta Delgada S.C. Mark's Stadium
Comiskey Park
North Tiverton, Rhode Island
1947 Ponta Delgada S.C. 6-1
Chicago Sparta N/A
Sparta Stadium
Fall River, Massachusetts
1948 St. Louis Simpkins-Ford 3-2 Brookhattan-Galicia Sportsman's Park St. Louis, Missouri 2,226
1949 Morgan Strasser 0-1
Philadelphia Nationals Holmes Stadium
Bridgeville Park
1950 St. Louis Simpkins-Ford (2) 2-0
Ponta Delgada S.C. N/A St. Louis, Missouri
Tiverton, Rhode Island
1951 New York German-Hungarian S.C. 2-4
Heidelberg S.C. N/A
Metropolitan Oval
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Queens, New York
1952 Harmarville Hurricanes 3-4
Philadelphia Nationals N/A Philadelphia
Harmarville, Pennsylvania
1953 Chicago Falcons 2-0
Harmarville Hurricanes Sparta Stadium
Harmarville, Pennsylvania
1954 New York Americans (2) 1-1
St. Louis Kutis S.C. N/A
Triborough Stadium
St. Louis, Missouri
Randalls IslandNew York
1955 S.C. Eintracht 2-0 Los Angeles Danes Rancho La Cienega Stadium Los Angeles N/A
1956 Harmarville Hurricanes (2) 0-1
Chicago Schwaben Winnemac Park Stadium[1]
Consumer Field
Harmarville, Pennsylvania
1957 St. Louis Kutis S.C. 3-0
New York Hakoah N/A
Zerega Oval
St. Louis, Missouri
Bronx, New York
1958 Los Angeles Kickers 2–1 * Baltimore Pompei N/A Baltimore, Maryland N/A
1959 McIlvaine Canvasbacks 4-3 Fall River S.C. Rancho La Cienega Stadium Los Angeles N/A
1960 Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 5–3 * Los Angeles Kickers Edison Field Philadelphia 5500[3]
1961 Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals (2) 2-2
Los Angeles Scots Rancho La Cienega Stadium
McCarthy Stadium
Los Angeles


1962 New York Hungaria 3-2 San Francisco Scots Eintracht Oval New York City N/A
1963 Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals (3) 1–0 * Los Angeles Armenians Edison Field Philadelphia 4000[5]
1964 Los Angeles Kickers (2) 2-2(AET)
Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals Cambria Field
Wrigley Field
Los Angeles
1965 New York Ukrainians 1–1
Chicago Hansa Ukrainians Field
Hanson Stadium
New York City
1966 Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals (4) 1-0
Orange County Soccer Club Rancho La Cienega Stadium
Edison Field
Los Angeles
1967 Greek American AA 4-2 Orange County Soccer Club Eintracht Oval New York City 2,500
1968 Greek American AA (2) 1-1
Chicago Olympic Hanson Stadium
Eintracht Oval
New York City
1969 Greek American AA (3) 1-0 Montabello Armenians N/A N/A N/A
1970 Elizabeth S.C. 2-1 Los Angeles Croatia N/A N/A N/A
1971 New York Hota 6–4 * San Pedro Yugoslavs N/A N/A N/A
1972 Elizabeth S.C. (2) 1–0 San Pedro Yugoslavs N/A N/A N/A
1973 Maccabi Los Angeles 5–3 * Cleveland Inter Rancho La Cienega Stadium Los Angeles N/A
1974 Greek American AA (4) 2–0 Chicago Croatian N/A N/A N/A
1975 Maccabi Los Angeles (2) 1–0 New York Inter-Giuliana N/A N/A N/A
1976 San Francisco I.A.C. 1–0 New York Inter-Giuliana N/A N/A N/A
1977 Maccabi Los Angeles (3) 5–1 Philadelphia United German-Hungarians N/A N/A N/A
1978 Maccabi Los Angeles (4) 2–0 Bridgeport Vasco da Gama N/A N/A N/A
1979 Brooklyn Dodgers S.C. 2–1 Chicago Croatian N/A N/A N/A
1980 New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 3–2 Maccabi Los Angeles N/A N/A N/A
1981 Maccabi Los Angeles (5) 5–1 Brooklyn Dodgers S.C. N/A N/A N/A
1982 New York Pancyprian-Freedoms (2) 4–3 * Maccabi Los Angeles N/A N/A N/A
1983 New York Pancyprian-Freedoms (3) 4–3 St. Louis Kutis S.C. N/A N/A N/A
1984 New York AO Krete 4–2 San Pedro Yugoslavs N/A N/A N/A
1985 Greek-American A.C. 2–1 St. Louis Kutis S.C. N/A N/A N/A
1986 St. Louis Kutis S.C. (2) 1–0 San Pedro Yugoslavs N/A N/A N/A
1987 Club España 0–0 †
(3–2 pen.)
