2020 U.S. Open Cup in doubt due to the coronavirus pandemic

U.S. Soccer temporarily suspended the 2020 U.S. Open Cup, which was slated to begin March 24-25 with the first round, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The next rounds were scheduled for April 7-9 and April 21-23.

With all pro leagues -- MLS, USL and NISA -- having suspended play for a two-week to 30-day minimum and the amateur NPSL partially suspended league play until April 4, the pressure to find dates later in the year to make up games will be such that the Open Cup might have to be cancelled in 2020.

The Open Cup has been played continuously since 1913, including World War I and World War II.

"The health and safety of players, coaches, staff and fans is our main priority," said U.S. Open Cup commissioner Paul Marstaller. "Given the unique nature of the competition, which encompasses clubs from multiple leagues that have suspended their seasons, we are taking this action and will look to determine future dates to allow the 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to be played."
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