U.S. Open Cup is off for 2020

As was reported last week by SI.com, U.S. Soccer’s Open Cup Committee has cancel the 2020 edition of the U.S. Open Cup, the second longest continually-operating cup competition in the world, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Open Cup had been played continuously since 1913-14, crowning winners for 106 consecutive years. The 140th edition of the Irish Cup concluded on July 31 when Glentoran beat Ballymena United, 2-1, in overtime.

Looking ahead to 2021 ...

-- The Open Cup Committee cancelled 2021 Open Division qualifying, which was to be held this fall.
-- The 38 Open Division teams that had qualified for the 2020 competition from the qualifying track and eligible national leagues (NPSL and USL League Two) will be eligible to take part in the 2021 competition. (Both the NPSL and USL League Two cancelled their 2020 seasons.)

The reallocation of the 2021 Concacaf Champions League's U.S. berth awarded to the Open Cup champion will be determined in the future. One option: Grant the MLS team with the most regular-season points from the conference that isn't the Supporters' Shield winner. That berth was granted to the MLS is Back Tournament champion Portland.
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