U.S. Open Cup: 2021 opening round cancelled, field cut to 16 teams

Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Soccer’s Open Cup Committee cancelled the opening round of the 2021 tournament.

This year's tournament -- the 107th edition of American soccer's cup competition -- was already modified due to issues related to COVID-19. Instead of the 100 teams entered in 2020, just 24 teams were scheduled to take part in the 2021 competition:

Entering in Opening Round (16 teams) ...
USL Championship. 8 (24 eligible)
USL League One. 2 (8 eligible)
NISA. 2 (9 eligible)
Open Division. 4 (36 eligible)

Entering in Round of 16 (8 teams) ...
MLS. 8 teams (24 eligible)

That has been further modified.

Entering Round of 16 (16 teams) ...
MLS. 8 teams. Top 8 U.S.-based teams (based on average standings points per game) as of May 3 (after three weekends of action).
USL Championship. 4 teams. El Paso Locomotive, Louisville City, Phoenix Rising, Tampa Bay Rowdies (2020 playoff semifinalists).
USL League One. 1 team. Greenville Triumph (2020 regular-season champion).
NISA. 1 team. Detroit City FC (2020 fall champion).
Open Division. 4 teams.
-- One Open Division local qualifier (drawn randomly from among 12 eligible)
-- One NPSL team (drawn randomly from among 13 eligible)
-- One USL League Two team (drawn randomly from among 10 eligible).
-- Newtown Pride (2019 U.S. Adult Amateur Cup champion)

As part of the previously approved contingency plan, the Committee will decide by April 19 whether to go ahead with the 2021 competition, scheduled to start with the round of 16 on May 18-19.

U.S. Open Cup schedule:
May 18-19 Round of 16
May 25-26 Quarterfinals
June 15-16 Semifinals
June 29 or 30 Final
2 comments about "U.S. Open Cup: 2021 opening round cancelled, field cut to 16 teams".
  1. Wallace Wade, March 30, 2021 at 7:22 a.m.

    It's not about Covid....it's something much darker at work here.

  2. R2 Dad, March 31, 2021 at 10:15 a.m.

    Drawn randomly? This is the same nonsense on the field that we've gotten from school districts and universities. One student is as good as any other--no need for qualification/testing. Let's see if the powers that be want to codify this new arrangement, just like our politicians who don't want to let a good crisis go to waste.

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