U.S. Open Cup: Modern-era record 103 teams are entered

The 107th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will kick off March 22 with a record number of entrants since 1995.

The 2022 edition marks a return after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 103 sets a modern-era (1995-present) record with 103 teams. The previous high of 99 was set in 2017. The number of teams from pro leagues is a record 71, topping the record of 52 pro clubs entered in 2019.

2022 Dates:
March 22-23 First Round(Open Division teams enter)
April 5-7 Second Round (Division II and III teams enter)
April 8 Third Round Draw
April 19-21 Third Round (17 lower-seeded MLS teams enter)
April 22 Round of 32 Draw
May 10-11 Round of 32 (8 higher-seeded MLS teams enter)
May 12 Round of 16/Quarterfinal Draw
May 24-25 Round of 16
June 21-22 Quarterfinals
July 26-27 Semifinals
Sept. 6, 7, 13 or 14 Final

Division I
Major League Soccer

Teams entering in third round (17):
Atlanta United
Austin FC
Charlotte FC
Chicago Fire
Columbus Crew
D.C. United
FC Cincinnati
FC Dallas
Houston Dynamo
Inter Miami
Los Angeles FC
LA Galaxy
Minnesota United
NY Red Bulls
Orlando City
Real Salt Lake
San Jose Earthquakes
Teams entering in round of 32 (8):
Colorado Rapids
Nashville SC
New England Revolution
New York City FC
Philadelphia Union
Portland Timbers
Seattle Sounders
Sporting KC

Division II
USL Championship
Teams entering in the Second Round (23):
Birmingham Legion
Charleston Battery
Colorado Springs Switchbacks
Detroit City FC
El Paso Locomotive
Hartford Athletic
Indy Eleven
Las Vegas Lights
Louisville City
Memphis 901
Miami FC
Monterey Bay FC
New Mexico United
Oakland Roots
Orange County SC
Phoenix Rising
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Rio Grande Valley FC
Sac Republic FC
San Antonio FC
San Diego Loyal
Tampa Bay Rowdies
FC Tulsa

Division III
MLS Next Pro
Teams entering in the Second Round (2):
Rochester NY FC
St. Louis


Teams entering in the Second Round (10):
AC Syracuse Pulse
ALBION San Diego
Bay Cities FC
Cal United Strikers FC
Chattanooga FC
Flower City Union
Los Angeles Force
Maryland Bobcats
Michigan Stars FC
Valley United FC

USL League One

Teams entering in second round (11):
Central Valley Fuego
Charlotte Independence
Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Forward Madison FC
Greenville Triumph SC
North Carolina FC
Northern Colorado Hailstorm
Richmond Kickers
South Georgia Tormenta FC
FC Tuscon
Union Omaha

Open Division
Teams entering in second round (10):
Cleveland SC
Denton Diablos
FC Motown
Georgia Revolution
Hartford City
Las Vegas Legends
Miami United FC
Minneapolis City SC
Southern States SC
Tulsa Athletic

USL League Two
Teams entering in second round (10):
Chicago FC United
Des Moines Menace
NC Fusion U23
Ocean City Nor’easters
Park City Red Wolves SC
Portland Timbers U23
South Carolina United FC
The Villages SC
West Chester United SC
Western Mass Pioneers

Open Qualifiers:
East Region: Brockton FC United (Mass.), Lynchburg FC (Va.), Nova FC (Va.), Oyster Bay United FC (N.Y.)
Southeast Region: City Soccer FC (Fla.), Orlando FC Wolves (Fla.)
Central Region: Azteca FC (Colo.), D'Feeters Kicks Soccer Club (Texas)
West Region: Contra Costa FC (Calif.), Escondido FC (Calif.), San Fernando Valley FC (Calif.)
2021 USASA Amateur Cup champion: Lansdowne Yonkers FC (N.Y.)
1 comment about "U.S. Open Cup: Modern-era record 103 teams are entered".
  1. Wallace Wade, January 26, 2022 at 8:06 a.m.

    Until the Fed and the Open Cup Committee give the Open Division the spots back that were earned through three rounds of qualifying, this cannot be deemed an "Open Cup"! Multiple Clubs were screwed over for what reason? Covid? Then why did the Pro sides keep their spots? I guess the gate keepers believe the Amateur sides should be financially and competivley handicapped by Covid, but not the Pro's? This is one of the biggest shams in the history of the competition! Winter is coming for this once great competition.

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