Seattle Mitre Eagles N/A N/A N/A
1988 St. Louis Busch Seniors 2–1 * Greek-American A.C. St. Louis Soccer Park St. Louis, Missouri 6,200
1989 St. Petersburg Kickers 2–1 * Greek American AA St. Louis Soccer Park St. Louis, Missouri 6,200
1990 A.A.C. Eagles 2–1 Brooklyn Italians Kuntz Stadium Indianapolis 3,116
1991 Brooklyn Italians (2) 1–0 Richardson Rockets Brooklyn College Brooklyn, New York 1,500
1992 San Jose Oaks 2–1 Bridgeport Vasco da Gama Kuntz Stadium Indianapolis 2,500
1993 C.D. Mexico 5–0 Philadelphia United German-Hungarians Kuntz Stadium Indianapolis 3,500
1994 Greek-American A.C. (2) 3–0 Bavarian Leinenkugel UGH Field Oakford, Pennsylvania 7,234
1995 Richmond Kickers 1–1 †
(4–2 pen.)
El Paso Patriots SISD Stadium El Paso, Texas 7,378
1996 D.C. United 3–0 Rochester Rhinos RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. 7,234
1997 Dallas Burn 0–0 †
(5–3 pen.)
D.C. United Carroll Stadium Indianapolis 9,766
1998 Chicago Fire 2–1 * Columbus Crew Soldier Field Chicago 18,615
1999 Rochester Rhinos 2–0 Colorado Rapids Columbus Crew Stadium Columbus, Ohio 4,555
2000 Chicago Fire (2) 2–1 Miami Fusion Soldier Field Chicago 19,146
2001 Galaxy 2–1 * New England Revolution Titan Stadium Fullerton, California 4,195
2002 Columbus Crew 1–0 Galaxy Columbus Crew Stadium Columbus, Ohio 6,054
2003 Chicago Fire (3) 1–0 MetroStars Giants Stadium East Rutherford, New Jersey 5,183
2004 Kansas City Wizards 1–0 * Chicago Fire Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Missouri 8,819
2005 Galaxy (2) 1–0 FC Dallas Home Depot Center Carson, California 10,000
2006 Chicago Fire (4) 3–1 Galaxy Toyota Park Bridgeview, Illinois 8,185
2007 New England Revolution 3–2 FC Dallas Pizza Hut Park Frisco, Texas 10,618
2008 D.C. United (2) 2–1 Charleston Battery RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. 8,212
2009 Seattle Sounders FC 2–1 D.C. United RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. 17,329
2010 Seattle Sounders FC (2) 2–1 Columbus Crew Qwest Field Seattle 31,311
2011 Seattle Sounders FC (3) 2–0 Chicago Fire CenturyLink Field Seattle 35,615
2012 Sporting Kansas City (2) 1–1 †
(3–2 pen.)
Seattle Sounders FC Livestrong Sporting Park Kansas City, Kansas 18,873
2013 D.C. United (3) 1–0 Real Salt Lake Rio Tinto Stadium Sandy, Utah 17,608
2014 Seattle Sounders FC (4) 3–1 * Philadelphia Union PPL Park Chester, Pennsylvania 15,256
2015 Sporting Kansas City (3) 1–1 †
(7–6 pen.)
Philadelphia Union PPL Park Chester, Pennsylvania 14,463
2016 FC Dallas (2) 4–2 New England Revolution Toyota Stadium Frisco, Texas 16,612
2017 Sporting Kansas City (4) 2–1 New York Red Bulls Children's Mercy Park Kansas City, Kansas 21,523
2018 Houston Dynamo 3–0 Philadelphia Union BBVA Compass Stadium Houston, Texas 16,060
(R) Replay
* Match went to extra time
Match decided by a penalty shootout after extra time
Bold Winning team won Double[B]
Bold italicized Winning team won the Treble[C]
Italics Team from outside the top division of American soccer
(since the formation of American Soccer League in 1920)
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